News and Notices


Upcoming Meetings: 2/10/18 Meeting Canceled

Quarter District Meeting--Saturday, February 24, 2018 @9:00 am, Packwaukee Library

Letter to the Editor Re: Harvesting Meeting January 13, 2018 to the Editor 11418.pdf

Harvesting Map Update

From the results of the Onterral Lake Management Plan and the DNR, we have a new, updated harvesting map
that is now what will be enforced for the Buffalo Lake weed harvesting operation. This was a joint effort of the DNR, Onterra, and some of the successeful portions from previous years. Based on the Lake Management Plan, the DNR who visited the lake this year, recommends this plan particularly based on the weed composition since the drawdown.

Read the details of the Lake Management Plan and recommendations for Buffalo Lake 


We are looking for people interested in serving on the Dues & Finance and the Harvesting Committees. Interested parties may contact:

Tom Ogden (Chair) at 815 245-1385, or


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About Buffalo Lake

Marquette County has 90 lakes. Buffalo Lake has about 50% of the water surface area. It was a natural lake formed by a downstream deposit of sediment in 1871. The level of the natural basin was increased by four feet. The Army Corps of Engineers constructed a low head dam under authorization of the River and Harbor Act of 1958, the Federal Government turned over control of the upper Fox River above the mouth of the Wolf River to the State of Wisconsin in June 1962.
Physical Data of Buffalo Lake
  • Acres = 2500
  • Mean Depth = 4.5 ft
  • Maximum Depth = 8ft
  • Length= 13.1 miles
  • Width 1/2 mile
  • Shore Length = 32.2 miles
  • Watershed area = 600 sq. miles
  • Normal outflow 12 days from the time water enters Buffalo Lake to the time it goes over the dam at Montello.
  • Buffalo Lake was named for the buffalo grass growing around the lake.


Lake Protection and Rehabilitation

On December 31, 1986, petitions were filed with the Marquette County Clerk requesting the establishment of a public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district in the Townships of Montello and Packwaukee, and the City of Montello. The petitions were accompanied by a map and description of the proposed boundaries.

Notice of a public hearing was published in the Marquette County Tribune on January 8, 1987, and mailed to the landowners within boundaries of the proposed district.The public hearing was held before the Marquette County Zoning and Planning Committee on January 29, 1987.

Buffalo Lake Protection and Rehabilitation was then declared organized and established.


Marquette County Lakes Association

Mission Statement: Our purpose is to promote the environmental protection and responsible use of Marquette County surface waters and their attendant wetlands, shore lands and wildlife resouces; to share ideas and information through education and active participation for the benefit of individual property owners, lake districts and associations, local government, the general public, future generations, and the waters themselves.

Marquette County Lakes Association Website

Friends of the Fox Lake

An organization that complements the activities of both the District and the Improvement Assn. is Friends of the Fox. FOF advocates responsible use, responsible re-use and preservation of both cultural and natural resources of the Upper and Lower Fox River System of Wisconsin (Buffalo lake is an integral part of this system). Current projects include the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway (Green Bay to Prairie du Chien), The Water Trail Portage Project and the Rapide Croche Transfer Station. For membership and additional information about these projects and how you can help, visit: