Blood Drive – Wednesday July 13th, 2022 – 10 am to 3 pm – Town of Doty, Oconto County, WI

Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 07/05/2022






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YES, We Have Zebra Mussels!

Anyone who finds the zebra mussels please send a photo, with a ruler in it to show the size of the mussels, to me as I need to document the size for the DNR. They are trying to track the population.  We are seeing a lot of them on our side of the lake. 

Thanks, Amy Klebe []




Boot Lake Association Annual Meeting

check back later for meeting details

time to signup for


2022 Monitoring of

Boot Lake Boat Landing

(Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program)

check out the dates

to signup, contact Elzan Ohlwein

download boat inspection form

find out more about this program at




Town of Doty Centennial


Centennial Items are Available!

8″ x 8″ bricks with centennial logo.  Only available through 12/31.  $200.00, includes placement in walkway to town flagpoles.  Top half of brick has centennial logo.  Bottom half has room for three lines (13 characters each) of your text.

Tee shirts with logo.  Small, Medium, Large, extra large and 2XL.  $20.00

Challange coin with serial number.  One time run of 300 coins.  Get them while they last! $15.00

Above items are on display at the town hall during business hours and are also available for purchase at those times and at special events.

FREE auto tour guide book also available at town hall, Lakewood Tourist Info Booth (by the new shell station) and select retailers.

“Doty, the first 100 years” will be available soon…  The book is currently at publisher for proofing.  Book is ~120 pages with over 100 pictures, maps and tables covering the towns history from before 1922 through 2022.  Pricing is being determined.


The Town of Riverview Brush Site is open and free to Doty residents with a recycle sticker. 

The hours of operation are: Wed 1 – 4, Sat 9 – 3, and Sun 1 – 4. 

Weight limits have been removed from almost all town roads.  The exceptions are the Mountain Lakes / Blue Spruce area, Eickhoff, Saul Springs, and North Saul Springs areas.  They will be evaluated often for limit removal


There will be road work on HWY 32 going into the summer. Work will also be east of and through Suring and go into the summer. Completion date is vague. Two important Full Closures are (1) the bridge over the Oconto River 1.4 miles north of County M and (2) later in the summer HWY 32 for a few miles east of Suring. It seems that the rest of the road work will be driveable but will require lane closures. Weekends will be opened up a bit. The official detour to avoid the bridge site is R north to M west to HWY 55 north to HWY 64 east to HWY T.
Detailed information can be found on the Wisconsin DOT website. Bridge closure for sure since that starts Monday, April 11

2021 Boot Lake Clean Boats Clean Waters

Launch Inspections
Volunteer sessions 9
Volunteer hours 18.5
Boats inspected 29
People contacted 46
Thank you Elzan Ohlwein, Bill Bero, Dick Kelm, Dan Platkowski and my partner in crime, Kurt. Next year perhaps more members will join us for a session or two

Boot Lake Improvement Association is a member of Oconto County Lakes and Waterways Association (OCLAWA)

The OCLAWA Lucky 13 raffle raised a lot of money for our member lake organizations.  Our association is getting a rebate back from OCLAWA of $68 as we sold 4% of the total tickets sold.  Not bad as our annual dues for OCLAWA are only $50/year.  Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets!  There will be another raffle next year and we can sell even more tickets.  The attached updates explain the details of where the money is going, all of the proceeds go back to the lake associations

2021 raffle update info

2021 raffle ticket info

click here for more info on OCLAWA

click here to read OCLAWA 2021 Position Paper

click here to read the latest issue


Thanks to all who helped with the

2021 Boot Lake Clean-Up

Thanks to all who participated in the annual Boot Lake clean-up held on Saturday July 31, 2021. We had a wonderful showing this year with 12 participants. They included:

Dan Platkowski, Craig Vorpahl, Ben Ariss, Dick Kelm, Bill Bero, Joe Koss. Addy Koss. Elena Koss

The Gibbon's Clan including: Ryan, Jennifer, Derek, Ashley

We did not find very much stuff to clean up which tells me our annual gathering is working.

Thanks again,

Bill Bero


Thanks for Attending

Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting

click here to read 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes



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 Management Plan 2019

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


Postcards from Boot Lake Past

Boot Lake Water Data for 2019 (updated 8/25/20)

Final lake water measurements for 2020.  At the surface down to 15 feet the lake temps have dropped one degree compared to July.


click here to see 2018 - 2019 -2020 water data readings


The effects and causes of low levels of dissolved oxygen in lake water

At the annual June meeting of the association the membership approved the purchase of a dissolved oxygen (DO) meter for the purpose of providing a key missing piece of information needed to provide our on-going monitoring of our lake.  Along with sampling for chlorophyll, phosphorus, temperatures, and water clarity testing, coupled with boat launch duties and invasive species monitoring, these along with this new instrument will help give us a complete picture of the health of the lake, and most importantly a heads up if something’s were to change.  I have put together a question and answer sheet on why doing dissolved oxygen is so important, I hope you find it useful and informative. Please feel free to pass this message onto any of your neighbors who are not members of the association so they know what's going on.


read the question and answer document


Bathymetric Contour Scan Map of the Boot Lake

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

Boot Lake Survey Map

click here for Boot Lake Survey Map pdf

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


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

2022 Readings

May 11, 2022
10:30 am
4.24 ft
May 30, 2022
9:30 am
4.32 ft
June 8 , 2022
1:30 pm
4.20 ft
June 20, 2022
12:30 pm
4.16 ft

Boot Lake is up .3 ft (3 1/2 inches since last October

October 7, 2021 final 2021: 3.94 ft

Base height on 5/17/10 of 1.37 ft

(feet to inches calculator)

2021 Water Levels

2020 Water Levels

2019 Water Levels

2018 Water Levels

2017 Water Levels

2016 Water Levels

2015 WaterLevels

2014 Water Levels

2013 Water Levels

2012 Water Levels

2011 Water levels

2010 Water levels

historic water levels for Boot Lake


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

Boot Lake Wildlife Photos

click here to see more photos

email photos, questions, comments, etc. to:

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