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PICNIC ISLAND RESTORATION: Shoreland Best Practices - Recap Coming

JUNE 18  6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

WDNR Lake Biologist Scott Van Egeren and Project Contractor Nile Merton of Chequamegon Environmental presented practical shoreland "best practices."  Slides and recap coming soon!

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1:00 - 2:30 pm  BlackIron Grill (FREE Pizza, Soda & T-Shirt!)

No Registration Needed. Details on  EVENTS page or contact

S.L.E.E.K. 2024 - Beavers...Are They Helpful or Harmful?  July 13 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) 

This event is for active SCLA members and their families.     LOG IN & Register by July 10 on EVENTS page.  Bring chair, towel (and water shoes!)

SummerOnSpider POSTER Icon(JPEG).jpg (1312×1716)Download the NEW “Summer on Spider Lake” guide to share with guests (and put in your boat)   TIPS  and Links to Burning & Fireworks Permits, Check Fire Conditions, Wisconsin Boating Handbook, Protecting Loons & More!  

SPIDER LAKE PIKE PROJECT IS BACK ! New 2024 Catch Limit = 10 per person PER DAY Details in "EVENTS" tab or scroll down to "WHAT'S NEW"

Welcome to SCLA!

We appreciate all SCLA members, especially our volunteers, who work to preserve and protect this irreplaceable resource. Spider Chain of Lakes Association is the only organization dedicated exclusively to preserving and protecting the Spider Chain of Lakes. The SCLA mission is a a shared responsibility to preserve and protect the Spider Chain of Lakes for future generations. Its purpose is to preserve the area’s natural environment and protect the healthy watershed by sponsoring educational programs, monitoring the health of water and wildlife, participating in the enactment of water and shoreland regulations and encouraging responsible use of this irreplaceable resource by and for all citizens. Click here to learn more.

Preserve & Protect the Lakes

SCLA works to prevent, detect and respond to invasive species. Volunteers spend thousands of hours annually in education, boat inspections at public landings, and monitoring the lakes and shorelines. Preservation and protection of the Spider Chain of Lakes is supported by Wisconsin DNR grants and matching contributions from SCLA. Annual dues of cover less than 10% of operating costs. We rely on your annual support to cover expenses. Annual “Fish Member Gifts” are the most important source of revenue to support operations. 

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Invasive Species

Yellow Flag Iris (YFI) is present on the Spider Chain of Lakes. It is a fast-growing and fast-spreading poisonous land based invasive primarily found on shoreline. YFI can outcompete other wetland plants, forming almost impenetrable thickets in much the same way that cat-tails do. Small clumps can be dug out, though this is only effective if the rhizomes are entirely removed. Mowed plants will regenerate from the rhizomes, so plants must be cut multiple times to exhaust their energy reserves. The sap may cause skin irritation, so gloves should be worn when handling cut or otherwise damaged stems.

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Educational & Community Programs

SCLA Education and AIS & Water Quality Committees sponsor programs to inform while bringing our community together:

  • Spider Lake Environmental Education for Kids (S.L.E.E.K.)
  • My Shoreline Week - Lake Monitor Training
  • Shoreline Management & Restoration

Online and in-person presentations on lake ecology, shoreline restoration, best practices, and lake monitor training help improve habitat and water quality.  As summer events are scheduled they will be added to "EVENTS" tab in top menu.

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SpiderLines Newsletter

SpiderLines is distributed to active members twice yearly: Fall and Spring. We rely on volunteers to suggest content, create content and help coordinate the newsletter. You too, can become a featured journalist to contribute to our community engagement! Email us to chat about your next article.   Members: Log In for complete list of "WHAT'S NEW" in "MEMBERSHIP" tab on top tool bar.

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Family Legacy – Films and Stories

Share the SCLA Family Legacy Film with your family. This delightful film captures the essence of one family’s life on Spider Lake through four generations.

This film was created as a gift to Spider Chain of Lakes Association and it's members — please log in to view.

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Boating Ordinance Restored Quiet Hours in Town of Spider Lake

On May 20, 2024, the Town Board of Supervisors approved the re-instatement of quiet boating hours on lakes in the Town of Spider Lake, including the Spider Chain of Lakes (Ord. # 02-2024).  Thank you town leaders and all who supported this important move to restore 70 years of high quality life on the lakes in our town.  You are appreciated more than words can express!

BACKGROUND: Town website or download: DRAFT OF ORDINANCE

SHARE YOUR GRATITUDE with Town Leaders: Email Chair Sheldon


For full summary and details go to  or if you are a member, click the "WHAT'S NEW?" or the 2024 Spring Spider Lines "Download Recent Issue" button on this page to access Spring Spider Lines (article on page 3).


On October 11, 2023 a circuit judge citing an administrative process issue, issued an Order For Summary Judgement that found waterskiing hours on Spider Lake and the “Quiet Lakes” speed limit of 10 mph on all other lakes in the town to be invalid and “of no legal effect.”  His ruling, based on a simple administrative process issue, overturned nearly 70 years of partial quiet hours on the Spider Chain of Lakes.  It also removed the “Quiet Lakes” designation of Teal, Lost Land, and Ghost lakes.  

The town boating ordinance for the Spider Chain of Lakes was first drafted in the 1950s as a compromise.  It was designed to accommodate both types of lake lovers: those who wanted unlimited speed 24/7 and those who wanted a quiet, safe place to fish, paddle, swim, or simply enjoy the serenity of the lake.

With a minor administrative adjustment and a public hearing, the nearly 70 year old “quiet hours” ordinance was re-instated by the Town Board of Supervisors in the form of Ord #02-2024. 

The most recent survey of shoreland property owners on Spider Chain of Lakes (2020) shows overwhelming support for quiet hours:  "88% of respondents prefer maintaining peace and quiet on the lakes; 67% disagree that water skiing hours should be expanded. " 

The 2023 Town Survey Results also address boating issues.  The summary and full results are posted on the Town website and available for download from the Town website and here.

What's New?

LIVING TUTORIAL: Shoreland Best Practices on Picnic Island.  Volunteer and Learn from experts.

Spider Lake Musky Research Project Update from Fisheries Biologist Max Wolter (June)


Spider Chain of Lakes Association
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