Pierce County, WI
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Pierce County as Ch. 13.08 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boating — See Ch. 111.

§ 172-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of this community and to protect, safeguard and regulate the public use of the public recreation facilities owned and/or operated by the County.

§ 172-2 Implementation.

The implementation of this chapter shall be accomplished by the committee to which responsibility has been delegated by the County Board of Supervisors.

§ 172-3 Applicability.

Except when the context provides otherwise, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to all lands, structures and property owned, leased or administered by the County and under the management, supervision and control of the County.

§ 172-4 Destruction of public property prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to destroy, molest or deface any natural growth or natural or archaeological feature or any County property or to enter or be in any building installation or area that may be locked or closed to public use or contrary to posted notice. The picking of edible fruits or nuts and specimens for educational purposes is permitted. Flowers protected by § 29.604, Wis. Stats., shall not be molested.

§ 172-5 Definitions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 84-3]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV)
This term shall have the same definition set forth in § 340.01(2g), Wis. Stats.
[Added 4-19-2011 by Ord. No. 11-01]
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV) ROUTE
A highway designated for use by ATV operators by the governmental agency having jurisdiction as authorized by § 23.33, Wis. Stats. (See PCC[1] § 172-15B.)
[Added 4-19-2011 by Ord. No. 11-01]
BOAT
Every description of watercraft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
CAMPING PARTY
Any individual, family, individual group or juvenile group occupying a campsite.
CAMPING UNIT
Any single shelter, except sleeping bags and hammocks, used for a camp by a camping party except those used exclusively for dining purposes.
CAMP or CAMPING
The use of a shelter such as a tent, trailer, motor vehicle, tarpaulin, bedroll or sleeping bag for temporary residence or sleeping purposes.
CAMPSITE
A segment of a campground which is designed for camping use by a camping unit or camping party.
CANOE CAMPSITE
A campsite along a waterway for use by persons traveling by water.
FAMILY
A husband and wife or husband and wife with unmarried children or a father or mother with unmarried children.
FAMILY CAMPGROUND
Any tract of land designed for camping by families or groups of five persons or fewer.
GROUP CAMPGROUND
A campground designed for use by organizational or juvenile groups.
INDIVIDUAL GROUP
A camping party of not more than five persons occupying one camping unit.
INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE
A heat engine in which the combustion that generates the heat takes place inside the engine proper instead of in a furnace.
JUVENILE GROUP
A group made of juvenile members of an established organization and under the leadership of at least one competent, mature adult for each 10 juveniles in the group and using any number of camping units or occupying a group campground.
MOTORIZED BOAT
Any boat equipped with propulsion machinery, whether or not the machinery is the principal source of propulsion.
NUGGET LAKE
That certain lake named Nugget Lake which is located in Nugget Lake County Park in Section 32, Township 15 West, and Sections 4, 5 and 9, Township 25 North, Range 15 West, Pierce County, State of Wisconsin.
OPERATE
When used with reference to a boat or motorized boat means to navigate or otherwise employ.
PRIMITIVE CAMPGROUND
A campground with minimum or no improvements where camping is permitted for periods longer than a single night; facilities may not be provided and access is by hiking or watercraft.
SLOW - NO WAKE
The slowest possible speed so as to maintain steerage.
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Editor's Note: The Pierce County Code.

§ 172-6 Destruction of property of others unlawful.

It is unlawful for any person to destroy, molest or remove the property of others.

§ 172-7 Waste material.

It is unlawful for any person to discard or leave any refuse, sewage or other waste material on the ground or in any building or installation or into the water or upon the ice on any lake or stream or other body of water or to dispose of any such refuse waste material in any manner except by burning or by placing in receptacles or other authorized locations provided for such purposes. Charcoal residue must be left in a grate or fireplace until cool or placed in receptacles provided for such purposes.

§ 172-8 Pets.

It is unlawful for any person to suffer his dog or cat to enter any public building or be upon any bathing beach or water adjacent to any bathing beach in any County park, County park recreation area or similar public use area on other lands and property under the management, supervision and control of the County, and pets will not be allowed in Nugget Lake Park. In those other County park areas, campgrounds, picnic areas or other properties under the management, supervision and control of the County, where pets are permitted, pets shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than eight feet long and shall not be left unattended. All other pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall suffer his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others. County park caretakers shall have the authority to dispose of animals creating a nuisance or molesting wildlife.

