Pearl Lake, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations:

Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes   Click Here

Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards  Click Here

Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline   Coming soon

 Water Clarity

Recent Secchi Disk reading for the lake as reported by Chuck Johanns are:

May 17, 2011    25.0 feet

June 13. 2011  18.25 feet

July 13, 2011    17.25 feet

August 15, 2011 19.25 feet

October 18, 2011  17.25 feet

May 1,  2012  27.5 feet

June 13, 2012  26.5 feet

July 2, 2012  16.5 feet

May 8, 2013  24.5 feet

August 20, 2013  16 feet

June 24, 2014  26 feet

New Waushara County Lake Level information and Chart Click Here

Lake Level Map  ClickHere

General and Annual meetings are held Saturdays at 8:30 am.

In Jeff Swenson's garage at 4655 South Pearl Lake Rd.


Roger Volden

(920) 427-2029 (C) 

Eurasian Water Milfoil

The PRD will be continuing its efforts in 2015 to control the invasive species Eurasian Water Milfoil. The district has budgeted $9400.00 for the work.  Our consultants have advised us to budget this amount for years going forward and it is likely that we will have to levy additional money in future budget years.  

It is believed that there is approximately 5.5 acres of area in the lake that will need treatment. Eurasian and Hybrid Milfoil has been found by divers in water as deep as 21 feet.  This compares favorably to the 6 acres that were treated as recently as October of 2007, and the 13 acres that were treated in the summer of 2000.  

We are making progress, but your commissioners will remain vigilant in fighting this invasive species in order to keep Pearl Lake the healthy lake that it is.  Property owners near the affected areas will be notified about the treatment by mail.

Learn more about Aquatic Invasive Species Here

Important Links

Summary of Lake Studies in Waushara County Here

PRD Bylaws including 2015 Revision  Here

2017 CBCW Report Here

2017 Mid Year Report Here

2016 CBCW Report Here

2015 CBCW Report Here
2014 CBCW Report  Here

Zebra Mussels in Pearl Lake? Here

Fall 2013 Milfoil Report Here
Map 1 Here
Map 2 Here

Fall of 2016 Milfoil Map  Here

Local Zebra Mussel information Here

Water Quality Columnaris Report Here

2, 4-D Hebicide Fact Sheet Here


Dick Fjellman

920-291-5110 (H)

Waushara County Representative

​Mike Kapp

Tree Drops make great fish habitat.   

Read all about tree drops HERE

Tree Drop Exemption Check list  HERE

Sample Tree Drop Diagram HERE

Tree Drop Permit Application for those not exempt under the Checklist prodedure above.  HERE  

Tree Drop Contact in Wild Rose.  Approx. $50.00 to $75.00 cost.  Call 715-281-3828 

Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Meeting                           September 2, 2017

The meeting was held at Jeff Swenson’s and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 8:36 a.m. 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes for the July 1, 2017 meeting were read by Ed Sheppard and the minutes were approved and have been attached to the PRD website.

Rodger opened the meeting requesting public comments on previous business.

Roger reported to the group on the results that the PRD officers were directed at the previous meeting to send letters to some of those who during the recent survey of people were eligible to be in the PRD. These were the people who wanted to be included even though the majority voted against it. Those who voted in favor of being included in the PRD were sent follow up letters and a form that would allow them to become members of the PRD.  Thus far 5 indicated they wanted to move forward with the process.  The deadline for those to notify the PRD in writing to become members is September 28, 2017.

Nick Thomas reported to the group on the recent fundraiser held at the Post Officer Bar in Redgranite for fish and habitat. A total of $2315.00 was raised and he thanked everyone who participated.

Roger also noted that recently after many years of service regarding fish stocking and habitat that Vern Bertzyk has turned the project over to Nick Thomas. A big thank you for your service Vern!!

Nick Thomas reported that because of the fund raiser that we were able to double the budget for fish stocking to $4815 which will result in stocking 3000 Crappie’s of 4-5 inches and 2000 yellow perch.

There was a question regarding a missing buoy that came loose.  It is being fixed and will be able to be used again.

Treasurer Report;

The treasurer’s report was prepared by Randy Rucks, Vice Chair and Treasurer.

Currently there is $4515.57 in checking and additional $$ we were waiting on has been received to bring the balance to $8895.57.  The Water Quality Fund is at $96668.85. 

Motion to approve treasurer’s report made/seconded/approved.

Budget Discussion:  Roger went through the budget that was proposed—

There was a motion made and seconded to eliminate fish stocking from the 2018 budget and to only put it in the budget every other year.

Discussion was held on the motion with a wide ranging discussion involving improving habitat with fish cribs, tree drops, etc. with a long range goal of not having to stock fish.  Nick Thomas explained plans for fish cribs to be put into the lake in the coming winter or next spring—he stated they will comply with DNR standards.  He mentioned that as of now he has requests for 6 cribs and anticipates more requests.  The possibility of applying for grants on fish habitat was also suggested and should be researched.

