Tuesday, March 5, 2013
After March 3 the Muskego lakes are no place to keep your ice fishing shelter overnight, no matter how cold it gets.
If the saga of the sunken pop-up camper on Little Muskego Lake wasn't warning enough, perhaps a fine will be. As of March 3, the DNR will require all shanties to be removed daily and when not occupied. It's OK to use a shelter if you are out ice fishing, you just have to take it with you. Failure to remove a shanty or ice fishing shelter could result in a fine of $263.10. Additional costs may be incurred if the DNR must arrange to have the shanty removed, or if the shanty or ice fishing shelter breaks through the ice and must be recovered and disposed of. For more information, contact DNR representatives Todd Schaller at 608-267-2774 or Joanne Haas at 608-267-0798.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Little Muskego Lake has seen its share of break-throughs on the tentative ice this year, but officials say it's time to enforce responsible use of the lake before structures completely sink through
It's a frustration that many have voiced over people either driving vehicles on the lake that have broken through the ice, or ice shanties that break the surface as temperatures warm. While the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is charged to respond within 48 hours of a vehicle breaking through the ice, the same is not said for other structures, namely ice shanties, that do the same. Admittedly, cars do pose greater hazards in the fluids that can contaminate the water, but ice shanties have the ability to stay on the lake until the first weekend of March. Tom Reck with the Little Muskego Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District expressed frustration with a camper that initially broke through the ice about four weeks ago during …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is holding a free fishing weekend; ice conditions permitting, head out on Muskego's lakes with your auger in one hand, and a tip-up in the other.
Curious to try ice fishing but don’t have a fishing license? The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is holding a free fishing weekend from Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. People can fish any of Wisconsin’s inland waters, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River, and on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan without a license during the free fishing weekend. All other state rules apply, according to the DNR. Patch blogger Chad Leton shares local ice fishing conditions. Here’s an update from his most recent blog: Most lakes are providing anglers 4-6” of solid clear ice under a dusting of snow. It is STILL recommended to stay off the bigger lakes and main lake areas of lakes like Okauchee, Nagawicka, and Oconomowoc. If you want success while …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
You can feel free to light up the backyard firepit, but if you're camping, it may be smart to check to see if you are still in a restricted area.
City of Muskego officials say it's now OK to burn, but if you're taking the family on a weekend camping trip, there may still be restrictions depending on your destination. Emphasizing that the drought is not over, state fire control officials at the Department of Natural Resources will lift emergency burning restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 28 in all or those parts of Dane, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland and Sauk counties that are within Department of Natural Resources protection areas. The DNR outlined the areas on and off the restricted list in a recent release. Campfire bans will also be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 28 in the following state parks properties: Big Foot Beach, Lapham Peak, Richard Bong State …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
One of three homes that experienced flooding in recent years has qualified for flood grant dollars, which could mean as much as 70 percent in funding to repair damage.
One of three homes that had been plagued by flooding in recent years in Muskego's Fountainwood subdivision on Longfellow Lane and Saroyan Road has become eligible for grant funds through the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR). According to City Engineer Dave Simpson, a municipal flood control grant recently became available through the DNR, and one of the homes qualified because of the home's ability to prove losses and the number of events that it experienced. The funding would offset costs of flood proofing the home, estimated at about $128,000, by 70 percent, putting the city's share at about $38,000. The Common Council voted to approve a resolution for the grant Tuesday night, as it was a requirement of the grant application …