My Northern Wisconsin

Covering Ashland, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Vilas Counties


On Monday, May 22, 2023 at 1:42 p.m., the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a wireless 911 call reporting a tipped over canoe on Black Oak Lake in Land O Lakes.

Upon investigation, the witness saw a man, who was not wearing a life jacket, sinking below a canoe.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and a large search was began.  Searchers worked until dusk but could not find the man.

On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the search continued and the body of the man was located at approximately 11:45 a.m.  The cause of the drowning has been determined to be an accident.

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to have and wear appropriate life jackets while enjoying all water-related activities.

Land O Lakes Ambulance Service, Land O Lakes Fire Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Newbold Search and Rescue, Vilas County Medical Examiner and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident.