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Casino Channel – Icy Deal

Just saw a snowshoe hiker drop a foot through the ice and into the COLD water of Limekiln Lake, the North side of the Casino Channel so, be careful there…
And, a local “celebrity” dropped an ATV thru the the ice in the Casino channel earlier this winter and had to get “hooked” out of the water.

Chain Boat Patrol Citations Down in 2016

The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol provides boating law enforcement on Waupaca County’s rivers, lakes and streams.  On the Chain O Lakes, scheduled patrol began on Memorial Day Weekend and continued through Labor Day Weekend. 

Waupaca County Sheriff’s Water Patrol Sergeant Bryan Stelzner shared some of this year’s numbers specific to the Chain O Lakes for the summer of 2016.

A total of 589.5 water patrol hours were logged resulting in 34 citations, 88 written and 337 verbal warnings.  Three Operating While Intoxicated citations were performed.  Stelzner says these numbers were all down from previous years, perhaps suggesting that their presence is making a difference with boater behavior on the Chain.


The most numerous call-in complaints were skiing after hours and boats pulling tubers in slow no wake zones.  The most common reason for pulling over boaters were speed in slow no wake zones, after hours skiing and tubing, and unreadable registration decals or numbers.

Special patrols were done for the Long Lake party, July 3rd fireworks and Chain Skiers water ski shows.

Sergeant Stelzner would also like to mention that people using paddleboards and kayaks are required to have a personal flotation device the same as any boat. They seem to encounter many who do not know this requirement.

The Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Officers utilize four boats used for carrying out their duties.  The whole program is subsidized in part by the Department of Natural Resources along with Waupaca County and corresponding townships. The two Chain O Lakes boats owned by the Townships of Dayton and Farmington are Crestliners, including a new one this past summer to replace the aged Alumacraft boat.  They were also provided a personal watercraft from Yamaha and Green Lake Powersports for patrol use on the chain, wolf river and other lakes throughout the county. These crafts are also outfitted with lifesaving and emergency medical equipment.

Water Patrol Officers are responsible for patrol, enforcement, emergency response, assisting boaters in need, accident investigation and assisting in search and rescue on the Wolf River; Chain O Lakes and all other lakes (126 total) covering almost 6,500 acres as well as all other rivers and streams within Waupaca County.  They also assist neighboring counties when needed during emergencies.

Waupaca’s Strongwood Homes Completes Miner Lake Cottage Remodel

Contractor – Strongwood Log & Timber Homes just completed this remodeling project on Miner Lake – Waupaca Chain O' Lakes.  Yes, Strongwood does more than build nice log homes!  In fact, a few years prior to this cottage redo, Strongwood built the owner of this cottage, a bigger and even better home right next door.

Strongwood's owner Thad, knows his way to E Miner Drive as he currently has another nice home going up in the same neighborhood.

Steve Huhta, REMAX Lyons R-E helped start this project by assisting the current owner as she made an unsolicited offer to purchase this cottage.

War on Water

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Plainfield, WI — Many crops in this vast, sandy swath of the state would shrivel without water from thousands of high-capacity wells.

So would a multibillion-dollar industry that produces fresh potatoes, cans of green beans and bags of Doritos.

“Basically, you’d have range land,” said Ken Williams, a University of Wisconsin Extension agriculture agent in Waushara County. “It would look more or less like something you’d see out West.”

But in a state with an abundance of water, there are growing concerns about the ecological effects of irrigation and the exponential growth of large wells.

Read the whole story here: JS Online – War over water in the land of plenty [2509 more words]


Storm Hits Waupaca Chain

Becker Marine's sign had seen better days before the storm blew through on the evening of Tuesday, September 6th.  The storm whipped through the Waupaca Chain O' Lakes area around 5:30pm with torrential rain and heavy winds.  The result- many downed trees and branches, hundreds of residents without power and a new sign surely on its for Bruce.  But, Jeff at the Wheel House did real well, as those Chainers with no power poured in to fill up.


Rainbow Lake Cottage Sells on Rainbow Lake – Waupaca Chain

This 857 Sq Ft seasonal cottage, on Rainbow Drive – Rainbow lake on the Waupaca Chain – with two bedrooms and one full bath, listed in April of this year, sold recently.

It was listed for $449,000 and had a tax assessed fair market value of $333,200 at the time of the sale.

The property has 66 feet of firm lake bottom frontage.

For a complete list of all Waupaca area waterfront homes for sale and that have sold – with selling prices please visit www.WaupacaWaterfront.com

Waupaca Chain O Lakes Ben Rainbow 650

Wheel House Owner Responds to Waupaca Chain Parking Lots Issues

Jeff Maiman wants to set the record straight.

The owner of the Wheelhouse Restaurant on the Chain O’ Lakes believes if his offsite parking lot is breaking the law, then so are other offsite lots throughout Waupaca County. While Maiman did not want to discuss other businesses with offsite parking, a brief survey by the Waupaca County Post found several offsite commercial lots. Parking for Camp Onoway is located across Rainbow Lake from the island, while parking for the Iola Car Show is spread throughout the area to accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors.

“You tell me how I’m breaking the law and they’re not,” Maiman said. Maiman reiterated the arguments presented in his federal suit against Waupaca County. For the complete story – Visit the Waupaca County Post

Waupaca Chain of Lakes Wheel house off site parking

2016 Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes Year to Date Real Estate Sales Report

Waupaca Chain Property Sales Very Strong in 2016

21 Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes properties have either sold or are now under contract “year to date” in 2016.

Waupaca Chain Sales Report Graph at 21 YTD 650During all of 2015 there were 21 properties sold on the Chain so, 2016 will obviously turn out to be a great year for Chain sellers and waterfront buyers looking to own Chain property.

2014 was the recorder breaker when 31 properties sold on the Waupaca Chain.

Back in the recession years 6 to 10 properties were selling on the Chain compared to 15 sales in 2007, the year just before the recession took hold.

The real estate recession on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes ended in 2012 when 24 properties sold compared to only 8 the previous year.

This year, higher end Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes properties are selling well with 6 sales so far this year – over $600,000.

For a complete list of all Chain properties for sale and that have sold, along with each property’s selling price please go to www.WaupacaWaterfront.com