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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.)
  • Wine & Wisdom - 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.

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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.

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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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70 Years of Spider Lake Quiet Hours Thrown Out

New Judge Ruling Invalidates Waterski Hours & Quiet Lakes Designation

On October 11, 2023 a circuit judge 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.”  This change overturns nearly 70 years of partial quiet hours on the Spider Chain of Lakes.  It also removes the “Quiet Lakes” designation of Teal, Lost Land, and Ghost lakes.  

The current town boating ordinance for Spider Lake was first drafted in the 1950s as a compromise.  It was designed to accommodate folks 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, this nearly 70 year old “quiet hours” ordinance can be re-instated by the Town Board of Supervisors.  In advance of that vote, a public hearing will be held to allow members of the public to voice their thoughts.  

To share your thoughts with town leaders, contact them (email addresses on TownOfSpiderLakeWI.gov). You can also attend any Town Board Meeting in person or by Zoom.  You can request (a day in advance) to speak at ANY Town Board Meeting. You can submit email to be read at ANY Town Board Meeting. To learn more, including dates and agenda packets for meetings contact the Town Clerk, Ann Schultz (email below).  

The most recent survey of shoreland property owners on Spider Chain of Lakes (2020) results include:  88% of respondents prefer maintaining peace and quiet on the lakes; 67% disagree that water skiing hours should be expanded.  To learn more go to TownOfSpiderLakeWI.gov/Boating Ordinance Update

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.

 Questions? Contact the Town Clerk: Clerk@TownOfSpiderLakeWI.gov).  To subscribe to town email updates, including Zoom invitations, minutes, and agendas, go to TownOfSpiderLakeWi.gov

Spider Chain of Lakes Association
PO Box 1082 • Hayward, WI 54843
spiderchainoflakes@gmail.com
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