Dedicated to implementing a practical plan that allows Rush Lake, its affiliated streams, and connected wetlands to achieve their full recreational, aesthetic, and wildlife potentials for the mutual benefit of those who live, work, study, and recreate in the watershed.




Upcoming Events:


Vines & Rushes Cause of the Mondays

Monday, October 19, 2020
4PM-8PM Vines & Rushes Winery

Fall Meeting w/ guest presenter:
Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
7PM @ Nepeuskun Town Hall




Rush Lake is the largest prairie pothole East of the Mississippi River.  This watershed has served as a rich natural resource, and has been used by humankind since 8,000 B.C.  Settlers dammed the lake in the 1800's and ever since, the "correct" water level has been debated.  The water level has been kept artificially high for much of the time since.

Vegetation disappeared, carp invaded, and lead shot accumulated.  Years of these issues caused the lake to deteriorate.  Rush Lake, once known as a premier destination for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, had become a far cry from what it once was.  In 2002, Rush Lake Watershed Restoration, Inc. was founded with the purpose of connecting the community with various governmental bodies, to collaboratively work to restore Rush Lake.

The Lake

How to Help

Join in at fundraisers, outreach events, & meetings.  Volunteer your time and talent.  Our direction started from and continues today thanks to public input and participation. 
We are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Your contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 
Your contribution makes a real impact.  In the 10 years since the 2000's Restoration, nearly 95% of all spending has gone toward conserving & improving the Rush Lake Watershed. RWLRI has no employees and does not compensate its officers and directors.


We look forward to working with you on bettering the Rush Lake Watershed. Please feel free to contact us however you choose.  You may use the form below, contact one of our Officers or Directors, connect on Facebook, or best of all, attend our meetings & outreach events and voice your ideas, comments or questions. 

RLWRI Officers & Directors

Name / Office Held / Appointed By / Term Ends
Brett Helmbrecht / President, Treasurer, Director / Town of Nepeuskun / 2022
Ron Bahn / Vice President, Director / Town of Nepeuskun / 2023
Todd Thelen / Secretary, Director / At Large / 2021
Matt Walker / Director / Town of Nepeuskun / 2021

Seth Muskavitch / Director / Town of Ripon / 2022
Art Baseler / Director / Town of Ripon / 2021

Gary Page / Director / Town of Ripon / 2023
Kevin Fritz / Director / Town of Utica / 2022
Chuck Kuhrt / Director / Town of Utica / 2021

Mark Davis / Director / Town of Utica / 2023

Doug Bohn / Director / Town of Rushford / 2022

Bruce Mueller / Director / Town of Rushford / 2021

Nancy Gleisner / Director / At Large / 2022

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