Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 04/09/2020

 

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April 9

We heard our first loon this morning fly over the lake, unfortunately it’s still 100% ice covered

April 8 - Ice on Boot Lake

April 7, 2020 - OCONTO COUNTY BOAT LANDINGS AND CAMPGROUNDS CLOSED; ATV USE ON COUNTY ROADS SUSPENDED

See Oconto County Announcement

 

April 1, 2020 - OCONTO COUNTY TRAVEL ADVISORY

People who have seasonal homes are recommended to stay at your winter homes at this time. If you recently arrived in Oconto County from outside of the County, you are encouraged to self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days in order to help stop potential community-to-community spread

See Oconto Couinty Health Adisory

 

Here's a new postcard of Pine Ridge Lodge from the early 1930's  The view is looking from the back bay area looking out into the lake, I never knew that their was a small island in that location.

Kurt

Logging of Boot Lake Campground has Begun

4/1/20

Dispirit the logging going on at the campground I’ve heard indirectly that it will still remained closed this year   I’m trying to confirm this information and will let you know

Kurt 

From Paul Skawinksi, Wisconsin DNR

Dear CLMN volunteers,
The ever-changing guidelines and restrictions relating to COVID-19 are far-reaching across our lives. Recent developments have caused the Department of Natural Resources and the UW System to restrict staff travel and require working remotely. Most Department monitoring activities have been suspended until further notice, including water quality monitoring. The Governor's order yesterday further restricts travel and activities of all residents of Wisconsin, and driving chemistry samples to the post office would be considered non-essential travel and therefore not allowed. Furthermore, we don't know if the State Lab of Hygiene will need to close certain areas of the lab or re-direct staff to assist with COVID-19 sample testing.

Because of these developments, please do not collect any water chemistry samples this spring, even if you have already received your new sampling supplies from your Regional CLMN Coordinator. We hope to be able to continue with June chemistry samples. If you are on a southern Wisconsin lake that is ice-free now, and you already collected and shipped your sample, it will be received at the lab and processed. But again, if you have not already shipped a water sample this spring, please do not collect or ship any samples starting today.

 

Zebra Mussel Update 3/7/20

2019 sample tested negative for veligers

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Dear Boot Lake Stakeholders,

As I’m sure you know, a single live adult Zebra Mussel was found in Boot Lake in July of 2019. The mussel was found along the Southeast shoreline attached to a stick in about 6 ft. of water. A Citizen Lake Monitor Network volunteer, Amy Klebe, sent photos to the WDNR for confirmation and continued to search for additional mussels to no avail. No additional zebra mussels were reported in the fall after lake residents removed their docks.

With the assistance of Amy, WDNR collected 3 veliger tow samples throughout the lake. Veligers are larval mussels and, if found, would indicate that there is a detectable reproducing zebra mussel population. I just received results from the 2019 sample that tested negative for veligers. With that said, WDNR will still conduct a whole lake early detection survey in summer 2020 to continue searching for additional zebra mussels.

Either way, if we do or do not find zebra mussels, I will contact you soon after so that you are aware that the survey has been completed and what the results were. Unfortunately, zebra mussels are a species where control options are still in development so there is not much that lake groups can do besides help contain the population through prevention efforts such as Clean Boats Clean Waters.

Please let me know if you have any questions and if you observe what you believe to be a zebra mussel on Boot Lake please send me clear up close photos.

Sincerely,

Amanda Smith
Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist – Office of Great Waters
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
2984 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54313
Desk: 920-662-5110

Cell: 920-883-5041
Amanda.Smith@wisconsin.gov

CLICK HERE TO READ INFORMATION ON ZEBRA MUSSELS

 

Dump News (2-29-20)

Today while at the dump I met the new dump attendant. Even through we don't need to display our new dump sticker until April 1st he did check to see if I had mine installed, so I think the town is serious about no sticker no dumping. The good news is his name is Steve

Kurt

From the Town of Doty

Recycle Center Letters & Window Clings


A letter went out to Residents and Land Owners on February 19th, 2020.
Included in the letter, was a copy of the new 2020 Reclycling Costs, and (1)
Window Cling. If you did not recieve this letter, please notify the Town Hall
715-276-7554 or townofdoty@gmail.com.
Additional clings are available for $20 at the Town Hall.
Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
Thank you

Doty WINTER Recycle Center Hours(and employment opportunity)

The Doty recycle center will be reducing its operating hours starting February 1st. This is a temporary change (which may become permanent) due to the availability of attendants. Sundays are the most used day, and its hours will not change.

Winter hours, from January through April are:

Wednesday 9 am – 11 am (Starts Feb 1st, 2020)

Saturday 9 am – 11 am (Starts Feb 1st, 2020)

Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm

Summer hours run from May through the end of December and are:

Wednesday 9 am – 11 am

Saturday 9 am – noon

Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm

 

 

So you think we've had a lot of snow? 

Here's a postcard of Lakewood from 1935

Kurt

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 (amywolves14@gmail.com) and she will forward  the comments to Ryan Haney, Water Resource Scientist, Center for Watershed Science and Education UW-Stevens Point

 

Here a postcard of the lodge circa 1960's to early 1970's.  Note the bunkhouse in the background where single rooms were available for the avid hunter or fishermen.

Kurt

It could take 10 years for Wisconsin to recover from the violent July wind storm that wrecked northern forests

Click Here to Read Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Article on the July 2019 Storm

 

Boot Lake 1928

Here is a postcard which was sent August 28th 1928 taken from the top of the hill at Pine Ridge Lodge.  Notes the size of the pine trees in the foreground by the pier and compare them to today next time you take a boat ride around the lake.

Kurt

 

 

Boot Lake Water Data for 2019 (updated 8/20/19)

Here are the data for 2 years of taking samplings from the lake. We hope to have the results for phosphorous and chlorophyll tests back from the state sometime later this year and will forward for posting.
Kurt

click here to see 2018 - 1019 water data readings

 

2019 Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting

THANKS OF ATTENDING

click here for minutes of 2019 annual meeting

 

thanks to all who helped!

2019 Monitoring of

Boot Lake Boat Landing

(Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program)

download boat inspection form

find out more about this program at

http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/cbcw/default.aspx

 

 

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.

Kurt


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.
Kurt

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!

Kurt

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.

Kurt

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

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

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/north/trtycrlsrvys.html

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
Joelle.Underwood@Wisconsin.gov

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

2019 Readings

May 17, 2019: 4.48

May 29, 2019: 4.58

June 13, 2019: 4.52

July 2, 2019: 4.48

August 1, 2019: 4.38

August 17, 2019: 4.38

September 5, 2019: 4.26

September 12, 2019: 4.46

October 2, 2019: 4:50

Base height on 5/17/10 of 1.37 ft

(feet to inches calculator)

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

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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

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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:

webmaster@bootlakewiassoc.org

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