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