It's taken years, but the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has finally won in court what it could not arrange less litigiously on the shoreline of one of Waukesha County's largest bodies of water - - a public boating launch facility on North Lake.
Wisconsin's Public Trust doctrine, dating to the Northwest Ordinance and then folded into the Wisconsin Constitution, has been interpreted to guarantee public access to all the state's waters.
North Lake, at 437 acres, was one of the state's largest without a public boat launch.
Private property property owners held up the deal for years, but it looks like the public, whomever and from wherever they may be, will soon be able to put a pleasure or fishing boat into North Lake.
Let's hope they get a warmer reception than a Milwaukee African-American family got last year in the nearby Town of Merton, when two off-duty North Lake volunteer fighters, including the now ex-chief, used a handgun and German Shepherd to run the Milwaukeeans off a public, river bridge fishing spot.