Vandalism at an inland lake in Kewaunee County has the Sheriff’s Department sending out a firm warning that anyone caught purposely destroying Kewaunee County property will be ticketed and could face arrest.

The Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Department was contacted Thursday morning about numerous picnic tables that were put into the water at Krohn’s Lake in the town of Pierce, as well as garbage thrown around the property, including broken beer bottles.

Dave Myers, Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation director, said Krohn’s Lake is one of the county’s most popular inland lakes not only for anglers, but swimmers too with its mini-beach and raft. It’s also one of the most prone to vandalism: In the past, the department has been notified about extensive graffiti and damage to the park entrance sign.

“These are family parks and we work very hard to keep them in presentable condition, and it’s very disheartening, when people go out of their way to destroy and vandalize property that’s meant for the enjoyment of everyone,” Myers said.

Promotion & Recreation is responsible for eight county parks, five inland lakes, the Ahnapee State Trail and Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. As a result, Myers said, funds are not easily available to continuously be fixing or replacing property that is purposely destroyed.

Sheriff Matt Joski said his department has no problem issuing tickets or making arrests to put a stop to vandalism.

“When we’re dealing with vandalism like this, it’s not only an extra cost to our department to increase patrols and wasted funds to fix or replace the damaged property, these people are also taking away resources needed for a real emergency,” Joski said.

The sheriff asked for the public’s cooperation not only with this incident but any future vandalism.

“If you happen to witness any suspicious activity or spot something unusual, please contact the sheriff’s department immediately, so we can get a squad out the property to follow up,” he said.

Anyone with any information on vandalism is asked to call the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at 920-388-3100; callers can remain anonymous.