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.

Current weather in Land O' Lakes.

Today's fire danger (DNR): Low

2019 Membership Renewal Form

January 2019 Shoreline News

Lake Courtesy Code

News and Events

News and Events

Dog Sled races

Three Bear Dog Sled races Feb 2-3, 2019


Extra, extra!
Read all about the BPLROA float in the town Fourth of July parade here.

Annual Meeting of BPLROA 

The annual meeting of the Big Portage Lake Riparian Owners Association took place on July 7, 2018 at the Fire Barn.

Elections were held and 3 new members were elected to the Board. Lee Nielsen, Steve Saewert, and Dave Slezewski are the new board members.

John Alt was re-elected President and Alice Muehlethaler remains Secretary/Treasurer.


Fishery Update

The 2016-2017 DNR survey of fishing pressure (creel survey) found fishing hours were reduced 10% from 2006. Walleye harvest was down sharply and perch and pike harvest were up, while the effort to harvest a walleye tripled.

More information can be found in the Fishery list in the Big Portage Lake section below.

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.

January 2019 Newsletter

The January newsletter will be mailed about January 10th, 2019.



June 2018 Newsletter  

The June 2018 Shoreline News has been printed and mailed. 

A PDF version is available.

Local EventsThree Bear Dog Sled races Feb 2-3, 2019

  • Free Fishing Weekend Jan 19-20, 2019
  • Musher's Ball Feb 2, 2019
  • Winter Festival Craft Sale Feb 2, 2019
  • Flapjack Blast Feb 9, 2019

Next Event: January 19, 2019

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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

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or use Contact Us link

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