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Chairperson: John Steber

Warning for Pontoon Loading on Lower Post Lake Isle of Pines Landing

There have been issues with large bunk trailers and cantilever trailers backing off the end of the concrete ramp on the Lower Post Lake Isle of Pines Landing.  The ramp is 30 feet long, but there is only 23 feet from the water’s edge to the end of the ramp.  There is a hole at the end of the concrete.  If you have an aforementioned trailer, it is advisable to use the new South Shore Landing on Upper Post Lake.  The  Isle of Pines landing will be a topic on the agenda at the next quarterly Post Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Meeting.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight and recommendations for the maintenance and upkeep of the three public boat landings
  • To include; parking lots, ramps, piers, boat landing signage, grounds and portable restrooms
  • Provide a yearly evaluation/condition report for the district’s three boat landings
  • Provide recommendations for short term and long-term plans to address needed repairs and improvements
  • Develop improvement plans, specifications, request for proposals and oversee completion of projects, all subject to board approval

Recent Improvement Projects

        2016 Replaced the Boat Ramp at the Upper Post West Shore Landing
        2016 Moved the Upper Post South Shore Landing Pier to the Upper Post West Shore Landing.
        2016 Replaced the Pier at the Upper Post South Shore Landing
        2018 Replaced the pier at the Lower Post Isle of Pine Landing
        2019 Added a fourth 12′ pier section to the Upper Post South Shore Landing
        2020 Replaced the Boat Ramp at the Lower Post Isle of Pine Landing
        2021 Replaced the boat landing signage at all three landings.
        2023 Completed Boat Landing Restoration project on south shore of Upper Post Lake
Power loading boats causes damage to launch ramps!

“Power loading”, can cause damage to launch ramps that may not be visible from the surface of the water. “Power loading” is a term used to describe using the motor to load and unload the boat onto and off the trailer. Launch ramps were not designed to sustain the forces generated by today’s larger and more powerful boats or the practice of power loading. Propeller wash creates a significant force that can erode the lakebed and create a large hole at the end of the ramp. Eroded material is often deposited beyond the ramp to create a mound, which can result in a barrier for launching and loading. Boats and equipment can incur damage if the boat or lower unit runs aground on the mound or if the trailer becomes stuck in the hole. In the worse cases, the end of the ramp could collapse, resulting in an unusable launch ramp. In low water conditions the mound created from propeller wash can obstruct launching and loading. The DNR recognizes that some boaters are accustomed to power loading. However, it is preferable that boaters do not race their engines while on the boat ramp. Slightly more than idle speed should be all that is necessary to load and/or unload the boat. The best practice is for boaters to refrain from power loading and use the winch to load and unload their boat.                                               

Do Not Power Load Your Boat

Boat Landing Project Information

August 2023 – Striping Complete and Landing is Open for Use







Paving Started

Landing is set and the dock is leveled. Split rail cedar fence is up. Parking area defined. Retention ditch and areas are half full of rock. Grade is set. More rock to place.  Nearly ready for blacktop.






 Split Rail Fence Placed






Progress on driveway and parking area.







The landing pads and main anchored approach is in. (Anchored  with 8 foot sheet pilings.) The rocks at the back of the landing is at 4 feet deep. The dock is set but needs some adjustment. The driveway and parking area are being prepped for blacktop. Larger rocks are being placed between the driveway entrance and parking area as a water seepage area to catch melt and rain water runoff.  And the pad is poured for the portable toilet.





Precast Concrete Plank

July 2023 – The construction has begun on the South Shore landing on Upper Post.  The project will be completed in early September (likely after Labor Day). During construction, the landing will obviously be closed. Please use either the West Shore landing on Upper Post or the Lower Post landing on Isle of Pines. When completed, the newly engineered South Shore landing will be an excellent landing. Thank you for your patience as we work through this project.

June 2023 – Impact of Ice Damage to the Upper Post – West Shore Boat Landing
During this past winter, the Upper Post West Shore Boat Landing suffered ice damage that pushed the concrete ramps approximately 15 inches onto shore.  Because of this ice push damage, the boat ramp is no longer level, and it is reported that large pontoon boats with bunk trailers are having difficulty with the landing. 

June 2023Directions: Upper Post West Shore Landing                  Directions:  Lower Post Isle of Pine Landing

March 2022 Revised August 2021 UP South Shore Boat Landing Improvements Project Cost Estimate

August 2021 Upper Post Lake South Shore Landing Improvements Project

The installation of the replacement boat ramp at the Isle of Pines Boat Landing on Lower Post was completed during the first week of June at a total cost of $15,495.00.  The lake district will be receiving a Department of Natural Resources grant of $6,580.67 leaving a cost of  $8,669.99 to the district for this project. Krueger & Stienfest, Inc. of  Antigo  served as the contractor on the project.

Town of Elcho picked up the logs and tree tops off the Lower Post Lake boat landing, Great Job!

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