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Letter to the Editor:

As a concerned Eagle River lake resident of 25 years, I attended the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public hearing on the proposal to allow Wild Eagle Lodge to place multiple new piers at their condo development on Duck and Lynx lakes.

I wanted to voice my concern about adding to the present boating pressure on two of the smallest lakes on the Chain, and the issue of safety on the narrow channel between those lakes.

The proposed project will place up to five piers with the combined capacity of 68 boat slips along that shoreline to allow all of the Wild Eagle residents to tie up their boats. This proposal was addressed in 2007 when the DNR denied their request. Due to new statutes that have changed pier rules, Wild Eagle is applying again under a different application.

My question is, if the DNR thought the addition of more piers was not safe in 2007, how is a new statute changing the situation that is much worse now? If it wasn’t safe at that time, how will it be any more safe now?

Wild Eagle maintains that the new piers will not bring in any more boats as the residents are already bringing them. But boating pressure on the entire Chain has increased dramatically since 2007. Weekend and holiday traffic in the channels between the lakes is bow-to-stern, and the approaches to those channels are full of boats vying for position before slowing to no-wake status, if indeed they do slow down.

The channel between Duck and Lynx lakes is small and narrow. Boats coming to and from the Wild Eagle piers create even more congestion as they cross the traffic to work their way into the procession. Wild Eagle says that there has been no serious accident on either lake in 14 years, for which I’m thankful. But with increased traffic comes increased risk.

I am asking the DNR not to grant a permit for the addition of more piers in one of the smallest and most congested areas of the Chain, for safety’s sake. I hope that public safety will determine their decision on the application, not the desires of a large company, however well intentioned they may be. I would not want anyone be a victim of any accident that could be traced to the traffic and congestion that continues to grow in that location.

If you read this and agree, you may submit your written comments to the DNR by emailing kyle.mclaughlin@­ or writing Kyle McLaughlin at 1007 Sutliff Ave., Rhinelander, WI 54501. Include the docket number, WP-IP-NO-2013-64-03059-03061-03063-03064, or the applicant name, Wild Eagle Lodge Condo Association. Comments must be received no later than 10 days after the April 23 hearing.

The public hearing was more like a Wild Eagle publicity program. Safety-minded lake owners and citizens need to let their concerns be known to the DNR.

Molly Jaeger

Eagle River

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:40 AM

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