After discussion the question on the motion was called and the motion was defeated.  A second motion was then made and seconded to leave the $2500.00 in the budget this year for habitat and allow $2500.00 in the budget each year with every other year for fish stocking or habitat.   This motion was voted on and passed.

There was additional discussion regarding following up on the idea to provide $$ to the County Sheriff’s Dept. for additional boat patrol hours with the idea of possibly allocating up to $3000.00. However more research and discussion with the county would need to be done to get more information on how many hours of patrol would result and more specifics—tabled at this time.

A motion was made, seconded, and voted on to approve the 2018 budget for the PRD. The motion was passed to approve the budget as submitted.

Election of Commissioners:

Mark Leissrings will be leaving his positon and he was thanked for all of his years of service to the PRD.

Dick Fjellman has agreed to fill the last year of Mark Lessring’s term.

Dave Paulick’s 3 year term and Randy Rucks 3 year term have expired.  Dave and Randy have agreed to stay on as commissioners.

Nominations were opened for all 3 positons and there were no additional nominations for any of the positions of commissioner.  All three- Dick Fjellmen, Dave Paulick , and Randy Rucks were all approved by acclamation.

The Secci disk report for July 29    was at 17’ and  was 78.3 degrees at 3 feet and 47.3 degrees at 40 feet,

August 25th  17’ and was 73.6 degrees at 3 feet and 48.4 degrees at 40 feet.

Discussion on high water expanding no wake house and locations:

Roger noted that a number of property owners had approached him at Pearl Lake Days to discuss the high water and beach erosion.  Ideas were floated such as reduce the wake hours, temporarily designating a slow no wake between the points, and restrictions on large boats especially the so called bladder boats.  A wide ranging discussion followed on many of these issues. Roger did present some data that showed that the high water seems to be cyclical 7-10 years and pointed out that the current water level is 817.62’ based on sea level data and that over the last 20 years the water has ranged between 813’ to 817’.

There was no motion to change or modify the wake hours as this would need to go to the town of Leon Board and we should consider carefully what we request.

Chris Sorenson pointed out that we just can’t single out a type of boat to ban.

In order to ban “bladder boats” the law would need to be changed and Roger pointed out that would need to be spearheaded by the Lakes Association and he plans to discuss this with other members of the Lakes Association to see what other lakes are doing and if they are experiencing problems or issues.

After the active discussion a motion was made, seconded, and passed that the PRD board should review all options that might be available and bring back possible recommendations to the Memorial Day meeting.  Roger also asked for volunteers who would like to work with the PRD commissioners on this.  They were asked to contact him after the meeting.  Sue Beese indicated a willingness to serve.

The final item on the agenda that was discussed was the dumpster that Nick Thomas had located near his property for the convenience of lake residents.  There was some discussion pro and con as to if it should be kept.  Some neighbors were concerned about it as an eyesore, attracting animals and being used by people at the campsite.  A number of other people praised it for offering convenience.  A motion was made, seconded, and approved in a close vote that it should be removed.  Nick indicated that he would comply in the very near future.

The meeting was adjourned at 10 am on September 2, 2017.

Ed Sheppard, Secretary Pearl Lake PRD

Click on the Dates below for minutes of Previous PRD Meetings










Protection and Rehabilitation District Last updated 1/13/2018

Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Commissioners Meeting
December 2, 2017

The meeting was held at Roger Volden’s home on December 2nd and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 9:30 am.  In attendance were the all Commissioners: Volden, Rucks, Paulick, Fjellman, Sheppard as well as Sue Beese, Nick Thomas, Mike Kapp , Susan Zuehlke, Steve & Nona Kovilas  called in on a conference call.

Roger opened the meeting by introducing Sheriff Jeff Nett from Waushara County who was an invited guest to discuss boat patrol possibilities for 2018. As was mentioned at a previous meeting the department has had budget cuts that have cut the boat patrol and as a result lake associations have contracted with the department for patrol hours.The Sheriff is working on plans for 2018. Cost would be $45.00 per hour and times when the patrol may work would need to be determined.It was agreed that weekends and possible Fridays and holidays would be preferable times to have patrol.

After discussion a motion was made, seconded and passed to approve up to 24 hours of water patrol by Waushara County Sheriff water patrol

Once Sheriff Nett completed his presentation those present resumed their agenda.

Discussion on the no wake hours and bladder boats was taken up by those in attendance.

Sue Beese had mentioned that with the increase of renters that there seemed to be an increase in violation of people going fast after 4 p.m. The Sheriff had indicated that calls to the Sheriff’s Department can and will be routed to the DNR if they are needed.

