September 4, 2014:  Temporary Drawdown of Lake Sherwood

Tri-Lakes Management District was notified late last week that DNR is pushing back on the start date for the proposed temporary drawdown on Lake Sherwood.  Instead of beginning the drawdown on September 15, it will be delayed as follows:

On Sept 24, Adams County will begin to lower the Sherwood levels to 991.7 which is at the bottom of the normal operating range.  This is 8.4 inches lower than the current level (Sept 4th).

On Sept 29, final approval from DNR is expected and then the levels will be taken down an additional 12” to a level of 990.9.  This level must be attained by October 1st.

The drawdown will end October 30, 2014.

It’s important to be aware of these dates as you plan for boat/boat lift removals. 

Also, if unforeseen conditions occur such as heavy rain events during the drawdown, Adams County Land and Water Department will do its best to achieve the lower level and if rain events occur during the 30 day drawdown period, the lake level may fluctuate, but they will do their best to achieve and maintain the drawdown level.  With the drawdown, the morning glory structure will be ineffective so the only way to control the lake level will be by the inlet pipe located in the lake bed.  The volume of the inlet pipe is limited by the dimensions of the pipe to take in water so the lake level may fluctuate if significant rain occurs.

After October 30th, the levels on Sherwood will be allowed to come back up to normal levels.  This will be dependent on rainfall levels and the amount of water coming in from the upper watershed.

If you have any questions, please contact Tri-Lakes Management at 715-325-3250 or lakedist@wctc.net


August 18, 2014:  Temporary Lowering of Sherwood and Arrowhead

Attention Property Owners on Sherwood and Arrowhead:

Adams County has just informed Tri-Lakes that it is necessary to
lower water levels temporarily on Sherwood and Arrowhead starting
on Wed, August 20th. The lowering will just be approximately 4
inches and is required in order to conduct further evaluation of
the dam gates. Skin divers are scheduled to do the evaluation on
Tuesday, August 26th and then the gates will be closed again,
allowing water levels to return to normal (depending on rainfall).
The short notice that we're receiving is because Aug 26 is the
only date that the divers will be available. Please share this
information with your neighbors.

The planned temporary drawdown of Sherwood to allow for shoreline
projects is still planned for Sept 15 to Oct 15.

If you have further questions, please call or email our office at
715-325-3250 or lakedist@wctc.net


June 20, 2014:  Water Levels on the Lakes

Due to the 5+" rainfall earlier this week, water levels on the lakes are very high.  Water continues to flow in from the upper watershed.  Adams County, operator of the dams, reacted quickly, opening the gates to 15" shortly after the rain event and then further opening them to the maximum 24".  As of 9 pm Thursday evening, the levels began to fall but are still 10 - 12" above normal levels.  Please exercise slower-than-normal boat speeds throughout the weekend to protect piers, beach walls and shorelines on your neighbors' properties.  A 'no wake' has not been declared by Rome Police as the designated water levels for that action have not been reached.  However, please exercise caution and concern for property and share this info with others using the lakes who may be unaware of the situation.








The Tri-Lakes Management District was formed in 1984 by property owners of the three lake associations – Lakes Arrowhead, Camelot and Sherwood in the Town of Rome, located in northern Adams County.  A statutory taxing body, the District is guided by a board of five commissioners, one from each lake association plus one representative from the Town of Rome Board and one from the Adams County Board.


The MISSION of the Tri-Lakes Management District is to pursue activities that positively impact the cleanliness and health of our lake community.  Primary responsibilities of the District include:

  • Work with Wisconsin DNR and Adams County Land and Water Conservation departments to implement best management practices to maintain and improve lake water quality and quantity
  • Operate weed harvesting operations on the lakes
  • Coordinate and fund Water Testing on the lakes and Upper Watershed to provide scientific data pertaining to lake water quality
  • Implement a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program at the public boat landings to educate on the importance of controlling and/or preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Manage a Sanitary Inspection program for all septic systems installed in the district prior to July 1, 1992
  • Distribute Barley Straw bags in the spring to help inhibit algae growth on the lakes


We invite you to explore our website to gain a better understanding of our water issues – everything from quantities of water available to groundwater levels to water quality.  We will be a conduit to our whole community with factual information presented and expect to communicate our concerns for our lakes while working towards solutions.  Tri-Lakes works hard to further awareness of environmental threats to our lakes community.



Current Board of Commissioners





Term Expiration


Don Fornasiere

837 Richmond Way

Lake Camelot


Treasurer and Vice Chair

Steve Nowicki

339 Halberds Ct.

Lake Sherwood



Bob Frederick

1352 Rapids Tr.

Lake Arrowhead



Paul Pisellini

361 Yeoman Ct.

Adams County Board



Phil McLaughlin

224 – 14th Ave.

Rome Town Board










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