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Fish Hotels:


Learn how trees create a hotel for fish by providing food and safe places to stay. (16 pages)

 Only 70 cents per copy plus a small handling charge


My Lakeshore Field Journal:


Find fun facts about plants, insects, and wildlife in and around Wisconsin’s lakes. This unique, interactive journal invites youth and adults to explore lakeshore life by collecting plant samples, recording observations of fish and other animals, and considering the basic issues of shoreland habitats. (28 pages)

 Only 70 cents per copy plus a small handling charge


Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest   4th Edition

A Photographic Field Guide to Our Underwater Forests, 4th Edition (2019)

This high-resolution, photographic field guide uses over 570 color photographs to identify all of the true aquatic plants of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, including the difficult macro-algae of the Characeae family...


Single Copy: $40   (handling included)

Books and Field Guides​

Through the Looking Glass:

A Field Guide to Aquatic ​​Plants - New Second Edition!

This delightful, large-format field guide to aquatic plants in North America is accessible and inviting to general readers, yet detailed enough for use by botanists and natural resource managers.

Single Copy: $29.95
Case of 11:   $230
​     (handling included)

The Wisconsin AIS Early Detector Handbook:


The Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Early Detector Handbook is the official handbook of Citizen Lake Monitoring Network AIS Monitoring volunteers. It includes the official monitoring methods, tips on how to get started with AIS monitoring, and guidance on taking photographs of AIS for vouchering purposes. It also includes color photographs and descriptions for a variety of aquatic invasive plants and animals that occur in Wisconsin, as well as some native look-alike species.

Single Copy: $10   (handling included)

The Magic Goggles:

Discovering the Secrets of the Lake

Maggie and her little brother Tate are visiting their grandparents’ lake cabin when they discover two pairs of really weird, old goggles with leather straps in a dusty old trunk in the attic. Down at the lake with their goggles, the kids discover the magic goggles make them as light as a damselfly and let them see right through lily pads to the underwater forest below...

Single Copy: $8   (handling included)

Fish Hotel:

Trees in lakes that provide food, shelter, and spawning areas.

Tessa and her cousin Hugo grab their snorkeling gear for an underwater adventure and end up learning that trees in the water are helpful to fish. A friendly neighbor teaches them how downed trees are like a fish hotel, providing shelter, food and a place to lay their eggs...

Single Copy: $8  (handling included)

For Love of Lakes:


For Love of Lakes weaves a delightful tapestry of history, science, emotion, and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing. For Love of Lakes is an affectionate account documenting our species’ long relationship with lakes—their glacial origins, Thoreau and his environmental message, and the major perceptual shifts and advances in our understanding of lake ecology. 

Single Copy: $14.95   (handling included)

How's the Water?

​Planning for Recreational Use on Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers

The story of water recreation is a story of access. Recreational use on our state's and nation's waterways is growing not just in the number of people taking to our lakes and rivers, but also in the variety of ways in which they use them.
Single Copy: $21.95
Case of 21:   $241
​​ (handling included)


People of the Lakes:

A Guide for Wisconsin Lake Organizations

People of the Lakes: A Guide for Wisconsin Lake Organizations discusses the two major types of lake organizations in Wisconsin: Lake Associations and Lake Districts.

​​The full guide or specific chapters are available for download​ at no charge

To access individual chapters of this guide click here.

Choosing the Right Waterfront Property

If you are thinking about buying waterfront property in Wisconsin, this guide is meant for you. A little time invested in learning about waterfront living will pay back sizable dividends in matching your expectations to the realities.

Free Brochure plus a small handling charge.  
Also, the full pdf version is available for Free Download as well as a PDF of the Endnotes.​


Protecting Your Waterfront Investment:

10 Simple Shoreland Stewardship Practices

Protecting Your Waterfront Investment is a handy booklet designed to provide you with 10 simple shoreland stewardship practices you can do to protect your watershed and lake.

Free Brochure plus a small handling charge.
Also, the full pdf version is available for Free DownloaProtectingWaterfrontInvestment-051421-DIGITAL.pdfd.

Understanding Lake Data

A Guide to Interpreting Lake Data

This guide was written to help people understand information about lake water quality and to interpret lake data. Each lake possesses a unique "personality," or set of physical and chemical characteristics which may change over time. Lakes exhibit chemical changes on a daily basis while other changes, such as plant and algae growth, occur seasonally. A glossary of technical terms is included to help the reader understand the language used in the study of lakes (limnology).

Download a digital copy. (PDF)

Wisconsin Water Law
A Guide to Water Rights and Regulations

Second Edition (2001)

Wisconsin Lakes Trivia Game:

History - Fish - Wildlife - Sports & Recreation

Test your knowledge about Wisconsin lakes. Discover fun facts abut lake history, fish, wildlife, sports and recreation. Learn tips on how to protect our lakes while you play.  Produced by Bret Shaw and John Haack of the University of Wisconsin - Extension.

  Single Copy: $17.95
 ​                     (handling included) 

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