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Pearl Lake, Wisconsin

​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) 

Ex officio Member  

Chris Sorenson


(920) 987-5495(H)

2015/2016 New Shoreland Zoning Information

December 16, 2018 Board Meeting

The meeting was held at Roger Volden’s home, W4596 South Pearl Lake Road and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 9:05 a.m. 

Roll Call: Roger Volden, Randy Rucks, Dave Paulick, Dale Singer, Ed Sheppard.
The meeting was called to order by Roger Volden at 9:05 am.

There were no other people at the meeting either in person or via telephone despite the fact that the meeting had been properly noticed by the PRD.

The first order of business was the election of officers by the PRD Commissioners.

Dave Paulick made a motion to have Roger Volden as Chairman, Ed Sheppard as Secretary and Randy Rucks as Treasurer.  Dale Singer seconded the motion.  There were no other nominations.  Motion was passed unanimously by all present: Sheppard, Rucks, Singer, Volden, Paulick

Randy Rucks presented the treasurer’s report as follows:

$8058.00 in the PRD Checking account with all bills paid.

Water Quality Fund $93,957.00. There was discussion among the PRD members that a long term goal of having $100,000 in that fund is within reach as well as the need to review and Randy Rucks will check if a better interest bearing account may be available that would be safe and remain fluid if funds were needed. 

Motion by Roger, seconded by Rucks to transfer $2800.00 from the checking account to the water quality fund.

Motion was passed unanimously by all present: Sheppard, Rucks, Singer, Volden, Paulick.

Motion to accept and approve the treasurer’s report. Motion by Sheppard, seconded by Paulick, passed unanimously by all present: Sheppard, Rucks, Singer, Volden, Paulick.

Dale Singer, who was assigned to chair a committee on high water issues for the lake, reported that the committee had only met once because of the end of the season however they had a productive discussion and several of the committee members were working on contacts with state agencies and several ideas were discussed.  There will be additional meetings next year with reports back from some of the committee members on ideas and suggestions that they researched.  The fact is that many of the lakes in our area are facing issues as bad if not worse than Pearl Lake.  The cyclical nature of the issue may be the overriding cause for the high-water levels.

 Roger then moved the discussion to the Milfoil concerns for 2019 and as was approved at the annual meeting the PRD Motion by Volden, seconded by Singer, to continue to work with Carson and Associates on the location and treatment of milfoil on the lake. Motion approved unanimously by all present: Sheppard, Rucks, Singer, Volden, Paulick.  Carson and Associates have done a survey of the lake on October 23, 2018 and information will be forwarded to the PRD when it is completed with a goal to mail notifications and begin treatments by mid-April.  Ed will work with Roger on developing the notification of property owners near milfoil treatment areas, when the information arrives.

Next on the agenda was action on a letter to the the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department for 2019 per the annual meeting authorization for water patrol in 2019.  There was some discussion among the commissioners regarding the need to spread out the times that patrol is on the lake rather than just holiday times when a lot of the hours were used last year.  Roger indicated that he would send a letter to the Sheriff’s department after the first of the year when the new Sheriff has taken over requesting to continue the patrol for 2019 with the mention of spreading out coverage rather than just holidays. Motion by Paulick, seconded by Singer, authorizing Roger to move forward with securing boat patrol for 2019. Motion passed unanimously by all present: Sheppard, Rucks, Singer, Volden, Paulick.  

Chairman Volden then discussed the Clean Boat Clean Water (CBCW) grant for 2019.  Participation in this program was re-authorized at the annual meeting by the members of the PRD.  Roger indicated that the paper work has been delayed at the DNR level, however he has made inquiries and he has been assured that we will have the grant and we will again contract with Golden Sands.

There was no discussion on any new business that should be brought forward to future meeting and the next meeting will be Memorial Day weekend 2019.

The final item on the agenda was an audit by the commissioners of the PRD on the 2018 books which showed 15 transactions from 1/1/2018 to 12/12/2018.  Treasurer Randy Rucks answered any questions and reviewed the transactions for the commissioners.  The commissioners completed the audit with no issues or concerns.

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:36 am was made by Volden, seconded by Singer, with all present voting to adjourn. Motion approved unanimously by all present: Sheppard, Rucks, Singer, Volden, Paulick.  

The meeting was adjourned at 10:36 a.m. on December 16, 2018.

Ed Sheppard, Secretary, Pearl Lake PRD

Memorial Day Weekend Board Meeting

Sat. May 25, 2019. 

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

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.

nick@spsroofing.com or call/text 262-385-1525

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 4/15/2019

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



Randy Rucks


920-572-8521 (C) 


Ed Sheppard



 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

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) 

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