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

  • Please remember that the pandemic is not over. Low vaccination rates in the area and the Delta variant continue to be of concern. Here is CDC information
    on what you can do once you are fully vaccinated.

    Wisconsin DHS information on current Vilas County cases of coronavirus infections.

  • Thank you!

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

Fire danger (DNR): Conditions change from day to day. Check the link below after 11 am for the most up-to-date information.
Check burning restrictions or call: 1-888-947-2876

Gateway Airport Information

2021 Membership Renewal Form

Spring 2021 Shoreline News

October 2020 Shoreline News       Extra! Turtle Photos

Lake Courtesy Code

News and Events

News and Events

 2021 Events

A calendar of local events can be found
The Chamber also publishes a yearly Visitor Guide which is available at the Chamber office and many locations around town.

The bi-weekly Border Bulletin also prints a list of events for Land O' Lakes and surrounding communities.



The fall Board meeting will be held on September 4th, 2021.


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 Completed

The update to the Lake Management Plan has been completed using a grant from the DNR. The report has been finalized and a copy is available here.

Thanks go to Susan Johns for all her work mananging this project.


Big Portage Newsletter

The Spring issue of Shoreline News is now available on this website. Mailed copies will follow shortly.

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

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Local Events

Local Events for Land O' Lakes can be found at

Additional listings are available on the websites listed on the right.


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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