Chute Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District #1

P.O. Box 184 Mountain, WI 54149

Do you need to register your pier with the DNR? If you are thinking about a new dock or pier, or adding on to your existing one, please review the following information:

NOTICE: You do not need to register if your pier, dock, or wharf meets ALL of the following exemption standards, which are also outlined in the Pier Planner (DNR Pub no. FH-017), found at:

  • The width of the pier’s main stem is a maximum of 6 feet wide.
  •  A maximum 8 ft long by 8 ft wide loading platform or deck may be placed at the end of a 6 ft wide pier, if it is not located in an Area of Special Natural Resource Interest (ASNRI) waterbody. Please use the WDNR’s Designated Waters Search found in the Surface Water Data Viewer at: to determine if the water body is not an ASNRI
  • The maximum length to reach a depth needed to moor your boat, use a boat lift, or extends to the 3 ft depth, which ever length is greater
  • The placement of the pier cannot interfere with the rights of other riparian owners.
  • The number of moored boats may only be 2 for the first 50 ft of shoreline frontage, and 1 for every additional full 50 ft.  

Here are a couple of links to more information from the WI DNR regarding dock and pier regulations and registration:

Boating Safety

Fertilizer Facts

Dock and Pier Regulations

As you gear up for this year's boating season, take a moment to read the 2011 Wisconsin Boating Regulations and Handbook to review our state's boating laws and safety tips.  The regulations handbook is now available to download at:


There are two new state boating laws in effect:
  • Beginning with the 2010 boating season, it is now illegal to transport invasive species (see p. 14 of the boating regulations). 
  • Also new in 2010, it is illegal to operate a motorboat at greater than slow-no-wake speed within 100 feet of the shoreline of all lakes (see p. 15 of the boating regulations).  

Take a Boating Safety Education Course
Anyone born after 1988 is required to take a boater safety course to legally operate a boat.  But boaters of all ages can learn rules and safe operating tips that just might save your life.  And you can get certified in as little as three hours from the comfort of your own home.  Learn more about boater safety courses offered by the DNR at:

Please help prevent excess weeds in our lake- if you fertilize your lawn, only use a fertilizer with a "zero" as the middle number. The middle number is the phosphorus content, which causes algae bloom and encourages weed growth when any runoff enters the lake.