Information for Property Owners, Residents, and Visitors

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Big Portage Lake Riparian Owners Association (BPLROA) was formed to preserve and protect Big Portage Lake and its surroundings, and to enhance the water quality, fishery, boating safety, and aesthetic values of Big Portage Lake, as a public recreational facility for today and for future generations.


From the BPLROA "Statement of Purpose"


Welcome to the website of the Big Portage Lake Riparian Owners Association.

Big Portage Lake is located near the town of Land O' Lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin.

This website informs users about news and upcoming events, includes information about Big Portage Lake and the Lake Owners Association, links to additional information about the surrounding area, other groups involved with lakes, links to local services, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and town and county websites and phone numbers.

Coronavirus and Covid-19

  • The Wisconsin Safer-at-Home order has ended. Please remember that the pandemic is not over.

  • Please follow social distancing guidelines out of respect for others and wear a mask in public spaces.

  • You can be infected anywhere at any time or unknowingly spread the infection to others if you are an asymptomatic carrier or before you become aware that you are ill.

  • Remember that health care resources are very limited in the area and our local first repsonders are volunteers.

  • Thank you!

Current weather in Land O' Lakes.
For the best weather app for LOL download 12WAPP.

Fire danger (DNR): Conditions change from day to day. Check the link below after 11 am for the most up-to-date information.

All burning is currently prohibited and burning permits are suspended until further notice.

Check burning restrictions or call: 1-888-947-2876

Gateway Airport Information

2020 Membership Renewal Form

April 2020 Shoreline News

Lake Courtesy Code

News and Events

News and Events

spring 2020

Many local events orignally planned  have been canceled due to  CDC Social Distancing guidelines.

Check local news, the Town website, and the Chamber website for updates.




Annual Meeting is planned for July 5 at the LOL Pavillion.

Fall Board Meeting September 5, 2020


Fishery Update

Vilas County News Review reported a UW-Madison research project has been looking at possible over-harvesting of walleyes in the ceded territory. They found that 40% of the lakes are being over-harvested and that fish management techniques need to be revised to consider reduced reproduction levels. Climate change and loss of habitat appear to be factors.

Lake Management Plan Update

An update to the Lake Management Plan is underway using a grant from the DNR. There are multiple opportunities for member participation so that the Association will meet its commitment of volunteer hours.

Big Portage Newsletter

The Spring issue of Shoreline News was published in PDF in April 2020.

If you would prefer to receive future newsletters electronically instead of a printed and mailed copy, let us know by contacting the newsletter editor here. Save your newsletter from the ravages of mail sorting machines, while saving trees and organziational money and time. And more easily share the newsletter with relatives, friends, and visitors.

Newsletter  Archive

A link to a page of archived newsletters will be added in the future.

Local Events

Many local events have been canceled due to coronavirus pandemic concerns and CDC social distancing guidelines.

Check local news, the Town website, and the Chamber website for updates.

  • June 13-14: MI Free Fishing Weekend
  • June 20: Musky Tournament

Find Area Events

Big Portage Lake

Big Portage Lake Information

Information about Big Portage Lake. (Documents are in PDF format and will display or download based on your browser settings.)



Images taken by lake residents. Submit your lake images here. Photos of views of the lake from your shoreline, weather at the lake, plant life, wildlife, and sunsets are appreciated. No photos with people please.

Photos of Big Portage Lake

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Big Portage Lake Riparian Owners Association


Documents and Information about the Association.
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Town of Land O' Lakes and Vilas County Information

Phone Numbers and Links

Land O' Lakes

Vilas County

  • Vilas County Sheriff   715-479-4441   In an emergency, dial 911
  • DNR Warden: Tim Price  800-TIP-WDNR  or  800-847-9367
  • Eagle River DNR Fire Control  715-479-4771
  • We Energies
    Electric Power Out  800-662-4797
    Natrual Gas Leak  800-261-5325
    Customer Service  800-242-9137
  • Digger's Hotline   800-242-8511  or  811
  • County Government
  • Tourism
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Related Sites

Additional Information

Contact Us


PO Box 629
Land O Lakes, WI 54540

Contact BPLROA Board

See your BPLROA Directory
or use Contact Us link

Email for BPLROA Information

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