The last couple of years have been the demise of the slalom course in the North Bay. The erosion and weeds have made the course unusable.
The idea came up to try and get a new permanent course, with a permit, in a new location. That location was determined to be East of Egg Island and South of Blue Heron. This location was chosen because of it's perceived size and the assumption of having the least amount of riparian owner resistance. After some soft surveying at this location and Buena Lake, the assumption seems to have been correct.
This web page is simply a place to house and share anything and everything related to our progress, to-do lists and requests for help, in seeing this project through. Hopefully we will have a course setup and skiable this summer.
The Town did approve our permit with the contingency of us having liability insurance and naming them and WWMD. Initial research was a bit discouraging as getting coverage seemed bleak. But after talking to AWSA, I think it's possible, although there is a lot to do. Here are the steps:
Take a peak at Course Position Three under Proposed Course Positions. I moved the course north a bit. We are now 150 ft off of Randy's pier. I tweaked the angle more to the west so as to not be inline with northbound traffic. The current channel marker is 338 ft to west of the pier that it is inline with. A previous satellite image shows it at 395 ft off that same pier. I would like to move it that 57 ft to give us more room. State statutes indicate the use of Slalom Course marker buoys. Jason from the DNR said they usually don't use those, but in this case I think we should, on the south end of the course.
Our approach distance on the north end isn't what I would like, but I think we are out of position options.
I do need to get on the Town Board agenda soon or I doubt we will see a course this year.
7/15 - Still waiting on DNR approval.
7/9 - Slalom Course application submitted to Jason Roberts at the DNR.
7/8 - Slalom Course approved by Town Board with restrictions.
7/8 - Agenda slot confirmed for the Town Board meeting tonight. Meeting starts at 5:30pm.
6/21 - July 8th Agenda request was sent to the Town Deputy Clerk
6/19 - Course proposal Three created.
6/16 - I received an email from Steve Larry indicating his support of the course and that a number of WWMD members are in support as well.
6/15 - Sergeant Nelson expressed concern with northbound traffic entering course while in use.
Randy is indicating that all his neighbors are ok with this.
As I work on the permit requirements / process, GPS coordinates and mapping, there are other things that need to be done...
Recreation Warden – Bureau of Law Enforcement
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
141 NW Barstow Street Room 180
Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: (262) 574-2169
Cell: (262) 903-9399
Sergeant Adam Nelson
Town of Waterford Police Department
Steve Larry (WWMD)