Shoreland zoning protects your property values

If you’re shopping for waterfront property, you should know about shoreland zoning and the rules that go with it. No one likes rules. But the first thing you should know is that these rules don’t just benefit fish, birds, and wildlife, they benefit you

By preserving the up north qualities of our lakes and streams, these rules also preserve your property values. Even up here in NW Wisconsin, some lakes have a more urban feel. Other lakes, however, still have a relatively undeveloped feel – even though most of their shoreline is developed. Views are preserved, privacy is preserved, and so are property values.

Second, it’s important to know that certain minimum standards are in place in Wisconsin. In some counties, and even on certain lakes and streams, the rules are more strict. Existing homes, of course, are grandfathered in. But if you’re building on shoreland anywhere in Wisconsin, you’ll need to meet these minimum standards:

  • Lot size. Lots served by a public sanitary sewer must have a minimum average width of 65 feet and a minimum area of 10,000 square feet. “Unsewered” lots must have a minimum average width of 100 feet and minimum area of 20,000 square feet.
  • Buffer strip. Clear-cutting of trees and shrubs isn’t allowed in the strip of land from the ordinary high-water mark to 35′ inland. One exception is for a 30′ wide path, for every 100′ of shoreline, down to the water. That allows you to reach the water, have a great view from your living room, and still protect your privacy. (And also, by the way, preserve the view of whoever lives across the lake.)
  • Setbacks. All buildings and structures must be set back at least 75′ from the ordinary high-water mark. Exceptions include piers and boat-hoists. And, if an existing pattern of development exists, some counties may have a “setback averaging” system that allow homes to be built closer to the water. On certain bodies of water, though, setbacks are increased to 125′ – or, in rare cases, up to 300′.

This is just an overview; for details on these and other shoreland zoning provisions, contact the DNR or county officials. Keep in mind, too, that existing homes are grandfathered in. When you buy one, you obviously can’t do much to change the lot size or setback. You can, however, take steps to restore the buffer of natural vegetation along your home’s waterfront.

But don’t try shoreline restoration just because it’s good for the environment. Do it if you’d like to increase your privacy, see more birds and wildlife, and catch mroe fish. (And also, by the way, spend less time mowing your lawn.)

Buying or selling in NW Wisconsin? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor. 218-590-6634. Or visit www.JeanHedren.com.

 

Sold beautiful log home on Middle Kimball Lake

N13748 Coyote Dr, Minong, WI

Sold by Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin.

The Kimball Chain of Lakes is located in northwest Wisconsin, west of Minong and not far from Nancy Lake, Gilmore Lake, and the Minong Flowage.) This lake home was custom-built on 3.07 private acres with 200’ of sand bottom lake frontage. It features two fireplaces, an indoor grill, a four-season sunroom, newer appliances, a rec room with a wet bar, and a two-car garage.


This classic up-north lake home has some unique special touches.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you step inside: The custom hand-made stained-glass panels that run the full length of the main-level great room and dining room. Another unique touch, this one in the lower-level family room: a built-in indoor gas grill right next to the second fireplace. Perfect for grilling on a rainy October evening or a sunny January afternoon. To learn more, and to schedule a showing, just give me a call at (218) 590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

The Kimball chain of lakes is located in northwestern Washburn County, in between Nancy Lake and the Minong Flowage.  These three lakes have a combined area of around 270 acres, and each has its own character.  These vital stats are a clue:

  • Upper Kimball Lake covers 44 acres, with a shoreline of 1.2 miles, a maximum depth of 11 feet, a mean depth of 5 feet, and secchi disk readings that exceed its maximum depth.
  • Middle Kimball Lake covers 98 acres, with a shoreline of 1.5 miles, a maximum depth of 77 feet, a mean depth of 31 feet, and secchi disk readings of around 19 feet.
  • Lower Kimball Lake covers 129 acres, with a shoreline of 2.5 miles, a maximum depth of 6 feet, a mean depth of 4 feet, and secchi disk readings of around 4 feet.

As you might guess, Upper and Lower Kimball Lakes are both relatively shalow and weedy.  Middle Kimball Lake, however, is one of the deepest and coldest lakes in the area.  In all three lakes, you’ll find northerns, largemouth bass, and panfish.  Middle Kimball Lake also has a few walleyes. Most years the connecting channels allow a medium-size boat to access all three lakes.

Thinking of buying or selling in Minong or NW Wisconsin? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, 218-590-6634. www.JeanHedren.com

Your NW Wisconsin lake home or cabin search starts with the lake that’s right for you

Here we’ll examine the lake or water type that best suits your lifestyle.

