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Preserve & Protect Lake Mildred for Future Generations - Prevent Invasive Specioes
Keep Lake Mildred Crystal Clear -- Lake Clarity 5/13/13 = 28 feet

CRAPPIE TIME - Somebody's having fun!  Mark Jacobs caught this crappie on Clear Lake on January 16, and from the smile on his face, we're guessing he was enjoying the catch.  Jan and Mark report that the ice was 13.5" thick on Clear Lake that day.  (photo by Jan Jacobs)

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"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature."      - Walden, Henry David Thoreau
"If you were grading on a curve...compared to other lakes in Wisconsin...Lake Mildred is at the top of the gifted and talented list"
-- Tim Hayman, lake scientist, Onterra Inc,

LAKE MILDRED ICE RINK - The warm weather lately has the lake slick with slippery ice.  And if the lake level holds at this level when the ice goes out, it will be even higher than last year!   (photo by Sandy Ebben)

To prevent invasive species, Please clean your boat, trailer, and bilge before moving it between lakes.
APRIL SNOW  - The lake just recently became ice free during strong spring winds.  A couple days later (on 4-11-17) 5 inches of snow fell and left the lake looking like a combination of winter and spring.  And the lake level is also much higher than last fall, as precipitation keeps falling.  (April 11 photo by Sandy Ebben)

FIGHTING LOONS  -  Today the Ebben's (and likely others on Lake Mildred) witnessed two loons battling, presumably for dominance and territory on Lake Mildred.  While the picture shown here is not the loons from Lake Mildred, this IS exactly what was witnessed.  Normally, the battling loons simply "chase" across the water, but today they actually engaged in physical combat.  Both swam away.  For now. (Google Images)

 NEW SIGN AT BOAT LANDING - In response to concerns about the danger involved with people try to use the boat landing like a swimming beach, the LMPOA Board has installed a sign at the boat landing, informing everyone that they should stay clear of the area when boats are using the landing for its intended purpose.  A photo of the sign appears at left.

LOAD UP THE ARK!  -  It won't stop raining.  The past few days (5/18/17) have seen nearly 4 inches of rain.  And this comes after an already record-breaking wet spring and a lake level above the Ordinary High Water Mark (unofficially, because we have no "official" OHWM).
FRIENDS AND FOES  - After just a couple warm days following a very cold  and wet spring, the lake water zoomed in temperature and the mosquoes and dragonflies both started hatching in earnest on June 4.
ATTENTION BOATERS!  BE AWARE OF YOUR BOAT WAKE  -  With the high lake water levels we now have (June 2017) and the property damage and land erosion that DO occur from motorboat wakes, we hope and pray that everyone is mindful of the size wakes caused by their motorboating.
Another Annual Lake Mildred Floatilla is in the books, but just barely - rain fell just before the scheduled start of the floatilla.  This year's floatilla included 21 "boats" ("boats" being loosely defined!), just shy of last year's record of 26 boats, but outstanding considering the weather.  One of this year's boats even included live music - and a shark!
 Loon Chick! 
After some difficult times with loon reproduction, Lake Mildred has produced a loon chick. (about July 20)
 Bearpaw Island  -  Then, and Now
What a difference 7 years (and a bunch of rain) can make.
(photos by Sandy Ebben)
 Mildred Chain of Lakes?
Hearing more talk about how "Lake Mildred" should possibly be called the "Mildred Chain of Lakes".   A quick look at an aerial view of the Lake Mildred area shows that Lake Mildred is connected to not only Clear Lake, but is also part of chain of lakes that once included Maude Lake, Estelle Lake, and possibly more.   Bulldozers long ago cut parts of the chain off by building roadways without installing culverts or bridges. 
 Gangs in the Street 
 Bonnie Draeger was out for a walk the other day, and crossed paths with a family of 5 bears - a sow and 4 cubs.  This bear-mom has to be one of the busiest moms around! (Bonnie Draeger photo - click to enlarge)
 Packer Fans Enjoying fall on Lake Mildred
(Sandy Ebben photo)
 A Loon Pair with Their Chick on Lake Mildred 2017.   This year, the Lake Mildred loon pair produced a chick (shown here on 7/22/17) on their 2nd or 3rd nesting attempt.  Alas, the chick vanished within days, saddening the many loon lovers who were rooting for these loons.
(Karen Smout photo)
Copyright 2017 David Ebben