§ 172-9 Fires.

A. 
It is unlawful for any person to start, tend or maintain any fire or to burn any refuse except at designated fireplaces in any County park or County park recreation area. The aforementioned is also unlawful when fireplaces are provided at other campsites, picnic grounds and other designated similar public use areas on other lands under management, supervision and control of the County.
B. 
It is unlawful for any person to leave any fire unattended, or to throw away any matches, cigarettes, cigars or pipe ashes or any embers without first extinguishing them or to start, tend or use in any manner any fire contrary to posted notice on any lands or property under the management, supervision and control of the County.

§ 172-10 Peddling and soliciting.

A. 
It is unlawful for any person to peddle or solicit business of any nature whatever or to distribute handbills or other advertising matter, to post unauthorized signs on any lands, structures or property under the management, supervision and control of the County or to use such lands, structures or property as a base of commercial operations for soliciting or conducting business, peddling or providing services within or outside of such lands, structures or property unless first authorized in writing by the County or its duly authorized agents.
B. 
It is unlawful to use in any manner the dock, pier, wharf, boat landing, mooring facilities in or the waters in or immediately adjacent to any lands under the management, supervision or control of the County for the purpose of soliciting rides of any kind, unless authorized by the County.

§ 172-11 Operation of vehicles.

A. 
No person shall operate any vehicle at a speed in excess of 10 miles per hour or contrary to official traffic signs in any County park or other lands under the management, supervision and control of the County.
B. 
It is unlawful to operate or park any motor vehicle upon any bridle path, hiking trail, beach area, playground, picnic area or any area other than established roads, parking areas, boat ramps and service areas or contrary to posted notice.

§ 172-12 Boats on Nugget Lake.

[Amended by Ord. No. 84-3]
A. 
It is lawful to operate electric-powered trolling motors at a slow no-wake speed on Nugget Lake.
B. 
It is unlawful to operate a boat which is propelled by an internal combustion engine on Nugget Lake.
C. 
It is unlawful to operate any motorized boat in the designated swimming areas of Nugget Lake.
D. 
It is unlawful to launch a boat into Nugget Lake from an area other than a designated launching area.

§ 172-13 Horses.

A. 
It Is unlawful for any person to ride, lead or cause or suffer a horse to be in any County park, except on specifically designated and posted areas or bridle paths or by permit on field trail areas.
B. 
It is unlawful for any person to ride, lead or cause or suffer a horse to be on any beach, posted or marked hiking trail or picnic areas or campground.
C. 
It is unlawful for any person to ride a horse in a careless, negligent or reckless manner so as to endanger the life, property or person of others on any lands under the management, supervision and control of the County.

§ 172-14 Snowmobiles and motorized cycles.

A. 
It is unlawful for any person to ride or utilize a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or motorized cycle of any kind within the boundary of any County park except on specifically posted routes for the purpose of ingress and egress to such County park.
B. 
It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or motorized cycle of any kind in a careless, negligent or reckless manner so as to endanger the life, property or person of others on any lands under the management, supervision and control of the County.

§ 172-15 All-terrain vehicles and routes.

