Land Use Policies and Rules
The following documentation intends to serve as a guide for administering
public land use policies, and to clarify policy specifics regarding the usage
of WRPCO lands.
General: It is recognized that WRPCO land is open
to the public unless posted otherwise. No person or persons shall designate
WRPCO land as though it were their own. In addition to
the following sections, land policies adopted by the State of Wisconsin will also
be regarded as policies applicable to WRPCO land.
Section 1: Hunting Stands/Blinds
General: The following articles are supported by Wisconsin State Statute Sec.
939.23(3) or 943.01(1). "Destroying and Damaging Private Property."
|Only tree stands of the portable variety shall be used in which no
damage is afflicted to trees, and shall be removed from the property at
the close of each hunting day. Unoccupied stands will be confiscated by
WRPCO personnel and a reclamation charge
will be assessed for their return.
|Nails, spikes, screws or other damaging hardware shall not be driven
into any trees. Tree climbing spikes shall not be used to gain access to
trees. Reports of found nails spikes, etc. should be forwarded to
|No lumber or plywood shall be used in building ground level blinds.
Ground level blinds shall be removed at the close of each hunting day.
|Waterfowl blinds shall be placed no more than 7 days prior to the
opening of the waterfowl hunting season and shall be removed no later
than 7 days after the waterfowl hunting season closes. Waterfowl blinds
shall be labeled with the hunter's name and address at all times.
Permanent blinds are prohibited.
|Cutting or damaging trees, clearing woods, or tearing branches off of
otherwise healthy trees for hunting is prohibited.
|Trash and debris shall be removed from property. Leaving or discarding
trash or debris (including hunting blinds) is littering and a citation may
|Shooting signs or causing damage to WRPCO
equipment or facilities is a violation of law and will result in
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Section 2: Boat Storage and Parking
General: In addition to the WRPCO Land Policy
Guidelines, people are reminded that DNR watercraft laws require observance for
the safety of yourself and others.
|Day-use watercraft parking shall be done in a safe and courteous
manner, away from swimming areas and high use navigation channels and areas
where space and maneuverability is limited.
|Overnight storage of watercraft is restricted to designated or
commercially licensed areas. Boats cannot be "pulled-up" and tied to
shoreline structures or trees. Off-shore boat mooring is not allowed.
|Long term mooring or shoreline storage of boats is not permitted other
than at licensed designated areas as mentioned in article 2.2. Watercraft
must be kept fully with the boundary of the designated licensed area.
|Unauthorized or abandoned boats will be confiscated by
WRPCO and stored at a
WRPCO facility. Owners will be assessed a
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Section 3: Snowmobiles/ATVs/Motorized Vehicles
General: General operation is limited to licensed areas.
|Snowmobiles and ATV's must remain on marked and licensed trails.
Traveling on WRPCO lands outside of designated
areas is in violation of State Statute 23.3, paragraph 3, and is subject
|Operation of other motor vehicles on WRPCO
lands is illegal and in violation of State Statute 23.3, paragraph 3, and
is subject to prosecution.
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Section 4: Camping/Outdoors
General: Private, county and state owned and operated camping facilities
are provided in the area.
|Camping and fires are not permitted on WRPCO
lands except in designated areas.
|Taking firewood from WRPCO lands is allowed
by permit only.
|Dumping or discarding material generated from outside sources or foreign
to the surrounding environment is subject to prosecution.
|Public access around dams and powerhouses is limited to areas not marked
with signs or restricted by fences. Violation of defined limits constitutes
trespassing and is subject to prosecution.
|Building structures, making improvements, or altering
WRPCO property on land or water is not allowed.
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