Friday, February 5, 2016

Parcel for Sale - additional info.

Parcel recommendations submitted to Natural Resources Board for second phase of DNR land sales

Under the direction of the 2013-15 state biennial budget bill, the Natural Resources Board will review Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommendations for the second phase of land sales when it meets Feb. 24 in Madison.
State law directed the Natural Resources Board to offer 10,000 acres of land for sale by June 30, 2017 - proceeds from these land sales will repay outstanding public debt related to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program. The department currently owns approximately 1,517,454 acres in fee title ownership and 300,267 acres in easements. The sale of 10,000 acres represents less than one percent of the department’s total land ownership.

The Natural Resources Board approved a policy for reviewing parcels for possible sale under this new law in December 2013. The department released an initial list of 118 parcels being reviewed under the policy in July 2015. During the review process, an additional 31 parcels were identified for possible sale. Final department recommendations include 82 parcels, totaling 5,900 acres to be offered for sale. 

Specific information related to the marketing of parcels available for public bid will be made available as the marketing occurs.  In addition to phase two land sale recommendations, the department recommends that 35 parcels, totaling 1,632 acres, be retained by the department and  32 parcels, totaling 2,195 acres, be held for further study in the next phase. 

Recommendations regarding each of the parc

Friday, January 22, 2016

Bayfield county decided not to pursue it.

The Pigeon Lake Field Station property near Drummond was sold by the state after many years of operation by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as a recreational and educational campground.  The 85+ acre parcel of land includes 1750 feet of frontage on Pigeon Lake.  Originally this was a CCC Camp.  The property was recently appraised at $1.32 million dollars.  

The Bayfield County Forestry & Parks Department looked into the possibility of acquiring this property, but the County has decided not to pursue it.  Check up the article on the property that appeared in the January issue of the Bottom Line News & Views.

This is a very unique property.  Would the Nature Conservancy have any interest in purchasing it?  It's worth exploring.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pigeon Lake Camp Ground update by Karen and Les Watters

Last night, January 11, 2016, Les and I attended the Bayfield County Forestry and Parks Committee Meeting, which was held at 6:00 p.m. in the County Board Room of the Courthouse in Washburn, WI. Pigeon Lake was the 5th item on the agenda.
        5.    Pigeon Lake Field Station Property.  Discussion and possible action regarding the State of Wisconsin, Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) sale of the Pigeon Lake Field                         Station (former UW summer camp) located in the Town of Drummond.

Bayfield County Board Members were present and, speaking for the Bayfield County Forestry and Parks Department, was Jason Bodine.

        A map was shown of the lake front property and images of all cabins, buildings and roads on the over head power point.
        Appraisal of property is $1.325 million - at this time nothing less than $1.325 million is being considered as a selling price.
        No interest in the property is seen at this time and the board is open to ideas for a county take-over (obviously money to purchase the property by the county would be a problem).

            Les Watters (property owner on Pigeon Lake)   history and support of PL Camp
            Tim Kane (community development educator)   support of PL Camp

We left the meeting feeling as though the county board members were in favor of keeping the PIGEON LAKE FIELD STATION  as a public domain should a viable plan for use of the property arise and monies for purchase of the property be attained.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Posting by Trish Bantle.

When are we going to have a million water lover march on the Capitol?  I carry a canoe paddle, duck hunters carry shotguns, fisher persons fishing equipment, swimmers ....etc.  Do a jet ski rampage in front of the governors mansion on Lake Mendota!  Boat and trailer procession around Capitol Square for days...

Subject: Special action alert: why a polluter grab bag bill would be bad for public rights to water

Public access to those waters is constantly under threat of erosion and a recent legislative proposal getting a hearing this week at the Capitol is yet another example.
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Hearing Tuesday on AB 600, a giveaway of land and public rights

Wisconsin’s waters belong to the public and the state has the obligation to protect those waters. This is a basic idea in our state constitution. But public access to those waters is constantly under threat of erosion and a recent legislative proposal getting a hearing this week at the Capitol is yet another example.

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is calling Assembly bill 600 and Senate bill 459 a “polluter grab bag” bill. It would simply give away public lake beds to developers for free and limit public access to those waters. The hearing on AB 600 will start at noon in room 417 North in the Capitol and WLCV is encouraging voters to contact their legislators or register in opposition to this bill.

Midwest Environmental Advocates is particularly concerned with the timing of this proposal. We are providing legal support for a citizen group in Door County that opposes a proposed private hotel development on public trust protected land in Sturgeon Bay. This bill would undermine the efforts by these concerned citizens to defend public access to waterfront property that we can demonstrate are constitutionally protected.

