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This web page is being updated by Scott Otterson. Any corrections, revisions or suggestions can be emailed to Scott. Site updated 5/26/2020
Due to high lake levels it is requested that fast boating occur safely near the center of the lake in the counter clockwise direction. Fast boating restrictions will be posted if the lake's level rises or fast boaters do not heed the warning. Erosion of the shore washing Phosphorus into the lake along with the inability to restore the lost shoreline are key concerns. Past requests for fast boating near the center of the lake have been successful during similar lake levels. We are hoping that the near record high spring lake levels drop before significant boating occurs.
The next Sanitary District Meeting has been set for 6 pm Tuesday June 9th, 2020 at the Town Hall.
The Cedar Lake Improvement Association will hold it's next meeting on Saturday June 7th 10 AM, 2020 starting with refreshments at 9 am and meeting at 10 am at The Lake House (formerly the Cedars Resort)
Boat Parade and Fireworks scheduled for Saturday July 18th 2020 may not occur. Updates will be made as we get closer to the date.
A new boat pier has been installed, parking lot and landing paving and lighting. Natural prairie plantings will be part of the improvements. Volunteers for a few hours of planting will be appreciated by the CLIA.
Sanitary District 1 (Cedar Lake) received a 2016 WDNR grant for 35% of the replacement cost of our ten year old Weed Harvester, Trailer, and Conveyor. The new harvester is currently in operation on the lake.
Part of the process was to provide an update to our Aquatic Plant Management Plan. We applied and received a 75% WDNR Grant for the update which included a lake survey of it's aquatic plants. The completed plan was added as a link at the end of the web page.
Weed Harvesting Requests can be accommodated by calling Dick Jens
Per aquatic plant harvesting permit requirements, "weed" harvesting cannot be harvested by our equipment in areas that are less than 5 feet deep so don't ask the harvester operator to cut in shallow water because he can't by state permit requirements. New harvester operators are being trained. Due to wind conditions and inexperience on the machine, they may not be able to accommodate all cutting requests.
Thank you Roger for 50 years of service and friendship to the lake community that you are so much a part of
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 records; muskrat trapping2018
The 2017 trapping yielded 188. 2018 yielded 99. 2019 yielded 83.
Eurasian Water Milfoil found growing in front of the pier at the boat landing
EWM herbicide treatment on Cedar Lake occurred Thursday June 6, 2019. New sightings will have herbicide treatment in June 2020. Any additional sightings of EWM should be identified to the Commissioners for further treatment. It is anticipated that annual treatment will be needed to keep the Eurasian water Milfoil in check.
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 sightings have prompted the Sanitary District to contact the DNR for additional eradication efforts. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 treatment by the boat landing and the big island has been done and notification buoys have been placed. Unfortunately, all major motorized lakes in Manitowoc County now have EWM.
Several EWM sites were found around the lake during late summer of 2017. A request for a DNR grant to fund a removal program was made and received for a $10,000 grant where the DNR pays $7,500 and the Sanitary District pays $2,500. The Cedar Lake Improvement Association generously donated $1,000. The removal program called DASH required a suction pontoon barge and a diver to use a suction hose to suck the EWM plant and roots from the lake bottom. The divers noted several previously unknown locations of EWM and the plants were removed. Unfortunately, four large areas had well established growth and required chemical treatment.
The DASH program has been effective in early stages of EWM as seen on Cedar Lake. Continued monitoring, hand pulling and chemical treatment will continue as needed.
EWM can reestablish itself from small pieces of the original plant. Because of this, any plants on the shore, trailer, anchor, or boat should be removed and composted or placed on shore to dry out.
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 in the past on this and other lakes. It is parasite that develops 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
On 5/25/19, a secchi disk reading was 10.1 ft which is similar to last years reading. This is slightly less than usual however we had a good water quality year last year so hopefully we'll have another. Early November secchi disk readings before ice forming were at 21 feet.
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.
On May 19, 2020 the Lake level was 6.5 inches above the invert of the outflow culvert. Levels have been high. Slow no wake has not been implemented and it is hopeful that boaters will fast boat near the center of the lake. 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.
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. 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.
See the informational links at the end of this web page for more DNR fish Survey information.
Several small Northern were caught through the ice this winter.
Any photos of catch and released fish or measurements will be posted. Contact Scott.
- dnr.wi.gov/lakes/lakepages/LakeDetail.aspx (Cedar Lake Reports - GREAT SITE FOR REPORTS AND DNR INFO)
- 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)
- Cedar Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan 2017
- Current Weather
- 2017 District Financials
- 2018 Sanitary District Budget
- Sanitary District 1 Meeting Minutes can be found under the Home Page, Government tab, Minutes & Agendas; Scroll Down to Sanitary District 1 Meetings Section
- 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)
- Cedar Lake Residents Map 2018
- Lake Map - Wisconsin Territory Survey 1834
- Lake Level Graph
- Lake Levels 1939 to 2018 (to be added later)
- 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
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.