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AROUND THE LAKES
DON’T FORGET!   THE LAKE ASSOCIATION SPRING MEETING THIS SATURDAY MAY 25 AT 9 AM AT THE NEWBOLD TOWN HALL –  AS ALWAYS, IT’S GONNA BE INTERESTING!
 
INDIGO BUNTING!  HUMMERS GALORE!
May 21
The brilliant blue of the indigo bunting at the bird feeders seems so intense.  And huge numbers of hummingbirds at the feeders makes it clear that summer is near.  
 
FIRST SIGHTING OF DUCKLINGS – May 20
Just saw our first batch of newly hatched mallard ducklings.  Too cute!
 
LAKE LEVEL MAY 2024
By our measurements, Lake Mildred is now 3 feet above the lake’s low point in 2011, and just about 3 feet below the extra-high level of 2020.   In other words, right now we are roughly in the middle of the lake’s highs and lows.  The later level has been falling in recent years – but the question is: what does this year bring???
 

THE TOWN OF NEWBOLD ENACTS AN ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT ENHANCED WAKE ACTIVITIES 

“A thing is right if it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong if it tends otherwise” —–Aldo Leopold 

Aldo Leopold would applaud the Newbold Town Board for enacting an ordinance prohibiting artificially enhanced wakes on lakes that are less than 1500 acres. The Town Board recognized the importance of the town lakes to the residents and visitors. The Board heard multiple pleas from residents encouraging them to enact the ordinance. The ordinance will protect our lakes from damaging wakes and invasive species. It will make it safer for people on the lake. Thank you to everyone who attended the Town Board meetings and sent emails or letters to the Town Supervisors. All of you made a difference. I also want to thank the Newbold Lakes Enhanced Wakes Committee representing Mildred, Clear, Pickerel, Tom Doyle, and Two Sisters. I am especially grateful for the work of Jim Johnson, Richard Nelson, and the committee members from Two Sisters Lake.

Paul Evans
President, Lake Mildred and Clear Lake Property Owners Lake Association
 
 
KIDS DON’T FLOAT KIOSK NOW OPEN!!
John Mladucky and Stan Strub set up the ‘Kids Don’t Float’ kiosk at the Lake Mildred boat landing.  The DNR supplies loaner life jackets for boaters to use while on Lake Mildred and Clear Lake.

THE ICE WENT OFF THE LAKE TWICE THIS YEAR!  The first time on March 12, and the second (and final, we hope) time on April 5.

              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.

Check this Great YouTube Video showing the damage caused to lakes by Wakeboats.
 
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 2023
June 27, 2023
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 5/21/24 = 63 degrees

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, May 23, 2024
temperature icon 68°F
clear sky
Humidity 49 %
Pressure 1011 mb
Wind 0 mph
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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. 

THE GRAPHIC BELOW ILLUSTRATES ONE WAY THAT RECKLESS BOAT WAKES DAMAGE  LAKES.

“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!