WINNEBAGO COUNTY – A warning has been put out for people swimming in Lake Winnebago.

Winnebago County health officials say some people got sick after swimming in the lake during the July 4th holiday. Several cases of a strain of E. coli illness were reported among people who were swimming in the area of “The Streichs,” a popular sandbar on the lake’s west shore just north of Streich Lane in the town of Black Wolf.

According to the health department, E. coli infections can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and mild fever. Most people recover in about a week, but some infections can be life-threatening.

Health officials say swimmers should be aware of shallow and stagnant areas, which can pose higher risks. Swimmers should be careful not to get any lake water in their mouths. Children who might accidentally swallow lake water should not be allowed to swim in the lake. Officials say swimmers should also avoid using the lake as a toilet and wash their hands thoroughly after going to the bathroom. Boaters should also not dispose of any human waste in recreational waterways.

The danger of E. coli is just the latest to be associated with the lake. Blue-green algae, which can make people and animals sick, has already been reported in the lake

via E. coli reported in Lake Winnebago, July 2012.



This is a reminder / notice of the temporary security zone on Lake Winnebago for EAA Air Venture. This security zone is Monday July 23rd through Sunday July 29th from 8AM to 8PM every day.

This is a no entry zone, patrolled by the USCG. The purpose of this no entry zone is to facilitate the takeoff and landing of sea planes during EAA’s Air Venture. The zone is usually very clearly marked with large orange buoys.

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Below is an excerpt from the USCG “Code of Federal Regulations.”

61) EAA Airventure; Oshkosh WI.
(i) Location. All waters of Lake Winnebago bounded by a line drawn from 43°57 30″ N 088°30 00″ W; then south to 43°56 56″ N 088°29 53″ W then east to 43°56 40″ N 088°28 40″ W; then north to 43°57 30″ N 088°28 40″ W; then west returning to the point of origin NAD 83 .

(ii) Enforcement date and time. The last complete week of July, beginning Monday and ending Sunday; from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

via Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:.



A California couple’s day on Lake Winnebago ended with the wife being thrown overboard and her husband arrested.

Oshkosh Police were called to the Pratt Trail boat landing at Menominee Park at 6:42 p.m. Saturday for a report that the 35-year-old man threw his wife overboard during an argument.

Witnesses told police the man then punched his wife after she was out of the water and they were both in the vehicle, said Joe Nichols, spokesman for the Oshkosh Police Department.

The man was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.


California man charged with throwing wife overboard on Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh | Appleton Post Crescent | postcrescent.com.



TOWN OF MENASHA — A 21-year-old Hortonville man was injured early Sunday when a recreational boat struck an anchored fishing boat on Lake Winnebago.

Matthew Parafiniuk was transported to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Lt. Gordon Ledioyt of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department said Anthony Capener, 29, of the Town of Menasha was operating a 23-foot recreational boat at 1:30 a.m. when he hit a 16-foot fishing boat occupied by Parafiniuk and Joshua Jackson, 27, of Grand Chute.

Ledioyt said Capener was unable to see the fishing boat because of rainy, stormy conditions.

“It is suspected that the fishing boat did not have the proper lighting on it,” Ledioyt said. “The incident is still under investigation.”

via Fisherman injured in two-boat crash on Lake Winnebago | Appleton Post Crescent | postcrescent.com.