Pearl Lake, Wisconsin

Memorial Day Weekend Board Meeting

Sat. May 25, 2019. View Agenda HERE

Independence Day Weekend  Board Meeting

Sat. July 6, 2019.  

Labor Day Weekend Board & AnnualMeeting

Sat. August 31, 2019.

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

May 24, 2017  28 feet

May 24, 2018   21 feet

New Waushara County Lake Level information and Chart Click Here

Lake Level Map  ClickHere

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

DNR RIP-RAP Information and check list Here

July 2, 2018 District Attorney Letter  Here

Summary of Lake Studies in Waushara County Here

PRD Bylaws including 2018 Revision  Here

2018 CBCW Report Here

2018 Mid Year Report 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


Dale Singer

(414) 852-2333 (C)

Waushara County Representative

​Mike Kapp

​1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019 PRD Budget
$2500.00  Fish Stocking/Habitat
$100.00   BUOY REPLACEMENT         
$200.00  EDUCATION
$3000.00  Clean Boats Clean Waters

$50.00  Bank Charge Check Image Fee

$150.00 Bank Charge Online Bill Pay Chrg

$1900.00 Private/Sheriff Lake Patrol

$2500.00 Shoreline Erosion

$600.00 Workers Comp & Liability Insurance

$21,375.00 Total Planned Expenditure

$17,300.00 Tax Levy Requested

$4075.00 Shortfall to be used from Reserve Fund


​Dave Paulick

(920) 420-0784(C) 

2015/2016 New Shoreland Zoning Information

PRD Board 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) 

Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Annual Meeting Minutes

September 1, 2018

The meeting was held at Jeff Swenson’s and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 8:38 a.m. 

Roll Call: Roger Volden, Randy Rucks, Dick Fjellman, Michael Kapp, Chris Sorenson, Ed Sheppard.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.                               

The updated changes in the bylaws which were sent to all PRD members prior to this meeting and which were also made available on a table prior to the meeting were reviewed by Chairman Roger Volden and as requested were read to the members at the meeting.  Once they were presented a motion to approve the changes in the bylaws to bring them up to date was made by Roger Volden and seconded by Nona Koivula. Motion was passed with a show of hands.

The minutes from the September 2, 2017 meeting had some corrections made and were put on the website as well as the July 7, 2018 minutes which were also reviewed and changes were made to those.  Those amended minutes also appear on the website and copies were present at the annual meeting. Randy Rucks made a motion to accept the amended minutes and it was seconded by Sheppard and approved by a voice vote.

The treasurer’s report was presented by Randy Rucks.

Checkbook balance of $12,826.47 as of 8/26/2018

Water Quality Fund has a balance of $97,130.66 as of 8/26/2018.

Randy indicated all bills have been paid as of August 26, 2018.

In addition Rucks noted that Donna Volden and Connie Paulick had also conducted an audit of the 2017 books on 2/23/2018 and found them to be in proper order.

Motion by Sheppard to accept treasurer’s report as presented. Motion was seconded by Barb Gosenheimer and the motion passed on a voice vote.

Chairman Volden then went through the budget as prepared by the PRD however he did note there were a few additions after the printing of the budget that was presented to the annual meeting. They are as follows:

There is $600.00 that needed to be added to a line in the budget for securing insurance for workers comp and liability for the PRD.

$600.00 has been reduced from the Water Safety Patrol budget and should read $1900.00 instead of $2500.00.

Prior to finalizing the budget there were assorted topics discussed including the fact that recently some of the property owners had found out that Silver Lake had imposed a no wake order for Silver Lake for the Labor day weekend and they cited the fact that the state of Wisconsin had declared a state of emergency and that was why the action was taken by Silver Lake. 

Town of Leon Chairman Chris Sorenson spoke to that issue and indicated that while the town of Leon could declare a state of emergency it would have to be justified as being declared due to a major event such as storms etc. and he did not believe the town could simply take the action to single out one lake such as Pearl Lake.   Ed Sheppard, who indicated that he currently works for Wisconsin Emergency Management in Madison, noted that the Town Chair was correct in his assessment.  There was a lengthy discussion regarding the current high water status due to all of the rain we have received.  Discussion on what property owners might be able to do to protect their property from the high water was also part of the discussion.  Some options were discussed and some of the members referenced a study done by Waushara County a couple of years ago.  After a lengthy discussion there was a motion to create a committee to not only review the previous study but perhaps work toward development of another study on shoreline protection.  A motion was made by Elaine Williams, seconded by Sue Beeze to allocate $2500.00 for possible use to find a consultant to do a study or make recommendations and to create a committee to work on this project. This resulted in a change to the budget. Motion carried by voice vote.

Ed Sheppard asked for comments on the feelings of the PRD members on the success or lack of success on the water patrol for this past boating season.  Comments were favorable regarding the water patrol and a motion by Roger Volden and seconded by Elaine Williams to keep the water patrol in 2019.  Motion passed by voice vote.

At this point Roger Volden asked for a motion on the 2019 proposed and amended budget, no additional discussion, and a motion by Elaine Williams and seconded by Mike Getchuis to accept the 2019 budget as amended, with a tax levy of $17,300, was made and passed by voice vote.

The election of a new commissioner to the PRD was the next item on the agenda and an explanation of the ballot was presented by Chairman Volden and he noted that there were two candidates who had been nominated to the positon for PRD commissioner: The candidates were Debra Semrad and Dale Singer.  Hearing no other motions from the floor for this position Debra Semrad and Dale Singer were given time to address the PRD annual meeting prior to the voting.

The results of the voting were as follows: Dale Singer 48 votes, Debra Semrad 9 votes—Mr. Singer was elected to the PRD board.                                                             

Final things covered in the annual meeting were a motion by Nona Koivula and seconded by Tammy Hecker to voluntarily ask boat owners for compliance of a no wake over the Labor Day weekend. Motion was passed by a voice vote.

Roger noted that Dale Singer, the newly elected member of the PRD, would be the point person to work with the committee that was created to study shoreline erosion and the previous study that was done by Waushara County and volunteers for the committee were solicited. Chuck and Elaine Williams, Sue Beeze, and Judy Solarz volunteered to serve on the committee along with Dale Singer.

Motion by Roger Volden, seconded by Sheppard to adjourn the PRD Annual meeting.

Motion carried, annual meeting adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m. on Sept 1, 2018.

Ed Sheppard, Secretary, .


Click on the Dates below for minutes of Previous PRD Meetings










Protection and Rehabilitation District Last updated 6/19/2019


Randy Rucks

920-572-8521 (C) 


Ed Sheppard


Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District meeting May 25, 2019 Minutes

The meeting was held at Swenson’s Garage, W4655 South Pearl Lake Road and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 8:35 a.m.  There was a large contingent of PRD members at the meeting for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Roll Call: Roger Volden, Dave Paulick, Dale Singer, Ed Sheppard, and Town of Leon representative Russ Heise. Randy Rucks & Mike Kapp absent.
The Pledge of Allegiance was given by those assembled for the meeting.

Chairman Volden thanked Jack Conklin and Mike Getchius fixing the sign on the lake.

Russ Heise from the Town of Leon spoke briefly as he could not stay for the meeting on the procedure that the Town would follow if we decided to opt to implement a temporary no wake.  The town could schedule a meeting as soon as May 30th to take up the issue.  Once passed it could go into effect about the first week of June.

Roger noted that the minutes for the three previous PRD meetings were made available to PRD members prior to the start of the meeting along with several other handouts.

He asked if there were any additions or changes for the September 1st, 2018 minutes. Hearing none motioned by Volden, seconded Paulick to approve the Sept.1, 2018 minutes. In favor Volden, Paulick, Singer, Sheppard; opposed none.

Roger then turned to the minutes for the PRD meeting held on Dec 16, 2018. He asked if there were any additions or changes. Hearing none motion by Paulick, seconded by Singer to approve the December 16, 2018 minutes.  In favor Volden, Paulick, Singer, Sheppard; opposed none.

The 3rd set of minutes from April 6, 2019 PRD meeting were also available for review. Chairman Volden asked for additions or corrections to that set of minutes. Hearing none motion by Volden, seconded by Singer to approve those minutes. In favor Volden, Paulick, Singer, Sheppard; opposed none.

Dave Paulick handled the treasurer’s report for Randy Ruck and stated that as of 5/25/19 there is currently $16849.17 in the PRD checking account, and 5 bills have been paid since the previous meeting.  In the water quality fund, there is $100,963.25.

Motion by Sheppard, seconded by Volden to accept the treasurer’s report; in favor Sheppard, Volden, Singer, Paulick; opposed none.

At this point Roger discussed and recapped the meeting the PRD reps had with Brad Leisring at the April 6th meeting in which he offered several proposals for investment of the water quality fund.  The overriding concern on the part of the PRD officers was to ensure the safety of the fund now that it has reached the $100,000 mark and not have to pay large fees for management of the $$.  Dave Paulick had done some research and found that Verve Credit Union would pay 3.2% interest rates and we would have no management fees. The concern was how to structure the certificates in order to not lose all the interest accrued should we need to access some of the monies in an emergency.

Motion by Volden, seconded by Paulick that we then put $40,000 in a CD and $50,000 in an additional CD with Verve Credit Union, and keep the balance of $10,963.25 in the PRD checking account designated as Water Quality Funds. The terms of those CDs would be 39 months at 3.2% Chairman Roger Volden and Treasurer Randy Rucks will be the account managers on the certificate of Deposits

In favor Paulick, Volden, Sheppard, Singer; opposed none.

