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Armour Lake, Vilas County

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3/10/20 @ 4:11 PM
HIllbillyJohn
User since 5/10/11

Curious who you got a ticket from. 6 years ago that boat ramp looked like a public boat ramp there were so many rigs parked out there on weekends. They changed the lock 4 or 5 years ago and that problem went away. I would have fought it. 

We don't even have a town constable anymore though I have a hunch that maybe someone who was chums with the then constable may have been the reason. I don't know of any laws against parking on the road. I do it all the time. 

Anyway..far easier to just put in on Horsehead and take short paddle across. 

3/10/20 @ 3:44 PM
Pearle68
User since 9/13/09

Hillbilly john - spot on regarding access via Horsehead and Crab/North Crab.  Both are nice trips...  I did access via crab lake road as you mentioned, carrying a canoe through there about 6 years ago and got a ticket parking on Crab Lake Road.  Just my experience...  Only issue with an official Public Launch is year 1 and every year thereafter it will get speared....like Horsehead.

3/10/20 @ 3:27 PM
HIllbillyJohn
User since 5/10/11

Public access to Armour

1) Deeded public portage across isthmus from Horsehead. There are signs and ramps to pull out your boat or canoe.

2) River down from North Crab (requires kayak and helmet). Reverse access is a bit difficult. :) 

3) Crab lake road. There is a gated locked landing for island dweller on West side of lake, but just a few feet South, the water comes to within a few feet of the road, well into the town right-of-way making it public access. This has a few bits of shrubs that you'd have to fight thru but I'd think a canoe or kayak can muddle through. Nothing that a machete run late at night wouldn't solve. 

Every summer, many paddlers run thru Armour. There is a 9 acre state-owned island. Technically I don't know if camping is legal but canoe/kayakers do it frequently.

Like I said, any canoe or kayakers are welcome to park at my place and put in. I don't have my own boat ramp. I too have to buddy up to neighbors.

Likewise anyone wishing to run the rapids down from North Crab can take out at my place. Either drop a vehicle here or if I'm able, I'll run you to Crab landing. It's only like a 20 minute walk too (roughly). The rapids are fun but sometimes treacherous. Dries up some too later in summer. Sometimes trees down across it too. And beaver dams...other than that..... :)

I'll also take people out in my boat though to be clear...I AM NOT A GUIDE! I would just be steering the boat. Liquid bribery would be required.

Sure...there are some pricks on this lake...unlike EVERY OTHER LAKE IN THE STATE!!!!!! (That was sarcasm for those slow on the uptake) Mostly people are pretty nice.

Just sayin'

3/10/20 @ 3:06 PM
samfox
User since 3/17/09

I’ll just launch at the same place as always.

3/10/20 @ 3:00 PM
icebelt
User since 10/22/13

So a smart guy like you hasn't figured it out yet and that is what I'm talking about if me and my boys could only catch 20 fish a year I would probably feel the same way. That way is conger up new laws so maybe your hay day can come. Keep on trying tough you might get it someday. Good luck to you type A.

3/10/20 @ 11:28 AM
samfox
User since 3/17/09

So if not private, where is the public access?

3/10/20 @ 11:21 AM
HIllbillyJohn
User since 5/10/11

Not to belabor the point, but Armour IS NOT A PRIVATE LAKE!!!!!

3/9/20 @ 6:08 PM
icebelt
User since 10/22/13

Because people like you need virgin waters to succeed and harvest a few for selfish needs. So I will draw you a pic. With public access the fish population will go down. I’m not sure you can protect the resource if you vote to expose it. I would think an self minded advocate would want a sanctuary for fish. Not open it up unless the benefit is personal.

3/9/20 @ 7:12 AM
HIllbillyJohn
User since 5/10/11

I hate to inject facts into this, but Harvey(and Jr.) got all of their lakefront properties back. This has been going on for years, they don't pay taxes for years until they are in real threat to losing the properties, then they pay up and get the properties back.

Also for the record there are 3 public access points to Armour though correct, there are no public boat landings. I've heard these same conversations for decades. 

I live on Armour, and personally, wouldn't give a rat's ass if we had a landing. There are enough private landings that get used by folks who don't live on the lake and last time I checked, armageddon has been avoided. Look at Crab lake. Only boats at landing are fishing boats and kayaks. I doubt outsiders go to Crab to water-ski, especially if they value their lower units. Armour is a mini version of Crab.

Honestly, rather than get all frothed up about getting on to Armour, why not check out the bazillion lakes up in the Ottawa. I fish there more than on my own damn lake.

If anyone is jonesing that bad to get on Armour, send me a private message. I don't have my own landing but if you really want to check it out, a 12-pack or bottle of Maker's will go a long way. I am NOT a guide but if all you want to do is troll the shoreline for Musky while I crack a cold one...I'm up for it.

Cheers

Just my $.02 worth.

3/9/20 @ 5:42 AM
icebelt
User since 10/22/13

I see hypocrisy here how can opening this lake up to the public be good for the resource? In this is the case we need a proposal, open to the public Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 2pm. Unless JKB is up north where he lives but not when he is at his cottage in the south. As I read I learn more and more about the individual!

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