Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Wisconsin DNR

A master plan for nearly 3,600 acres of recreational land west of Rhinelander has been finished and the public is being asked to comment.

A public meeting on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area will be held Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m. at the Northwoods Community Elementary School in Harshaw.

DNR planner Yoyi Steele says they've been working on the draft master plan since early this year. She says the plan emphasizes management of common trees like oak and aspen and continuing with traditional recreational pursuits like hunting. But one aspect is a proposed ATV trail...

Wisconsin DNR

The master planning process for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is moving forward.

The state DNR has released a summary of public comments.

As DNR planner Yoyi Steele explains, many people weighed in with concern over a proposal for an ATV trail.

Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public are getting a chance to voice what they’d like to see longterm on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area in Oneida County.  About 40 people attended a public information session Tuesday night. 

Controversy over a local club’s proposal for what could be the first ATV trail through a state Wildlife Area has been folded into a larger master planning process for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.  It will likely dictate where and if motorized use is allowed. 

Wisconsin DNR

A  Master Plan is needed as the state considers a request to build an ATV trail in the Woodboro Lakes area west of Rhinelander.

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is a heavily wooded 3,600 acre property. An ATV club asked for the trail earlier this year.

DNR Planner Yoyi Steele says this property has no Master Plan, even lacking an old plan that could be amended. So the department needs to start from scratch. The board presented a trail feasibility study to the Natural Resources Board...

Rob Burke

Many people gather firewood from fallen or dead trees on their own lands or from national forest or state-owned property.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says in some cases, managers may choose to leave those trees alone for the benefit of wildlife.  

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The public will have a few more chances to give input before ATVs are allowed on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander. 

The state Natural Resources Board has postponed a decision on ATV access for a specific trail, opting instead to first develop a master plan for the property.

DNR property planner Tom Watkins says that will allow managers to take a broader look at how the property should be used long term.

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The state Natural Resources Board is set to weigh in on a proposal for an ATV route through the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander.

The Nokomis ATV club has requested ATV access on 3/4 mile of state-owned trail that’s currently only open to foot traffic and snowmobiles in winter. 

The ATV trail would also extend south on county forest property for another 3/4 mile.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz explains that a feasibility study found the proposal to be workable, providing a few conditions are met.

Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public will have a chance to comment on an ATV trail proposed for the Woodboro Lakes Area.

The Nokomis ATV Club has asked for an ATV/UTV trail through the 3-thousand acre property that’s about 10 miles west of Rhinelander. 

DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says a DNR analysis of the plan finds it feasible if certain conditions are met.

Wisconsin DNR

The winter storm coming to the Midwest has led to the cancelation of a DNR meeting Thursday evening about an ATV trail in the Woodboro Lakes wildlife area.

The open house was called to get public input on a proposal by the Nokomis ATV club about using part of the 3,000 acre property for a trail. DNR Woodboro Lakes area manager Jeremy Holtz says the weather put a halt to plans...

 

Wisconsin DNR

The Nokomis ATV Club is asking for an ATV/UTV trail to be allowed across the southeast portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area off Highway "K" west of Rhinelander. The DNR is holding an open house to get public input on the proposed trail.

DNR Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area manager Jeremy Holtz...

 

"....so we're asking folks to get more information, learn about the request, attend the meeting and share their opinions..."