Regardless of whether a property contains or is adjacent to a body of water, water issues can have a big impact on how a property is used or developed.

Buy the Right Property

Buying Shorelands
Choosing the Right Waterfront Property [PDF]
What to Look for When Purchasing a Property
Issues Related to Water when Purchasing a Property
What the Landowner Needs to Know about Shoreland and Wetland Zoning [PDF]
Conservation Easements
Search Waterfront Property Listings in Northeast Wisconsin
DNR Real Estate Program
Real Estate Transactions Involving Wetlands

Care for your Lake and River Property

Every activity on a lakeshore, even small ones, changes the water and the land. It is for this very reason that shoreline activities must be conducted with the utmost care.

Owning Waterfront Property – Waterfront Property Management Checklist [PDF]
Managing Wisconsin’s Forested Shorelands – A Landowner’s Guide [PDF]
Impervious Surfaces: How they impact fish, wildlife and waterfront property values.
Placing Erosion Control Structures on Great Lakes
Sensible Shoreland Lighting Guide
Ordinary High Water Mark [PDF]
Protecting Your Waterfront Investment [PDF]
Financial Incentives for Restoring Shorelands
Technical Resources for Shoreland Restoration
The Water’s Edge: Helping Fish and Wildlife on your Waterfront Property [PDF]
Preserving Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Rain Gardens – A How-to Manual for Homeowners [PDF]

Research

Development Trends in Northeast Wisconsin
Research on Water Quality
Research on Shoreland Buffers
Climate Change Impacts: Property and Infrastructure

Who do I talk to about shoreline development?

A good place to start is to contact the local zoning office for construction and zoning issues. Also, contact the regional DNR Waterway Protection staff. Some projects may even require checking with the regional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office.

More Wisconsin Waterfront Property Resources

Find a Permit for Your Waterway Project
Find a Permit for Your Shoreline Project
How to Work with Contractors on Shoreline Protection Projects
Find a Coastal Engineering and/or Bluff Stability Consulting Firm
Rules and Zoning Caselaw Summaries
Shoreland Protection Programs
Publications on Shoreland Management
Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine
Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine