A major habitat project to benefit Lake Sturgeon spawning areas was completed in 2020. The area along the Wolf River known as the Sturgeon Trail, County Rd X west of New London, is the site of this habitat improvement project. The rock along this bank was smaller than optimal size and has sloughed down the bank over the years due to gravity and current flows from the river. Approximately 1500 feet of river bank was re-rocked with 12-24" stone. Major sponsors of this project are WI DNR, Shadows on the Wolf, Sturgeon for Tomorrow and Waupaca County Parks. Corporate players involved in facilitating this project include: Wisconsin Interstate Contracting, Lunda Construction, Ort Trucking, Storm Equipment, and MCC.
From Shawano to New London, Shadows has donated handicap accessible fishing piers on the Wolf River.
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In 2018, Shadows on the Wolf built and placed the very first Kids Don't Float life jacket station in Shiocton located at the Shiocton boat landing. This station offers life jackets for families to borrow at no cost. When you are finished using the life jackets, you simply return them so that other families can use them.
Kids Don't Float began in Homer, Alaska, in early 1996 as a statewide injury prevention program that was developed to address Alaska's high child and youth drowning rate. The Homer Fire Department, with a grant from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, collaborated with Homer Safe Kids, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Homer School District to establish 15 life jacket loaner stations in communities around Kachemak Bay. The stations, or "loaner boards," display life jackets that can be borrowed at no cost and returned after use. The public response was so positive that, in November of the same year, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Section of Community Health and EMS, the U.S. Coast Guard District 17 Recreational Boating Safety Program, and Alaska Safe Kids partnered on an expansion. In 2000, the newly established State Office of Boating Safety joined the partnership. The Kids Don't Float Program now has over 100,000 participants throughout the U.S.
Shadows on the Wolf's Shawano Chapter also has a station at the Shawano Lake Park and one soon at Cecil Park. We hope to expand the effort further this year at boat launches on the Wolf River. Your donations help us to be able to complete projects such as this that benefit our community and our children. For more information on the Kids Don't Float program history, visit the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Website:
Read the history of the Kids Don't Float below
In 1992, Shadows on the Wolf and several other donors contributed to the Bamboo Bend Sturgeon spawning habitat. Every year, hundreds of people come to Shiocton's Bamboo Bend to watch the Sturgeon.