Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association (OCLRA) NEWS
December 4

> See the "News" page to read the latest news release about OCLRA and upcoming events.
> The next meeting of the OCLRA Board is 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, December 12, at the ADRC building in Rhinelander, across the parking lot from Trig’s grocery. The Education Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. to discuss issues related to wakeboats and hazardous wakes. All are welcome.

Official Ice-Up Date
December 1
It looks like December 1 will go down as the ‘official’ ice-up date for 2022.

We’re Back!
December 1
For the last couple weeks we have not been able to update this website, during a change to new web servers.  But that’s all finished now, and we’re back!

Iced Up.  Or Over.
November ???
It looks like the lake is mostly iced up now, and only time will tell if it stays frozen, or thaws again.  Ice-Up, like Ice-Out can be an on-again/off-again process.

Seasonal Changes
October 23
Fall colors -altho still beautiful- are now past their peak with a lot of dark gold – and fading fast.  The air and the lake are both distinctly cooler, with light snow flurries seen recently.   We are embracing the cool invigorating weather.

It's Fall Now!
October 9
The weather has turned to 'clearly Fall' this past week as the leaves turned to peak colors and the lake temperature dropped below 60 degrees. The lake level also continued to fall as the dry weather continues, and although the official water level gauge was removed by the DNR a week ago, the lake is now down roughly a full foot just since May 22!

Terrific Fall Meeting
September 3
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!

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.


Lake Surface Temp 12/4/22 = Frozen

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

Lake Level Page with lake level history charts, photos & info at Lake Info page OR CLICK HERE.

Lake Mildred
9:31 am, December 4, 2022
clear sky
Wind: 8 mph
Pressure: 1014 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 7:22 am
Sunset: 4:14 pm

October 2022  – Fall Colors are busting out on Lake Mildred shorelines.

“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

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 InvestmentView 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.

  • 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

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.

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!