[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lake Tomahawk as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Camping on Private Property
[Adopted 12-14-2011; amended 12-10-2014]
This article is adopted pursuant to the authority granted in § 60.22, Wis. Stats.
With the intent of preserving the north woods character of Lake Tomahawk and to protect our water, soils and other natural resources, the Town of Lake Tomahawk, by its Town Board, hereby creates the following article relating to camping on private property.
Camping on private property by one camping party, including the landowner, or by one camping party with the landowner's written consent, shall be allowed upon issuance of a Town of Lake Tomahawk camping permit, subject to the following:
An annual Town of Lake Tomahawk camping permit must be issued prior to parking a camping unit on an individual campsite. Procurement of said permit is the landowner's responsibility. Permit must be displayed on or near camping unit. A calendar year runs from January 1 to December 31 of a given year.
Sanitary waste disposal shall be provided by at least one of the following.
Connection to an approved on-site waste disposal system.
A self-contained holding tank with disposal at a state-approved sanitary dump station.
A portable toilet with disposal at an approved sanitary dump station.
Waste must be disposed of after each camping stay.
If requested by any Town, county or state official, permit holders shall be required to show proof of proper waste disposal.
Not more than one camping unit shall be permitted on an individual campsite, with the exception that additional campers would be allowed in the case of a family reunion.
No camping shall be more than 14 consecutive days and not to exceed 90 days total per year.
The camping unit shall meet all Town and county ordinances pertaining to property setbacks.
Unless owned by the property owner and on a lot with a permanent residence, the camping unit shall be removed from the individual campsite after each camping stay. An exception shall be made for a camping unit on an owner's lot with a county-approved permanent waste disposal system; said unit may remain on the site up to 90 total days per year.
Storage. One camping unit may be stored on a property if there exists a permanent residence on said property.
The individual campsite parcel must have a fire number and permitted driveway access.
In the event Town officials are notified that there is an alleged violation of the Town Camping Ordinance, the Town officials are authorized to investigate the location of the alleged violation of the Town ordinance and to enter on the property of the alleged violator to investigate compliance with the provisions of this article.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CAMPING UNIT
- Any portable device, no more than 400 square feet in area, used as a temporary dwelling, including but not limited to a camping trailer, motor home, bus, van, pickup truck or tent.
- INDIVIDUAL CAMPSITE
- A tax parcel of land used for overnight camping by not more than six persons unless all are members of an individual family.
- PERMANENT RESIDENCE
- A permanent residence shall be a home on a permanent foundation with county-approved septic or Town sewer hookup. It must also have a fire number and a Lake Tomahawk tax identification number.
- PERMANENT WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
- A permitted county-approved septic system, mound system, or belowground holding tank.
- STORE OR STORAGE OF CAMPING UNIT
- A camping unit shall be considered stored only if it is unoccupied and has no hookup to permanent utilities. The camping unit must be in good repair, and be able to be removed from the parcel by the owner within 24 hours after the request of any Town, county, or state official.
Any person violating the above article shall be subject to a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $300 per violation. Each day a violation continues shall be considered a separate violation. In addition, the Town may pursue injunction remedies and may impose a requirement that the violator reimburse the Town for actual attorney fees incurred in enforcing this article.
There shall be no allowance or "grandfather clause" for preexisting campers.