Lake Wausau Association

Welcome to the Lake Wausau Association Website

Thank you for visiting us and for your interest in Lake Wausau!

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Join us for the 2018 Annual Member Social

Our annual 2018 Member Social will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 7th at Gulliver's Landing (banquet hall). LWA will provide light appetizers and music entertainment from 6:45pm to 9:15pm by Double Vision, a local acoustic duo playing everything from classic, rock, folk, blues, and original material. Members are encouraged to bring friends, neighbors, and family members... and new members are welcome at the event. All who attend will be eligible to participate in a $100 door prize raffle! We ask that you please RSVP to 715-551-9550 (text or call) if you plan to attend.

Lake Wausau Evaluation Project Nears Completion - Public Discussions for Development of the Lake Management Plan are Scheduled

We are pleased to share that our lake evaluation project is near completion and we are in the process of developing the formal Lake Management Plan (LMP), which will be our roadmap for maintaining, preserving, and improving Lake Wausau and its environment. The LMP is expected to be formalized and adopted by LWA by December 31, 2017. The public is invited to be involved in the development process. Please see our PRESS RELEASE pertaining to the public process for developing the formal Lake Management Plan for Lake Wausau, as well as the Proposed Process for Developing the Lake Management Plan. Dates and details for upcoming public meetings and agenda items/materials can be found at our Calendar of Events. See details below for a recap of the public meetings held.

Recap of Public Discussion on September 27, 2017

The first public discussion was held on Tuesday, September 27th. The discussion topics focused on a review of the aquatic plant surveys, strategies for the prevention and early response steps for aquatic invasive species, and fishery and habitat community and recommendations for improvements. Biologists and resource specialists shared data collected and recommendations, and responded to questions and suggestions. The meeting agenda and presentation materials can be found below for downloading and printing:

Recap of Public Discussion on October 21, 2017

The second public discussion was held on Saturday, October 21st. The discussion topics focused on the hydrodynamic modeling results, watersheds, water quality, and land use. Scientists from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented strategies for water quality improvements in previously identified areas of Lake Wausau. They also presented alternativess and feasibility for the improvement of fish spawning habitat in the upper end of the lake. General water quality conditions as they relate to land management were also discussed with scientists from UWSP and WDNR. The meeting agenda, materials and recordings of the meetings can be found below for downloading, printing, and viewing:

Recorded Presentations:

If you would like to share any concerns, thoughts, or suggestions for consideration in the development of the LMP, please contact LWA at or Nancy Turyk from UWSP at or 715-346-4155.

For additional information regarding the work that has been done to date on this project, including draft reports of data collected by researchers, please see our Newsletters page.

2018 Membership Renewals

It's time for LWA membership renewals. Renew your membership or join LWA as a new member in 2018 and help us protect, maintain, and enhance Lake Wausau and its beautiful surroundings. Membership dues are a substantial part of our financial support and go toward efforts to improve Lake Wausau. As a member you're entitled to voting rights on certain Lake Association matters, first hand updates on news, information, and events pertaining to Lake Wausau and its surroundings, opportunities to participate and be involved in one of our community's greatest resources, and inclusion in a network of lake users building stronger bonds within our community. Membership is open to all who find value Lake Wausau. So please help support our efforts to create a healthier lake by becoming a member today.

Click here for our Membership Form
Remit member dues of $25.00 to:
Lake Wausau Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1952
Wausau, WI 54402-1952

We thank you for your continued support in helping us create a healthier Lake Wausau. Membership continues to grow as those in the community realize the value of this incredible resource outside our back doors. Did you know member dues provide a significant source of financial support? Renewing your membership and recruiting new members for continued membership growth is critical to our success! Our past and current member listings are published below.

See Membership Information to learn more about being a member.

LWA's 5th Annual Fundraiser on 4/21/17 A Success!

LWA held it's 5th Annual Fundraising event on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Rothschild Pavilion from 6pm - 10pm. Proceeds from the event go toward Lake Wausau improvements and management efforts. LWA continues to work diligently with the WI DNR, UW Stevens Point Water Science Specialists, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Wisconsin River Alliance, local municipalities, and other neighboring groups to improve the conditions of Lake Wausau and the Wisconsin River System. We have made strong partnerships and great strides in our efforts to protect, maintain, and enhance Lake Wausau since reformation of the Organization in 2011. We are passionate about progressing the recreational, social, environmental, economic, and aesthetic values of Lake Wausau as a means to cultivating quality of life for members and prospective members of our community.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make this year's event a success, as well as all those who purchased tickets and those who attended. Thanks to you we were able to raise total proceeds of $23,454 in 2017! This is a tremendous success for the Lake Wausau Association which will benefit the entire community.

We are in the final stages of our lake evaluation project and will be working toward formalizing our lake management plan in fall 2017. Please visit our Calendar of Events for information regarding upcoming public meetings. Your input is important to the planning process for developing the final lake management plan so please mark your calendar and make an effort to attend!

For information regarding the lake evaluation project, including draft reports from our researchers, please see our Newsletter page.

Important Lake Resources and Contact Information

The following Companies service lake Wausau for dock removal:

  • DuBay Waters - 715.344.2628
  • Lakeside Dock & Lift Sales in Mincoqua - 715.358.7437
  • Pelican Pieers LLC in Pelican Lake - 715.499.0885 or 715.628.0214 (will be working in Wausau weeks prior to the drawdown)

Please refer to the following contact information for questions or concerns:

  • To report prohibited/harmful activities, please contact the WDNR hot-line at 1.800.847.9367 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • For information related to permits for shoreline restoration projects or lake bed clean up, please contact one of the following:
  • For questions regarding fishery/gaming please contact Tom Meronek at
  • For questions regarding boating/recreation and permitted activities, etc., please call Randy Dunkel, DNR Conservation Warden at 715.393.7473 or e-mail
  • For concerns or questions regarding health issues, please contact a Public Health Nurse by calling the Marathon County Health Department at 715-261-1900
  • For concerns specific to Blastomycosis please click on the following links:

Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department is working on implementation of restorations on private shoreland lots through a $100,000 Lake Protection Grant received from the WDNR. Marathon County can cost-share up to 70% for shoreland buffer restorations on private shoreland lots. Please click here for their flyer containing additional information.

Written by Holly on Monday January 8, 2018
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