Management District (LBMD)
East Troy Well

Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.

- Carl Sagan
Contacts for Property Owners Aeration Ordinance Pier Rules/Ordinances Pier Planner
4/09 Boating Laws Lawn Fertilizer (pdf version)
Who to Call for Lake-Front Property Questions
(see table below for contacts):
Alterations to your shoreline or buffer 1,2,3,8
Aquatic plants / algae 2,3
Backyard conservation 2,3,4
Beaches 1,2,3,8
Boathouses 1,2,3
Building / remodeling / decks 1,2,5,7
County or local lake association 2,4,6,7
Cutting trees and shrubs 1,2,7
Dredging 1,2,3,8
Driveways 2,7,9
Erosion control construction plans 2,3,7
Fish and wildlife 2,4,6,7
Garages, carports, accessory structures 1,2,7
In water activities 3,7,8
Piers, docks, wharfs 3,6,7
Ponds 1,2,3,4,7,8
Quiet hours / boat and jet ski use 3,6,7
Sanitary / septic requirements 5,6
Shoreline buffer restoration 1,2,3,4,6
Shoreline setbacks and protection 1,2,7
Yard care and the environment 2,3,4
Who to Call
1 Walworth County Zoning 262-741-3394
2 Walworth County Land Conservation 262-741-3450
3 Wisc. Dept. of Natural Resources 262-574-2136
4 UW Extension 262-741-3190
5 Walworth County Sanitation 262-741-3394
6 Lake Assoc.: Lake Management Dist.; Sanitary Dist. 262-363-7603
7 Town, village or municipal inspector
8 Army Corps of Engineers 414-547-0869
9 Walworth County Highway Dept. 262-741-3114

East Troy Contacts
East Troy Town Hall N9220 Stewart School Rd, East Troy,WI 53120
Chief of Police, Jim Surges 262-642-3700
Water Quality Testing: LBPIA Board Member
Keith Beren

Retired Sample Expert:
Glen Kreinbrink 262-642-5209
N9329 Beulah Park Road, East Troy, WI 53120
Lake Beulah Management District: Dave Skotarzak,Chairman 262-363-7603
Fax# 262-363-9303
N9554 Millsite Road, Mukwonago, WI 53149
Town Of East Troy, Board Chairman: Joseph Klarkowski, RLS 262-642-5386
County Board Supervisor (District 1, Town of East Troy), Walworth County: Rick Stacey N8750 Thiede Rd, East Troy, WI 53120

Lake Beulah Area State Legislators
State Senator – Mary Lazich, District 28, 4405 So. 129th St., New Berlin, WI 53153 Room 127 S, State Capitol, 608-266-5400;
State Representative – David Craig, Dist. 83, Room 15 West, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708, 608-266-3363, 888-534-0083;
Aeration Ordinance (10/08)

See this ordinance pertaining to the use of aerators on the lakes in the town of East Troy.

Boating Laws 2009
PDF version

2009 Boating Laws Update
by Town of East Troy Police, Chief Jim Surges

Instead of being educated about our boating laws through an encounter with our patrol boat, a review of our boating laws may prove less painful.

Slow-No-Wake -A speed no greater than is necessary to steer your boat. This speed must be
observed during the following circumstances:

1. 150’ from shore.
2. 100 feet from any pier, raft, moored boat, skin diver’s flag, or a swimmer.
3. While traversing any channel on Lake Beulah.
4. Between shore and any slow-no-wake buoy located along the shoreline. Although it is often difficult to determine distance with certainty, please err on the side of safety.

Age Restrictions

1. No one under the age of 10 may operate a motorboat.
2. No one under the age of 12 may operate a personal water-craft (generic term - jet ski or PWC).
3. Persons between 10 and 12 may operate a motorboat (except PWC) if accompanied by aparent or guardian, or a person at least 18 years of age designated by a parent or guardian.
4. Persons 12 thru 16 may operate a motorboat under the requirements of number 3 above, or if they have successfully completed a DNR Boating Safety Course and possess a certificate. To operate a PWC, persons at least 12 but under16 years of age must be in possession of a valid, state approved boating safety certificate. (Parental supervision is not a substitute for a safety certificate.)

Speed Restrictions

1. On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, a boat must observe the Slow-No-Wake rule from 6 PM to 10 AM. This includes Saturday morning. If your boat’s speedometer does not work at low speeds, or you have no speedometer, if you are on plane, you’re
going too fast.
2. A boater must travel no faster than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions. Sorry this is so vague. There is no real speed limit on lake Beulah. If the speed of your boat is placing you or someone else in danger, based on what the officer
sees, you may be cited. Therefore, open water withtraffic is the place to enjoy your boats’ speed. Once other traffic enters the scene or you approach areas with limited sight distance, you must reduce your speed accordingly.


1. Skiing is allowed only from 10:00 AM until sunset, Monday through Friday, and between 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. (The weekday
10:00 AM start rule is frequently violated – please advise new-comers to our lake)
2. Use of a Personal Flotation Device is strongly recommended while water-skiing on Lake Beulah.
3. During weekends and holidays on Lake Beulah, you may only use one tow-rope behind your boat at a time, therefore only single skiing is allowed. If you tow a device that can carry several people, you may do so as long as only one tow-rope is used.
4. The boat and skier are a complete package. The skier as well as the boat must stay clear of areas requiring slow-no-wake. Therefore, pulling skiers from shore or dropping them off is prohibited. If you have someone who cannot deep-water start, there are several, places on the lake with shallow areas which are not in slow-no-wake zones.
5. Each boat towing a skier must have one competent observer in the boat in addition to the

Personal Water Craft (Jet Skis, Wave Runners, etc.)

