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              RON KREBS (above)    

RON KREBS FAMILY MAKES LARGE DONATION TO LAKE ASSOCIATION
Feb. 23
Lake Mildred and Clear Lake Property Owners Association recently received a donation of $3630 from the Ronald Krebs Family. Ronald Krebs, who owned a cottage on Clear Lake since 1979 passed away
January 12, 2024. He was passionate about the lake and the time he spent there. Ron asked his family to make donations to the association to be used to protect and maintain the lakes.

 

“THE LAKE GUY” TED RULSEH WRITES ABOUT THE BEAUTY AND COLOR OF BLUEGILLS
Feb. 18
To see Ted’s article click HERE.

 

LAKE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT PAUL EVANS WRITES UPDATE ON WAKEBOAT ORDINANCE AND ASKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Dec. 29
LMPOA President Paul Evans just wrote an update to all members of the Association and asks for their help and support in urging the Newbold Town Board to enact the proposed wakeboat ordinance to protect our lakes. READ PAUL’S LETTER HERE.


LETTER WRITTEN TO STAR JOURNAL REGARDING OUR REPRESENTATIVE SWEARINGEN'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH OPEN RECORDS REQUEST

Dec. 13
LMPOA member (and committee Chair) James Johnson recently wrote an open letter to the Star Journal regarding Representative Swearingen's failure to represent YOU (his real constituents) exposing his failure to comply with the law. Just 'coincidentally' the boating industry has spent a lot of money lobbying for pro-industry laws.
Click HERE to read his letter.

 

ACTION ALERT:  A COMPELLING NEW PROPOSAL TO REGULATE WAKEBOATS:  AB656/SB680?

Sen. André Jacque (R-DePere) entered the wakesports fray last week, releasing a proposal that would manage wakesports on Wisconsin waters under terms largely in line with those proposed in recent popular Wisconsin Conservation Congress resolutions. The proposal is being circulated among legislators looking for co-sponsors with a deadline of December 14.
>>>SEE THE FULL STORY AT THE MIDDLE OF THIS PAGE.
 
DECEMBER LETTER TO ASSOCIATION MEMBERS FROM PRESIDENT PAUL EVANS
Dec. 1
Association president Paul Evans just released a letter discussing current events that affect our lakes, including wakeboat legislation, walleye stocking, association financials, the problem with weekly rentals, and more.  CLICK HERE TO SEE PAUL’S LETTER.
?!@%#  Wakeboats!   LMPOA President Paul Evans Responds to Terrible Boating Industry Legislation Proposal
Oct. 28
LMPOA President Paul Evans recently sent a letter to Representative Robert Swearingen and Senator Mary Felzkowski expressing the Association’s strong opposition to LRB-3518, a boating industry-sponsored legislative bill that would allow the destruction of lakes such as Lake Mildred, in the name of industry profits.  You can read Paul’s letter HERE.
 
Check out this Great YouTube Video shows the damage caused to lakes by Wakeboats.
 
Big Boating Industry Money v. You
Oct. 21
The Boating Industry is at it again, promoting new wake boat legislation that would be hazardous to our lakes.  What is worse, some of our local legislators are promoting the boating industry over YOU, the people.  See thelakeguy.net Action Alert for more details.  And/or see Wisconsin Lakes article at Wisconsinlakes.org “Lake News”.
 
Half-Log Fish Nesting Structures Installed
August 18
On August 16, four half-log fish nesting structures were installed with the help of association volunteers and a Minocqua Dock & Lift barge.  Full story and photos can be seen HERE or at the Lake Info page.

Citizens Lake Monitoring Report
June 27
As noted in the middle of this page, Lake Mildred’s water clarity was just measured with a Secchi Disc at 21 feet!  Lake temperatures at various depths are also noted there.

OCLRA NEWS
For the latest news about Loon Mortality from Boat Wakes, Wakeboat Concerns, “Forever Chemicals”, Road Salt, Walleyes, and more, see the OCLRA NEWS story on our “News” page.

Improving Fish Habitat on Lake Mildred and Clear Lake
Paul Evans wrote a great essay about the many factors involved in improving fish habitat here.  As Paul says: it’s more complicated than you’d think.  Check out his essay HERE.

WAKESURFING – Another way to destroy pristine lakes like Lake Mildred.    Large wakes scour the lake bottom, stir up sediment & small plants, cause shoreline erosion & property damage – the list goes on.  To learn more, see www.lastwildernessalliance.org/wake-surfing-intro.

 

Lake Surface Temp 2/18/24 = Frozen

Citizens Lake Monitoring Report 7/25/23
> Water Clarity (Secchi Disc) = 21.0 feet (!)
> Water Temp at 6 feet = 72.6 degrees
                          –  at 20 feet = 57.3 degrees
                         –  at 40 feet = 43.5 degrees

Lake Level Page with lake level history
charts, photos & info or see Lake Info page
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Lake Mildred
12, February 28, 2024
temperature icon 15°F
clear sky
Humidity 41 %
Pressure 1014 mb
Wind 14 mph
Wind Gust: 28 mph
Visibility: 0 km

ACTION ALERT:  A COMPELLING NEW PROPOSAL TO REGULATE WAKEBOATS:  AB656/SB680?

Sen. André Jacque (R-DePere) entered the wakesports fray last week, releasing a proposal that would manage wakesports on Wisconsin waters under terms largely in line with those proposed in recent popular Wisconsin Conservation Congress resolutions. The proposal is being circulated among legislators looking for co-sponsors with a deadline of December 14.

Lake Mildred Association and Wisconsin Lakes Association are in support of this effort, with the one caveat noted below.

The bill:
  • Prohibits enhanced wakes on lakes smaller than 1500 acres
  • Prohibits enhanced wakes within 700 feet of shore or from any boat swimmer, or other individual using the water on lakes 1500 acres or larger
  • Preserves local authority to enact ordinances stricter than these provisions
We recommend you encourage your legislators to support the terms of this bill while asking for the change of language to preserve the general right to sue reckless boaters (explained above), and if appropriate for them, to co–sponsor the legislation. 

 

ALERT!  LOCAL LEGISLATORS IGNORE VOTERS AND SPONSOR A VERY POOR WAKEBOAT BILL !

The wakeboat bill proposed by Sen. Mary Felzkowski and Rep. Rob Swearingen and supported by the boating industry, has been introduced in both houses and assigned to committees. It is known as SB680 (referred to the Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage) and AB 656 (referred to the Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation). As you know likely know, this bill allows enhanced wakes as near as 200 feet from shore and on any lake large than 50 acres. It also precludes local ordinances with stricter provisions. Please watch for regular updates on the progress of this bill and, in the meantime, write to your legislators to give your opinions about it.

Wakeboat discussion dominates legislators’ listening sessions

A November 18 article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides a good summary of the discussion about the wakeboat bill during the November 13 listening sessions held by Sen. Mary Felzkowski and Rep. Rob Swearingen in Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander. The sessions drew a total of more than 400 people, the vast majority opposing the bill. To view the article, search on Google at “Northern Wisconsin residents seek stronger regulations on wake surfing.” (You might not be able to access the article if you are not a subscriber.)

“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

Learn About Loons at LoonProject.org

NEED SOME LOCAL HELP? –                        Jackson Labs is looking to provide lawn care services to those who are interested. For pricing and availability, please call or text him at (715)622-1979. References are available upon request.
Will Taege installs and removes docks, lifts, boats and pontoons in the Lake Mildred and surrounding area.  A limited amount of boat storage is available, as well as boat shrink wrapping. Call or text Will at 715-490-1068 or email wtaege@frontier.com.

OCLRA (Oneida County Lakes & Rivers Association) has a excellent website (www.OCLRA.ORG) to keep you informed about news and events that affect the lakes and rivers of Oneida County.

"Lake Mildred - The History of OUR Great Lake"  a Book by Germaine Jonesi and Connie Muckelberg is now available at the History Page.  Nearly 200 pages with photos and articles, it is a fascinating look at OUR history.  And it's FREE online!

Protect Your Waterfront InvestmentView this free PDF about protecting your waterfront investment, presented by UW Extension and the Wisconsin DNR.

 
2024 EVENTS & MEETINGS
  • Annual Spring Membership Meeting
    • Saturday, May 25, 2024  –  9 am
    • Newbold Town Hall
  • Annual Flotilla
    • Saturday July 6, 2024 – 3 pm
    • Boats Gather For Boat Parade at Boat Landing
  • Annual Fall Membership Meeting
    • Saturday, August 31, 2024  –  9 am
    • Newbold Town Hall

Our Lake

New Lake Info Page 
For a variety of lake maps, lake history, Ice-Out & Ice-Up history – and other information about Clear and Mildred Lakes- see the Lake Info page.
Where Did Paul Bunyan Originate?
This article explores that question AND describes how the author concluded that the Paul Bunyan tale originated near Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Even Rhinelander's own Gene Shepherd was involved!