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DNR says people cannot put gardens on the land exposed by receding lakes

Wisconsin's lake levels keep dropping and more folks are asking the DNR if they can use the land exposed by the receding waters.

It's been especially dry in northern Wisconsin for the last five summers and it's gotten so bad that some boat docks are sitting on solid ground.

The DNR's Jim Bishop says many residents want to know if they plant gardens on the muddy lakeshore or just rototill the land for a future use.

And the answer is "no" in both cases.

DNR biologist Dan Harrington says the state wants to keep the shorelines natural and healthy.

Chip Wood lives on Deep Lake in Washburn County.

He can remember when he could walk five steps on a dock that used to be underwater. Now, he says the lake is 125 feet away.