Alyssa Ullrich and her husband love life on the water.
“We have the two docks. Our ski boat goes on this lift, and then we’ve got a fishing boat that goes over on that lift,” she said, standing on her dock on a channel of the Manitowish Chain in Vilas County.
Her nine-month-old boy, Baxter, squirmed in her arms.
For weeks, Ullrich has watched the water level on the ten-lake Manitowish Chain, including her channel between Rest and Stone lakes, go down.
It does every year to protect permanent docks, lifts, and seawalls like hers from ice damage in the winter.