​PROPERTY OWNERS
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.

THE LAKE REFILL STARTED ON  MAY 5, 2022

  • Complete refill is expected to occur around May 22-24... or as nature permits!

  • Dam gates regulated daily (full closure to partial closure) to keep downstream creek flow

  •  The amount of rain received will impact the rate of lake fill earlier or later than this date

  • The Lake is expected to be ready for use by Memorial Day Weekend or earlier.

  • The Town of Mt. Morris Boat landing renovation is finished and open for use at this time

  • CAUTION!!!  There will be a lot of floating debris in the lakes for the next few weeks.

Using the boat landing all depends upon how much water you have at your pier to dock your boat.  Thanks to the Town of Mt. Morris for rebuilding the main boat landing concrete pad, the brush clearing of the area, and the improving the upper lake boat landing area to facilitate easier launch of the weed harvester. The new concrete boat landing pad is longer to allow for boats to power off and on their trailers. The extra rocks at the end of the pad will prevent erosion under the pad during power launching. Please be careful when using the boat launching pad so that we can preserve it to last as long as it can.

Why did we have to wait to refill on May 5? The DNR this date as a general state law to allow for the ice to melt, and to allow for amphibians to emerge without drowning. The slow, gradual refill process...6 inches per day... allows marine life and other lake inhabitants to re-establish their living cycle for the spring. Although this is a state law, is not that applicable to some areas were warming is faster.

 

This had been a perfect winter (low snow, cold temperatures) to allow for the freezing killing off the hybrid EWM that has been becoming most present in Lakes C and D. To view the Onterra LLC consultant's aerial video of the drain down, copy and paste this link to the URL:   https://youtu.be/kaheIT87g80

To view the summary report written by Onterra LLC about the preliminary results they had gathered from the drawdown, click on this link: DrawdownReport

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.  

Anyone desiring to fill the lake faster is welcome to turn on their garden hose or dump 5 gallon water pails of water into the lake at their discretion. At this time, the dam gates are regulated from completely closed to partially open, to maintain and even flow of water for the downstream creek past the dam.

 

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

 

information: MYSHORELINE


         IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL DISTRICT MEMBERS

The Mount Morris Lakes Management District Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 9:00 am . 

Currently, the meeting will  be held at the Mountainview Community Center.  

 Please check out this lake drawdown explanation vide from Onterra, LLC before our July 16, 2022 Annual Meeting:

https://youtu.be/ZdTuqTwR4eg

      THE COST APPROVAL REFERENDUM HAS PASSED.  THE HARVESTER HAS BEEN REPAIRED  FOR 2022 OPERATIONS.     

The final repair costs were $16,00 plus due to the need to repair the hydraulic pump on the harvester and transport charges for the harvester to and form Aquarius Systems in Sun Prairie. At the time of the original repair estimated, we did not know about the condition of the pump. When all repairs were completed the pump was tested, it was found that there were serious problems with the pump, and that it would have failed at the beginning of the 2022 season. The pump repair was not listed on the original estimate. The costs will be covered with existing funds and will not impact the tax assessment at this time. Note that at this time., the harvester repairs will last a few years, but its age and condition indicates we are faced with buying a new harvester (about $175,000).  We should  be able to secure a cost share grant from the DNR, where they may pay up to 75% of the harvester cost.

Rob Adams was elected by the Board to serve as District Chairperson for 2022, succeeding Tim Dahlstrand.

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.

LAKE PROPERTY RENTAL REGULATIONS FOR WAUSHARA COUNTY

Owners of homes for rent are responsible for communicating the lake regulations and lake usage guidelines to their rentals at the start of the rental period. It has been found that renters do not generally know these rules, display inappropriate boating behavior, and have been cited by DNR wardens for violations. Don't put your renters in an embarrassing position like this. Communicate the guidelines to them often and clearly. 

Read these guidelines in the January notice from Zoning concerning Waushara County rentals:

 

1.  Zoning and the Health Department have established procedures to review rental listings on organizations such as Airbnb and VRBO to compare

      occupancy listing to occupancy allowed.

     -  Waushara County rentals must be licensed by the County Health Dept.

     -  The goal is to bring advertised occupancy in line with those allowed by the property.

2.  Allowed occupancy is based on sewer capability of the property.

     -  Sewered properties according to ATCP 72 (cubic footage per person per bedroom).

     -  Unsewered properties according to SPS 383.40 thru 383.43... (based on the sizing requirements of the septic system)

 

For questions or rental concerns, please contact:

    Waushara Zoning - 920-787-0453 or Waushara Health - 920-787-6590

Visit the Waushara County Watershed Lakes Council website https://wcwlc.org

 

DON'T USE ON-BOARD BOAT DOCKING LIGHTS WHILE CRUISING AT NIGHT 

All boats have red and green navigation lights, an anchoring white light, and some have bright docking lights. Please do not turn on your docking lights while cruising the lake at night. This is similar to the bright lights of an automobile coming at you, and they are blinding to both other boats on the lake and to people on the shore in their homes. Docking lights are not to be used as boat headlights... they are a short term lighting device to complete your docking procedure at your pier. They are an annoyance to the quiet environment of the water if used all the time. Use them only when you need extra light to dock. Otherwise... someone might report you as a UFO on the lake at night!

LARGE WAKE BOATS AND DEEP V INBOARD ENGINE HULL DESIGNS CAUSE UPROOTED WEEDS

Owners of these boats have inboard engines with propellers that tend to uproot celery weed. Please read these links:

 https://www.minnpost.com/environment/2020/03/the-battle-over-wake-surfing-has-made-its-way-to-the-minnesota-legislature/

https://www.greatlakesscuttlebutt.com/news/press-room/wake-impacts/

 

PROPERTY SECURITY  

To prevent cottage break-ins, go to Resources under NEWS/LETTER for Cottage Security Tips