Public Information Meeting

Stiles Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 1981) Machickanee Flowage Drawdown

Press Release

Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) will be hosting a public information meeting to provide the public with information about the proposed drawdown of the Machickanee Flowage.  The meeting will be held on June 15, 2021, 1 PM, at the Stiles Town Hall, located at 5718 Watercrest Road, Lena, WI 54139. 

OEC is planning a temporary five-foot drawdown at the Machickanee Flowage upstream of the Stiles Hydroelectric Project (Project).  The purpose of the drawdown is management of aquatic invasive species, excessive plant growth, and consolidation of flowage substrate for the purpose of improvements to navigation.

The drawdown is scheduled to begin the week of July 5, 2021, weather dependent and following regulatory approval.  The water level of the flowage will be lowered over approximately 10 to 14 days at an average rate of 3 to 6 inches per day (depending on rainfall).  Once the maximum drawdown of five feet is reached, the water level will be maintained at this level for approximately 70 days.  Upon drawdown completion, the flowage will be refilled over approximately 10 days to a level within the normal operational range.  The total duration of the project is planned for approximately three months. 

Public foot traffic in the exposed areas may pose a public safety risk.  The public is asked to stay away from the exposed river/flowage bed.   Additionally, picking items off the bed of the river, and disturbing sediment may require permits from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  The public boat landing will be closed until the flowage is returned to normal water levels. 

Please contact OEC at 920-846-2816 if you have any questions about this project.

Information on aquatic invasive species is available on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website:

Employment Opportunities – Journeyman Lineman


Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC), located in Northeast Wisconsin where national forests, lakes, rivers, and trails offer great opportunities for fishing walleye, small mouth bass, and perch, as well as hunting, golfing, hiking, biking, boating, snow sports, and much more. OEC owns and operates, 10 substations, 60 mi 34.5 kv transmission, 645 mi URD, 800 mi OH serving over 10,800 members is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Journeyman Lineman. The ideal candidate must have a thorough knowledge of the construction, operation, maintenance of distribution and transmission lines and substations.

High school diploma or equivalent, and Journeyman Lineman certificate of completion, with 5-10 years of progressive experience in all aspects of the electric utility construction, maintenance, and operations is required.  An understanding of RUS line construction specifications a plus. The successful candidate must have the ability to work well with others, be committed to cooperative philosophy, and adhere to all Safety and OSHA rules, regulations and guidelines.

This is a union position with the IBEW Local #2150. The successful candidate is required to live within 20 minutes of the cooperative headquarters and be available for after-hours standby, and hold a current class A, unrestricted commercial driver’s license (CDL).  

Oconto Electric Cooperative offers a competitive benefits package with Pension, 401k, and Insurance programs.  Journeyman’s wage is set and follows the collective bargaining agreement between IBEW Local #2150 and Oconto Electric Cooperative.

Interested applicants please send a cover letter w/resume and application to Attn: Human Resources, Oconto Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 168, Oconto Falls, WI 54154 or email to:       

Deadline to apply: 4:00 p.m., June 19, 2021

Application Click Here         

Oconto Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Federal and State equal employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other protected group status.

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Now Accepting Applications for “Change” Matters Grant

Community Change is a project of Oconto Electric Cooperative. Members can sign up to have their electric bills rounded up to the next whole dollar, with the extra money going into the Community Change fund. In addition, due to the generosity of the former Bay Lakes Cooperative, Community Change has additional funding available for this special grant. To be considered, an organization should show through this grant application how an innovative idea for funding could provide far-reaching enhancement for a neighborhood or community. Grant(s) will be awarded to projects being done in the footprint of the former Bay Lakes territory and the current Oconto Electric service territory. Request not to exceed $4,000 (grant total could be split based on the nature and scope of applications received). Grant application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Applications can be found here.