News & Notices


Notice to Electors

Town of Winchester, Vilas County, WI

The Town of Winchester Board Of Canvassers will meet at the Vilas County Courthouse, Eagle River, WI on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM to certify the 2019 Spring Election.


Lana Platz

Deputy Clerk


Lakes Committee News & Updates

Why Do a Lake Management Plan

Why Do a Lake Management Plan

Harris Lake Curly Leaf Pond Weed Mitigation

Originally discovered during a Town Lakes Committee sponsored on-water plant identification session, there were approximately 14 acres of CLP.  After two years of treatment and monitoring, it shrunk to 9 acres the first year and 4 acres last year.  Following an underwater survey to be completed the spring, it will be determined whether to chemically treat again this year or simply to monitor growth.  It has been a real success story!

Lake Management Planning

The Lakes Committee is in discussion with the North Lakeland Discovery Center about the possibility of doing Lake Management Planning on some of our lakes.  This is important because if a lake develops an AIS problem, it is likely it will be required to have a lake management plan in place in order to qualify for State funded grant assistance.  Some of our Lake Associations are currently considering conducting property owner surveys, which is the first step in lake planning.

Lake User Curtosy Guide

The Lakes Committee developed a guide of recommended conduct of activity on our lakes.  This guide was approved by the Town Board as voluntary guidelines only, rather than enforceable ordinances.  Laminated posters are available through Town Lakes Committee representatives.  (A copy is below)

Lakes Association Consultation And Assistance

North Lakeland Discovery Water Specialist, Anne Kretschmann, and this summer Water Intern make available programs and resources to all lake groups in the area.

12 Lakes Are Represented on the Winchester Town Lakes Committee

12 LAKES ARE REPRESENTED ON THE WINCHESTER TOWN LAKES COMMITTEE, including Adelaide, Birch, Circle Lily, Harris, Hiawatha, Pardee, Little Papoose & Noseeum, Papoose, Rainbow and the Turtle Chain (3 lakes).

Town Of Winchester Lake User Guide

Town Of Winchester Lake User Guide
Common Sense Courtesies
  • Water Sports…Please restrict the activities of water skiing, tubing and personal watercraft to the hours of 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Shoreland Lighting…Please consider the glare of yard lights on your neighbors across the lake. Consider using motion detector lights, light shields and/or low wattage bulbs.
  • Quiet Hours…Please consider your neighbors and eliminate excessive noise between the hours of 10 pm and 8 am.
  • Space…Observe loons, eagles and other wildlife from a distance.
  • Clean Lakes…If you carry it in, please carry it out.
  • Fireworks…Think before you shoot. Fireworks make noise, contaminate our lakes with toxic chemicals, and present a fire hazard to property.
It’s the Law
  • Slow-No-Wake…All boats are required to operate at slow-no-wake speed within 100 feet of lake shorelines. All personal watercraft are required to operate at slow-no-wake speed within 200 feet of lake shorelines.
  • Boaters…All boaters must stay at least 100 feet from anglers, swimmers, divers, snorkelers, rafts, docks and other watercraft. One wearable personal flotation device is required for each boater.
  • Waterskiing and Tubing…Any personal watercraft pulling a water skier or tube must be designed to seat 3 passengers. Waterskiing and the use of personal watercrafts are not permitted after sunset.
  • Invasive Species…Launching or transporting boats or boating equipment with aquatic plants or animals attached is prohibited. Clean your boat, motor, trailer and anchor. Drain all water from live wells and the bilge. Do not release unused bait into the lake.

Perform Lake CPR – be Courteous, Polite & Respectful

Help Keep Our Lakes Safe, Clean and Enjoyable for Everyone