Take Action: Don’t let legislative favors rob us of our shared property; tell your legislators to oppose this land-grab.  

More on what’s wrong with AB 600: threats to wetlands

The legislation would make it easier to destroy the one million acres of wetlands—about 20% of remaining wetlands in Wisconsin—that are not protected by the federal government. Wisconsin citizens and the legislature worked hard to protect isolated wetlands after they lost federal protection through a state statute that received unanimous bi-partisan support. All wetlands, whether “connected” to navigable waters or not, provide critical flood protection, serve as habitat for threatened and endangered species, improve water quality, and allow for groundwater recharge.

Now these wetlands are under attack again. The legislature just made substantial changes to the wetland law in 2012, limiting review of alternatives for projects with a public economic benefit. Legislators told the public that the wetland law changes enacted in 2012 would lead to "more and better wetlands." But instead a recent investigation by the Wisconsin State Journal found that the average annual acreage of permitted wetland fill has nearly doubled since the new law took effect and the promised mitigation has not kept pace. This legislative proposal would be another blow to Wisconsin’s wetlands by allowing private development in isolated wetlands.

Planning to testify or contact a legislator about AB 600? Here's a summary of the changes:

There is a lot to be concerned about with this legislation. But here is a summary of a few of the changes that this bill would make that are bad for Wisconsin’s waters and the rights of citizens.

AB 600 allows property owners to dredge up to 30 cubic yards of lake bed from an inland lake or 100 yard from one of the Great Lakes per year. This is another giveaway of public trust land and also has serious water quality impacts.  

Areas of Significant Natural Resource Interest - The bill changes the process for designation of waters that possess significant scientific value. It would also automatically remove from designation all waters that have already been given this designation unless the DNR goes through the new process. 
  • The bill adds an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy by requiring joint finance approval before DNR can designate a water as possessing significant scientific value. This adds a significant burden to an already underfunded DNR. The DNR already has processes to designate such waters, which have been approved by statute or rule.
“Artificial” water bodies – The bill defines this term broadly and makes them exempt from Chapter 30’s requirements. This allows discharges and fill in artificial water bodies, which may include natural wetlands.
  • The bill makes it so that Chapter 30 generally does not apply to artificial waterbodies that are not hydrologically connected to a natural navigable waterway and do not discharge to natural navigable waterway except during storm event. 
    • It is unclear what the legislature means by “hydrologically connected.” Also, it would seem that all waters that discharge to navigable waters during storm events are “connected,” but this bill excludes those waters from Chapter 30’s protections.
  • The bill defines "Artificial water body" as a body of water that does not have a history of being a lake or stream or of being part of a lake or stream.
    • The term “artificial waterbodies” should be limited to waters that are actually manmade. The bill’s definition is too broad and could potentially include any wetland that doesn’t have a history of being part of a lake or stream.
Stormwater ponds in “artificial” waterways – The bill allows construction of stormwater management ponds in “artificial” waters, which may include natural wetlands.
  • The term “artificial” waterways is not defined in this section of the bill. The broad language and unclear definition opens the door for wetlands and other waters to be turned into storm water management ponds to treat polluted water.
  • This bill may allow the construction of a stormwater pond in a wetland or other water without a permit.
  • This bill also may exempt sediment-laden stormwater pond discharges to adjacent wetlands and other waters. This would have a significant impact on waters around frac sand mines and other industrial sites.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Meeting Agenda

The Bayfield County Forestry & Parks Committee will be discussing the Pigeon Lake Field Station Property at its MondayJanuary 11, 2016meeting at 6:00 pm in the County Board Room (second floor) of the Courthouse in Washburn.  Persons wishing to comment on the future disposition of this property will have an opportunity to share their opinions during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  See the attached agenda.


Tim Kane
Community Development Educator
Bayfield County UW-Extension

Monday, January 4, 2016

Update of Pigeon Lake Camp Ground.

Posting by Trish Bantle:
See below re: meeting in Bayfield County re Pigeon Lake Field Station.....
I cannot attend this meeting, but wanted others to be aware of it in case they have the opportunity to go.
If anyone does get to go, would you please fill me in on the gist of the discussion
Trish Bantle.

Subject: Pigeon Lake Property Update

Bayfield County Forestry & Parks Department Administrator Jason Bodine just informed me that the County Forestry & Parks Committee will be having a discussion agenda item on the Pigeon Lake Field Station property at its Monday, January 11, 2016 meeting, which begins at 6:00 pm and will be held in the County Board Room of the Bayfield County Courthouse.  People will have an opportunity to comment on the property during the meeting's public comment period.  Jason also informed me that the property was recently appraised at $1.32 million dollars.

