Pearl Lake, Wisconsin

Click on dates below for minutes of previous PRD Board Meetings.

March 13, 2016
January 25, 2015
April 13, 2014
April 14, 2013
July 3, 2012
April 15, 2012

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

Special 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) 

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 

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

Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Meeting                                                                                   September 3, 2016
Chairman, Roger Volden called the meeting to order at 8:30 AM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Officers in attendance are---Roger Volden, Chairman; Randy Rucks, Commissioner; Mark Leissring, Treasurer; Mike Kapp, Waushara Cty Supervisor; Chris Sorenson, Town of Leon Rep and Tammy Chier, acting Secretary.   Those absent----Dave Paulick.

 SECRETARY REPORT—Minutes from the July 3rd meeting were read.  Amendments regarding spelling and title of Mike Kapp and specific Chairman and Vice Chairman positions up for elections were discussed. Motion carried with amendment for approval.

A sign-up sheet was passed around for signatures for grant approvals.

Member addressed Chris Sorenson regarding the repair of the road in front of Flanagans’ campground and dislike of all the stones on the road.    Discussion followed.

TREASURERS REPORT--- We are nearing the end of the 18-month budget and moving into Fiscal year January 2017 hrough December 2017.  There was presentation of the current budget with differences in actual versus planned expenses explained.   Report was approved by majority vote.

WATER QUALITY TESTING--SECCHI DISK READING—Roger reported 2016 readings along with 2015 readings.    There are as follows:   Disk reading in July of 2016—16 feet and 2015—16 feet.    In August of 2016—22 feet and 2015—15 feet.    The temperature at 3 to 5 feet in July of 2016—80 degrees and 2015—77.5 degrees.   Temperature at 3 to 5 feet in August of 2016—76 degrees and 2015—71.6 degrees.     Temperature at 40 feet in July of 2016—40 degrees and 2015—49.8 degrees.   Temperature at 40 feet in August of 2016—49.5 degrees and 2015—48.4 degrees.    All degrees are celcius.

MILFOIL CONTROL – We have had 6 samples of milfoil taken from the lake which included Hybrid milfoil.    Next year we will have a diver in the lake for a better reading.  Cason and Associates has treated erratically in the past.    The DASH process was explained.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS -- Ed Sheppard and Roger Volden were nominated for the positions open for the next three year term.  There were no other nominations.  Ed and Roger were voting in by majority vote.

WAKE SURFING –  Concerns were addressed by members of excessive wave production from the sport of wake surfing, specifically; shore erosion and the safety of smaller boats and children.  “Is there anything the PRD can do?”   Suggestions by members is to limit the time during wake hours that this sport can be done.  The PRD cannot limit the size of a boat or motor per the DNR.   A motion for the PRD to explore the effects on the lake of “bladder boats” and bring recommendations to the next meeting in the Spring.

WAKE TIMES – If wake time is not being observed, suggestion was given to get a boat number report it to Waushara Cty Sheriff.     Question of “What is a wake?” Answer was “have the motor “in gear” as low as it can go—in other words—IDLE.”

SPEARING – Is legal with a fishing license.

BAG LIMIT – This is an experiment in Waushara County, limiting catch to 10 per species and 25 total.    The PRD is taking the resolution to the DNR in the Spring to have Dave Bartz approve.   This is a step in a good direction.

CBCW – Central Sands is not getting monies from the state anymore.  A motion was carried for the PRD will take over grant application.

LAKE MANAMGEMENT – The DNR still has not approved our plan that was submitted before Memorial Day of 2016.

VACATING RIGHT OF WAYS --  The Anderson/Jezwinski right of way has been vacated.  This is done on an individual basis and needs to be brought to the Town of Leon.  Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month.  It is an unwritten rule that the Town of Leon does not maintain these right of ways.    Right of ways can be located on the Waushara County GIS maps on the internet.    A map of the properties was displayed at the July 2016 meeting and can be reviewed by calling Roger V. at 920-427-2029.   Discussion was held on what IS and IS NOT allowed on a right of way.   Member mentioned that deeded rights will not go away.

