AROUND THE LAKES
Fall & Falling Continues
Dry weather continues, with the lake now down 10.08 inches since May 22. Air temps became more "normal" (whatever 'normal' is, in these times) and feel more like 'real fall' weather. Boats are starting to disappear from the lake, docks and lifts being pulled. And the tree colors are quickly getting brighter.
Fall & Falling Acorns & Falling Lake September 18
Fall weather remains warmer than ‘normal’, altho with climate change the question becomes “what is the new normal”?. Just this past week the Fall colors (finally) started emerging. The hummers are gone. Blackbirds are flocking and emptying bird feeders. And acorns are falling continuously, making a racket on docks, the lake, cars and buildings. And the lake level continues falling, now down 9.12 inches just since May 22. Plus of course the lake temperature slowly falling as well, but is clinging to the 70 degree mark by its fingernails!
Terrific Fall Meeting
Had a well attended and lively Fall meeting today, discussing various topics including the disappointing amount of shoreline damage caused by large boats throwing large wakes too close to shorelines. More info to come!
Anyone else notice that the beginning of tree colors that normally start appearing in August, STILL have not started? Why? Because of the dry weather? On the other hand, the shallow water bluegills suddenly vacated the shallows on September 1, despite the fact that the lake was still warm at 74 degrees. And since late August the SAP has been falling under the white pines unusually heavy this year - the green cones high in the trees are glistening with crystal clear drips of pine sap.
Lake Level Falls 6 Inches Since May
The Lake Mildred water level gauge was installed by the DNR on May 22 – just 10 weeks ago. Since that time, the lake level has fallen exactly 6 inches. And, the lake is now down about 1.5 FEET since May 2020, the recent high point. It appears that the water level is clearly trending down. But remember, the lake is still about half a foot ABOVE what we once considered the OHWM (Ordinary High Water Mark).
The young hatchlings have been appearing all over. First it was the young goslings and duck chicks. Lately we’re seeing the young of many different songbirds and woodpeckers. And it’s not just birds: look closely and you’ll sometimes see clouds of young fish fry and other very young fish.
Lake Level Still Higher than Normal
The lake level is still far above its historical high water mark, which makes the ‘virgin’ shoreline (and docks and spawning beds and fish habitat) very vulnerable to damage from large boat wakes.
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 this essay HERE.
Lake Surface Temp 9/21/22 = 62 degrees
Citizens Lake Monitoring Report 8/22/22
> Water Clarity (Secchi Disc) = 22.0 feet (!)
> Water Temp at 12 feet = 73.2 degrees
– at 20 feet = 66.9 degrees
– at 40 feet = 44.6 degrees
NEW! NOW LIVE! Lake Level Page with lake level history charts, photos & info at Lake Info page OR CLICK HERE.
WELCOME TO THE ‘NEW’ LAKEMILDRED.COM
LakeMildred.com outgrew its old website tech, and with the help of the great team at Wisconsin Lakes & Lakekit.net, created an entirely new site. And now you can call it lakemildred.com or lakemildred.org – they are one and the same. Using the latest tech, this all-new site should be easier to use on any computer or mobile device – even cellphones. Feel free to click around on the menu bar to get a feel for the new layout.
September 2022 – Mick Howen shares this beautiful photo of an early September sunset.
“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
Newly Added! The book "Lake Mildred - The History of OUR Great Lake" 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 Investment – View this free PDF about protecting your waterfront investment, presented by UW Extension and the Wisconsin DNR.
Spring 2022 Lake Association Newsletter has been mailed to members, and is available both HERE and on the Records page.
UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS
- Annual Spring Membership Meeting
- Saturday, May 27, 2023 – 9 am
- Pines Event Center, 5840 Forest Lane
- Annual Flotilla
- Saturday July 1, 2023 – 3 pm
- Boats Gather For Boat Parade at Boat Landing
- Annual Fall Membership Meeting
- Sunday (Yes Sunday!), Sept 3, 2023 – 9 am
- Pines Event Center, 5840 Forest Lane
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.
History Lost – And Found
Apologies! We’re sorry that in the prior iteration of this website, the History Page went missing. But now it is back: go to the Lake Info page, then click at the History link.
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!