[Added 4-19-2011 by Ord. No. 11-01[1]]
A. 
Operation of all-terrain vehicles. Pursuant to § 23.33(4)(d)4, Wis. Stats., except as otherwise provided in § 23.33(4), Wis. Stats., no person may operate an all-terrain vehicle on the roadway portion of any highway in the County except on roadways that are designated as an all-terrain vehicle route by this chapter. Operation of all-terrain vehicles on a highway in the County that is an all-terrain vehicle route is authorized only for the extreme right side of the roadway, except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway that is safe given prevailing conditions. On paved roadway, all-terrain vehicles must be operated on the paved portion of the roadway and not on the gravel shoulder.
B. 
Designation of all-terrain vehicle routes. The following routes are designated all-terrain vehicle routes in the County:
(1) 
In the Town of El Paso, the portion of County Road N from 650th Avenue to County Road G to 425th Street.
(2) 
In the Town of El Paso, from the intersection of County Road N and G to W4277 County Road G.
(3) 
In the Town of Spring Lake, CTH B, from 770th Avenue and County Road B, east on County Road B to STH 128 and 770th Avenue.
[Added 2-28-2012 by Ord. No. 11-12; amended 9-24-2013 by Ord. No. 13-09]
(4) 
In the Village of Spring Valley, CTH B, from a point 1,800 feet west of the intersection of CTH B and Newman Avenue, to the intersection of CTH B and Newman Avenue, south to the intersection of CTH B and Akers Street, east to the intersection of CTH B and McKay Avenue.
[Added 4-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-03]
(5) 
In the Town of Spring Lake, on County Road P from 50th Street south to the north Village of Elmwood village limits.
[Added 3-25-2014 by Ord. No. 13-14; amended 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01]
(6) 
In the Village of Elmwood, on County Road P from the north village limits to the south village limits.
[Added 2-24-2015 by Ord. No. 14-05; amended 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01]
(7) 
In the Town of Rock Elm, on County Road P from the south Village of Elmwood village limits to 70th Street.
[Added 2-24-2015 by Ord. No. 14-05; amended 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01]
(8) 
In the Town of Rock Elm, on CTHS from 70th Street to 430th Avenue/CTH X.
[Added 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01]
(9) 
In the Town of Rock Elm, on CTH HH from CTH CC to 450th Avenue.
[Added 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01]
(10) 
In the Town of Trenton, on CTH VV from 230th Avenue to 185th Avenue.
[Added 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01]
C. 
Conditions applicable to all-terrain vehicle routes. Pursuant to § 23.33(8)(d), Wis. Stats., the following restrictions are placed on the use of the County all-terrain vehicle routes designated by this chapter:
(1) 
Routes shall be marked with uniform all-terrain vehicle route signs in accordance with § NR 64.12(7), Wisconsin Administrative Code. No person may do any of the following in regard to signs marking County all-terrain vehicle routes:
(a) 
Intentionally remove, damage, deface, move or obstruct any uniform all-terrain vehicle route sign or standard or intentionally interfere with the effective operation of any uniform all-terrain vehicle route or standards if the sign or standard is legally placed by the state, any municipality or any authorized individual.
(b) 
Possess any uniform all-terrain vehicle route sign or standard of the type established by the department for the warning, instruction or information of the public, unless he or she obtained the uniform all-terrain vehicle route sign or standard in a lawful manner. Possession of a uniform all-terrain vehicle route sign or standard creates a rebuttable presumption of illegal possession.
(2) 
Operation shall be subject to all provisions of § 23.33, Wis. Stats., which is adopted as part of this chapter by reference, pursuant to § 23.33(11), Wis. Stats.
(3) 
A copy of this chapter shall be sent by the County Clerk to appropriate entities as set forth in § 23.33(11)(b), Wis. Stats.
(4) 
In addition to the provisions of § 23.33, Wis. Stats., the following restrictions are placed on the use of the County all-terrain vehicle routes designated by this chapter:
(a) 
All all-terrain vehicle operators shall observe a speed limit of not more than 40 mph or the posted roadway speed limit, whichever is lower.
(b) 
All all-terrain vehicle operators shall ride single file.
(c) 
The allowed hours of operation shall be from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during daylight saving time and from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during standard time.
(d) 
Any person under age 12 shall not operate an all-terrain vehicle on a road under any circumstances.
(e) 
Any person under the age of 16 shall not operate an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway (where allowed) without a safety certification.
(f) 
All all-terrain vehicle operators 12 to 15 must be under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian at all times when operating on a designated all-terrain vehicle route.
(g) 
All persons under 18 must wear a helmet.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former §§ 172-15 through 172-26 as §§ 172-16 through 172-27, respectively.

§ 172-16 Noise.

It is unlawful for any person to operate any sound truck, loudspeaker, motor, motor vehicle or other device that produces undue or unnecessary noises without first obtaining a written consent from the County or its duly authorized agency.

§ 172-17 Parking.

No person shall park, stop or leave standing, whether attended or unattended, any vehicle or watercraft:
A. 
In any manner as to block, obstruct or limit the use of any road, trail, waterway or winter sport facility;
B. 
Outside of any area provided for such purposes when it is practical to use such areas; or
C. 
Contrary to posted notice.

