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Letter to the Editor:

The Crivitz Ski Cats have been performing their free ski shows on Lake Noquebay for the past 50 years. I have been following in the paper their plight to get more practice time at the County Park for the coming season. They lost use of a practice site on the northwest side of the lake that they have used since they moved their show site to the County Park many years ago. I have lived for over 20 years near the County Park year round. I know first hand how much or little use the Park and Boat Landing get. I can easily see the beach and boat landing from my home.

It seemed that the committee that oversees the park was considering giving them about 10 to 12 hours total additional practice time for the summer until a couple concerned neighbors voiced their concerns. Neighbors that already have their own beaches and swim area that they don’t share with anyone. It is apparent that the committee didn’t consider many of the facts.

First of all the swim area isn’t a very good one due to it being shallow and the “swimmers itch” that takes over the area once the water warms up. The beach gets even less use once the “itch” is present. Once users get the itch they seldom return. The shallow water means there isn’t really much swimming done in the area marked by the swim buoys. Usually the “swimmers” are on the Ski Cats jump which is well outside the swim area. A use that is not permitted by the county or the Department of Natural Resources. The beach is really a wading area.

There are many ski teams all over the state of Wisconsin and US that have similar sites to the Ski Cats. Many of them also share time with the public. One ski team that I’m very familiar with from Beaver Dam uses the city owned park for practice Monday through Thursday nights and does their ski shows on Sunday night. The city boat landing there is closer to the ski site at their place than the boat launch at the Lake Noquebay County Park is to the Ski Cats docks. Twin Bridge Ski team practices and does shows at the Town of Stephenson Park. Another area that they share with the public. They have no neighbors in the area of their ski site. The two ski sites are over 30 minutes apart.

The Ski Cats need to have special permits to have their dock, jump, shows and practices on Lake Noquebay. Getting permits for a new practice or show site is not easy or fast to accomplish in a short time frame as the DNR is the governing board. It may take many years to do this now.

Other issues of concern with having a different site is parking for the spectators, skiers and rest room facilities. The County Park has plenty of parking and adequate bathrooms readily accessible. Most alternative places do not have these accommodations.

The State of Wisconsin holds the waters of Wisconsin in trust for the public to use. The public comes to the Ski Cats shows and buys daily use stickers for the County Park. The Ski Cats have been good neighbors and giving them a little more practice time may not affect any users of the park. We will never know unless it is tested and monitored for a year or two. Perhaps elected officials at the County Board will listen to the voters. Please do the Ski Cats a favor and call the County Board members to tell that what you think and then go to their shows on Wednesdays and Saturday nights for most of the summer.

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch

Lake Noquebay






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