The zoning status of the lake first emerged as an
issue at the annual meeting in 2000 and was discussed in the
issue discussed a land use plan by the town of Presque Isle which the
association opposed following a member survey and was subsequently
shelved by the town.
From 2002 through 2005, the Association was
involved in a study of zoning issues on the lake. All lake owners
were polled on the question of pursuing a zoning change to a more
restrictive residential status. In 2005, the association board
initiated the rezoning process based on survey responses. (Winter,
The Presque Isle Town Zoning Board recommended that
landowners who opposed rezoning not be included in the change. The
Vilas County Zoning Board revised this further by only changing zoning
for parcels where owners had voted for the change and not rezoning any
In July, 2006, zoning changes were enacted whereby
51 parcels changed to R-1 zoning and 23 parcels remained REC.