This meeting would be a good opportunity to share your views on the future of the property.  I'll forward the committee meeting agenda on to you once I receive it from Jason.  If you know of others who might be interested in attending this meeting on January 11, please forward this message on to them.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Update of pigeon lake campsite by Trish Bantle.

I have been trying to stay on top of what is happening with the Field Station. As landowners, I and the members of the Pigeon Lake Association as well as the BCLF, would prefer that PLFS stays under the ownership of the county, the forest service, or some other entity that would continue to use the camp as an educational facility.  

Preserving the culture of our lake as a quiet, place of peace and solitude, is very important to all of us. This piece of property, in the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest,  is a wonderful resource for our area, which could be used as a camp, and/or an educational, research  and recreational  facility for the citizens of Wisconsin. It should be a site that celebrates and respects the ideals of conservation and environmentalism. Please consider trying to keep this gem from sale to a private party and continue the legacy that this historical camp has represented since it was a CCC camp in the 1930's , and Wisconsin's largest logging camp in the 1890's.

Trish Bantle

Hello All,
I talked to a man, Tom German, at the State Board of Commissions of Public Lands earlier this week, regarding Pigeon Lake Field Station and the impending sale.
He told me that the appraisal has been completed, but they had to decide if they were going to use it.
They paid $6,800 to have it done, and then they look at it and decide, nope we aren't going to use it? Makes little sense to me.....but that is government!
He thought that possibly an Arts and Crafts organization might be interested in the facility. He did reiterate that if the County or USFS has an interest, they would be able to purchase without going to Public Sale. A sale to a private party would be on the market for everyone. If that is the case they are sending me a copy of the appraisal.
Following this email is some correspondence between a homeowner on PL and another gentleman from the BCPL.
I think the tone of this email is positive, however, I suppose someone else could purchase the property and then proceed to subdivide....
It is good to know that lots of folks are talking and inquiring about this.
Hope you all had a good week and are looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Information on Pigeon Lake Campsite by Trish Bantle.

I attended the Bayfield County Lakes Forum annual meeting on Sat. October 4th, at the Drummond Town Hall. Many important topics were discussed at the meeting, including the sale of Pigeon Lake Field Station. I have tried to research this sale, but cannot find any reference to it online. I did look on the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands website, and could find no reference to the sale there. Where did the information about the sale come from, and where can I go to learn more?

Somehow I also got myself elected as one of the 5 new directors of the BCLF. I don't bring much experience to the table, but I do have a passion for the north and our land and lakes. This is a great organization of like-minded folks, who want to preserve the beauty, health and  well-being of the lakes.

The biggest issue to be confronted now is the size of zoning of shoreline parcels and keeping the authority for this in the county hands. To learn more please keep reading. I copied the article, as it says what is happening better than me trying to restate!
The following article will be appearing in local papers next week:

Lakes Forum Resolves to Return Control of Shoreland Zoning to County
At their October meeting, the Bayfield County Lakes Forum (BCLF) passed a resolution stipulating that authority of shoreland zoning be returned to Bayfield County. The resolution came in response to a provision of the Wisconsin 2016 – 2017 budget bill that took local control of shoreland zoning regulation away from Wisconsin counties.
By unanimous voice vote, the Forum also passed a motion to fully support a similar resolution recently passed by the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors. BCLF has partnered with the Plum Lake Association in Vilas County to bring legislation forward to return local shoreland zoning authority to our counties.
State Representative Beth Meyers attended the Forum’s annual meeting, offering insight into the process that will soon take place in Madison when the Plum Lake Association, BCLF, and other partners seek county return of shoreland zoning control. Representative Meyers and State Senator Janet Bewley have prepared a bill addressing this issue. It is now being circulated and is expected to win bipartisan legislative support.
“The Lakes Forum is a group of citizen volunteers who work to protect and preserve all Bayfield County lakes and streams for everyone,” said outgoing BCLF president, James Brakken. “The Forum represents over twenty lake associations, one lake district, and all our small lakes and streams.
“The deliberate removal of local control of our county’s shoreland zoning efforts threatens all surface waters. When the governor approved the budget bill in August, he revoked the guarantee given to our counties by the state during the last rewrite of NR 115, Wisconsin’s shoreland zoning rules. At that time, our counties were told they would forever have the authority to establish shoreland zoning rules stronger than the state's and based on the vulnerability of lakes. This summer, in the name of property rights, State Representative Adam Jarchow (R - Balsam Lake) used the Wisconsin budget bill process to deny our counties the ability to establish adequate lake and stream protection. Consequently, our northern counties’ efforts to protect our waters were set back thirty years,” said Brakken.
In many northern counties including Bayfield, the minimum waterfront frontage requirement for shoreland lots is 150 feet for large lakes, 200 feet for lakes determined to be at risk of degradation by overdevelopment, and 300 feet for the most vulnerable, small lakes. The signing of the 2016 – 2017 budget bill could reduce the minimum frontage requirement to 100 feet. Setbacks and other zoning regulations were also affected.
“The Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine guarantees that our lakes and streams are owned by the public,” Brakken continued. “Waterfront development must be balanced in the interest of all who use our lakes and streams. In a case known as Hixton v Public Service, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared this public right includes the aesthetic qualities of our surface waters. Accordingly, no individual has the right to degrade our waters or diminish the public’s enjoyment of them. That’s the law. The right of the public to enjoy clean, safe, healthy waters trumps the right of an individual to use them for personal gain, especially when done at the risk of the well-being of our water resources. Creating thousands of 100-foot lots along our shores could devastate our lakes and streams,” Brakken said.
In other annual meeting business, the Lakes Forum elected five new directors, earmarked $400 to support the Plum Lake Association in the effort to return local control of shoreland zoning regulation to our counties, and called on the Bayfield County Board to enact a moratorium on the issuing of permits affected by the recent Wisconsin budget bill action.
Updates on BCLF’s efforts to return local shoreland zoning authority will be posted on the Lakes Forum’s website,

If the bill goes through as planned, our shoreline would not be under county control any longer, and our minimum lot shoreline requirements would change to parcels of only 100 feet. With the pending sale of the Camp, I fear that shoreline could be drastically changed, not to mention the rest of our shores on the lake. There are many cabins for sale, would they stay as single lots or be divided into more lots, with more structures, boats, noise and lights?
Many other lakes and their associations are getting behind this and offering financial support so we can beat this bill.  I am hopeful that Pigeon Lake will join in. I am only learning and will try to keep you bloggers updated with what I learn as well. If anyone could help me learn more about the sale of camp I would appreciate it.

Please visit the BCLF website. it's pretty informative. If there are concerns/issues anyone would like me to bring up to the BCLF, I'm your girl!
Contact info is:

Thank you for helping me get this posted to our Pigeon Lake blog!

Trish Bantle

Middle School Special Education/Literature 
Durand School District

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Minutes of Meeting.

Pigeon Lake Association Picnic - 2015

On August 30 we met at the cabin of Jim & Linda Auchue.   There were 16 lake owners and 2 guests.  A special thank you to Jim & Linda for not only hosting but also providing the food & beverages.

The 2014 secretary's report was read and approved.  The treasurers report was not available at the time but obtained later.  The only expense was the annual $10 state fee.  The balance is $259.65.  The secchi disk measurement was also not available yet.  The water is very clear, however we can expect to see decaying vegetation now covered by the rising waters of the last 3 years.  It was also noted that there has not been any activity to develop the proposed gravel pit. 

John MacLaughlin(Pres.) & Jim Auchue(VP) asked for volunteers to take their positions, but no one stepped forward.  They will continue to serve.

Les & Karen Watters volunteered to host next years picnic.

Respectfully submitted,
John MacLaughlin

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Important News

 Did you know that the Pigeon Lake Field Station (former CCC Camp) is
going to be sold???

 A LITTLE BACKGROUND: The Pigeon Lake Field Station has not been in operation for a couple of years. We are concerned that this historic facility, and wonderful resource for our area and the County, is falling into disrepair and might be purchased by developers or others who not be interested in saving the buildings and running the facility as a camp, research center, or some other operation for the "good of the citizens of the state. It was learned yesterday that the State of Wisconsin Public Lands Commission is in the process of getting an appraisal done for the 80+ acres and the buildings on this property. The property will then be SOLD (obviously to the highest bidder) in a "sealed bid auction".

 We truly wish that there was a way for a group of organizations to "save" this historic site. Any ideas? Feel free to circulate this as widely as you might like and send suggestions to the blog.

 How might a group of organizations (historical educational, environmental), agencies (WI DNR, Forest Service, UW-Ext. etc.), individuals, conservation/land trusts come together to figure out a way to keep this historic property and great "camp/educational facility" for the citizens (young & old) of our county/region/state to use now and into the future.
 PLEASE FORWARD to others who might have suggestions or thoughts...