Roger and Dick Fjellman talked about some of the discussion they had at recent lake association meetings and we are not alone with the high water issues and concerns about bladder boats and boats producing large wakes as it was pointed out that some non-bladder boats going at certain speeds can produce large waves as well.

Some lakes are looking into some changes in ordinances and laws but as of yet there does not appear to be a legislative solution at this time. Roger stated that one lake is moving forward with an ordinance and many of the lakes in the association are watching that case.

Nick Thomas says that he spoke to one of the people with a bladder boat and while they indicated they knew there was concern about those types of boats that it is not illegal and they will continue to use their boat.

The idea of changing the distance from 100-400 feet from the shoreline is being suggested by some lakes and that would be a regulation that could have some effect and should stay on our radar.

One suggestion was putting more effort into improving breakwaters and shorelines against erosion and looking into possible available grants. Roger will contact Waushara County Land & Conservation Dept. inquiring on habitat and erosion control grants.”

At this point the solutions to the issue are limited and we will need to continue to explore all aspect to the issue and much may depend on how high the water on the lake is next year.

Next on the agenda was discussion on voting procedures during meetings.  Roger said that there three areas of concern.  One is that some people have come to him and said that they would like to have ballots rather than voice votes as they feel some people are uncomfortable with seeing how their neighbors vote on certain issues.   The second area of concern was how some people have one vote and some have two. The third idea was to allow voting by proxy and/or absentee.”

There was quite a bit of discussion on this and there may be some items when a ballot should be used. There was a motion made by Dave to use a ballot when deemed necessary.A motion was made, seconded and approved to have voting by ballot on pertinent issues.”

The second area of concern was the discussion of how votes are determined for a property. Roger produced the by-laws of the organization regarding Article 1 Electors (see appendix A). The commissioners reviewed the by-laws and they continue to be acceptable noting that people must be present to vote and 2 vote per private parcel by two individuals, one vote for corporate owned parcels.

Next on the agenda was the treasure’s report and a review of how the current money in the Water Quality Fund is currently invested.

There is currently $97521.07 ( 3rd quarter) in the water quality fund.There was discussion on how or what the money is invested in as well as management rates that are being charged.Randy was asked to contact Mark regarding some ideas and questions that the commissioners have regarding keeping the fund viable and safe as well as how to possibly reduce management fees that we incur.

Fish Stocking and Habitat committee was next on the agenda and Nick Thomas discussed a few issues.

Nick Thomas was appointed to head a habitat/fish stocking committee to research and bring plans to the commissioners for fish stocking and improving habitat."

Currently he has requests for 6 to 8 possible sites for fish cribs.There will not be a great deal of cost for that because of some donations however there is $2,500. In the budget for habitat that can be used for some expenses that are incurred.

There was a motion made and seconded to take use $1,000.00of the habitat money for crib and shore line improvement which would include a visual example of how shoreline can be improved and hopefully spur other property owners to make improvements as well.Motion was carried.It is hoped a visual example will be in place early in the summer of 2018.

The DNR is moving forward with a reduced fish limit of 10 per species per day with a total of 25 fish daily.We will continue to support that initiative and hope it will become law in the near future.

Roger noted that the Clean Boat Clean Water Grant (CBCW) has been approved for 2018 and is the same amount of money as last year.  We will continue with Golden Sands in 2018.

Roger shared with the group that the estimate for Eurasian milfoil treatment by Carson for the spring of 2018 is $10,431.00. Motion was made, seconded and passed to move forward with the treatment for 2018.

Most of the old business and new business were discussed at certain times during the meeting and the meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Submitted by:

Ed Sheppard

Secretary PRD



Randy Rucks

920-572-8521 (C) 


Ed Sheppard

Memorial Day Weekend General Meeting

Sat. May 26, 2018. 

Independence Day Weekend General Meeting

Sat. July 7, 2018.  

Labor Day Weekend AnnualMeeting

Sat. September 1, 2018. Read Agenda HERE

2015/2016 New Shoreland Zoning Information

​1/1/2018 to 12/31/2018 PRD Budget
$2500.00  Fish Stocking/Habitat
$100.00   BUOY REPLACEMENT         
$200.00  EDUCATION
$2500.00  Clean Boats Clean Waters

$50.00  Bank Charge Check Image Fee

$150.00 Bank Charge Online Bill Pay Chrg

$3580.00 Private/Sheriff Lake Patrol

$21,355.00 Total Planned Expenditure

$16,200.00 Tax Levy Requested

$5155.00 Shortfall to be used from Reserve Fund

Ex officio Member  

Chris Sorenson

(920) 987-5495(H)


​Dave Paulick

(920) 420-0784(C) 

Central Wisconsin's Clearest, Cleanest Lake!
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