This is the Official Mount Morris Lakes Management District Website
We are a Lake District, not a Lake Association. This website provides straight-forward, factual data and information to District electors and stakeholders about the District's plans and activities. Through this site, District residents are updated as to what is important for them to know as a lakeshore property owners.
The District is located in the Town of Mt. Morris in Waushara County, just 7 miles northeast of Wautoma off of State Highway 152. Those who reside in the District are referred to as "electors" or "stakeholders."
Please preserve the quality of the lake system through responsible boating, fishing, and water activity that is respectful of the lake environment. A lake is a precious resource that must be cared for by all.
Always check the shore land zoning regulations that may impact your property before implementing construction or improvement plans. Click to see: Wis. Admin. Code. NR 115-2015 changes.
JULY 17, 2021 Annual Meeting was held as a live meeting at:
Veterans Memorial Hall, 440 w. Main Street, Downtown Wautoma
THE WINTER DRAWDOWN PLAN WAS VOTED APPROVED
THE DRAWDOWN PROCESS IS COMPLETE.
THE LAKE WILL REAMAIN IN A LOW WATER CONDITION
UNTIL NAY 1, 2022... WHEN IT WILL BE REFILLED
The water level has dropped down about 6 feet. The drawdown will remain at that water level through the
winter. The re-fill process should begin early May 1, 2022, and should be filled to full capacity by May 15,
2022. Fish, snakes, turtles, and other wildlife need time to adjust their life patterns as they normally do at
these times of year for hibernation, spawning, and habitat. It is a good idea to refrain from fishing the lake
during the winter drawdown.
During the drawdown, the Town of Mt. Morris has closed the boat landings.
As far as conducting any shoreline improvement work, it is the responsibility of each shoreline owner to
contact the County, Town, and city zoning offices and the DNR to discuss the specific details of their
shoreline process and secure the approvals. The Lake District can only point you in the direction of
information links. Click here to secure information or contact the DNR for more shoreline modification
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL DISTRICT MEMBERS
Please view the Onterra LLC You Tube video presentation before the Annual July 17, 2021 meeting:
THE ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING AGENDA FOR JULY 17, 2021 WAS CONDUCTED AS FOLLOWS:
Meeting Convened - Approved / modify the agenda. There were over 100 people in attendance.
Welcome of only new District Members, along with an introduction of current District Officers and past commissioners
Secretary's Report of July 18, 2020 Annual Meeting: Joe Slezak
Combined 2020-2021 Treasurer's Report and Presentation of 2021-2022 budget: Peggy Thiel
Friends of Mt. Morris Lakes Fund (FOMML) Endowment Fund Report: Bob Jozwowski
Drawdown Referendum Results: Tim Dahlstrand & Joe Slezak
Lake Drawdown Q & A Discussion, and Legal shoreline modifications during drawdown
Rob Adams, Ted Johnson, and two other DNR representatives spoke, but the shoreline rep was not able to attend.
Boating Safety and Lake Behavior Etiquette: Joe Slezak
Aquatic Plant Harvesting Equipment: Future Plans & Costs within the next 7 years were discussed - Joe Slezak
Election of a Commissioner: Rob Adams was unanimously elected for a 3 year term
Other topics for discussion from the floor were brought forth
The By-Laws Review Committee has been re-established with new volunteers
The Pontoon Boat Parade is Saturday, July 24. Boats line up in Lake D Channel area. No Picnic after the parade.
The meeting adjournment was at 11:45 am. Slides from the meeting will be posted in the District Archives.
QUARTERLY COMMISSONER'S MEETING: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021
Rob Adams Elected New District Chairperson for 2022
The details of the drain-down of the lakes was discussed. We will start refilling the lake on May 1, 2022... completed by May 15, 2022
Follow-up work dam maintenance work and inspection report were reviewed. Becher-Hoppe engineers will implement the tmaintenance and epair work.
Cost of the repairs to the harvester were discussed to bring the harvester in condition for the 2022 season.
Repairs will require additional funds special vote... a note will be sent to all District members with information about repair costs
Reviews and actions to revise the current website format were discussed with Joe Slezak
Discussion started concerning shifting of the Annual Meeting date to a different day/date to correspond more closely to our budget approval process
Gil Steffanides was appointed to fill out the remainder of the commissioner term of Tim Dahlstrand. His confirmation vote will be at the July Annual Meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 11:30 am. Next Quarterly Meeting to be held at the Mountainview Community Center on March 5, 2022at 9:00 am
MMLMD LAKE ENDOWMENT FUND (FOMML)
The "Friends of Mt. Morris Lake Endowment Fund" was set up by the District Board. You can donate tax-deductible money to the fund to preserve the future quality of our lakes. The fund is managed by the "Oshkosh Area Community Foundation." Make a contribution online at: https://www.oshkoshareacf.org/fund/friends-of-the-mount-morris-lakes-endowment-fund/ or you can mail in the official contribution form. To read the letter or get more information, go to the Endowment Fund page. This fund is important for future funding of lake projects. The committee has developed a brochure to explain the fund's purpose. Thanks to all who have contributed to the Fund at this time. A list of contributors can be found at this link: FOMML CONTRIBUTORS.
SPRING & SUMMER NIGHT SKY VIEWING ENJOYMENT
People like to enjoy the night sky! Are your property lights directed downward from the sky to the land? Consider installing side shields so that the light does not spread out from the sides and distract from dark, peaceful, night starry sky viewing.
BY-LAWS REVISION COMMITTEE FORMED TO BRING DISTRICT PROCEDURES UP TO DATE
Several people volunteered to work on the District By-Laws review committee. Work will commence soon on a review of the By-Laws and changes will be submitted to the 2022 Annual Meeting for membership approval. Contact Joe Slezak for information.
WAKE BOAT LEGISLATION BEING PROPOSED IN MINNESOTA AND MICHIGAN
District shore owners have been asking questions about how to prevent shoreline erosion and rapid build-up of celery weed.
One of the topics mentioned was boat wakes as one cause of the problem. Please review these 2 links to learn about how some wake boats are designed to produce large wakes and underwater pressure that uproots vegetation and can damage shorelines: https://www.minnpost.com/environment/2020/03/the-battle-over-wake-surfing-has-made-its-way-to-the-minnesota-legislature/