Resources for Wisconsin Waterfront Property Owners
Here you will find resources to help buy, maintain, and develop waterfront property in Wisconsin and on Green Bay.
Water issues can have a big impact on how a property is used or developed. Waterfront property owners must follow special rules and regulations to develop their land. Restoration of wildlife and shoreline habitats is also an important factor to consider when making changes to waterfront property.
Buying Wisconsin Waterfront Property
- 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
- Shoreland Protection Funding
- Search Waterfront Property Listings in Northeast Wisconsin
- DNR Real Estate Program
- Real Estate Transactions Involving Wetlands
Wisconsin Waterfront & Shoreline Property Maintenance
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.
- Wisconsin Healthy Lakes and Rivers
- Owning Waterfront Property – Waterfront Property Management Checklist [PDF]
- Managing Wisconsin’s Forested Shorelands – A Landowner’s Guide [PDF]
- Sensible Shoreland Lighting Guide
- Impervious Surfaces: How they impact fish, wildlife, and waterfront property values.
- Self Evaluation Checklist for Waterfront Run-Off
- Placing Erosion Control Structures on Great Lakes
- Protecting Your Waterfront Investment [PDF]
- Resources on Shoreland Restoration
- Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes, and Practices [PDF].
- Climate Change Impacts: Property and Infrastructure
- 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]
Wisconsin Waterfront Property Development
Who do I talk to about Wisconsin shoreline development?
A good place to start is to contact your local zoning office for construction and zoning issues and the regional DNR Waterway Protection staff.
- 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
- Shoreland Zoning Laws & Regulations
- What is an Ordinary High Water Mark? [PDF]