Yesterday showed part of segment on MRR about Gov. Walker proposing to sell 10,000 acres of WI. property!!!

Friday, August 21, 2015

John and Sandy

For the past 9 years our daughter and family along with two other families have enjoyed a long weekend at Pigeon Lake.  Fun photo and graphics. Hope you all are enjoying the lake, too. MacLaughlins

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Annual Pigeon Lake Picnic
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015
Time:  1:30 pm
Hosts: Jim and Linda Auchue
Place:  10415 Whispering Pine Rd (next to Frank and Gwen Samp)

Jim and Linda will provide the food and beverages. Everyone is welcome and we would like to encourage you to join us to meet or reconnect with the rest of the lake residents and find out what’s going on around the lake. Friends and relatives are welcome. The more, the merrier.
There will be a short business meeting at 1:30 with food, beverages and socializing to follow.

You can reach us at (608) 334-2161 if you need directions.
Hope to see you there.

Check out the Pigeon Lake Blog at:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Minutes of meeting Aug 31, 2014

August 31st. 2014 the Pigeon Lake Association met at the cottage of Marge Hotter. There were 12 members and 5 guests present. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Jim Auchue.
The secretary's and treasurer's reports were approved as read.
The Seachi disk reading was clear to 12 feet depth. The lake level is higher than last year by several feet.
There was some discussion about the proposed gravel pit and Loco plants.
There were several picnic invitations returned due to wrong addresses - no corrections known.
Linda Auchue volunteered to host next year's picnic on Labor Day weekend.
Respectfully Submitted:  Audrey Hutter

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pie Ladies of Iron River.

The Pie Lady of Iron River WI. The Orchard Cafe in Iron River has the best pies I have ever tasted. I am sure many of you have been to this place. Just want to share this hidden treasure with you.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


For your information, June Jerome is now residing at the Golden Living Center in Hayward. Pay her a visit or send her a card when you have some time. She will appreciate it. She was a teacher in Drummond for many years and a very friendly lady. Always have a smile for everybody.
The address is:  Golden Living Center, 10775 Nyman Ave. Hayward, WI 54843

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fassett's Locoweed

Hi Sandy and John,
Here is some more information as a follow up to our phone conversation today:
   I will be visiting Pigeon Lake on June 19th from 9:00-11:00am to look at the Fassett's Locoweed population around the lake. This rare plant is only found in Wisconsin and is listed as threatened by US Fish and Wildlife Service. Anyone interested in learning about Fassett’s Locoweed, including how to identify it and other native and non native plants is invited to join me. We’ll also discuss shoreline habitat management. Let’s meet along Hiatt Rd near its intersection with County N on the west side of Pigeon Lake.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me by phone (608 267-9788) or email (
Fassett's Locoweed (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea) Photo.
 Kevin Doyle
Botanist/Mapping Specialist
Natural Heritage Inventory
Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(() phone: (608) 267-9788
(+) e-mail:
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Friday, May 2, 2014

More pictures of Pigeon Lake water level on the rise. These are from April 25.  The east and west ends of lake are back at same level and channel is deep enough to get a canoe or kayak through.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Alert!!! Pigeon Lake Residents and Users.

I am sure all of you have received notice about The Forest Service proposing to develop a gravel pit, known as the Eureka site, located on the west side of FR394, between Pigeon Lake Road and Mountain Lake west of Drummond. The initial site development would be 3 acres, eventually progressing up to 15 acres over the gravel pit life span.

1) Noise, Dust, Visual and Truck traffic from gravel pit operations. Especially to cabins on the north side of the lake.
2) Removal of trees.
3) Storm Water Runoff:  Excavation of gravel materials exposes soils to erosion and transport of sediment. Sediment produced from gravel pit areas can leave the pit area and potentially enter water bodies, lakes and wetlands.
4) Ground Water impacts from gravel pit excavation. Both Mountain Lake and Pigeon Lake can be affected.
5) Gravel pit developments promote and spread Non-native invasive species. Excavation will remove the surface cover and soil making the disturbed area more receptive to the growth of non-native invasive species.
6) Future land use can be an ugly sight: Depleted gravel pits that are not properly reclaimed can become unsightly and attract potential detrimental social use.

If it concerns you and you are not in favor of this development near your beloved home and your favorite playground then please write and express your comments to Dan Eklund, Acting Washburn District Ranger. 113 E. Bayfield St, P.O. Box 578, Washburn, WI 54891. Tel: 715-373-2667.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter Pictures

The pictures were taken on Jan 20th and show water flowing from East Pigeon Lake into West Pigeon Lake. Hope that level will keep going up and get to where we can run a boat through again.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ground Water Watch.

