Boot Lake clean-up is scheduled for Saturday August 3, 2019.

Please meet at the Island at 8:00 am

Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 7/19/2019




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Boot Lake Sunset 7-18-19

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.





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It would be most helpful to register with Steve Heimerman as soon as possible.


July 2019 Water Tempatures

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

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2019 Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting


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time to signup for the

2019 Monitoring of

Boot Lake Boat Landing

(Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program)

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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

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Boot Lake Water Data for 2018 (updated 8/20/18)

Here is the 3rd and last lake data for the year.  I was a little surprised at some of the readings.  The water surface temps went down a little over July as expected, but in August the temps stayed the same down to 15 feet at 77.1 degree and below that increased at least 1 degree from previous readings down to the bottom.  Additionally, you would expect the secchi clarity depth to decrease due to algae and plant growth in the water, but this month stayed the same as July.  Amy did note that while filtering the water for the chlorophyll test the filter media had a slight greenish hue, but not enough to affect the water clarity. 


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thanks for joining the Boot Lake Improvement Association for

“An Evening with the Loons”

We learned about these amazing birds in an informative hour long presentation by Sherry Abts with the Northland College LoonWatch program

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click here to listen to loon calls



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

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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

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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Aquatic Invasive Species Identification

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

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