Judge rejects bid to block public access at North Lake
An administrative law judge has rejected a request by North Lake property owners to block construction of a public boat access on the lake's west shore.
The state Department of Natural Resources properly complied with wetland and navigable stream protection regulations in November 2010 when it approved construction of a boat ramp, road and parking lot for 16 vehicles and trailers as well as two car-only stalls, according to the judge's May 4 order.
Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey D. Boldt in Madison criticized lake property owners for creating "fictional" reasons to oppose the project because they were unhappy to be sharing the lake with the public.
One fiction was the suggestion by opponents that the DNR was willing to eliminate a stream on the property in approving the need to grade more than 10,000-square-feet of the property and fill up to 0.16 acres of wetland, according to Boldt. There is a depression on the shore that holds water during flooding but there is no stream channel to the lake that drains the upland surface, he said.
The 437-acre lake is the largest water body in Waukesha County without public access.
The DNR purchased the former Whitey Krause property on Reddelien Road in the Town of Merton for $1.25 million in 2005. The 6.5-acre parcel includes 233 feet of frontage on the northwest shore of the lake.