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Duck, Lynx lakes already dangerous PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

There is a time when one needs to review policies that hurt rather than enhance our natural resources. The proposal to add several lengthy docks on both Duck and Lynx lakes is one of these times.

These lakes are small and have been taxed in recent years with the building of many condominiums. With the building of these places, infractions occurred (with previous owner) where the natural landscape and waterscape were altered due to stump and tree removal.

How can these developers be allowed to build and make changes that go against restrictions and regulations? Is there anyone out there who does a check on these massive constructions to see that all is done according to code? Some repair eventually took place only after the developers were forced to do some restorations. Were these restorations as good as Mother Nature’s original habitat? Of course not!

Duck and Lynx lakes are busy avenues from the boat launch on Yellow Birch Lake to the larger Chain lakes. The boats come racing into the channel from all directions and additional docks will certainly be a safety issue. There is a substantial amount of recreational usage on these particular lakes already, and at times, they are dangerously busy. Non-motorized activities are becoming near obsolete. Canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing will become extinct.

I believe it is time that our Department of Natural Re­sources says “no” to the ever-present pushing of those who only use these beautiful waterways for profit. Much has already been sacrificed in these areas. It is time to vote no to this proposal and let our North Woods lakes breathe rather than gasp to stay alive and well.

Debra and Kurt Rekau

Eagle River

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:33 AM


+4 #2 Denny Erardi 2014-04-25 08:41
Very well put, Debra and Kurt. It is clearly an economic move which in and of itself is not a bad motive. However, this project endangers swimmers, boaters, kayakers, fisherpeople and other recreationalist s. It will increase congestion due to its desing. It encroaches on neighbors and will cause navigational hazards.

The period for public comment continues until May 2nd. kyle.mclaughlin@wisc

Please write to him and tell him that this will be a detriment to the public interest and will present navigational hazards.
-15 #1 2014-04-22 12:19
In my opinion, anyone who desires to go on a kayak needs to take a boater safety course, because they are far too dangerous to be on any sort of navigable waterway more than 1 foot deep.

So while I agree that it is a bad idea to put in docks, I hope that kayakers become extinct on those waterways. They put themselves and far too many others in jeopardy.

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