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This webpage is being updated by Scott Otterson. Any corrections, revisions or suggestions can be emailed to Scott. Site updated 8/3/17
The next Sanitary District Meeting will be held on Tuesday August 8th, 6:00 pm at the Town Hall. The Annual Budget meeting will occur at the Town Hall 9:00 am Saturday September 2, 2017.
The Cedar Lake Improvement Association will hold it's next meeting on Sunday August 27th starting with 9am refreshments and social with the meeting starting at 10am at Flip Flops (formerly the Cedars Resort)
Sanitary District 1 (Cedar Lake) applied in 2016 for a Grant that will partially pay for the replacement of our ten year old Weed Harvester, Trailer, and Conveyor. We received a WDNR grant for 35% of the harvester cost. The new harvester is currently in operation on the lake.
Part of the process is providing an update to our Aquatic Plant Management Plan. We applied and received a 75% WDNR Grant for the update. Part of the update requires a lake user survey to assess the interests of the lake user groups. Another part is a lake survey of it's aquatic plants which has been completed. A completed plan will be added to this web page shortly.
Weed Harvesting Requests can be accommodated by Roger Laack 894-7074
Per aquatic plant harvesting permit requirements, "weed" harvesting cannot be harvested by our equipment in less than six feet of water. Also the plants cannot be cut lower than one half of the water depth so don't ask Roger to cut in shallow water because he can't by state permit requirements.
Muskrats have caused damage to shoreland, boat wiring and seating, and even automobile wiring of vehicles parked near the lake. A muskrat trapper has been harvesting the animals on Cedar Lake for over 30 years. If you have any sighting of nuisance muskrats, notify Scott Otterson so that he may notify the trapper of their location.
The following link is to a chart showing some of the past trapping results. muskrat-trapping-1
Eurasian Water Milfoil found growing in front of the pier at the boat landing
On May 25, 2011 a sighting of EWM prompted the Sanitary District to contact the DNR to determine the proper immediate response. The Sanitary District obtained a Permit to Apply Aquatic Herbicide and the pants were both hand pulled and treated with herbicide. All lake users should become familiar with the identification of the plant and report any sightings to the District representatives. 2012 sitings have prompted the Sanitary District to contact the DNR for additional erradication efforts. 2013, 2014 and 2015 treatment by the boat landing and the big island has been done and notification bouys have been placed. Several additional sites were found and will be treated in 2017.
No Parking Signs have been posted on the roads near the boat landing to reduce the roadside parking hazards. Please take note and notify friends that there will be a $100 fine and towing if they are in violation.
The wildflowers located near the storage building bloomed and provided homes for many interesting butterflies. Nice work volunteers!
Town of Schleswig Sanitary District 1 - Cedar Lake
A report of Swimmers Itch has been received. It is parasite that developes in snails or waterfowl but dies when it penetrates human skin. It is most commonly found nearshore, in shallow water, and in stagnant water. It's best to swim in deeper waters and rinse and dry after swimming.
A good website with information on Swimmers Itch is http://www.swimmersitch.org/faq.html#WILLSPREAD
Eastern Milk Snake in Scott's backyard June 15, 2010 Non Poisonous, found around stone foundations, eats insects, slugs, small rodents, frogs, small snakes. Good for your garden so let them go or call Scott to remove it to a better location. (Legend has it that these snakes often found around barns drank the milk from the cows....sorry only a legend)
PS There are no poisonous snakes in this area of Wisconsin but any snake can bite so don't get over excited about a snake or snake bite around here. Send Scott any interesting nature photos.
Lake Watch - Police Reports and Concerned Property Owners Comments
Kiel and surrounding communities have noted break-ins to unlocked garages and cars. None reported on the lake yet.
Contact Ken Schuler Constable at 920-629-6500 for information on suspicious activity or lake activity violations or dial 911 for emergency assistance.
Nature Watch - Send Scott any interesting nature sightings, photos for posting
Under ideal conditions on November 10, 2010 a new record water clarity reading of 25.1 feet of depth using the Secchi disc method occurred on Saturday May 22, 2010. A reading of 24.8 feet was made 4 in April 2015. It is anticipated that the clarity will decrease naturally during the summer as the sun promotes the plant and algae growth. These readings have been recorded over several years and can be found on the below mentioned Cedar Lake Monitoring Data Link.
As of March 30, 2017 the lake level is 7.75 inches above the invert of the outflow culvert. Slow no wake has not yet been implemented and it is hopeful that boaters will fast boat near the center of the lake when it gets warmer. The increased boating/wave action adds to the sediment suspension and erosion so please fast boat as far away from the shores as safe and practical. (The smaller the waves at the shoreline, the more likely your neighbors will support fast boating)
Fishermen and Fisherwomen
DNR requires a wearable life preserver on kayaks and paddle boats ( a throwable is not good enough). A $200 ticket issued by the County on 4th of July 2011 weekend drove the point home to 3 paddleboaters.
As of 4/6/16 the DNR has several fyke net traps set along the shoreline of Cedar Lake. So far some nice size Crappies and a few walleye have been netted. As always, catch and release is recommended for the walleye as they are an endangered resource on Cedar Lake and it is better to return a surviving walleye and catch many more of its offspring.
Two thousand 6-inch perch were stocked in March 2013 and two thousand 6-in walleyes in December 2014. Hopefully they will contribute to an improved fishery.
Several small Northern were caught through the ice this winter.
Any photos of catch and released fish or measurements will be posted. Contact Scott.
- Understanding Lake Data (Guide to the technical terms and their use)
DNR Cedar Lake Monitoring Data (data provided to the DNR by the Sanitary District)
- dnr.wi.gov/lakes/lakepages/LakeDetail.aspx (Cedar Lake Reports and Information)
- Current Weather
- 2015 Financial Statement
- 2016 Budget
- DNR 1965 Lake Map - Contours (Note the lake was 3.5 feet lower at the time of mapping and an island is now a shallow submerged spot with lots of aluminum prop scars on the rocks)
- CLIA Map April 2016
- Lake Map - Wisconsin Territory Survey 1834
- Lake Levels 1939 to 2015
- Lake Levels 1939 10 2017
- 2013 to 2017 Harvesting Permit
- 2015 Weed Harvest Report
- 2003-2015 Weed Harvesting Chart
- 2005 Aquatic Plant Management Plan
- 2007 Littoral Survey
- 2007 Littoral Survey Data
- Boat Ordinances page 1
- Boat Ordinances page 2 FORTHCOMING
New High Water Control 18-inch Culvert Installation across Woodside Lane July 2009
Placed at same elevation as the older existing culvert per WDNR requirements.