Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 12/06/2019




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So you think we've had a lot of snow? 

Here's a postcard of Lakewood from 1935


Bathymetric Contour Scan Map of the Boot Lake

completed last year by the WDNR, all part of our lake management plan.  It's a nice representation of the various water depths around the lake.


Oconto County Lakes Project

Boot Lake Study Report 2019

Overall Project: All 60 lakes with in Oconto County with public access will be studied and each lake will have an individual Lake Management Plan developed and the County will have an Operational Strategy and Plan completed and adopted to help County staff members in achieving an overall goal of "Having the Healthiest Waters in Wisconsin"

Boot Lake was included in the first round of studies

click here to read the Boot Lake DRAFT Management Plan REVISED 10/15/19

If anyone has comments, they can email them to Amy Klebe ( and she will forward  the comments to Ryan Haney, Water Resource Scientist, Center for Watershed Science and Education UW-Stevens Point


2020 February Doty Dog Sled Races Cancelled

Due to the trails still being impassable the 2020 February Doty Dog Sled Races  have been cancelled.  They are planning to host again in 2021



Here a postcard of the lodge circa 1960's to early 1970's.  Note the bunkhouse in the background where single rooms were available for the avid hunter or fishermen.


It could take 10 years for Wisconsin to recover from the violent July wind storm that wrecked northern forests

Click Here to Read Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Article on the July 2019 Storm


Boot Lake 1928

Here is a postcard which was sent August 28th 1928 taken from the top of the hill at Pine Ridge Lodge.  Notes the size of the pine trees in the foreground by the pier and compare them to today next time you take a boat ride around the lake.




Boot Lake Water Data for 2019 (updated 8/20/19)

Here are the data for 2 years of taking samplings from the lake. We hope to have the results for phosphorous and chlorophyll tests back from the state sometime later this year and will forward for posting.

click here to see 2018 - 1019 water data readings

Zebra Mussel Update

As the summer season ends we need to pay close attention and look for zebra mussels that may be attached to structures that we remove from the water, including boats, docks, rafts, and water toys.
We have a picture of the adult zebra mussel that was found in the lake here on the website. Adult zebra mussels range from 1/8 to 2 inches in size. They can feel like sandpaper when you rub your hand along submerged surfaces. If you find any mussels remove them if possible and let me know. Place the mussels in a container with rubbing alcohol and I will pick them up. My email address is amywolves14@ Also let me know if you have any questions. I can post the information in the website.
On Wednesday August 14 I assisted DNR staff in taking water samples on the lake. The state lab will do microscopic analysis to look for veligers, which are the mussel larvae.
We will not get the results from that testing for severals months but the results should give us an idea of whether there is a viable population of them in our lake. In the meantime I will continue to do the shoreline AIS monitoring.

A big Thank You to everyone who has volunteered to do boat inspections for the Clean Boats Clean Waters program. There are many other invasive species out there that we need to monitor for.
I will continue to send updates as new information becomes available.
Amy Klebe


Snapshot Day

Ben Ariss attended this year’s Snapshot Day event on August 17. The volunteers, along with DNR staff, did sampling in 10 lakes looking for new aquatic invasive species. Anyone interested in volunteering for next year’s event can contact me. Snapshot Day will be on Saturday August 15, 2020.

Thank you Ben for attending!

Amy Klebe


2019 Boot Lake Cleanup

Thanks to All Who Participated!

Participants of this years clean-up were Dan Platkowski, Craig Vorpahl, Patty Bero and Bill Bero.

We cleaned the shore line from Island to the Koss cottage. The one interesting item found was a house key. It was found in front of the Imeg cottage about 15 -20 feet off the end of their dock.

Call Patty @ 920-422-3161 to claim it.

Boot Lake Storm News

click here for Oconto County Update

Zebra Mussels

It was just confirmed by the DNR that our lake now has Zebra Mussels.  We do not know the extent of the infestation yet and need your help determining that.  If anyone with a dock or any other structure that has been in the water this season could check this will help greatly to see how far they have gone.  The mussels range in size between 1/4 to 2 inches and I have enclosed a photo for reference.  If you should find any please contact Amy Klebe.   The mussels are filter feeders which means they eat the small particles of nutrients in the water, this means a cleaner looking lake, but depriving the small fry of a food source and the end result is a decline in the overall fish population.  Please contact Kurt or Amy should you have any questions.