Chairman Volden noted that the milfoil treatment that was budgeted for $8,000 was considerably less than anticipated which means that there is less milfoil and that’s good news and reinforces our commitment to the plan we have been following.  We will only be spending $1100.00 this year on milfoil treatment.  With this in mind Roger noted that this will be a good opportunity to have a whole life aquatic plant survey done that would be done by Golden Sands at a cost of $3000. There was discussion that this has been done in the past, but it has not been done for several years.

Motion by Volden, seconded by Singer to contract with Golden Sands to have a whole life aquatic plant survey done in 2019 at a cost of $3000.00. In favor Singer, Paulick, Volden, Sheppard; opposed none.

Roger gave the data for the water clarity and temperature for 2019 compared to 2018 which is as follows:

           At 3’   Temp                            At 10’                    Bottom

2019.    20’   58 degrees              53 degrees              43 degrees

2018.    21’   68 degrees              64 degrees              42 degrees

Roger also noted that we have a schedule for people to work at the boat landing for Clean Boat Clean Water almost every weekend.

Roger also addressed the contract this year with the Waushara County Sheriff’s Dept that is again in place with the understanding that it is permissible for boaters during the no wake period to pull tubes behind the slow-moving boat as that does not constitute water skiing.

Roger then asked Nick Thomas to discuss his work on fish/shoreline, habitat/restoration.

Nick talked about the need to have a permit to do a tree drop and he has obtained one that other people on the lake can tag onto otherwise the cost is $350.00.  He also noted that with the high water he has recently been getting inquiries on shore protection.  Roger reiterated that the DNR has waived the permit process to use rip-rap as a means to protect your shore line from erosion. Nick discussed some of the DNR requirements for fish stocking. Some fish such as trout and walleyes don’t reproduce and have been tried in the past. He said that the continuing need to add minnows as forage for the current fish in the lake as was done last year seems to be working.

The next item on the agenda is that there are two positions on the PRD board up for election this year at the annual meeting in September- Ed Sheppard and Roger Volden.  If you wish to serve, and be on the annual meeting ballot, 3 property owners can nominate you and those nominations should be sent to Ed Sheppard by mid-July (45 days prior to annual meeting date of August 31 – July 16 deadline).  You can also be nominated from the floor at the September annual meeting to be a write-in candidate.

Dale Singer reported on the shoreline preservation committee.  He indicated that there were a couple of previous meetings last year and he indicates the committee hopes to meet in a June meeting so a report at the July meeting may have more details.

Roger Volden then opened up the discussion on the current high water on Pearl Lake. He noted that the Town of Spring Water that has 4 lakes recently adopted a temporary no wake ordinance.  Silver Lake has no wake until mid-July and may extend after that. 

Discussion flowed from those comments from people attending the meeting. The large majority of those at the meeting seemed to favor some sort of temporary no wake action.

Motion by Volden, seconded by Singer to implement a temporary no wake to be reviewed at the July meeting.  There was much discussion regarding that motion concerning the metrics that would be used.  The concern was what type of trigger would be used to determine when we could take off the temporary no wake.  There were many comments that between May and July was not enough time for the water to go down enough and while the Town of Leon wants to be very accommodating, they don’t want to be dealing with this issue every few months.

The PRD is currently using the Pearl Lake Elevations as the metric, but we are also working to get the DNR and County to set up a way to determine the high water mark and levels even if it is some sort of post that everyone can see for themselves.  This will be resolved soon.

After hearing the discussion Volden rescinded his motion.  Dave Paulick then made a motion that was seconded by Singer that:

Requests the Town of Leon to implement a temporary no wake during this boating season ending on October first, and that the PRD commissioners will review this temporary no wake ordinance at the July and September meetings and determine if the water levels have receded enough to reinstitute the long standing wake ordinance of 11 am to 4pm for boating that creates wakes which will trigger a request for the Town of Leon to remove the temporary 24 hour no wake ordinance.  In favor Volden, Paulick, Singer, Sheppard; opposed none.

Chairman Volden then asked if there was any new business to be brought before the board at future meetings.  There was none except that those in attendance were asked to spread the word that once again like last Labor Day weekend we asked people on the lake to observe a voluntary no wake.

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 a.m. was made by Volden, seconded by Singer, with all present voting to adjourn. Motion approved unanimously by all present: Sheppard, Singer, Volden, Paulick.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m. on May 25, 2019.

Ed Sheppard, Secretary, Pearl Lake PRD


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 

Anyone who is interested in a fish habitat or shoreline project, please contact Nick Thomas for assistance and possible funding. or call/text 262-385-1525

Central Wisconsin's Clearest, Cleanest Lake!
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Ex officio Member  

Chris Sorenson

(920) 987-5495(H)