§ 172-18 Camping.

[Amended by Ord. No. 84-3]
A. 
No camping is permitted except as in designated areas.
B. 
It is unlawful for more than one family or individual group to occupy a single campsite.
(1) 
No camping unit, sleeping bag or hammock shall be set up beyond the limits of the campsite.
(2) 
Juvenile groups of not more than 10 persons may occupy a single campsite in a family campground only in properties where group campgrounds are not available.
C. 
No camping party shall move from its assigned campsite to another campsite without prior approval.
D. 
All camping permits expire at 3:00 p.m. on the last day of the permit period.
E. 
No person shall camp and no camping unit shall remain for a period greater than 14 days without a special permit. Special permits may be issued for seasonal camping on a monthly basis with fees paid one month in advance.
F. 
No camping party shall set up or take down its camping unit between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and the following 6:00 a.m. Loud activity and audio equipment is prohibited during these hours.
G. 
It is unlawful to park any motor vehicle outside the parking area designated at each campsite, and not more than two motor vehicles are permitted to any campsite.
H. 
Violation of any state law or any rules of the County by a member of a camping party is cause for revocation of the camping permit.
I. 
It is unlawful for any person to obtain a camping permit for use by a camping party of which he is not a member, except that parents and group leaders may obtain camping permits for use by juvenile groups.
J. 
A campsite must be occupied by a member of the camping party on the first night of the permit period, and no campsite may be left unoccupied for more than 24 hours unless a special permit is obtained for a seasonal campsite.
K. 
No person shall camp on any lands under the management, supervision or control of the County contrary to posted notices.

§ 172-19 Firearms and hunting.

[Amended 9-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-04]
It is unlawful for any person to have in his possession or under his control any firearm or air gun as defined in § 939.22, Wis. Stats., or local ordinances, unless the same is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case, or any bow unless the same is unstrung or enclosed in a carrying case, and no person shall take, catch, kill, hunt, trap, pursue or otherwise disturb any wild animals or birds in any County park or in any campground or picnic area or contrary to posted notice on other areas under the management, supervision and control of the County, unless authorized by the Parks Committee.

§ 172-20 Disorderly conduct.

It is unlawful for any person to engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous or unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which such conduct tends to cause or promote a disturbance.

§ 172-21 Fees and charges.

[Amended by Ord. No. 90-6]
It is unlawful for any person to use any facility, land or area for which a fee or charge has been established by the County without payment of such fee. Admission stickers will be affixed to the vehicle. Any person who fails to pay park user fees as set forth by the Pierce County Parks Committee will, to avoid prosecution, have 10 days from the date on which the violation occurred to pay a penalty fee that is three times the set daily fee and two times the set camping fees. The penalty fee will pertain to each permit required. If within 10 days from the date of violation payment is not made in accordance with this section, the penalty under § 172-27 shall apply.

§ 172-22 Hours.

It is unlawful to enter any County park or any camp or picnic area in any County recreation area at times other than posted hours.

§ 172-23 Beaches.

A. 
It is unlawful for any person to possess or consume any food or beverage or use any soap, detergent or shampoo on any bathing beach or in the water adjacent to any bathing beach in any County park or County recreation area.
B. 
It is unlawful to disturb or molest a bathing beach boundary buoy or marker in any swimming beach in any County park or County recreation area.
C. 
No person shall operate a boat in any area designated by marker buoys.
D. 
The County is authorized to establish such rules and regulations as it deems necessary to protect the public users of the beach and other park facilities.

§ 172-24 Exceptions.

Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit or hinder the County, its supervisors, managers, foresters, wardens, managers or other duly authorized agents, or any peace officer from performing their official duties.

§ 172-25 Statutory authority.

These regulations are adopted under the authority granted by § 59.54(6), Wis. Stats.

§ 172-26 Activities not provided for.

Those activities not specifically provided for in this chapter, which may be requested in park areas, are prohibited without the written approval of the County.

§ 172-27 Violations and penalties.

Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not more than $200 and the costs of prosecution for each violation and, in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs, shall be imprisoned in the County jail until payment thereof, but not exceeding 30 days.