Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 09/24/2022






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Notes From Oconto County Lakes and Waterways Association Meeting

Hello Everyone, I attended the Oconto County Lakes and Waterways Association meeting last Saturday (8/27).
Following some usual business, each lake represented was asked to describe their lake situation. I said that Boot Lake was quite clean, a few zebra mussels have been found, we have a good Clean Lakes Clean Water program (thanks to Elzan Ohlwein! and volunteers) and a core of lake monitors who manage oxygen monitoring and loon watching (thanks to Amy & Kurt Klebe). I would also thank Dick Kelm for being our faithful webmaster!
HOWEVER, we can be extremely grateful that Boot Lake is staying relatively clean and I hope we can all pitch in and keep it that way. Other lake associations or districts (tax-capable entities) are spending TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars on lake/invasive species clean-up and then prevention. I did not hear anyone go beyond $100,000 per year but some lakes are close to that. Various chemicals are used in lakes along with manual weed pulling, even scuba diver-assisted weed pulling. Nothing seems to be one-and-done either. Grants are available from OCLAWA, the County and the state/DNR but these take time and are competitive.
Two reminders - per Wisconsin law, all lakes are no-wake 100 feet from shore for boats and 200 feet from shore for jet skis. Also, if you rent out your property, be sure the waterway laws and regulations are provided in your house for visitors.
Finally, we still need a Vice President and a Board Member at Large for the association board.
With best wishes,


2022 Boot Lake Cleanup

We had a crew of 4 for our annual Boot Lake clean-up. The participants included Craig Vorpahl, Patty Bero, Bill Bero and Noah Bero-Evensen who at the age of 4 yrs old could be the youngest participant in the history of this event. We cleaned the NE shore of Boot Lake from the yellow slide to Earler's beach. We made quite a haul by filling 3/4s of a garbage bag. Nothing unusual was found.

Thank you to all the participants.

Bill Bero


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

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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. 


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

click here to read the latest issue

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

The Boot Lake Improvement Association has purchased 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
June 30, 2022
11:00 am
4.04 ft
July 16, 2022
10:00 am
3.78 ft
July 23, 2022
11:30 am
3.72 ft
August 5, 2022
12:30 pm
3.55 ft
August 21, 2022
11:00 am
3.65 ft
August 29, 2022
9:30 am
3.64 ft
September 4, 2022
11:00 am
3.54 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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