Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 12/18/2018




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Boot Lake Ice Fishing 12/08/18


Boot Lake Ice Circle 12/06/18

Okay, this thing is just getting weirder and weirder, after nearly two weeks this circle refuses to be covered with snow and has grown in size.  Despite temps being in the single digits and teens and with 6 inches of snow last weekend this thing just won't go away.  I've heard of crop circles before, but this is ridiculous.  I think it's time to call in agents Molder and Scully?



Boot Lake Ice 11/29/18


Boot Lake Mystery 11/27/18

The lake has been completely frozen over with ice for quite a while due to the below normal temps, thick enough to walk on, all except the circle in the middle of the lake.  The leading theory is a flying saucer crash landed there and is resting on the bottom making necessary repairs.  The greenish glow at night coming from the area seems to be a dead give-a-way.  Judge for yourself......



Boot Lake 11/17/18

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.



Aquatic Invasive Species Identification

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

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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.


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



Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting


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time to signup for the 2018

Monitoring of the

Boot Lake Boat Landing

(Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program)

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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 Improvement Association

Map of the Vegetation and the Health of Boot Lake

2017 Boot Lake Mapping for Vegetation
2014 Boot Lake Mapping for Vegetation
2013 Boot Lake Mapping for Vegetation

The Ci BioBase System was developed to provide automated cloud based mapping and historical trend tools for aquatic analysis. This is accomplished with powerful yet inexpensive data recording tools and dynamic centralized analytic and lake mapping tools. CI BioBase leverages log file formats recorded to SD cards using today’s Lowrance™ brand depth finders and chart plotters.
Each subscriber to the BioBase System can collect acoustic data, upload it to a BioBase account, and automatically produce vegetation abundance and bathymetric maps
More information can be found at


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

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

click here to visit the Wiscosnin Lakes website


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