Memorial Day Weekend Board Meeting

Sat. May 26, 2018. Read Agenda HERE

Independence Day Weekend  Board Meeting

Sat. July 7, 2018.  

Labor Day Weekend AnnualMeeting

Sat. September 1, 2018.

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


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

Important Links

July 2, 2018 District Attorney Letter  Here

Summary of Lake Studies in Waushara County Here

PRD Bylaws including 2015 Revision  Here

2018 Mid Year Report Here

2018 CBCW Boat Landing Schedule 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

Central Wisconsin's Clearest, Cleanest Lake!
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Pearl Lake, Wisconsin


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.

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 8/10/2018

​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


​Dave Paulick

(920) 420-0784(C) 

Ex officio Member  

Chris Sorenson

(920) 987-5495(H)

2015/2016 New Shoreland Zoning Information

 Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Board Meeting 

                         July 7, 2018

The meeting was held at Jeff Swenson’s and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 8:34 a.m. 

Roll Call: Roger Volden, Dave Paulick, Randy Rucks, Dick Fjellman , Ed Sheppard

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes for the May 26th 2018 Meeting have been posted on the website prior to the meeting and copies of those minutes and the agenda were available at the start of the meeting,  Roger asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes and Debra Semrad (PRD Member) indicated she had a list of changes and corrections or issues with the minutes:  The issues and concerns where then noted and the minutes will be amended where appropriate.

After a lengthy discussion a motion was made by Volden seconded by Ruck to approve the amended minutes from May 26, 2018 the vote was unanimous among the commissioners present.

Secretary’s note:  Perhaps at future meetings if there are issues or concerns with the minutes they could be brought to light to the secretary prior to the meeting to avoid a lengthy delay at the start of the meeting.  The minutes are posted to the website and changes could be prepared to be brought to the meeting be discussed and voted on prior to the start of the meeting.

Public Comments

Roger then introduced Marty Weasner from the Waushara County Sheriff’s Dept. who was at the meeting to discuss the boat patrol actives and boating safety; a question and answer then ensured for informational purposes:  This lasted for approx. 40 minutes. No formal action taken

Treasurers Report by Randy Rucks: Several miscellaneous bills have been paid including the milfoil treatment: $5591.00

Checking account is at $7927.90 Water Quality fund is at $ 97,992.96 Motion made by Dave Paulick seconded by Ed Sheppard to accept the treasurers report-vote unanimous:

Roger then reported on the formal open meetings violation complaint that was made to the Waushara County District Attorney’s Office.  Roger indicated that the DA notified the PRD that he would be filing no formal charges. There were some recommendations made by the DA.  A copy of the lengthy 4 page letter will be attached to the website.

Roger also mentioned some of the issues that will be on the agenda at the upcoming PRD annual meeting that will be held on September 1 2018.  He also noted that to conform to state statue 33. That formal letters will be sent to all of the people listed on the tax roll that ate in the PRD.  That information has been received from Waushara County and mailing labels have been made.  That will be the formal meeting where the budget will be discussed and a new commissioner with need to be elected to replace Dick Fjellman who has chosen not to run for his current position.  Roger indicated that notice will be sent out at least 10 days prior to the meeting.  One question was raised by one of the members of the PRD in attendance as to how much money that will cost and an estimate of approx.--$150.00 to $200.00 was listed with postage printing and labels as there are about 180 members of the PRD.

Another member of the PRD Debra Semrad also noted that other meeting s can be called by the PRD if needed and Roger agreed with that.

Roger then went through the water clarity readings from the secci disk:

June 25, 2018  clarity 19 feet  3 feet the temp was 74 degrees 15 feet 60 degrees and 45 feet 42 degrees

Question from Sue Beeze (PRD Member) if we still report those to the university that was involved with the “Great North American Dip In” which thyme did when she was an officer  Roger said that was not part of the process any longer but that they send the information to a data base called SWIM.

Clean Boat Clean Water information was shared with the group by Roger—the lady at the boat launch indicated that thus far this year there have been 43 boats entered and exited Pearl Lake. Only 5 of those boats reported being on other lakes prior to launching on Pearl Lake.  People have been cooperative.

The meeting was opened for any public comments and there were none voiced.

Motion by: Dave Paulick seconded by Roger to adjourn motion passed unanimously by the commissioners present. 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:32 am on July 7, 2018.

Ed Sheppard, Secretary