Oconto County Lakes & Waterways Association
The purpose of Oconto County Lakes & Waterways Association shall be
In early 1999 Rob Burke, Oconto County Community Development Educator, saw the need for classification of all county lakes to insure reasonable and environmentally safe development. Classification allows the county to determine zoning by taking into account local preferences, ecology of specific lakes and the degree of development already taken place. Rob's vision was the creation of a county lake association composed of members of all individual lake organizations to work with the county to apply for a DNR grant to fund the classification.
In July 1999, Rob and Tom Milheiser, County Conservationist, assembled a group of lake representatives at a meeting to elect officers and create bylaws to govern the new association. Oconto County Lakes & Waterways Association was the adopted name, and a slate of officers was chosen. Charter lake representatives came from Inland Lakes P&R District #1 Townsend, Bass Lake, Maiden Lake, White Potato Lake Sportsmen's Club, Wheeler Lake, Little Archibald Lake, White Potato Lake, Crooked Lake and the Machickanee Flowage. Charter officers were: President Erv Limberg, Vice-president Mick Gillaume, Secretary Judie Gowaski, Treasurer Dick Hiebing; the board of directors included Tim Ottem, Jerry Eckes, and Merle Nilles.