Waterfront Property Owners
A Second Life for Trees in Lakes: As Useful in Water as They Were on Land
Remarkably, after a tree falls in the lake, it might last another 300 to 600 years in the water. Fish use submerged trees in a variety of ways. Many species spawn on, adjacent to or under trees that provide cover which help some species protect their incubating brood. Newly hatched smallmouth bass will often inhabit submerged trees.
Large submerged trees can host entire fish communities. In Wisconsin, fifteen species of fish inhabited a single white pine tree in Katherine Lake including black crappies, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, rock bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch and minnows. Waterfront property owners can increase fish habitat by leaving trees that fall in the water in place.
Available book formats:
Impervious Surfaces: How They Impact Fish, Wildlife and Waterfront Property Values
How do impervious (hard) surfaces impact lakes and streams? This publication was developed for waterfront property owners and local officials to help answer this question. It does not discuss all of the potential impacts of impervious surfaces; rather it primarily focuses on impacts to: waterfront property values, fishing, and wildlife. Healthy lakes, rivers, and streams are truly the basis for creating fond memories of time spent near the water, like walleye fishing on a crisp fall morning, swimming with the kids in the afternoon, and entertaining friends on the evening shoreline.
Healthy fish, abundant wildlife, and clear, clean water all depend on the individual decisions that we make on our waterfront properties. When we develop waterfront lots, trees, and native plants are replaced by impervious (hard) surfaces. Driveways, rooftops, and other hard surfaces decrease the ability of the shoreland area to serve its natural functions. Links to the full-length version and the condensed versions are provided below.
Impervious Surfaces Materials:
- PowerPoint Presentations (Video and Audio):
- Impacts of Impervious Surfaces on Fish, Wildlife, and Waterfront Property (PowerPoint, Video
- Impacts of Impervious Surfaces on Fish Only (PowerPoint, Video)
Shoreland Development Density and Impervious Surfaces
This 19 page publication describes how shoreland development density and impervious surfaces affect the quality of our lakes and streams.
Choosing the Right Waterfront Property
If you are thinking about buying waterfront property in Wisconsin, this guide is meant or you. A little time invested in learning about waterfront living will pay back sizable dividends in matching your expectations to the realities. This guide provides:
- Ideas to consider before you start your property search
- Considerations to help you decide on the right lake or river
- Factors to help you choose just the right property
Choosing the Right Waterfront Property PDF Booklet
Protecting Your Waterfront Investment, 10 Simple Shoreland Stewardship Practices
Healthy watersheds make healthy lakes and higher property values. -- this booklet show how property owners can take simple steps to curb pollutants, cut runoff, and capture and cleanse pollutant-carrying runoff before it reaches a waterway.
3 Simple Steps to Create a Lawn That's Healthy for Kids, Pets, Wildlife and Water Quality
How we manage our lawns affects the health of our children, pets, wildlife and water quality. This one page information sheet outlines three simple steps for creating a lawn that’s healthy for all.