Boot Lake Improvement Assn Inc. Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 5, starting at 9am at the Doty Town Hall

Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 05/12/2021






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U.S. Geological Survey has Installed the Water Level Marker on Boot Lake for 2021

1st reading on 4/30/21 is 4.37 ft

final 2020 reading 10/21/20: 4.30 ft

Boot Lake is UP 0.07 ft

Loons may be stranded after dozens fell from the sky

Follow the link below to view the article.

For what it's worth here is a map of this year's current underground electric projects for our area. There is no other information of exactly when this may occur, but at least there's some hope it may happen this year. The light green was completed in 2018/2019.





Here's a postcard that has Frank and myself scratching our collective heads. We definitely know it's not a photo of Pine Ridge Lodge, and since we can't recall any other resort on Boot we believe it might be of the Boot Shay resort located on or between Boot and Shay Lakes. If anyone remembers where this was please let me know.


DNR on the Walleye Plan

I participated in a virtual public meeting held by the DNR on the Walleye Plan update for Florence, Forest, Marinette and Oconto counties. The plan was last updated in 1998. Lake organizations, including OCLAWA participated in the meeting. Further steps to gather information will take place this year including online/mail surveys and a public input form will be be sent out . Things we can change are stocking policies, fish management policies and do research and information gathering. Things we can’t change are tribal harvests, the size of budgets and legislation. Some of the goals being looked at are protecting quality habitat, surveying population and keeping fisheries healthy. Also looking at research done on walleye recruitment declines. Juvenile walleye disappear midsummer after eggs are laid, fertilized and hatch successfully.The walleye plan should be completed by the end of this year or early next year. I will keep you posted on further updates.



Checkout this postcard from the early 50's of downtown Townsend.  This was taken on RT32 looking North, you will notice the turn off on the right side, that is where you go to the post office now.  Right across from there is a small gas station, that's now the Longbranch.  I like the synergy they were both places you got tanked up.  The sign on the extreme right shows where to turn for the Whippoorwill Lodge.



So if you think traffic is bad now in Lakewood in the summertime , take a look at what it was like in the mid 50's.  Note Connors lumber yard on the left hand side of 32 and the Red Owl and Adams IGA on the right.


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 -2020water data readings



click here for the latest issue

Zebra Mussel Update 8/18/20

Click here to read Zebra Mussel Boating Info


I’m following up on my e-mail from this past spring regarding possible zebra mussels in Boot Lake (Oconto County). You’ll recall that a singly adult zebra mussel was found attached to a stick, but no others were found after numerous lake residents scoured the shoreline and nearshore habitat throughout the summer. Additionally, the 2019 veliger tow sample was negative.

The WDNR conducted an Early Detection Survey in early August 2020, but found no sign of zebra mussels. However, just recently Amy Klebe (CLMN Volunteer and lake resident) forwarded me photos of another single adult mussel that she found and also confirmation that her neighbor found a handful more. I will move forward with documenting this population as verified in our database albeit in low density.

In terms of actions that the Boot Lake Association members and other lake users can do about the zebra mussels is somewhat limited. I’ve had citizens ask if they should smash them in an effort to get rid of them or reduce their numbers, but in all honesty that likely will not put a dent in the population because they reproduce to rapidly and in great quantity. But citizens are welcome to try! At this point in time, there are no tried and true control methods beyond prevention. The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center is currently experimenting with pesticide treatments in a few Minnesota lakes, but the research is in the very early stages and for select situations. Geneticists are working to evaluate the zebra mussel genome with the hopes of identifying a “weak spot,” but again that is only research and in very early stages. In the meantime, the Association can work to ensure that all lake residents are aware of the presence of zebra mussels in the lake and that individuals know the best practices that they can take in terms of preventing the spread to other waterbodies as well as protecting their personal property. I’m attaching a brochure that helps to explain some of these practices. It’s in black and white and was published in 2004, but it’s full of great applicable information for lake users. It’s geared towards boaters, but some of the concepts can be applicable to paddlers, swimmers, etc. I think that another important point to note is that not all inland lakes with zebra mussels experience high densities. Some populations really take off, whereas others seem to stay at bay.  In any case, it’s good to manage expectations while encouraging lake users to take prevention seriously and build it into their lifestyle.

Please share this information with others as you see fit and let me know if you have any questions.



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Amanda Smith
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Phone: 920-662-5110

Cell Phone: 920-883-5041

Thanks to All Who Helped with

Boot Lake Cleanup 2020

Thank you Dan Platkowski, Dick Kelm, Ben Ariss, Craig Vorpahl, Joe, Ben & Addy Koss, Patty & Bill Bero, Ryan, Jennifer, Derek & Trent Gibbons and Sidney Rusch for your participation with the annual Boot Lake Clean-up efforts. We had a big crew this year which enabled us to cover over 50% of the shore line. The amount of garbage we pull out of the lake gets less as each year passes. We can all be proud of our efforts.


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


Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting

Saturday June 9, 2020, Doty Town Hall

click here for annual meeting minutes



thanks to all who helped with

2020 Monitoring of

Boot Lake Boat Landing

(Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program)

check out the dates

contact Dick Kelm to signup

download boat inspection form

find out more about this program at



2019 Boot Lake Boat Inspection Data

32 volunteer hours

49 boats were inspected

73 people were contacted


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


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

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

2021 Readings

1st reading on 4/30/21 is 4.37 ft

2020 Readings

Last Reading 2019: October 2, 2019: 4.50

April 21, 2020: 4.52

June 4, 2020 2:00pm : 4.53

June 21, 2020 2:43pm: 4.65

July 4, 2020 10:35am: 4.58

July 15, 2020 10:00am: 4.56

August 10,2020 10:00am: 4.46

August 22, 2020 11:30am: 4.38

September 10, 2020 1:30pm: 4.26

October 3, 2020 10:50am: 4.28

October 21, 2020 final 2020 reading: 4.30

Base height on 5/17/10 of 1.37 ft

(feet to inches calculator)

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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