July 2019 Water Tempatures

If you thought you noticed the water was a little cooler this month than last July you were correct

click here to see the compairson



2019 Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting


click here for minutes of 2019 annual meeting


time to signup for the

2019 Monitoring of

Boot Lake Boat Landing

(Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program)

click here to pick a date to signup

download boat inspection form

find out more about this program at



Boot Lake Postcards

Here are two new photos of the lake taken around the 1930's time frame.  The first is a collage of Pine Ridge Lodge shots showing the area cabins and the lake, you may have to zoom in to see all the details.  The second is a very unique postcard of the CCC camp located across county T by the campground their is a sign over there commemorating the work they did during the depression building roads, campgrounds, and basically opening up the area.  I wonder what those guys would think of the area now.


Here are 2 more postcards from Boot Lake. The top one shows Bud Erler in 1948 inspecting the dock at Pine Ridge Lodge, note the fishing boat and early outboard motor which was provided to all the guests.
The one below is from 1964 of the outside of the bar, the dinning hall is off to the right of the main entrance under the Schlitz sign.

Here's how you got the word out about your business before social media.  Just think $5.00 a day and only two turns up from Chicago!


Postcard from the 1940's of Pine Ridge Lodge "Pump Room".  Behind the bar are Bud Erler along with his father ( Frank and John's father and grandfather).  Note the photos along the top of the walls, they are of famous boxers who used to come to the lodge to practice.


Aquatic Invasive Species Identification

contact Amy Klebe if interested in identifying invasive aquatic species on Boot Lake

click here to visit the Wiscosnin Lakes website

2016 Boot Lake Creel Survey Report

A while back you called asking about our Creel Report from last year on Boot lake, and although it has taken longer than expected – it is now finally done!  Please feel free to copy or send to any others that may be interested.  You can also find more Creel Survey Reports on the following website

We certainly appreciate your cooperation and that of all the friendly folks we met out there.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime.  Enjoy your lake.

Joelle Underwood
Fisheries Technician – Treaty Fisheries
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

8770 County J,  Woodruff, WI  54568
Phone: 715-356-5211 x 228

click here to see the 2016 Boot Lake Creel Survey Report


Update on Condition and Health of Boot Lake

click here to read the report from Amy Klebe



Boot Lake Fish Stocking Information

email from Senior Fisheries Biologist - Inland waters of Marinette County & Oconto County regarding fish stocking and historical fish population in Boot Lake
Boot Lake Gamefish Panfish Electro CPE_Summary
Boot Lake Stocking From1972 Present


Citizen Lake Monitoring Reports now on-line

click here to see Boot Lake data


U.S. Geological Survey

Water Level Marker on Boot Lake

2019 Readings

May 17, 2019: 4.48

May 29, 2019: 4.58

June 13, 2019: 4.52

July 2, 2019: 4.48

August 1, 2019: 4.38

August 17, 2019: 4.38

September 5, 2019: 4.26

September 12, 2019: 4.46

October 2, 2019: 4:50

First Reading May 23, 2018: 4.18

June 7, 2018: 4.08

June 24, 2018: 4.26

July 8, 2018: 4.02

July 30, 2018: 3.82

August 15, 2018: 3.68

September 1, 2018: 3.66

September 6, 2018: 3.80

September 17, 2018: 3.66

October 7, 2018: 3.78

Final 2018 Reading:

November 5, 2018: 3.92

2017 Readings:

May 2, 2017: 4.20 ft

(up 0.79 ft (9.5in)from last reading on 11/14/16)

June 1, 20017: 4.4 ft

July 1, 2017: 4.8 ft

Aug 1, 2017: 4.6 ft

Sept 1, 2017: 4.3 ft

Oct 1, 2017: 4.4 ft

Nov 20, 2017 (final reading): 4.11

First Reading of 2016: 3.84 ft

(up 0.9 ft from last reading on 11/30/15)

May 5, 2016: 3.84 ft

June 9, 2016: 3.88 ft

July 10, 2016: 3.88 ft

August 15, 2016: 3.78 ft

September 2, 2016: 3.58 ft

September 30, 2016: 3.48 ft

October 25, 2016: 3.28 ft

November 14, 2016: 3.41 ft (final reading 2016)

(down 0.43 ft, [5 5/32 in] from first reading of 2016)

November 30, 2015: 2.94 (final 2015)

1st Reading 2015: 4/30/15 2.99 ft

Base height on 5/17/10 of 1.37 ft

(feet to inches calculator)

2014 Water Levels

2013 Water Levels

2012 Water Levels

2011 Water levels

2010 Water levels

historic water levels for Boot Lake


Boot Lake Wildlife Photos

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Boot Lake Website Terms of Use

Aquatic Invasive Species Identification

contact Amy Klebe if interested in identifying invasive aquatic species on Boot Lake

click here to visit the Wiscosnin Lakes website


click here to see lake map, wake hours and recommended boating, skiing, tubing directions