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#1 Posted : Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:24:18 AM(UTC)
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Got a tough access question I haven't figured out. Much obliged and appreciated if any experts can help.

In the [amazing] book Improved Trout Waters of Wisconsin by Todd Hanson, habitat improvement projects along with the public access is listed for each site. For those sites that fall within a WNDR easement, thick red outline is given on the appropriate banks- great, no problem. However, many sites fall on sections that are not within official WDNR easements. For some of these sites in particular, the words "County Access" is given. Some particular examples include the camping park in Trimbelle (pg 80, access #C) behind the bar, and some sections on the Rush (pg 79 site #F).

My question is what does "County Access" mean? For both examples given above these aren't technically easements (any type of easement I'm aware of) and they are on private land parcels. I thought maybe this simply refers to the Wisconsin water access law (aka keep your feet wet, access from bridge, you're generally fine), but I believe he specifically designates these sites with "Keep your feet wet." Also some of these sections aren't within range of any public bridge.

Has anyone tackled this question for these sites? Does the answer vary per site, as some of them are private improvements by R&G clubs, or is there a more generic answer here?

-Zach

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, March 4, 2020 6:39:02 AM(UTC)
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Hoping someone who knows absolutely for sure will chime in but we have several easements here in Dane that are county ones and they work the same as the state ones.

You can be on the banks.

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, March 4, 2020 2:07:32 PM(UTC)
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And by the way, Dane County has easement maps online, quite handy.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, March 4, 2020 5:34:52 PM(UTC)
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Nice @Weiliwen, those Dane county maps are great. Hadn't seen those before.

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