North lake, Wauk. Cty. Boat launch, WHATS THE HANGUP?

6/29/08 @ 3:32 PM
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Flytrap
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USER since 1/29/08
I'd say make sure you have somebody to stay with the gear while retrieving the car, or finding a different place to fish. Somehow, I just don't see waiting on the DNR as a viable option. Too much like a political campaign promise, and nobody really believes those.

Of course,you could try to interest a sportsman's organization to fund a boat ramp, but that may be as successful as waiting for the DNR.

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6/6/17 @ 3:33 PM
n.pike
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USER since 4/2/02
Hard to say if lake property owners would act illegally if people were parked in a public boat launch. I would hope not. And,  most would probably not think that way-to actually damage someone else's property. But, I think a camera up in a tree monitoring a launch if there is trouble would be the perfect solution.  

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6/6/17 @ 12:01 PM
HotPockeT
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You know when this does go in that some yahoo in a speedboat is going to hit that jetti sooner or later. lol

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6/6/17 @ 11:54 AM
HotPockeT
HotPockeT
USER since 3/18/11

Zebras have been in there for years already. Im not for or against it. It already gets alot of pressure from people launching in the river. Nice weekends its already full and I have to park my trailer at the cabin instead of the lot by the launch.  Guess it would be nice to not have to see people launching right across from the cabin all day but honestly that doesnt bother me much either.  Kinda entertaining at times.

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6/6/17 @ 11:29 AM
Fishlovme
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MEMBER since 6/22/01

I know a lot of people want a nice, public access on this lake, but why does it need one?  

A lake that I've fished a number of times over the years in Southern Waukesha County right on the Walworth County Border, Eagle Spring Lake, used to have an "access".  It was terrible!  Super shallow, you had to go in the water to get the boat in every time.  And there wasn't hardly any parking either.  I went back another year, which was probably about 10 years ago now and the DNR built a nice launch there.  Can you guess what happened next?  Tons of pleasure boaters on a 300 acre lake that doesn't get deeper than 5' deep.  Used to have some nice bluegills in there and all the bass you'd ever want.  There's still lots of bass but the gluegills pretty much disappeared, I think the weeds and the spawning grounds disappeared.  But also what came after the pleasure boaters?  Those damn zebra mussels!  

Another lake not far from North Lake, Beaver Lake, doesn't even have a public boat launch and it has zebra mussels in the lake!  When I think about it it wouldn't surprise me if North has them already too, but the point is once there's a nice launch there'll be more pleasure boaters, and more fishermen.  I say keep it the way it is, and those who want to get to the lake will still get to the lake!  Would be nice to have a walk-in area though for ice fishing!

Just my opinions stated here, several of you will disagree, I'm sure.  But why does a small, 300ish acre lake need a public boat launch?

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6/6/17 @ 8:58 AM
BugleTrout
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USER since 9/27/01

Even if a launch is constructed, expect harassment from the property owners. They’re not going to be happy that the public now has improved access to their lake. We have two lakes within 10 miles of our place up north that do not have a public access or launch. One has a creek leading to it and a person could launch a kayak or canoe from a bridge downstream and legally access the lake. I confirmed that with the local warden but he mentioned that people who have tried it have returned to their vehicles to find key marks and slashed tires. You’ll see some top-notch douchebag behavior until the locals get used to sharing their resource.

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6/6/17 @ 7:38 AM
HotPockeT
HotPockeT
USER since 3/18/11

If these two old guys got in no problem i would think you could. lol

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6/5/17 @ 5:00 PM
mingus
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USER since 8/9/02

With most past attempts at establishing boat launches in Waukesha County, there has always been local opposition.  The DNR finds a way to step in and get some type of access. During DNR’s efforts to establish a launch at Moose Lake, former congressman Mark Neuman and a lake property owner, worked with his good friend, speaker of the Assembly John Gard, to block funding.  The DNR secretary at that time defied Gard and found other funding to establish the launch.  The DNR now under Walker is obliged to follow the political whims of the monied elite.  The DNR is not a reliable advocate for the average fisherman.  

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6/5/17 @ 11:59 AM
Chemist
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USER since 6/17/01

Someone on here knows the Kleefisch family. Maybe have Joel or Rebecca give things a little nudge in the right direction.

I think it almost has to be a person to person conversation with someone in power if anything is going to happen. 

The people on the lake probably have some friends in high places, so that's what the public needs to do too. There are more people who don't live on the lake than those who do.

At least that's how we got access to Silver Lake in Washington County. Some of us went to church with one of the county board members who was in charge of the parks budget.

Edited on 6/5/17 12:03 PM
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6/5/17 @ 11:50 AM
HotPockeT
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USER since 3/18/11

I stay at the small cabin across from the public access quite often as it is owned by very good family friends.  I love watching people trying to load and unload their boats in the river all day. lol. I myself am able to get my 17ft lund with a 90hp 4 stroke in there. Been doing it for a very long time

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6/5/17 @ 11:22 AM
bwankowski
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USER since 5/5/14
Well there is access on the river right by the post office in north lake just not the access that there really should be for that lake. I believe Gillispie has launched there before by just backing his truck and boat down the river to deeper water where he could float his small lund he had at the time.

Edited on 6/5/17 11:22 AM
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