County to acquire Fish Lake shoreline acres

July 03, 2007
Joanne Haas, Office of the County Executive (608) 267-8823 or cell (608) 669-5606
County Executive

Dane County will purchase nearly 10 acres including shoreline on Fish Lake, known for its diverse fish population, songbirds and waterfowl as part of the county’s long-term effort to provide natural resources for the public’s enjoyment and protect native wildlife, County Executive Kathleen Falk says. “Fish Lake is home to lots of healthy largemouth bass, bluegill and northern pike are found,” Falk said of the popular lake in the town of Roxbury in northwestern Dane County. “The county’s acquisition of these shoreline acres will protect the habitat for these fish, as well as other species and some wonderful birds and waterfowl.” Dane County negotiated the purchase of the 9.6 acres for $850,000 from the Gaukel Revocable Trust. The acquired property, which includes some of the finest county parkland, also has a pole barn, cottage and an older two-story residence. The county will sell the improvements to cover part of the acquisition price and those funds will be returned to the Conservation Fund at the time of the sale. “The acquisition of these acres also protects the lake from runoff and expands Lussier County Park,” Falk said, adding it also expands the public’s access to the lake. “This is one of the prettiest lakes in the county.” The purchase is pending before the Dane County Board of Supervisors. Upon board action, the proposal goes to Falk for her final approval. ###