Posting from Gwen Samp:

 This might interest you:    Click on the link:    Gwen Samp

2013 Garden Tour

There are some good local events coming up in our area:  Saturday, July 13 the Cable Natural History Museum is sponsoring their semi-annual Garden Tour.  There are 6 Drummond/Barnes homes on the tour and M&M Greenhouse.  The tour home gardens are open from 10 am to 4 pm.  My home is one of the homes on the tour and I would love to have you visit.  Tickets are available at $10 from M&M Greenhouse, Doorn's, Big Brook Greenhouse and of course, at the museum.  Hope you come to visit.

The other event is August 9, 10, and 11, the 2nd annual Art Crawl sponsored by the Cable-Hayward Area Arts Council (CHARAC).  You can visit with over 40 artists in an area from Drummond/Barnes to Stone Lake and includes the new CHARAC Art Market 63, an artist cooperative located on Hwy 63 just south of Cable in the former Pine Needles location.  The "Crawl" is free and can inspire you to learn about all the art and artists in our area.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Secchi Disk Reading

Posting by Linda and Jim Auchue

Linda and I did the Secchi disk reading on July 4, 2013.  We lost sight of it at 14’ 6”.   The last reading was in 2010 and was the same.
These readings seem to be very consistent over the years. 

Our Loon

Posting by Jerry and Ellen Merryfield:

The Loon is nesting on the island, south side. It looks like she has 2 or 3 eggs, couldn't tell for sure. Thought you might want to pass the word. We may not make the picnic, might be gone by then, we will see.  Jerry & Ellen

Lake Level Rise

Posting by John and Sandy MacLaughlin

Unofficial lake level rise - 9 inches -- I put a cement block at shoreline in the Fall & check in the Spring.  Rise is based on assumption that ice hasn't moved the block.

Annual Picnic

Posting by John and Sandy MacLaughlin

The Pigeon Lake annual picnic notice mailed to all residents included an incorrect date.  The date July 31 was an error.  Note - picnic is to be held on Saturday, August 31 as originally posted.  

US Forest Service

Posting by John and Sandy MacLaughlin:

 Something is missing on Pigeon Lake and that is very good news!  In August 2013 the U. S. Forest Service sent out a 15 member crew led by Consultant Eric North and including LOC youth to spend 5 days hand pulling Canadian thistle up to the high water mark to combat the spread of this very invasive species.    The purpose was to protect Fassett's locoweed, a rare and endangered plant.  Check out ; for photos and more details

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bill Miller

Peace at Prayer 

 Bill Miller died this morning.  His family surrounded him with their love as we commended him to God.  Funeral services are pending. 

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Bill. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.  Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.  

And for us do we pray:
Lord, support us all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done.  Then, Lord, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Pastor Sedlins

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The snow is finally melting here at Pigeon Lake.  Where I live, on the west end, we are hoping and praying that all snow melt will end up here and begin the restoration of a lake.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dick Mars's bass wood:

Thank you to our Pigeon Lake Association VP Jim Auchue for turning Dick Mars'sbass wood into a work of art. Beautiful! My Dad would have been very pleased.
Work of Art
Sandy Mars MacLaughlin

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pigeon Lake Minutes of Meeting 2012

These Minutes of Meeting were posted on behalf of Secretary Audrey Hutter. 

      Pigeon Lake Association Picnic 2012.
On Sept, 2nd 2012 we met at the cottage of Jim and Linda Auchue for our annual gathering. The Secretary's report was approved with the changes of names 'Hotter' to 'Hutter' and vice versa and picnic will be held on Labor Day weekend, not on Labor Day.
The secchi disc has been lost but will be copied and a new one made.
The Treasurer's report was accepted with a balance of $324.65.

The lake level is coming up slowly. We were reminded to check the Pigeon Lake Blog installed by Andrew Hong for information.
Widelife sightings this year include 1 adult pair and 2 baby loons, bear, hog nosed snake, wolf, and turkeys.
If anyone is interested in attending the N.W. Lakes Conferenc, the Association will pay for the registration fee. 
Members Joe Hotter and Marge Olson deceased in the past year.
Next year picnic will be hosted by the Iversons and Kuehns on Sat. August 31st.
Officers will stay the same as no one accepted the opportunity to volunteer,
Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the blog. 
Respectfully submitted:
Audrey Hutter.

p.s. FYI, Pauline Olstad a long time resident of Pigeon Lake passed away in 2012. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

