Boot Lake Annual Meeting - June 6, 2020, starting at 9am at the Doty Town Hall

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Boot Lake Improvement Association

Townsend, Wisconsin

updated: 06/03/2020
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Boot Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting

Saturday June 9, 2020 at 9:00 am Doty Town Hall

We plan to social distance and masks are encouraged

see the 2020 Annual Meeting Agenda


Town of Doty Statement on the COVID-19 Virus (5/15/2020)

Oconto County COVID-19 REOPEN Information

Oconto County Reopening Guidelines

Boot Lake winter in 30 seconds


From Town on Doty 4-29-20

Riverview Brush Site

The town of Riverview brush site will open once weather allows.  Currently the access is too muddy to stand up to vehicle traffic.  Once it opens, its hours will be: Wednesday 1 -4, Saturday 19 – 3 and Sunday 1 – 4.  They Town of Doty has reached an agreement with Riverview to continue to use the Brush site.  Please have your Doty refuse sticker visible when using the site.

The Doty Refuse site will start Summer Hours starting May 23 (Wednesday & Saturday 9 am – noon and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm.)  The site will also be open Memorial Day from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Disposal of pay items (electronics, tires, large items) will restart on Wednesday, May 27th.  Used oil collection will resume as soon as the structure is repaired and the containment is de-oiled.

2020 Lake Level Marker Has Been Installed

Boot Lake is up 0.2 feet from last reading in October, 2019

Boot Lake is up 3.15 feet from 2010

see historical lake levels


From Paul Skawinksi, Wisconsin DNR

Dear CLMN volunteers,
The ever-changing guidelines and restrictions relating to COVID-19 are far-reaching across our lives. Recent developments have caused the Department of Natural Resources and the UW System to restrict staff travel and require working remotely. Most Department monitoring activities have been suspended until further notice, including water quality monitoring. The Governor's order yesterday further restricts travel and activities of all residents of Wisconsin, and driving chemistry samples to the post office would be considered non-essential travel and therefore not allowed. Furthermore, we don't know if the State Lab of Hygiene will need to close certain areas of the lab or re-direct staff to assist with COVID-19 sample testing.

Because of these developments, please do not collect any water chemistry samples this spring, even if you have already received your new sampling supplies from your Regional CLMN Coordinator. We hope to be able to continue with June chemistry samples. If you are on a southern Wisconsin lake that is ice-free now, and you already collected and shipped your sample, it will be received at the lab and processed. But again, if you have not already shipped a water sample this spring, please do not collect or ship any samples starting today.


Zebra Mussel Update 3/7/20

2019 sample tested negative for veligers


Dear Boot Lake Stakeholders,

As I’m sure you know, a single live adult Zebra Mussel was found in Boot Lake in July of 2019. The mussel was found along the Southeast shoreline attached to a stick in about 6 ft. of water. A Citizen Lake Monitor Network volunteer, Amy Klebe, sent photos to the WDNR for confirmation and continued to search for additional mussels to no avail. No additional zebra mussels were reported in the fall after lake residents removed their docks.

With the assistance of Amy, WDNR collected 3 veliger tow samples throughout the lake. Veligers are larval mussels and, if found, would indicate that there is a detectable reproducing zebra mussel population. I just received results from the 2019 sample that tested negative for veligers. With that said, WDNR will still conduct a whole lake early detection survey in summer 2020 to continue searching for additional zebra mussels.

Either way, if we do or do not find zebra mussels, I will contact you soon after so that you are aware that the survey has been completed and what the results were. Unfortunately, zebra mussels are a species where control options are still in development so there is not much that lake groups can do besides help contain the population through prevention efforts such as Clean Boats Clean Waters.

Please let me know if you have any questions and if you observe what you believe to be a zebra mussel on Boot Lake please send me clear up close photos.


