Navigation Buoys – Minocqua, Kawaguesaga, Thoroughfare
- How many are installed each year on the chain of lakes? 70
- How many of these are on Lakes Minocqua & Kawaguesaga? 44
- Who has been responsible for installing and removing these buoys for nearly 20 years? Chief Backhaus – Woodruff Police – multi jurisdictional effort Minocqua Police Dpt & Woodruff Police Dpt
- How long does the process of installing (removing) these buoys take? 16 hour x 2 workers
- How much does a buoy, chain, & weight block weigh? Approximately 100 lbs.
- When are the buoys installed each year? Spring – hopefully before Fishing opener, 1st week of May (weather permitting)
- When are the buoys removed each year? Fall – hopefully before Beef-A-Rama – 3rd or 4th week of September (weather permitting)
- Who permits a buoy being placed on a Wisconsin Lake? DNR
- Who maintains the GPS Coordinates for buoys placed on Minocqua & Kawaguesaga Lakes? Chief Backhaus – Woodruff Police
- Who maintains and manages buoy locations throughout the summer? Boat Patrol Officer – tries to keep tabs on them to make sure they stay in place and will be responsible for any replacement/repairs.
Important Information from Chief Backhaus
Every year people take it upon themselves to re-adjust the buoys because they feel they were not placed correctly, if you ever see anyone messing with the buoys, please try to get a hull id# so the Police Dpt can issue them a citation.
Also, please let the Police Dpt know if a buoy floats away, sometimes people will pull them up on shore or tie them to a dock without reporting this to the Police Dpt. Without reporting, this makes it difficult finding them to get them re-installed. Simply call Police Dpt’s non-emergency number at 715-356-1150 to report.
Thanks to Chief Backhaus, Woodruff Police Dpt , Chief Jaeger, Minocqua Police Dpt, & Mark Pertile, Town of Minocqua for contributing information for this article
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