PIGEON LAKE PICNIC posted by Linda Auchue

Annual Pigeon Lake Picnic

Date: Sunday, September 2, 2012

Time:  1:30 pm

Hosts: Jim and Linda Auchue

Place:  10415 Whispering Pine Rd (next to Frank and Gwen Samp)

Jim and Linda will provide the food and beverages. Everyone is welcome and we would like to encourage you to join us to meet or reconnect with the rest of the lake residents and find out what’s going on around the lake. Friends and relatives are welcome. The more, the merrier.
There will be a short business meeting at 1:30 with food, beverages and socializing to follow.
You can reach us at (608) 235-0615 if you need directions.
Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Be careful - Hog Nose Snakes

One of our lake neighbors has found another hog nose snake, similar to the type that Frank and Gwen reported in 2011. I guess the warm weather did it.

 Anonymous said...
there was one of these on our cabin porch step. 7-3-2012. Far west end of the meadow.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

First Pigeon Lake Fun Raiser

Dear Pigeon Lake Neighbors,
      You are invited to kick off the 1st annual Pigeon Lake 4th of July Fun Raiser on Sunday, July 1, 2-4 pm (not July 4) at the MacLaughlin's cabin - 10695 Mallard Road.   
Please RSVP to:    (715) 580-0691 or
    Walk, drive or paddle over for FUN!
         ---a leisurely or competitive paddle to the island and back    
         ---patriotic music
         ---prize for best decorated boat,, canoe, kayak, etc. 
         ---lemonade provided  (watermelon and brownies, too)    
         ---make plans for next year's event

PS  If you want to help with this year's Fun Raiser, have ideas to share, etc. please contact us soon.                    John and Sandy

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Baby Loons

Ken saw the baby loons and one of their parents by out pier.  When an eagle was overhead they created a whole bucket of noise and the parent spread out his/her wings and the babies left the parent’s back and went under his/her wings for protection.
It was really cool
Ken and Laurie

Baby Loons are here!!!

Jerry and Ellen Merrifield reported:
" We have sighted the Loons hatched two chicks on Sunday (24). They seem to be doing well. We will try and get a close up picture sometime in the next few day's".   Jerry Merryfield

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Loons are here and nesting.

A big thank you to Sandy and John for contacting the Camp Director and the DNR. We have the loons back on our lake and they are nesting on the little island in front of the Camp ground. Needless to say they would like us to leave them alone and in order to discourage people from walking all over the island and frightening these lovely birds, Sandy has spoken to the Camp ground director. He has suggested to post notices in their camp office to inform their campers not to walk on the island. This will help a great deal.
Sandy also spoke to a personnel at the DNR office about posting sign boards on the island to prevent people from setting foot on the island. She thinks it was a great idea but she has to refer this matter up to someone who is in charged. We will keep you posted.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What a good thing you did Andrew!  To have Charlotte's presence and time on this earth commemorated is very important. 

The summer event John and Sandy are proposing sound really fun and it would be so good to get together with all our lake partners for a good social event.

Also this coming summer is another event.  On August 10, 11, and 12 of 2012, the Cable-Hayward Area Arts Council is sponsoring a Studio Crawl.  This will cover the area from Minong down to Winter and Barnes over to Trego.  I will have my studio open and also am hosting  2 invited artist guests.  So come to see rustic furniture, birch framed mirrors, garden accessories, handmade beautiful note and greeting cards, and stunning pastels.  It all happens from 10 am to 5 pm each of the 3 days of the Studio Crawl.  You can see some of what I do at my blog for Tranquility Bay.... 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Charlotte McLeod's plaque

I have made a plaque in memorial of the late Charlotte McLeod. Her grave has been unmarked for years. If have time please pay her a visit. On the south side, near the landing. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

4th July Fun - Let us know what you think!

John and Sandy have some fun ideas for the coming 4th July/weekend at Pigeon Lake:
They picked up a brochure about a June paddle event on Nelson Lake in Hayward (a fund raiser) and was thinking about adapting it to our lake (a fun raiser?)
Here are some of their ideas:

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Paddle Around Pigeon Lake  
Patriotic Music on the Island  Surprises and Prizes  Most decorative  Best Costume etc.  
Leisurely Paddlers for fun (kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, floats, inner tubes, etc.) and 1 competitive race
People are invited to participate or spectate(time about 2 - 4 pm)  snacks?  or dessert?  other ideas welcome.  

Monday, December 12, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pigeon Lake History

Charlotte McLeod, the lady who died and had her grave and tomb on the south side of the lake near the boat landing. Pay her a visit to connect with history.

