Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 1/16/2022






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Electric Poles on Archbald Lake Rd and Pine Ridge have been removed

Neat photos from across the lake where they did all the logging The shoreline in the background is on Pine Ridge


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

Winter Dump Hours
Time to plan ahead. The green box corral will start its WINTER hours on 12/1/2021. Hours will be Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am. Saturday from 9 am to 11 am and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Any changes to 2022 pricing will be posted once they are known

Summer Must Be Over


Thanks to all who helped with the

Annual 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


4th of July on Boot Lake

click here for more photos

Thanks for Attending

Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting

click here to read 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes


time to signup for

2021 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




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

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.


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


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.



We are committed to service excellence.
Visit our survey at to evaluate how I did.

Amanda Smith
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Phone: 920-662-5110

Cell Phone: 920-883-5041

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 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.

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

Reading (in ft)
April 30, 2021  
4.37 ft
May 29, 2021
11:30 am
4.38 ft
June 16, 2021
12:50 pm
4.24 ft
June 25, 2921
3:00 pm
4.18 ft
July 10, 2021
10:30 am
4.22 ft
July 24, 2021
9:30 am
4.18 ft
August 8, 2021
3:30 pm
4.14 ft
August 23, 2021
3:30 pm
4.06 ft
September 13, 2021
2:00 pm
3.92 ft
September 26, 2021
4:30 pm
3.90 ft
October 7, 2021
10:30 am
3.94 ft

October 21, 2020 final 2020 reading: 4.30

Base height on 5/17/10 of 1.37 ft

(feet to inches calculator)

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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