Willow Flowage

Wisconsin DNR

The public has until September 9 to submits questions ore comments concerning a master plan variance to open additional ATV-UTV routes and trails and establish a permanent snowmobile trail within the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area.

Located in western Oneida County, the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area is a reservoir that includes 73 miles of shoreline, almost all undeveloped, 106 islands and seven boat landings.

Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area property manager for the DNR is Adam Wallace, who outlines the proposal which includes north and south segments.. 

Oneida County

The system that controls the water flow on the Wisconsin River that includes dams was holding its own after heavy rain over the weekend.

The National Weather Service reported more than 7 inches or rain in the Hazelhurst area and nearly as much in western Vilas county. Those heavy rain areas impacted the Willow and Rainbow reservoirs in Oneida county.

Vice-president of operations for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company Peter Hansen was at the Willow Dam Monday looking at how the heavy rains were affecting the dam. Not surprisingly, the reservoirs are full...

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A group hoping to get voters to say 'no' during an Oneida county referendum on mining is hosting a meeting next week with two speakers scheduled.

Protect the Willow is hosting the public presentation Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.Holiday Acres Resort near Rhinelander.

Spokesperson Jill Hunger says she has booked two people with a background on mining and water issues to speak..

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A group is forming to encourage voters this fall to vote 'no' on a referendum question about mining in the Oneida county town of Lynne.

With the recent change in Wisconsin's mining laws, and public opposition to mining at hearings concerning those changes, the county board opted to put the question to voters.

Pete Zambon is part of a citizen's group, "Protect The Willow", recently formed to get voters to say no to mining here...

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The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on proposals that would provide access for motorized recreational vehicles at two properties in this region.

The DNR has received direction from the governing Natural Resources Board to provide all-terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicles across the Upper Wolf River Fishery Area. The DNR also received requests to construct a multi-use parking area at the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area to serve snowmobilers, ATV/UTV's and boaters.


The state Natural Resources Board this week amended and approved a revised master plan for the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area in Oneida County. 

DNR officials say the revised plan increases public access on lightly developed existing roads and provides additional camping opportunities on the flowage and Tomahawk River.

Willow Flowage Property Manager Tom Shockley says after three years of feedback and work the plan is balanced between several different groups..


The public is invited to an upcoming open house to comment on four remaining issues in the proposed Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area Master Plan.

The area in western Oneida county is a popular recreation destination, offering a variety of activities. A first round of public comment helped prepare a draft master plan but has left four key areas the DNR would like to hear more input says Willow Flowage property manager Tom Shockley.

The first includes boundary modifications that would allow growth in the local community...says Shockley...


A public meeting is set for next week on the draft revised master plan for the Willow Flowage.

The DNR earlier  this year conducted an assessment and public review of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area Master Plan that was adopted in 2000, and has now offered proposals in a revised master plan available for review and comment says Willow Flowage Property Manager Tom Shockley. He says they've listened to a number of stakeholders and local units of governments...


The public is invited to review an updated Master Plan for the Willow Flowage in western Oneida county.

DNR Property Manager Tom Schockley says public comment was taken and the agency now has a revision to the plan available for further public review, including the stakeholders, tribal governments and local units of government. He says the public has voiced concerns...


The master plan for the Willow Flowage in western Oneida county is 15 years old and the DNR is updating the plan and looking for input from the public.

Willow Flowage property manager Tom Shockley says a public comment period is open until June 18. On June 4 there will be a public meeting at the Nokomis town hall from 3-6 p.m.

The on-going review process looks at the adequacy of the current plan and recommendations...

More of Willow Flowage Opens to Vehicles

Nov 3, 2013
Ryan Afflerbaugh

Willow Flowage roads may see more ATVs and UTVs.  The DNR’s Natural Resources Board has approved an amendment that increases motorized vehicle access. 

Thomas Shockley is the DNR’s Willow Flowage Forester.  

He says the public weighed in on the original management plan for the Flowage.