Welcome to the Amnicon Dowling Lake Management District Website

Announcements

After a number of delays, the DNR has finally approved our Comprehensive Management Plan.

 This plan includes a ten (10) year strategic plan created to help guide the district’s activities.  This means that we can begin implementing the recommended goals. Implementing the plan will require active participation by our stakeholders.  We will be reaching out to everyone soon to let you now how you can be a part of the Plan.  Please see the entire report on the Projects and Events page.

Meetings

***The meeting scheduled for Tuesday March 26th has been cancelled due to inclement weather***

ADLMD Board  monthly meetings are normally held the last Tuesday of the month, 6:00 PM, March through October- Tri Lakes Community Center (TLCC) 7872 S. County Road A.  Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday April 30, 2024.  

Amnicon-Dowling Lake Management District Update

Over the last few years we have welcomed a number of new property owners to our lakes and nearby areas. When talking to these new residents it has become apparent that many of them are unclear about the structure and function of the Lake Management District. This article hopes to clarify this issue.

The Amnicon Dowling Lake Management District is a specialized unit of government established to manage Amnicon and Dowling Lakes and their watersheds. It is organized under the Wisconsin State Statutes Chap. 33.

Our mission statement: The purpose of the Amnicon Dowling Lake Management District is to preserve and protect Amnicon and Dowling Lakes, their surroundings, watershed, and to enhance the water quality, fishery, boating safety and aesthetic values of both lakes as a public recreational facility for today and for future generations for the mutual good of our residents, public and the lake’s environment.

What it is: A governmental organization.

What it is not: A club or social organization.

What it is: Mandatory membership based on property ownership within the district boundaries.

What it is not: Voluntary membership by joining and paying membership dues.

What it can do: Levy taxes on properties within the district.

What it cannot do: Raise money by requiring dues or fundraising.

Some sanctioned activities: Monitor water quality, inventory and manage aquatic plant populations, purchase lands to protect sensitive areas, restore wetlands, provide educational opportunities, and develop and implement long-range lake management

plans.

In 2021, ADLMD was awarded a comprehensive planning grant through the WI DNR. The purpose of this grant was to develop a ten (10) year strategic plan for the District that will serve as a roadmap for future District activities.

Seven goals were established, with specific prioritized objectives and activities associated with each goal.

The final report was submitted to the DNR in August, 2023 for approval, after review and input from the District’s stakeholders.

We are still awaiting DNR approval. Once approved, the District will move forward to implement the plan. Active stakeholder participation is critical for the successful implementation of the plan (see goal seven). If not, the district will need to raise the tax

levy to contract out the work.

Strategic Plan Goals

Shoreline and Near Shore Goal: Implement shoreline and near shore practices to improve the water quality and habitat of the lakes.

Educational Goal: Provide educational opportunities and information to Stakeholders and the public.

Fisheries Goal: Improve Quality of Fisheries & Fisheries Habitat of the lakes.

Recreation Goal: Oversight of Recreational Usage of Amnicon and Dowling Lakes to ensure a safe and healthy multipurpose recreational environment.

Aquatic Plants Goal: Manage and Control both Native and Invasive Aquatic Plants.

Water Quality Goal: Reduce external and internal nutrient loading in both lakes and in their watersheds to achieve a water quality that will support a healthy lake ecosystem.

Plan Implementation and Amendment Goal: Follow through with the implementation of the plan. Review yearly and amend if necessary.

To read the entire comprehensive management plan, go to our projects and events page. If interested in becoming an active participant in implementing the plan, please email us: ADLMD7872@gmail.com