Every buyer approaches the search process differently.  I’ve worked with some people, for example, who were very particular about the features they wanted in their new lake home; they were less concerned about where it was located.

I’ve also worked with buyers who prefer to start by choosing a lake—or at least by narrowing down their search to a very short list of lakes.  Only then do they begin looking for the place that’s right for them.  Choosing the right lake is their #1 priority; for them, this step comes first.

That’s a very good idea; every lake has its own distinct character. Do you want a home on a large recreational lake or a small quiet lake? Would riverfront property work best for you?

Large lakes, often the most desirable because they offer a greater variety of recreational activities, typically have homes and cabins with the highest price tags.

If you are willing to settle for a smaller lake, the same home may come with a smaller price tag. Chances are the lake is going to be quieter. Lakes below a certain size (about 200 acres) just aren’t very interesting for jet skis and water skiers; they tend to see more pontoons, fishing boats, or canoes.

You’ll have fewer neighbors and you’ll probably get to know them better. Depending on the lake, fishing pressure may be lighter.

Would riverfront property work for you? The same cabin or home will sell for less on a river than it would if it were on a lake. People tend to prefer lakes; maybe it’s because you can usually get out and do more on them than you could on a river.

Most rivers, especially smaller ones, just won’t offer the same boating or recreational opportunities as a lake would. In some cases, you may be able to travel upstream or downstream in a boat – or at least in a canoe or kayak. You may even have what’s essentially your own private fishing hole.

With some riverfront properties, the river may be too small or the current too swift. You’ll mainly just be able to sit and enjoy the river view. Still, if your waterfront is a small creek that you can see from your livingroom window, there’s something special about being near the water. It can also attract a lot of wildlife that you’ll be able to watch.

As you are thinking about your ideal lake home or cabin, you’ll want to consider the type of water that works best for your lifesyle and budget. Check out the NW WI Lakes and Rivers tab above to learn more about the area lakes.

Curious to learn more about cabins and lake homes for sale in NW Wisconsin? Give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can email me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com. Start your NW Wisconsin lake property search at www.JeanHedren.com

NW WI Lake Home on 12 acres. Little Gilmore Lake, Minong, WI

Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 3 bath chalet on 12 acres located in the quiet end of Gilmore Lake with boating access to Big Gilmore Lake. Main level includes master suite, second bedroom and bathroom, laundry, plus open living room, kitchen, dining, and large screen porch.

Full property details: N13609 Narrows Tr, Minong, WI. $465,000

The channel between Little Gilmore and Gilmore Lake will accommodate most fishing boats and runabouts, but may be too low for pontoon boats. Great fishing on this quiet bay.

Curious about this NW Wisconsin lake home or other Minong WI real estate? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty. 218-590-6634. Or, email: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Sold in less than 2 weeks. Private cabin getaway on 16 acres in Namekagon River canoe country. Trego, WI

Your private cabin in the woods getaway on 16.5 acres at the end of the road. Property is bordered by Washburn County Forest Land. Namekagon River Canoe Landing is a half mile away. Cabin is very well maintained. Panoramic view from the yard and screened porch. ATV/snowmobile trails and dozens of lakes nearby. Two hours from the Twin Cities.

Sold: N11070 Bergerud Rd, Trego, WI.

Interested in cabins in the Trego or Spooner area? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, at 218-590-6634. Or, email Jean: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

 

 

Spectacular log home on clear Middle Kimball Lake. 3 private acres, Minong, WI

This spectacular 4 BR, 3 bath log home overlooks clear, deep Middle Kimball Lake. (The Kimball Chain of Lakes is located in northwest Wisconsin, west of Minong and not far from Nancy Lake, Gilmore Lake, and the Minong Flowage.) This lake home was custom-built on 3.07 private acres with 200’ of sand bottom lake frontage. It features two fireplaces, an indoor grill, a four-season sunroom, newer appliances, a rec room with a wet bar, and a two-car garage.
This classic up-north lake home has some unique special touches. One of the first things you’ll notice when you step inside: The custom hand-made stained-glass panels that run the full length of the main-level great room and dining room. Another unique touch, this one in the lower-level family room: a built-in indoor gas grill right next to the second fireplace. Perfect for grilling on a rainy October evening or a sunny January afternoon.
Please enjoy the video. To learn more, and to schedule a showing, just give me a call at (218) 590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Property details: N13748 Coyote Dr, Minong, WI.

3 BR country home is move-in ready, walk to Big Bass Lake. Minong, WI

Full details: N12320 Richards Ln, Minong, WI 

Offered at $175,000.

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3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath with family room addition in move-in ready condition. Quiet wooded setting. One block to Big Bass Lake. A few minutes west of Minong; 2.5 hours from the Twin Cities.