Chippewa Flowage Lake Association

BOAT LANDING INFORMAION

    The Chippewa Flowage is a body of water that is relatively young (formed in 1923) and there are many stumps, gravelbars and sandbars to be concerned about.  Knowing the Big Chip and how to approach it at different water levels is the difference between an enjoyable experience or having to replace a propeller or worse.

    Respecting others while boating is the 'standard' and expected. Watch your wakes and remember that the shoreline of the Flowage is fragile and it is up to all of us to protect it.  Enjoy it while protecting it!

BOAT LANDING LOCATIONS

WISCONSIN DNR BOAT LANDINGS

LANDING LOCATION FACILITIES LATITUDE LONGITUDE
HAY CREEK LANDING County Road B and Hay Creek (See #1 on map) Handicap Accessable - Launch Ramps and Boarding Piers - No  Other Facilities 45 degrees, 58' 52" N 91 degrees, 10' 33" W
NORTH COUNTY HIGHWAY CC LANDING 2 miles south of County Highway B (see #2 on map) Handicap Accessable - Launch Ramps and Boarding Piers - No  Other Facilities 45 degrees, 57' 7" N 91 degrees, 13' 47" W
SOUTH COUNTY HIGHWAY CC LANDING 5 miles south of County Highway B (see #3 on map) Handicap Accessable - Launch Ramps and Boarding Piers - Pit Toilets & 
Drinking Water
45 degrees, 55' 30" N 91 degrees, 11' 43" W
DAM ROAD LANDING 3 miles north of County Highway G (see #4 on map) Handicap Accessable - Launch Ramps and Boarding Piers - Pit Toilets 45 degrees, 53' 22" N 91 degrees, 4' 49" W

TOWNSHIP OF HAYWARD

LANDING LOCATION FACILITIES LATITUDE LONGITUDE
CHIEF LAKE LANDING SECTION 36 Township T40N R8W (See #5 on map) At the End of West Chief Lake Road off of County Highway NN No Facilities NO PARKING AVAILABLE 45 degrees, 54' 20" N 91 degrees, 17' 58" W

TRIBAL PUBLIC

LANDING LOCATION FACILITIES LATITUDE LONGITUDE
RICE LAKE LANDING Off off County Highway CC, Near the intersection with County Highway H (visible from the Blueberry Bridge) (See #6 on Map No Facilities 45 degrees, 53' 15" N 91 degrees, 13' 55" W

BOATING SAFETY

New Federal Boating Laws and Life Jackets (PDF, 15KB)

  • You must carry one wearable USCG-approved serviceable PFD of the proper size and type for each boat occupant. No tears, rips, broken straps or snaps. Use the Charmin squeeze test on kapok PFDs to check for punctures in the inner plastic liner. And remember: All PFDs must be ready at hand and not enclosed in plastic bags or locked compartments.
  • Boats 16 feet and over must also carry one USCG-approved throwable PFD (Type IV).
  • If your boat has any enclosed compartments or a false floor you must carry a USCG-approved fire extinguisher. Make sure that it is charged and accessible.
  • Always test your boat lights before the boat leaves the dock. If you use battery operated lights, always carry extra batteries. Keep in mind that even if you plan to be back before dark, an equipment malfunction or bad weather may change your plans.
  • Be weather wise. Sudden wind shifts, lightning flashes and choppy water all can mean a storm is brewing. Bring a radio along and keep a close eye on the weather.
  • Bring emergency supplies such as maps, flares, and a first aid kit. Put them in a floating pouch.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Check the boat landing for any local regulations applicable on the waterway where you will be boating.
  • If boating on the Great Lakes or Mississippi River, review the federal regulations for additional federal requirements.
  • Always ventilate after refueling. Open all hatches and run the blower. Sniff for fumes before starting the engine and if fumes exist, do not start the engine.
  • Learn the proper anchoring procedures for your boat. Improper anchoring is the cause of many fatal accidents.
  • Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during boat operation. Alcohol's effects are greatly exaggerated while boating. Research has proven that four hours' exposure to sun, glare, wind, noise, and vibration produces boater fatigue which slows reaction time almost as much as being legally intoxicated. Adding alcohol to this equation can be fatal.
  • If you loan your boat to someone, teach them how to operate it. This is true for all boat owners but rings doubly true for PWC. In 1996, 36% of all boats involved in accidents occurred while the boat was being borrowed. Borrowed boats accounted for 16% of all fatalities and 43% of injuries. 54% of the personal watercraft involved in accidents were borrowed. If you share the boat -- share the knowledge!
  • Never allow passengers to ride on gunwales or seatbacks or outside of protective railings, including the front of a pontoon boat. A sudden turn, stop or start could cause a fall overboard.
  • Make certain your registration is up to date and that the current year sticker is displayed. Always carry your registration card on board with you.
  • Practice good boat launch etiquette.
  • Practice loading and unloading on a day that isn't too busy at the ramp.
  • Remove covers and straps before you get in line to launch.
  • Load equipment into boat before you reach the ramp. Make sure all equipment is working and that the plug is in.
  • Once in line to launch, have a person available to hold the bow line and assist in boat handling at the pier.
  • Have one person drive the boat off the trailer and out of the way of other boaters while another person is parking the tow vehicle.
  • Upon departure from boat launch, maintain slow-no-wake speed for a safe and legal distance from boat launch.
  • If bad weather is approaching, get off the water early to avoid a long waiting line in inclement weather.
  • Drop one person off at pier to get vehicle and get in line.
  • Once loaded, pull well away from launch area to secure boat for travelling purposes.


INVASIVE SPECIES AND WATER QUALITY CONCERNS
SAWYER COUNTY ZONING SUMMARY (PDF file)
AUGUST 2007 CHIPPEWA FLOWAGE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN (PDF file)
 (NOTE: The Chippewa Flowage Lake Association does not endorse this management plan and we note that the water level comments in the plan do not concur with  Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions requirements.)
If you have any corrections, comments or possible additions please contact me.


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