Oak Wilt Awareness: *** The Town of Spider Lake is working to raise awareness of Oak Wilt.   Oak wilt is a destructive disease that kills red oak trees by spreading to their tissues and starving them of water and nutrients. Prevention is the best strategy to protect oak trees, and here are some best practices: Avoid pruning during high-risk periods In Wisconsin, the risk period is April through July, but it can vary by location and season. Sanitize pruning equipment Use denatured methyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or a household disinfectant to sterilize equipment between trees. Paint wounds Immediately apply a thin layer of wound paint or pruning seal to pruning cuts and other wounds to prevent fungal spores from sticking to the sap and infecting the tree. Buy and transport dry wood Purchase wood locally that has been thoroughly dried for at least a year, and avoid moving firewood to new locations. Create a buffer zone Dig a trench at least 100 feet from the last symptomatic tree and 48 inches deep. Remove infected trees Promptly remove and burn or bury dead or diseased trees. If possible, burn trees in place. Treat logs and branches Before April, cut infected oaks as close to the ground as possible, and burn, debark, or chip logs and larger branches. You can also process diseased logs into lumber or kiln-dry them before April. Tarp wood From April through July, tarp wood to prevent sap beetles from coming into contact with spores. Make sure the tarp is thick enough to prevent punctures and completely bury the edges.   For more information on oak wilt management. Please CLICK HERE.

Town of Spider Lake

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Welcome to the Town of Spider Lake!

The Town of Spider Lake is in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Our wildlife is abundant, our lakes pristine, and our forest is beautiful. On moonless nights you can see the Milky Way. If you’re really lucky, you may even see the Northern Lights. Frequently, you can see all the night sky has to offer reflected in calm water. 

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Residents and visitors enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities on the Town’s many lakes and in the Chequamegon National Forest.  Many activities, such as fishing, cross country skiing and mountain biking are world class.  Both the Birkebeiner Trail and the CAMBA mountain biking trail system cross the Town, and those who enjoy snowmobiling and riding ATVs will also find many trails to explore.  While limited motorsports are allowed on some lakes, other lakes are dedicated Quiet Lakes.  The Town of Spider Lake has something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors!

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