Manage, promote, protect and preserve our lakes, rivers and streams

PCALR’s mission is to promote and preserve the natural, recreational, aesthetic and ecological qualities of our lakes and rivers; to provide a forum for public expression; to contact and inform public officials of specific problems of our area; and to join forces, if necessary, to achieve a goal deemed crucial by the members to change political opinion and influence governmental bodies.


Thank you for visiting Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers.

Our goal

Help lake organizations and citizens manage and protect Polk County’s beautiful lakes and rivers – for recreation, for wildlife, and for future generations.

Our Conviction

To insure that the recreation we enjoy at our lakes and rivers today endures for future generations, we must live in harmony with what we’ve come here to enjoy… the water, the wildlife and the special places of Polk County. As development and use rises, and threats from invasive species draw nearer, wise management and avid protection of our water bodies become paramount.

Our Hope

Participate! Plan to attend an upcoming meeting. Share your concerns about managing and protecting our natural resources. Become an active leader. While you do not need a membership to attend PCALR meetings, PCALR needs and appreciates your membership and support. 

Recent News

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Your Lake Has Skin!

Have you ever seen the round water formations on a leaf near your lakeside? Surface tension gives water that droplet like shape, which acts similarly to "skin". This skin-like tension allows insects such as water striders to use their long legs to skim across the water without sinking.

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Are you part of an organization interested in helping to conserve Wisconsin lakes, rivers, or wetlands? In case you didn’t already know, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides more than $6 million each year for projects that protect and restore surface waters! Why not have your project funded?

Are you looking for a lake or river protection grant?
The surface water grant program supports land acquisition and the placement of conservation easements. If your lake is not yet developed, these programs may help you set aside shoreland to convey water quality benefits.
If land acquisition isn’t a possibility, you may want to consider seeking support to develop a local ordinance.

Get started now – the February 1st deadline is approaching. Contact your local grants coordinator for help developing a competitive grant application.

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