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Rest Lake Dam

The Fall Draw Down – The When and the Why

The water level in the Chain above the dam will likely decrease from its current level and reach 8’0″ sometime shortly before October 1st.

Then beginning on October 1st, the level will be drawn down from 8’0″ to reach the final winter level on or before October 31st.

The operation of the Rest Lake Dam is guided …

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DNR Gains Agreement to Guide Manitowish Chain Water Levels through Rest Lake Dam Operations

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has signed a four-year agreement with a unit of Xcel Energy to maintain predictable water levels and enhanced downstream flow, particularly during spring, on the Manitowish Chain of Lakes through the operations of the Rest Lake dam.

The agreement, with Xcel’s Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Co., was developed to address …

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Ron Kuehn, MCDF attorney update

In October 2014, the MCDF, Xcel Energy and the DNR reached an agreement to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would establish Rest Lake Dam operating parameters including:  retention of the 3.5 foot winter drawdown; summer water release (downstream of the dam) and water retention (within the Chain) parameters designed to protect summer water …

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Manitowish Chain Defense Fund Informational Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Manitowish Chain Defense Fund (MCDF) invites you to attend a very important informational meeting on the DNR’s draft order for changing the operation of the Rest Lake Dam. The meeting will be held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at 10 a.m.

THe draft order …

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Manitowish Chain Defense Fund Update

The following information was provided by the Manitowish Chain Defense Fund:

The DNR is Proposing Drastic Changes to the Rest Lake Dam Operating Order!  The Manitowish Chain Defense Fund Urges Concerned Citizens to Study the DNR’s Proposal and Make Your Voices Heard!

Last month the DNR issued a proposed order that would make radical changes to how the …

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