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2017 Treatment Notice

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eLake Letter 12/11/15

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Bayfield County Conservation Dept Fall 2015

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Information on noxious weeds in Bayfield and surrounding counties.


News and information about lakes and water resources in Wisconsin.


8/5/17 Annual Meeting

8/6/16 Annual Meeting

8/1/15 Annual Meeting

8/2/14 Annual Meeting

8/3/13 Annual Meeting

8/4/12 Annual Meeting

8/6/11 Annual Meeting 

8/7/10 Annual Meeting


Bayfield County Lakes Forum

Wisconsin Association of Lakes

Bayfield County Website

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The 2018 report on the results of whole lake treatment is ready.

Check it out!

Read the final report on our major DNR grant to fight EWM

DNR Pike Chain Fishery Survey

The long-awaited survey from the DNR is complete. Read it here.

Where are the Walleyes?

Bill Swenson, PCA Fisheries Committee Chair, describes the history and future of walleyes on the Pike Chain.

Check out the history of fish stocking on the Chain.

Want to know more about fish?

Two papers, published by Bill Swenson are now available on our website. One deals with largemouth bass and the second deals with walleyes. Click below to read more.


Iron River Police Department

The Iron River Police Department will check on your property while you're away for the winter or just on vacation. Just fill out the form, print and mail to IRPD (address at the bottom of the form). When you return, you'll find a record of the security check on the back of your form. Click the link below for a printable form (pdf).

IRPD Vacation Check Form

Monitoring Reports by Lake

One volunteer on each lake in the Pike Chain collects water clarity information using a Secchi disk. The data is available through the links below.

Contact Your Directors Click on the name to contact

Jay Johnson, President

Al Bochler, Past President

Eddie Wangensteen, Vice President

John Coffey, Treasurer

Kristen Sandager, Secretary

Jim Bender

Jake Gress

Mike Higgins

Howard Lehman

Joe Rapacz

Debb Sharbonno

Josh Teigen


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Iron River Pike Chain of Lakes

PO Box 602

Iron River, WI 54847

Aquatic Plant Management

We have a history

Pine Crest has been the crowning jewel of our lovely chain of lakes. At our annual meeting, August 4, 2018, Jim Bender presented a look at the chain and changes brought by the dam. Check out that presentation HERE

September 24, 2018, Greg Bade, Christian Wiehe's grandson, told of his grandfather and Pinecrest's history. See that program HERE

A sales brochure for Pine Crest from the 1930s or 1940s is available HERE

Eurasian Water Milfoil Treatment and Control Assessment report

Click the UPDATE icon above to read the 2017 Onterra report

2018 Buskey Bay Application permit

2018 Twin Bear Application permit

The INVASION is on!

Zebra mussels have been found in Burnett County's Big McKenzie Lake--the first in NW Wisconsin. What are the impacts?

Information & History of the Battle

Spot treatment has restricted expansion of EWM but has not stopped it. Buskey Bay, Millicent, Hart and Twin Bear will receive full lake treatment in 2017. Forms filed with the Wisconsin DNR must be available for public examination. Click the link below to see the state applications.

The status report presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting is available at the link below.

Here's the January, 2014 report on our 4-year project to control Eurasion Water Milfoil

This report summarizes the effectiveness of EWM treatments. It's encouraging as well as interesting.

The final maps for 2012 treatment. Treatment exceeds the earlier estimate but is still an improvement over past years.

Read a concise report to help understand the threat invasive species present to our lakes.

Understanding the Invasive Species Threat

Membership Corner

Pike Chain apparel is available in Iron River. T shirts are $15 and hoodies are $25. Get yours at Idea Design Studio, 68265 South Main St.

Stories removed from the Membership Corner will be archived for later viewing.


If you’re already member, thanks for your support! If not, please consider joining. Our annual fee is only $20. To join, please complete the membership form and mail it, along with your check, to the address provided on the form. You will not regret it!

Business Memberships!

Business memberships are available for only $20/year! If you have a business and would like to join, please complete the application and mail it along with your check to the address provided on the form.

We Want You!

The PCLA can always use volunteers. We have a number of opportunities, including serving on board committees. If interested, please email Jay at Think how good you will feel volunteering!

We Love Your Pictures!

Check out our Facebook page. While you’re at it, do share your pictures, thoughts or anything else on your mind related to the lakes! Participating is a great way to get to know one another and strengthen your network of people who love the Pike Chain as much as you do.

Business Members

Coldwell Banker, East West Realty*

Creative Floor Decor*

Idea Design Studio*

Lumberman's Mini Storage

Liquor In The Woods

Mac Sport and Marine*

North Star Realtors*

O'Brien's C-Store

This Old Bunkhouse

* Click member name for website

Record your volunteer time:

Comprehensive Management Plan (pdf) PCLA original Articles of Incorporation Bylaws revised 5/28/2011 Adobe Reader download