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Summer Fun – Waupaca Chain

Chain O’Lakes Summer Events for 2016

If you are looking to stretch your summer fun for 2016 the Waupaca’s Chain O’ Lakes is the place to be.

Harbor Front2Clearwater Harbor will be hosting over 60 events to entertain guests this summer.

Clearwater Harbor will be sponsoring live music every Saturday and Sunday with both daytime and evening performances. Be sure to plan to visit during your vacation as Clearwater Harbor also has booked entertainment for select weekdays throughout the summer and into September. Of course, the harbor’s great Food is back, so stop in for lunch, dinner or a Paddlewheel cruise.

Are you planning a family reunion, birthday or anniversary party in the future? Clearwater Harbor has remodeled “The Boathouse” and can even accommodate family and friends arriving by boat as the venue overlooks the lake. Stop in and check out the rustic elegance of “The Boathouse” adjacent to Taylor Lake marine and next door to Clearwater Harbor.

Taylor Keiths StoreSpeaking of Taylor Lake Marine, should you find you are in need of parts and accessories for your boat, Keith Pruist is on deck to help you service and maintain your boats at Taylor Lake Marine. You can also rent watercraft of any kind from Keith. Keith even has gifts and accessories for your boat as well as you cabin. Enjoy an ice cream cone from Moo’s Dairy Bar next to the harbor. For additional information about Clearwater harbor and all it has to offer visit www.clearwaterharbor.com

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The summer music and grilling events schedules are now available at The Wheelhouse Restaurant across from Becker Marine on Waupaca’s beautiful Chain O’ Lakes. The Wheelhouse has become famous for many things including their summer events. Since the 7 summer events take place, (beginning at Noon) on Saturday’s, you can still have your evenings free to relax and enjoy the beautiful Sunsets.

WH Birds WH BirdsOwner “Chef Jeff” has spent the winter developing new recipes to compliment his already extensive menu. One of the most popular additions is the Wednesday Traditional Wisconsin Fish Fry. Customers have been raving about the delicious lake perch and bluegill platters. Of course, besides the “best pizza on the planet”, Jeff has added select items. Be sure to pickup a “to go” menu for the cottage when you pick up the 2016 music schedule. Jeff has done some remodeling and updating, the most obvious being the well stocked outdoor deck bar. The award winning local brewery, Central Waters Brewing Company continues to win awards for many their locally brewed and bottled beer selections. These winning recipes are now available on tap.

Summer outdoor music, wings, ribs, steaks and more on the grill and ice cold tap beer on the deck. Who could ask for a better summer destination?!

Visit www.wheelhouserestaurant.com


Just across the channel at Indian Crossing you will find the historic Indian Crossing Casino. Never a gambling establishment “Casino” used to refer to any venue that held large crowds for big band performances as well as dance contests.

Pribbe Eunice 4The Indian Crossing Casino has hosted concerts and performances from Louie Armstrong to The Beach Boys to Eddie Money. Under the guidance of Bill and Maria Behlke from Ding’s Dock (home of the famous Crystal River Canoe Trip)” The “Casino” is being managed this summer by Mike Pribbernow. Mike or “Pribbe” as the locals know him, has arranged for Live Music to return to the Historic Indian Crossing Casino.

On June 8th, Del Weed and Jeff Cutts will be performing as their new duo “Weed Cutts” From rock to folk to country, they offer something for everyone who loves live music. June 11th “Raised Reckless” brings their hard driving country sound to the ICC. June 15th and the 22nd the talented singer/songwriter Rob Anthony performs fresh from his tour with national recording act “The Bodeans” Rob is so talented you will want to catch both performances. On June 29th, Adam from Horseshoes and Hand Grenades” performs his solo act at the casino and July 3rd Waupaca welcomes back a Midwest favorite, The Spicy Tie Band to The ICC. You can catch the lighted boat parade on July 3rd from the deck of the casino as the contestants navigate their lighted watercraft through the adjoining channel. Then on July 9th a recreation of “Woodstock” featuring area “hippie musicians” will perform all day and night at the casino. Labeled “Oldstock” the bands are still inviting other musicians to round out the day. So stop in for a history lesson and a cold beverage and introduce yourself to “Pribbe” for more details. You can also rent a pontoon boat or take a canoe trip at Ding’s Dock located right next door.

And if your boat should need some serious attention, the dock is also home to Petersen Marine. Just ask for Corey or his Dad.


The Chain O’Lakes is technically located in King, Wisconsin. “The Strip” in King, Hwy Q, is home to many unique shops and businesses. Under the shadow of the newly painted water tower, is the Wisconsin Veterans Home. Home to The Chain Skiers waterski show. Each Saturday Night the chain skiers perform on beautiful Rainbow Lake. Just follow the signs on the grounds of The Veterans Home.

Chain Bar 2Just “kitty corner” from the vet’s home, on Q towards Hwy 22 you will find another of the area’s fine eating and entertainment establishments.

The Chain Bar has been gradually expanding and now offers a lengthened menu – great food and fun indoors as well as out.  And remember, the Chain Bar food delivery service is quick and easy after you have been out enjoying the Chain area all day.

Chain Bar Outdoor Venue 2The Chain Bar has a huge deck which is great for summer time gatherings of almost any size and is a great place to watch sporting events on the outdoor TVs.  And, the Chain Bar is well known for their eat in, pick up or home delivered pizza.

Sand Volleyball Courts are located behind the bar where a new event hall has been added with beverage service and room for up to 125 people. So you can book a gathering for on the deck at the Chain Bar or in the new Party Room.

