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Caring for Shawano Waterways now and for generations

Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the waters of Shawano Lake, the Wolf River and the channel connecting them on behalf of 1,200 waterfront property owners.  With the support of over 600 active members, SAWM is the leading advocate for the waterways and actively engaged with the local communities as well as various state agencies.  We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the activities of SAWM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, go to the “Get Involved” tab or click HERE for a membership application.  You don’t have to live on the water to support the water – everyone is welcome!

This buoy on the buoy line by the airport and sandbar has already been damaged this year.

Navigation Rules


SAWM places buoys on the lake, channel and river for your safety. Please adhere to the following rules at all times:


  • If you see black and white vertical striped buoys, keep them on your left (port) side. Think of them like a centerline of a two-way road.

  • If you see red and green buoys, stay between them.


As a reminder, the cost of maintaining the buoys and lights is a significant expense covered by SAWM. The cost of a buoy is $146 and the cost of a single light for a buoy or bridge is $277. Please use caution when navigating near the buoys! Running over a buoy is an offense that will result in a fine.


We appreciate your cooperation. Have a fun and safe boating season!

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