The purpose of the Association is to preserve and protect Van Vliet Lake and its surroundings, and to enhance the water quality, fishery, boating safety, and aesthetic values of Van Vliet Lake as a public recreational facility for today and for future generations.

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Begin Planning for a Busy 2023 at the Lake

After the beautiful Northwoods colors we’ve enjoyed this Fall, it’s time to look forward to the serene and tranquil white that comes with a Wisconsin Winter.

Looking for the right winter weekend to spend in the north? The VVLA Board has already made some plans for the coming year, mark your calendar to enjoy these events.

On February 4th from 1 to 3pm, the Friends of the Van Vliet Hemlocks will be sponsoring a snowshoe hike, led by a guide from the Discovery Center.  If interested, the sign up is through the Discovery Center ( ).

That same evening, the VVLA is hosting a pot luck dinner at the Presque Isle Community Center starting at 5:30pm (a minimum attendance of sixteen for the event will be required to proceed). Reply via the website link below if you plan to attend.  More details to follow on the dinner and social gathering will be posted in January on the website.

While you are locking in dates on your calendar, our annual Lake Association meeting will be held at Pipke Park starting at 10am on Saturday, July 15th.  Jamie VandenLangenberger will be our speaker.  Jamie is the Water Program Coordinator at North Lakeland Discovery Center.

On July 29, we will offer an aquatic plant identification class from 10-12.  The class will be conducted on the lake from a pontoon boat and start from the boat landing.

Hope you can make it to any or all of these events!




Report on the September 2nd Native and Invasive Lake Plants Workshops

Cathy Higley Lake Conservation Specialist, Vilas County Land & Water Department conducted our last of the year plant workshop on Friday, September 2nd. Those participating all agreed it was a great class and real learning experience!  A BIG thank-you to Captain Mark Osberg for piloting the pontoon boat.

Cathy was very knowledgeable and had collected plants and identified each comparing them to a reference book.  After going through those plants, collection rakes were used by participants to pull in other samples from the lake to identify.

The Lake Association hopes to offer another class next summer and will encourage other lake residents to take advantage of this opportunity in learning more about Van Vliet Lake and the local environment.

Thank you again Cathy and Mark!



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Aquatic Plant Management

The Presque Isle Town Lakes Committee (PITLC) has worked with the WDNR to set up programs to combat the invasion of aquatic invasive species. learn more >

Lake Management Plan

The focus of the lake association has always been to maintain or improve the quality of the lake.  A lake management plan was completed in 2005. learn more >

Clean Boats Clean Water

Clean Boats, Clean Waters is an inspection program intended to educate boaters on aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their spread between lakes. learn more >

Van Vliet Hemlocks

Protecting, preserving, improving public access and increasing educational opportunities of this unique ecology known as the "Van Vliet Hemlocks". learn more >