RED LAKES ASSOCIATION
The Upper and Lower Red Lakes, in Shawano County, were created through damming of the the Red River in 1880 and 1965, respectively.
The Red Lakes Association was formed in 1990, by shoreland property owners to facilitate the management of both the Upper Red Lakes and Lower Red Lakes. In 1991 studies were completed on both lakes to provide baseline data for the development of lake management plans for the lake. In general, the studies indicated that both lakes tend to be mesotrophic to eutrophic as a result of their large watershed to lake area ratios. The studies also found that both lakes contain nuisance levels of of aquatic plant growth and much of that growth was water milfoil. The management plans recommended general improvements to the watershed to reduce nutrient and sediment loading, continued monitoring of the water quality and macrophytes, and multiple plant control methods, including mechanical harvesting.
In 2004, the Red Lakes Management District (RLMD) was created. Later that same year, its first operating budget was created with a portion of its funds being earmarked for a project aimed at updating the management plans for both lakes.
For more information contact:
Manager of Upper Red Lakes Assn.
PO Box 140, Gresham, WI 54128
RED LAKES MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
The mission of WAMSCO:
- Maintain/restore healthy ecosystems for all waterways within Menominee and Shawano Counties.
- Make educational materials and resources that promote shoreline protection and restoration best management practices available to riparian property owners.
- Develop and maintain cooperative relationships between riparian property owners, waterway users and watershed landowners and operators to work in a synergistic fashion implementing best management practices to achieve high water quality and healthy ecosystems.