Manitowoc County Lakes Association

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Mark your calendar with these dates and look forward to an exciting year! Please plan to attend. Public and Guests are encouraged! Meetings are held at the County Office building on Expo Drive unless noted elsewhere.

Manitowoc County Office Complex, Room 300
4319 Expo Drive, Manitowoc
Meetings are at 6:30pm

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MCLA Banquet

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: Social Hour 5:00pm; Meal 6:00pm
Location: The Gill’s in Whitelaw on Hwy 10

Tickets are $15.00 per person. Reservations requested no later than October 5th to Chuck Kiehn.

Our Guest Speaker for the banquet will be Jim Knickelbine; Naturalist, Writer, and Director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center.

Jim is an experienced birder with years of experience observing and writing about the natural world. Jim will share his knowledge about our migratory feathered friends that inhabit and visit our County Lakes and wetlands. You will leave the evening with a deeper appreciation and awareness of your favorite lake. Lake Stewardship Awards will presented following the program.

Please plan to attend and support MCLA and our Lake Heroes. Public and guests are encouraged!



Thursday, September 20, 2018 | View meeting minutes from 9-20-2018

This month’s program featured Pete Tarnowski, Senior Planner Manitowoc County Planning & Zoning Department and Reed Gaedtke, Code Administrator.  They delivered a presentation on 2016 changes to the Manitowoc County Shoreland Zoning Ordinance with specific requirements on impervious surfaces, non-conforming structures, and mitigation and discussed some planned upgrades to the county lake accesses.

If you live within 1000 ft. of a lake or 300 ft. from a stream you are subject to Shoreland Zoning and County or Town zoning. This presentation will help you better understand the conditions that apply to your property.  Shoreland Zoning is also intended to protect water bodies’ water quality and shoreline from development. The public should know if these legislative changes are protecting your public waters.

Location change: Meat’s in St. Nazianz on County Hwy A. The meeting location was moved from the Manitowoc County Office Complex to encourage more lake residents and members of the public to attend. MCLA business meeting followed.

Read a summary of this presentation by Hanna Edelglass

Download a PDF of the Shoreland Zoning Presentation (4MB)


Thursday, July 19, 2018View meeting minutes from 07-19-18

Presentation: Have We Made Progress Protecting the Environment as Agriculture Grows?

Presented by Guest Speakers:
Scott Gunderson, Manitowoc County UW Extension Agriculture Agent
Jerry Halverson, Manitowoc County Soil & Water Conservation Dept. Director

61% of Manitowoc County land base is used to produce agriculture products. Manitowoc County has many beautiful lakes used for recreation and for fish and wildlife habitat. What is being done to improve and protect our natural resources, including lakes, and what can be done in the future as agriculture continues to grow and prosper in the county? The MCLA regular business meeting followed the presentation.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better, it’s not!”

~~~ Dr. Seuss~~~

Read a summary of this presentation by Hanna Edelglass

Download a PDF of this presentation (9MB)

Download the Presentation with High Quality Images (16MB/takes a while to download)

May 17, 2018 | View meeting minutes from 05-17-18

DNR fish Manager Steve Hogler presented the results of Fish surveys conducted last year on Bullhead and Long Lake. Steve discussed surveys planned for this year and answered questions regarding fish management in on County Lakes.

Steve Hogler gives a talk on fishing

View highlights of Steve’s presentation by Hanna Edelglass


March 22, 2018View meeting minutes from 03-22-18

6:30pm. Manitowoc County Office Building. 4319 Expo Dr., Rm 300.



ERIC SITKIEWITZ, a Manitowoc alderman, challenges Manitowoc County Executive BOB ZIEGELBAUER for the county executive seat in the spring 2018 election.

The Manitowoc County Executive arguably has the highest ability to affect the conditions and quality of the area’s waters. On March 22, candidates for the Manitowoc County Executive position will conduct a listening session, answer questions, and state their respective qualifications for that position. Each will focus on proposals that would support the Manitowoc County Lakes Association mission, to protect and enhance the quality of area lakes and watersheds. This is a great opportunity to meet and to take your measure of the projected policies of these two individuals. Public invited and encouraged to attend. No registration.

Regular MCLA business to follow.





Jan 25, 2018View meeting minutes 01-25-18.pdf

Ice Fishing Manitowoc County Lakes will be featured at the Manitowoc County Lakes Association’s January 25th meeting, Thursday, starting at 6:30 in the County Offices Complex located at 4319 Expo Drive, Manitowoc.

Clint Ward will discuss the latest trend in technology and ice fishing methods that has occurred in recent years. A life long resident of Manitowoc County and avid fisherman he will discuss ice fishing opportunities on area lakes.

The Public is more than welcome to attend this and future MCLA events working to protect and enhance the quality of area lakes and watersheds for the benefit of all and quality of life in our community.

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