The food at The Chain Bar has grown so popular that they have added catering to their list of services. And, now they are servicing The Waupaca Country Club, where you can enjoy their same great food, even if you don’t golf. It’s a beautiful location and the food can’t be beat!

At their King Location there will be Live Music throughout the summer. And remember, you can order food to be delivered right to your home from their “to go” menu via Chain O’ Lakes Bar Delivery Service.

They also support the “Safe Ride Home” program with taxi service as needed from the bar. Stop in for more information or visit www.ChainOLakesBar.com

Visit the Waupaca Chain O’Lakes area in 2016 to see all that’s new for you!

Zoning Hearing Regarding Changes to Offsite Commercial Parking Draws Huge Crowd

A very large crowd, consisting of many Waupaca Chain property owners and a group of employees and supporters from the ever popular Wheel House Restaurant,  showed up May 5th to debate a County Zoning office proposal, that could  have allowed commercial parking on property zoned residential.

The meeting lasted almost 4 hours but, in the end, the County’s zoning committee voted unanimously to change their County Zoning Director and outside attorney’s proposed changes to commercial parking regulations.

The County Zoning Director’s proposed zoning changes came as the result of his first approving and then, disapproving the Wheel House Restaurant owner’s plans for a commercial parking lot on Pleasant Park Lane.

Prior to buying a property on Pleasant Park Lane, which was zoned residential, Wheel House Owner Jeff Maiman received zoning’s approval for his proposed new parking lot.  Months later, and after Maiman had made improvements to the Pleasant Park property, the County’s zoning Director reversed his decision to allow commercial parking on the property.

The County’s Zoning Director and outside legal council then drafted changes to the County’s zoning regulations which, with the approval of a conditional use permit, would have allowed commercial parking on property zoned residential. These proposed changes brought the large turnout at last Thursday’s zoning hearing.  The following is a more detailed article in the Waupaca County Post on this subject:

The Wheelhouse will not be allowed to use its offsite parking lot.

After nearly four hours of testimony at a May 5 hearing, the Waupaca County Planning and Zoning Committee voted unanimously to include the town of Dayton’s petition to its offsite parking amendments.

At issue was how restrictive should the county be regarding offsite commercial parking.

The county zoning office had proposed amendments that would allow the county to issue conditional use permits for offsite commercial parking on any parcel in the county.

The county also received two other petitions for amendments from the town of Dayton and two homeowners on the Chain O’ Lakes, Lorraine Koeper and Sharon Peterson. These petitions sought more restrictive zoning for offsite parking.  For the balance of the story WaupacaNow.com

County Plan to Change Commercial Zoning Sparks Opposition From Chain Property Owners

Three petitions seek to amend commercial zoning ordinance

From the Waupaca County Post

A proposed change to Waupaca County’s zoning ordinance would allow the county to issue conditional use permits for offsite commercial parking on any parcel, anywhere.

That’s how opponents view the proposed ordinance amendments.

They have taken unprecedented action by petitioning the county and proposing their own amendments.
Waupaca Chain O Lakes map parking lot
The Waupaca County Planning and Zoning Committee will consider all three petitions to amend the ordinance at a public hearing set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at the courthouse in Waupaca.

All three petitions focus on how the county regulates offsite commercial parking.

In addition to the amendments proposed by the Waupaca County Zoning Office, the other two petitioners are the town of Dayton and two homeowners on the Chain O’ Lakes, Lorraine Koeper and Sharon Peterson.

Proposed parking lot sparks opposition
Koeper and Peterson live on Pleasant Park Lane in the town of Farmington, near a wooded, four-acre parcel where the Wheelhouse Restaurant cut down trees to build an offsite parking lot in September 2015.

For the complete story Waupaca County Post

Waupaca Chain Cartoon Map Available

Keith Prust estimates he spent more than 360 hours to create a cartoon map of the Chain O’ Lakes.  “I’m not super artistic, so I did a lot of erasing,” Taylor said.

Cartoon map Waupaca Chain


Prust, the owner of Taylor Lake Marine since the fall of 2011, said he started working on the map in late November 2015 and finished it in March.  “It was my winter project,” he said.

When he was finished, Prust took his drawing to Office Outfitters where the map was printed in sizes of 13-by-19 inches, 20-by 30 inches and 24-by-36 inches. Prices range from $40 to $80.

The maps may be purchased at Taylor Lake Marine, located at N2757 County Trunk QQ, Waupaca.  For the complete story www.WaupacaNow.com

Waupaca Chain Construction Zone

Waupaca Chain cleghorn constructionThere are no “Orange Barrels” up but, Cleghorn Road, in the heart of Waupaca Chain country, is a busy construction zone so you might want to slow down. There are two houses being extensively remodeled and one new home construction project moving along on Cleghorn.

Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes Sold on McCrossen Lake

Waupaca Chain sold Grand View 300A nice three-bedroom home on Grand View Drive, with 33 feet of nice, sand bottom lake frontage has new owners.

The property was last listed for $399,000 and was on the market all last summer and then was off the market this past winter.

It was initially listed for $429,000. But, when the ice melted this spring, a buyer came in and bought the property rather quickly and started an extensive remodeling project so everything will be ready when the summer boating season begins.

Both the buyers and sellers were represented by Steve Huhta and Re/Max Lyons Real Estate. For a complete list of all Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes property sales including analysis of each sale please go to www.WaupacaWaterfront.com

The property was assessed for $293,300 at the time of the sale.  The property right next door was sold just a few years ago and the buyers for that property were also represented by Steve Huhta and Re/Max Lyons Real Estate.

To date, two properties have sold on the Chain this year.

There are currently 33 homes for sale on the Waupaca Chain, which is way down from the 54 that were waiting for buyers during the recession years.