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What's New

Northwoods Amendments


Contact information
For information on these amendments, contact:
John Pohlman

Property Master Plans Master plan amendments for:

  • Upper Wolf River Fishery Area (Langdale County)
  • Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area (Oneida County)
  • Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area (Iron County)
Mays Ledges

Great Blue Heron, © Bill Pohlmann

Planning Update

Department staff are reviewing public input received during the initial scoping phase of the planning process (January 20 to February 4, 2018). Staff will then begin writing initial draft master plan amendments for the three properties.

Once draft amendment documents have been prepared, they will be posted on this website and the public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the documents. Department staff will then review those comments, make any necessary changes, and present the proposed amendments to the Natural Resources Board for their consideration. The public can comment directly to the Board when they consider the proposed amendments.


The Department of Natural Resources has initiated an amendment process to address recreation-related needs at three properties in the Northwoods Region:

Upper Wolf River Fishery Area (Langlade County)

Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area (Oneida County)

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area (Iron County)


The department is not undertaking a review of the entire range of management actions at these properties, but rather is focusing on potentially authorizing specific changes to the existing master plans.

In September 2017, the Natural Resources Board approved the department’s recommendation to evaluate several amendment requests the department has received, including to provide access for motorized recreational vehicles (specifically ATVs and UTVs) across the Upper Wolf River Fishery Area and the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area to create linkages in the larger regional trail networks. The DNR has also received requests to construct a multi-use parking area at the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area to serve snowmobilers, ATV/UTV riders and boaters.

These facilities are not currently authorized by the properties’ respective master plans. In order for the trails and parking area (or any other facilities that are not currently authorized in the property master plans) to be constructed, the master plans need to be revised to allow these uses.

This short presentation on the properties and the amendment process provides further information:

Presentation on the potential amendments to the master plans for three DNR properties



Planning process

Planning process

The department anticipates the timing of the steps in the planning process to be:

Jan 1 to Jan 19, 2018 - Gather initial information and start the public input process

Jan 20 to Feb 4 - Initial public input

Feb 5 to Feb 15 - DNR develops amendments

Feb 16 to Mar 11 - Public review of draft amendments

Mar 12 to Mar 16 - Revisions to draft amendments

Apr 11 - Proposed amendments presented to the Natural Resources Board

Last revised: Friday February 09 2018