Silver Lake (Washington Co.) access site

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7/19/08 @ 3:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
phillip420
phillip420
USER since 7/19/08
ive been doing a lot of fishing on this lake this year and have done well on large mouth bass eyes crapie and the gills are crazy if any one else been doin ok let us know Cool

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4/10/06 @ 3:10 PM
Motoboy2
Motoboy2
USER since 3/4/03
The Public Access is in place now. But there is only room to park 4 boat traillers i believe.

Motoboy2

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12/2/04 @ 1:11 PM
dj66
dj66
USER since 10/12/04
Any word on whether the new access will be available for us to park on regardless of the progress of the launch?

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8/18/04 @ 8:52 PM
Bowhunter1
Bowhunter1
USER since 1/6/02
It's about time!!! Can't wait to get out there.

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8/18/04 @ 6:59 PM
Chemist
Chemist
USER since 6/17/01
Thank you.

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8/18/04 @ 11:40 AM
Public Access
Public Access
USER since 9/24/01
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Silver Lake to get boat launch County circumvents town's permit denial

By DON BEHM dbehm@journalsentinel.com

Posted: Aug. 12, 2004

West Bend - A Neenah construction company next month will begin building the first public boat launch on 118-acre Silver Lake in the Town of West Bend, county officials said.

Washington County has awarded Phenco Inc. a $359,552 contract to demolish a small shoreline cottage at 5607 Peters Drive, build a dock and boat ramp on the site, and construct a parking lot for seven boat trailers at a nearby property, Purchasing Agent Bill Kurer said.

Phenco's contract also includes dredging muck from the shallow bay to create a 50-foot-wide channel extending more than 100 feet from the ramp into the lake.

The contract was awarded after the County Board agreed this week to rezone the property as parkland, said Paul Mueller, planning and parks department administrator.

The park district created by the board also encompasses a separate 8.5-acre parcel at 5630 Peters Drive where the parking lot and a restroom building will be built.

Though the lots are zoned as parkland, the properties are too small to be used for traditional recreational activities and the county will not provide children's play equipment or a picnic area, Mueller said.

"The size and terrain are not suitable for a park," Mueller said, referring to a steep hillside at the rear of the 5630 Peters Drive property.

"This is intended to be a lake access only," Mueller said.

A spring 2005 opening of the public access is planned.

The county in May awarded a $108,455 contract to Ray Stadler Construction Co. Inc. of Wauwatosa for construction of the restrooms, Kurer said. Stadler Construction also will demolish a former residence at 5630 Peters Drive under a separate $4,500 contract.

Silver Lake is the largest body of water in Washington County without public access. A total of $663,314 in state grants will pay all costs of developing the site, to be known as the Henschke Hillside Lake Access.

Both Peters Drive properties were formerly owned by Roland and Patricia Henschke.

Work on the public access was delayed earlier this year after the West Bend Town Board in June rejected the county's request for a permit to build the boat launch.

Washington County sued the town in early July, claiming town officials improperly denied the permit. That lawsuit is pending, but county officials will now review the need for the legal challenge, County Attorney Kim Nass said.

"The park district ordinance allows the county to move forward with the project in the absence of a town zoning permit," Mueller said.

West Bend Town Chairman Robert Seebach could not be reached to comment on the county's zoning change. Town Supervisor Joseph Spaeth declined to comment.

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6/25/04 @ 2:39 PM
BHizzl
BHizzl
USER since 12/19/03
Amen, Slimedart!

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6/24/04 @ 11:10 AM
SlimeDart
SlimeDart
USER since 1/9/04
A Public Boat launch to this lake would be great, not to mention a access to the lake during ice fishing season. I can't really feel sad for the "Big Money" property owners who surround this lake. Bottom line, they own the property on the Lake but they don't own the lake. It's a Natural Resource that should be enjoyed by all citzens. Why wouldnt they suggest opening up some land to the south to construct an area to launch there instead of in the heavier Resisdential area? Maybe because some other wealthy land owner doesn't want to give an inch.

I'm suprised more people haven't chimed in on this subject, i think its because most people still aren't aware of what is actually going on.

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6/22/04 @ 6:30 AM
Public Access
Public Access
USER since 9/24/01
Here is the latest on the Silver Lake access site from the June 22 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Officials seek to avoid legal action over boat launch denial in Town of West Bend

By DON BEHM

dbehm@journalsentinel.com

Posted: June 21, 2004

West Bend - Washington County will consider rezoning a county-owned lot on Silver Lake as parkland so it can proceed with plans to build a public boat launch on the property, officials said Monday.

Rezoning the narrow lot at 5607 Peters Drive will be discussed Wednesday, as an alternative to going to court to overturn the Town of West Bend's June 3 denial of a permit to build a public access on the property, County Attorney Kim Nass said.

State law authorizes counties to zone and rezone county-owned properties without the approval of a town board, Nass said. She plans to discuss rezoning and a lawsuit Wednesday at a meeting of the county Planning, Conservation and Parks Committee.

County Board Chairman Ken Miller said rezoning is preferable to a costly legal challenge.

"We're not in the habit of suing other municipalities," Miller said.

Should the full board approve the rezoning proposal next month, there would be no need for the county to seek a town permit for the public access, he said.

According to Nass, however, the county would be required to schedule a public hearing on the rezoning.

Nass is to ask the committee to recommend one option for the board to consider at its July 13 meeting.

Miller also plans to inform the committee Wednesday that county use of a Silver Lake Yacht Club boat ramp on Peters Drive as a public access is not possible.

The private club has an agreement with Silver Lake Country Inn that prohibits use of the ramp after 4 p.m. on days the restaurant is open, Miller said in explaining why he will not recommend buying an easement, or lease, to the club property. Restaurant customers are able to park adjacent to club property on Peters Drive after 4 p.m.

Miller met last week with club President Joseph Loiacono to discuss a lease.

County acquisition of the club's property, too, is out of the question because club officials and a majority of members oppose a sale, Miller and Loiacono said.

The club supports public access at the county-owned property, Loiacono said.

Paul Rice, a club member and West Bend town supervisor, disagreed with Loiacono. Rice said he believes a club majority favors county use of the private ramp.

The county-owned shoreline lot is not suitable for a public launch because it is too close to residential neighbors, Rice said in explaining why he voted against the county's request for a permit to build the access there.

"That would trample the rights of property owners on either side" of the lot, Rice said.

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5/19/04 @ 10:34 AM
danimal-66
danimal-66
USER since 2/19/02
I see the town board voted 5-0 against working with the DNR on the launch. Not a surprise with "big money" property owners sitting on the board to protect their lake from the stampede of boaters wanting this teeny weeny lanuch and have been waiting 25 yrs to get back on this lake. Word from the DNR is that the town's approval is only a formality anyway... its a state-county operation. The lake association lives in a hell of its own creation ... kind of hard to feel sorry for them.

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