Wisconsin Geographic Names Council

Purpose

Wisconsin Geographic Names Council (WGNC) is responsible for determining the official state name of geographic features within the state.

Objective

Store and track state naming decision, case documents.

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2016
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Reports and Documents
Documents for the proposed water body spelling correction of Radtke Lake to Rathke Lake.
Documents for a proposed name change of an unnamed tributary to Millpond Park Pond.
Documents for the name change proposal of an unnamed water body to Lockwood Park Pond.
Document for the name assignment of Gorney Park Pond to an unnamed water body.
Documents for name change proposal of an unnamed water body to Congdon Pond.
Proposal documents for the name change of and unnamed tributary of Black Earth Creek to Pedo Creek.
Proposal documents for name change of Landberg Lake to Ruth Ann Lake.
Proposal documents for the Bud Creek WGNC proposal.
Documents for the proposed name change of an unnamed water body to Reservoir Park Pond.
Documents for the proposed name change of an unnamed water body to Richard Bong Creek.
Documents for the proposed name change of an unnamed water body to Quarry Lake.
Documents for the proposed name change of an unnamed water body to Lake Andrea.
Documents for the proposed name change of an unnamed water body to Johnson Park Pond.
Documents for the proposed spelling correction of Mollette Lake to Millette Lake.
Documents for the proposed name change of an unnamed water body to Pritchard Park Pond.
Documents for the proposed name change on an unnamed island (locally known at Pinnacle Island) to Monkey Island.
Documents for the proposed name change of a bay of Clear Lake to Budimlija Bay.
City of Two Rivers recommendation to reject name change proposals for West and East Twin Rivers
Town of Westport approves the proposed name 12/01/2016
Town approves the recommended name
Manitowoc County rejects the proposed name changes for both the West Twin (87000) and East Twin (84000) Rivers
Town of Cooperstown wishes for a decision to be made without their recommendation 11/19/2016
Town of Theresa approves the recommended name on the condition that they will not have to pay for signage
Town of West Kewaunee approves the proposed name choice
Town of Carlton rejects the proposed name
Town of Kossuth approves the proposed name.
Waupaca county approves the recommended name
Town of Gibson approves the proposed names
Washburn county wishes for a decision to be made without their recommendation
Town of Lac du Flambeau approves the proposed name 11/04/2016
Town of Lake Tomahawk approves the recommended name
Town of clover rejects the proposed name
Town of Two Rivers approves proposed name on October 31, 2016
Vilas County wishes for a recommendation to be made without their recommendation 10/28/2016
Village of Winsor approves recommended name 10/28/2016
Article about Geographic Naming activity renaming Squaw Creek and Lake to Suukjak Sep Creek and Lake.
Town of Scott approves the proposed name 03/01/2016
Proposal documents for Cede Lake
Proposal documents for Barrens Lake
Proposal documents for Armour Lake/ Pond
Proposal documents for Oneva Creek
Proposal documents for Cheese Lake
Proposal documents for Folz Pond
Proposal documents for Makinak Lake
Proposal documents for Suukjak Sep Creek and Lake, part 2
Proposal documents for Sturm Creek & Pond
Proposal Documents for Schoeneberg Marsh
Proposal documents for Suukjak Sep Creek & Lake, part 1
Proposal documents for Truck Lake
Proposal documents for Mercer Springs
Decision: Conditionally Approved, based on local support of Door County and Baileys Harbor Township. Approved by Door County on January 27th and Baileys Harbor on February 23rd, 2015.
Decision: Conditionally Approved, based on local support of Door County and Baileys Harbor Township. Approved by Door County on January 27th and Baileys Harbor on February 23rd, 2015. Upholds US BGN policy on Commemorative Names, Section 2, Policy III for commemoratively naming an unnamed feature.
Wambold--Decision: Decision: Denied, Based on the feature having a currently recognized official name as the Mukwonago River. Changing the name would go against US BGN recommendations for Name Changes, Section 1, Policy II.///Jericho--Decision: Denied, based on insufficient evidence to prove the current application of Jericho Creek is incorrect.///Mukwonago--Decision: Denied, based on insufficient evidence to prove the current application of the Mukwonago River is incorrect.
Decision: Conditionally Approved, based on local support of Sheboygan County, and Town of Rhine. Approved by Sheboygan County via email on February 2nd, 2015. It was noted Sheboygan County maps currently use Muehl as opposed to Mehles.
Decision: Conditionally Approved, based on research for existing local name and confirmation of local landowner support. The Town of Parkland has approved the name.
Decision: Denied, based on lack of local support/usage and inappropriate use of “creek” in name. Though there is historical evidence that gives justification for the specific name, the feature is a manmade ditch making the generic name of “creek” inappropriate for the feature. The WGNC has no problem with the name “Castle Creek” being applied locally, and if evidence can be provided that the name is being widely used, the WGNC will reconsider the name proposal.
Decision: Conditionally Approved, based on local support of Town of Oconto Falls. Historical evidence points to the name being spelled with a “c”. It is likely the “c” was misinterpreted as an “e” on handwritten records. Approval by the City of Oconto Falls is not considered appropriate local support by the Council.
Decision: Conditionally Approved, based on local support of Clam Falls Township. Changing the official name would: A) Uphold US BGN policy on Duplicate Names, Section 2, Policy VII. Changing the name to Bosak Lake would eliminate confusion cited in Polk County Resolution 46-14, “…and is frequently confused with the lake named also Baker Lake, located in section 1 of the Town of Clam Falls.” B) Uphold US BGN policy on Commemorative Names, Section 2, Policy III, where the proponent has provided sufficient evidence to prove William Bosak Sr. had a direct and long term association with managing and maintaining the lake.
Decision: Conditionally Approved, based on local support of Town of McKinley.