TOWN QUESTIONS – A member asked Town Rep if the weeds were going to be cut around the lake.  The Town has obtained a new tree trimming company.   Kudos given to Town for fixing the pothole at the Landing.   Buttercup will have a complete overlay of fresh blacktop this fall.  Discussion held on; unsightly properties and braking dogs.   PRD informed members that there is nothing PRD or Waushara county can do unless there is a health issue.    Complaints may be filed with the Waushara Cty Sheriffs’ office.

EXPANSION OF PRD – ALL owners of properties on the opposite sides of roads around Pearl Lake will be asked if they choose to become a member of the PRD.    Of those asked, majority vote will determine if the present PRD will choose to expand or not.     Property values was specifically discussed. 

RECOGNITION:  Shelly Tobiasz was noted for her many years of dedication to the PRD. 

Introduction of Ed Sheppard. 

Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 AM                                                

Respectfully recorded, Tammy ChierPearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Meeting                                                                                   September 3, 2016










Protection and Rehabilitation District Last updated 5/22/2017

Important Links

Summary of Lake Studies in Waushara County Here

PRD Bylaws including 2015 Revision  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

Waushara County Representative

​Mike Kapp

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

Chris Sorenson

(920) 987-5495(H)

Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Commissioners Meeting
March 13, 2016

Committee Meeting Minutes
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by Chairman Rodger Volden.
Commissioners present: Mark Leissring, Randy Rucks, Dave Paulick and Shelly Tobiasz
Commissioners absent: Chris Sorenson

Treasurer’s report: Checking balance - $9753.23 Water Quality $63,835.32

Discussion on the Lake Management Plan. Goals needed to be added before submitting to DNR. Goals discussed: minimize or eliminate invasive species, revise boundaries, ensure shoreline habitat. Motion to approve plan with discussed corrections. Motion passed. 

Discussion on expanding PRD boundaries. The current boundaries were established in 1968. Phase one would be to incorporate both sides of N and S Pearl Lake Rd and both sides of County Rd EE. Rodger Volden will get maps of the PRD and Watershed boundaries.

Eurasian Milfoil permit and notification: the application for permission to treat 2 acres on Pearl Lake will be sent to the DNR. Shelly Tobiasz will mail notification of the 2016 treatment to property owners within 150 feet of the treatment sites. Treatment will occur after the ice is out and the milfoil begins to grow. There was a diver in 2012, so a diver should be set up for 2017. DASH divers, divers with suction, will be looked into. Cason will test for Hybrid milfoil during the fall survey. 

Motion to donate $50 to the Waushara County Land Conservation “Field Days”. Motion passed.

Discussion to support the Central Sands Water Action Coalition with their ongoing education and commitment to watch over high capacity wells. No fees at this time. 
Discussion on boat launch fees. Fees would be paid the township and it would be hard to enforce. Still looking into ideas. Improvements for the launch will be looked into. Grants are available from the DNR to pay between 50% to 80% of launch projects. 

Waushara County meeting will be held at the Fish Hatchery on May 14th.

Submitted by Shelly Tobiasz


Randy Rucks

920-572-8521 (C) 


Ed Sheppard

​1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017 PRD Budget
$2500.00  Fish Stocking/Habitat
$100.00   BUOY REPLACEMENT         
$1000.00  EDUCATION
$2500.00  Clean Boats Clean Waters

$36.00  Bank Charge Check Image Fee

$144.00 Bank Charge Online Bill Pay Chrg

$1500.00 Weed mapping by Diver

$300.00 Lake Management Plan Survey

$2000.00 Legal Expenses

$18,855.00 Total Planned Expenditure

$14,700.00 Tax Levy Requested

$4155.00 Shortfall to be used from Reserve Fund


​Dave Paulick

(920) 420-0784(C) 

2015/2016 New Shoreland Zoning Information

Memorial Day Weekend Special Meeting

Sat. May 27, 2017. 

Independence Day Weekend Annual Meeting

Sat. July 1, 2017.  Read Agenda HERE

Labor Day Weekend Special Meeting

Sat. September 2, 2017.