Pigeon Lake Archaeological Study
Chequamegon & Nicolet National Forests, Wisconsin, 1996
by Dianne Polaske, PIT Volunteer
FS archaeologists led a group of PIT volunteers and Nicolet College students through swarms of mosquitoes to the poison-ivy-covered PIT project area in the Chequamegon National Forest. For most of us, the University of Wisconsin Pigeon Lake Field Station soothed body and soul. They provided coffee at 7:00 a.m., three hearty meals a day, hot showers, and shelter in dormitory-style cabins on the lake. It was great!
The 100-m2 site on the south shore had been home to George H. McLeod (the first G. McLeod to live on the site), his wife Charlotte (an Ojibwa woman who died ca. 1906 and who is buried on the site), and his second wife, Elizabeth (also presumed to be Ojibwa).
During the first week, Nicolet College students found rusty cans, metal barrel hoops, wire, window glass, broken ceramic vessels, and a snuff jar on the surface. They tested the west side of the site and found little left of the McLeods’ cabins. The cabins had been burned and bulldozed in the 1960s.
However, on the east side of the site, two older building foundations remained. These 80-cm-wide earthen bermed foundations were surrounded by pits created when dirt was borrowed to build the berms along the bottom sill logs. A deep depression or root cellar within the larger foundation indicated a wooden floor. McLeod had also referenced an old Indian village and Catholic mission on the site. But after excavation, it seemed the foundations were the remains of a Euroamerican residence dating as early as 1860 and no later than 1930. Aerial survey photos taken in 1938 included the buildings on the west side, but the older east-side buildings were gone by then.
A series of 1-m2 test units put in by the archaeological crew inside the dwelling produced toys, including a small pewter teacup, a porcelain doll’s arm, and a brown-glazed clay marble. Also found were a blue seed bead (trade bead), a bone button (1830–1860), and square-cut and round nails. The test unit within the smaller foundation or shed produced more cut and wire nails, small wooden bottle stoppers, and brown bottle glass from the late 1800s.
During the second week, we continued testing the east side. A test unit in the well turned up little artifactual evidence. We found more cut and wire nails in the bermed buildings and in the privy. The privy test unit also produced a long-handled steel spoon. Test units in the shed produced a metal pan, wire, and more nails (some imbedded in wood). Later testing indicated that the dwelling and the shed had been built of white pine. The test units in the dwelling produced more seed beads in the doorway, pieces of white, sandy chinking or mortar, and metal from a washboard in the root cellar. We took soil samples every 3 cm from the privy and root cellar for flotation testing in hopes of determining diet from seeds present in the soil.
While testing the site, we also uncovered a prehistoric component. We found a reduction flake in the cabin that had been made from Penokee Range quartzite. Quartz, chert, jasper taconite, and siltstone flakes and shatter turned up across the site. Unfortunately, nothing was found in place in the ground, as the area has been disturbed by homesteading, bulldozing, and looting activities.
Late in the second week, Arnie Carlson, an 87-year-old local resident from the town of Drummond, gave his interpretation of the site. According to Carlson, the bermed house was still standing in deteriorating condition when he was a boy of 11 in 1922. It was the Glencross cabin.
Jack (John M.) Glencross, a timber cruiser for the Rust-Owen Lumber Company, was married to a half-Indian woman named Annie. Annie tanned deer hides, made moccasins, and was very proficient at beadwork. She did a lot of this type of work for the people of Drummond. They lived in a cabin with a gabled roof covered with 2–3-foot-long tamarack shakes. They had a four-paned casement window on the east and south walls and a plank-floored porch facing the lake. There was an outhouse and a sand point well. Carlson said they had a pony and a wagon. The shed, he said, was piled high in the back with split wood, and the front held tools. They used a cast-iron stove in the cabin, which was divided into two rooms with a curtain. Another visitor to the area, James Woodington, remembers that the Glencrosses talked about a daughter who had died, so the toys were most likely hers.
Jack died in 1941, and in 1947 Annie remarried, coincidentally to a George V. McLeod, apparently no relation to the first G. McLeod who lived in the 1860s. There is an early photo of Annie Glencross in the Drummond museum showing her in a beaded, blanket-type dress.
It was exciting piecing together the intriguing history of this site and to have some of it verified by local informants. However, many of the pieces are still missing. Bulldozers, looters, and encroaching vegetation have erased much of this northern Wisconsin homestead. We hope the McLeod site will be considered eligible for inclusion in the NRHP and that more of its secrets will be revealed in the future.