Vilas County Wisconsin Government Services - LWCD Department what we do


















What We Do

See our Land & Water Conservation Department BROCHURE

 

THE MISSION OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT IS TO HALT AND REVERSE THE DEPLETION OF THE STATE’S SOIL RESOURCES AND POLLUTION OF ITS WATERS (WIS. STATS. s.92.14).

As described by Chapter 92 of the Wisconsin state statutes, county land conservation programs are responsible for coordination and implementation of conservation programs to meet local soil, water and related natural resource priorities. Priorities for each county of the state may differ, and are revised on a five year rotation by a committee comprised of local citizens, elected county officials and local natural resource management staff. Together, the Land & Water Conservation Committee (LWCC) and the Land & Water Conservation Department (LWCD) carry out specialized roles that move conservation programs forward.

 

Our Lands & Waters

 

Vilas County has:

  • 653,999 acres
  • 1,300+ lakes
  • 1,743 miles of shoreline
  • 12 watersheds
  • Headwaters of the Wisconsin River

Vilas County is centered in one of the world's most concentrated lake districts aka Northern Highland Lake District as a result of the area's glacial past. 

The county's landscape ranges from broad, nearly level glacial outwash plains to rough, broken glacial moraines and areas of pitted outwash.

 

Approximately 33% of Vilas County is wet (surface water 15% and wetland 19%)

 

 

Economic Impact of our Water

77% of Vilas County's property tax revenue comes from waterfront properties.

Visit our Economy of Vilas County Lakes page.