1. All persons riding a PWC must wear a PFD (life vest).
2. It is illegal to operate a PWC while facing backwards.
3. If a PWC is within 100’ of any other craft, including other PWC’s, the PWC must not exceed a speed of slow-no-wake.
5. Remember that PWC’s are motorboats. All additional boating laws apply to them as well, such as registration, etc.
6. If you use your PWC to tow a skier, you must use a PWC designed for at least three people. You must have a competent observer aboard as well. One place on the PWC must remain vacant in case your skier needs transport.


1. You must have one PFD for each person on board.
2. You must have your front and rear light operating if you are out after sunset. Check these
lights before you leave your residence if you know you are going to stay out late.
3. Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is illegal. Any accident on the water is considered serious due to the environment where it occurs. Therefore, please be sensible about alcohol consumption while you are around the water.
4. Sailboats 12 feet and larger must be registered and display their registration numbers.

Pier Planner
Piers are a popular focus for boating and waterfront recreation. It seems like a simple topic but if you have been involved in a dispute over "pier rights" with your neighbor or have seen shorelines overrun with such construction, you will understand the need for these guidelines. Generally, seasonal piers and wharves must meet the same standards as permanent ones. For more information contact your DNR Area Water Management Specialist.

Generally, piers for use by an individual waterfront property owner will not require a DNR permit if they comply with these guidelines (exceptions are noted). Permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are required for piers on the Great Lakes and other specified federal waters (phone 612- 290-5375).

Who may place and use piers
Only a riparian (waterfront) property owner may place a pier or wharf. Owners are responsible for any required permits and maintenance after construction.

Piers are private property of the riparian. However, someone wading the shoreline may by the shortest route practicable on private property.

Location and number of piers
Piers, wharves and moored watercraft must be confined to the owner's riparian zone. Methods for describing zones where the dividing lines between adjacent owners may not be obvious are described in figure 1 inside.

A pier or wharf may not obstruct navigation. Where near shore waters are deep enough, construct a wharf parallel to the shoreline rather than extending a pier perpendicular to it. A pier may not encircle or isolate part of a waterway.

Pier or wharf placement and use may not damage public interests in waterways (spawning areas, important vegetation, waterfowl or loon nesting areas, natural shoreline beauty, etc.).

The number of berths and moorings (total of all watercraft at piers, lifts, shelters, buoys, etc.) is limited to 2 for the first 50 ft. of frontage and 1 for each additiona150 ft. of shoreline that you own. You will need special permits if this number is exceeded.* Other factors noted here may limit construction to a lesser number.

Length and width of piers
Unless limited by other requirements, a pier may extend waterward the greater distance of: 1) a boat length, 2) the distance to the 3 ft. water depth contour or 3) the distance to a deeper contour if required by the draft of craft using the pier. See figure 2 inside.

A pier may extend out to a DNR approved municipal pierhead line.
Six ft. is the maximum width for piers and wharves to allow safe loading of gear and passengers without a special permit.*

Finger piers ("T"'s or "L"'s) may be used to provide mooring slips or stabilize a pier. Larger decks or platforms are prohibited.

A pier or wharf must be floating or placed on piles or posts. Floating piers are best on flowages or other waters where water levels may vary.

Polystyrene floats must be coated or contained to resist gas, oil and abrasion. Metal drums must be free of any product residue and corrosion resistant.

Solid docks on fill and piers on rock-filled timber cribs, pile clusters or similar foundations require a DNR permit.*

A pier or wharf may not obstruct the free flow of water or include any features which trap or accumulate aquatic plants or sediment.

Roofs, canopies, decks, water slides and other construction not essential for mooring watercraft are prohibited. .

A single bench of open construction not to exceed 6' in length and boarding ladders required for safety may be allowed.

Boat lifts and shelters
Boat shelters may have a roof or canopy but may not have sides or walls. Shelters do not require a DNR permit if removed from waters between December 1 and April 1 annually but must comply with standards in NR 326.

A permanent boat shelter requires a DNR permit and must meet standards in NR 326. An information sheet describing the standards is available.*

Boathouses differ from boat shelters by having sides or walls.

On land...boathouses are exclusively for watercraft storage and are regulated by local ordinances. Contact the municipal building inspector or zoning administrator.
Over water. ..boathouse construction is prohibited waterward of the ordinary highwater mark (OHWM*). Boathouses constructed over water prior to 1979 are allowed to remain but their repair and maintenance are restricted.*

Decks over the water are not allowed. In unincorporated areas decks and all other structures (except piers and boathouses) are generally prohibited on lands within 75 ft. of the OHWM.

Swimming Rafts
You may place a swimming raft of modest size (1O’ X l 0' suggested) and properly anchored within 200 ft. of shore without a DNR permit. The raft must be confined to your riparian zone and may not interfere with public rights in the waterway. Keep it as close to shore as possible.

Mooring Buoys
Generally, you may place a standard mooring buoy in your riparian zone within 150 ft. of the OHWM without a permit from DNR. Local ordinances may require permits. Consult your local Conservation Warden.

Pier Rules / Ordinances

Pier Aeration Ordinance effective August 2008

Town of East Troy Moorings and Piers Ordinance (updated 11/06)

Septic Tank
The septic pumping program is administered by the Lake Beulah Management District (LBMD) under the direction of Dave Skotarzak, District Chairman, phone (262)-363-7603. The District's contractor to carry out the pumping in accordance with local ordinance adopted by the District is Otto Jacobs Co. LLC, phone (262)-248-6646 and (800)-236-4577;
Contact LBPIA at

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