Amanda Smith
Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist – Office of Great Waters
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
2984 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54313
Desk: 920-662-5110

Cell: 920-883-5041



From the Town of Doty

Recycle Center Letters & Window Clings

A letter went out to Residents and Land Owners on February 19th, 2020.
Included in the letter, was a copy of the new 2020 Reclycling Costs, and (1)
Window Cling. If you did not recieve this letter, please notify the Town Hall
715-276-7554 or
Additional clings are available for $20 at the Town Hall.
Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
Thank you

Doty WINTER Recycle Center Hours(and employment opportunity)

The Doty recycle center will be reducing its operating hours starting February 1st. This is a temporary change (which may become permanent) due to the availability of attendants. Sundays are the most used day, and its hours will not change.

Winter hours, from January through April are:

Wednesday 9 am – 11 am (Starts Feb 1st, 2020)

Saturday 9 am – 11 am (Starts Feb 1st, 2020)

Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm

Summer hours run from May through the end of December and are:

Wednesday 9 am – 11 am

Saturday 9 am – noon

Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm


Bathymetric Contour Scan Map of the Boot Lake

completed last year by the WDNR, all part of our lake management plan.  It's a nice representation of the various water depths around the lake.


Oconto County Lakes Project

Boot Lake Study Report 2019

Overall Project: All 60 lakes with in Oconto County with public access will be studied and each lake will have an individual Lake Management Plan developed and the County will have an Operational Strategy and Plan completed and adopted to help County staff members in achieving an overall goal of "Having the Healthiest Waters in Wisconsin"

Boot Lake was included in the first round of studies

click here to read the Boot Lake DRAFT Management Plan REVISED 10/15/19

If anyone has comments, they can email them to Amy Klebe ( and she will forward  the comments to Ryan Haney, Water Resource Scientist, Center for Watershed Science and Education UW-Stevens Point


It could take 10 years for Wisconsin to recover from the violent July wind storm that wrecked northern forests

Click Here to Read Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Article on the July 2019 Storm


Boot Lake Water Data for 2019 (updated 8/20/19)

Here are the data for 2 years of taking samplings from the lake. We hope to have the results for phosphorous and chlorophyll tests back from the state sometime later this year and will forward for posting.

click here to see 2018 - 1019 water data readings


thanks to all who helped!

2019 Monitoring of

Boot Lake Boat Landing

(Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program)

download boat inspection form

find out more about this program at



Aquatic Invasive Species Identification

contact Amy Klebe if interested in identifying invasive aquatic species on Boot Lake

click here to visit the Wiscosnin Lakes website

2016 Boot Lake Creel Survey Report

A while back you called asking about our Creel Report from last year on Boot lake, and although it has taken longer than expected – it is now finally done!  Please feel free to copy or send to any others that may be interested.  You can also find more Creel Survey Reports on the following website

We certainly appreciate your cooperation and that of all the friendly folks we met out there.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime.  Enjoy your lake.

Joelle Underwood
Fisheries Technician – Treaty Fisheries
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

8770 County J,  Woodruff, WI  54568
Phone: 715-356-5211 x 228

click here to see the 2016 Boot Lake Creel Survey Report


Update on Condition and Health of Boot Lake

click here to read the report from Amy Klebe



Boot Lake Fish Stocking Information

email from Senior Fisheries Biologist - Inland waters of Marinette County & Oconto County regarding fish stocking and historical fish population in Boot Lake
Boot Lake Gamefish Panfish Electro CPE_Summary
Boot Lake Stocking From1972 Present


Citizen Lake Monitoring Reports now on-line

click here to see Boot Lake data


U.S. Geological Survey

Water Level Marker on Boot Lake

2020 Readings

Last Reading 2019: October 2, 2019: 4.50

April 21, 2020: 4.52

Base height on 5/17/10 of 1.37 ft

(feet to inches calculator)

2019 Water Levels

2018 Water Levels

2017 Water Levels

2016 Water Levels

2015 WaterLevels

2014 Water Levels

2013 Water Levels

2012 Water Levels

2011 Water levels

2010 Water levels

historic water levels for Boot Lake


Aquatic Invasive Species Identification

contact Amy Klebe if interested in identifying invasive aquatic species on Boot Lake

click here to visit the Wiscosnin Lakes website


click here to see lake map, wake hours and recommended boating, skiing, tubing directions

Boot Lake Wildlife Photos

click here to see more photos


email photos, questions, comments, etc. to:

Boot Lake Website Terms of Use