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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Annual Member Meeting

On Saturday, July 13 the Van Vliet Lake Association held our annual meeting.

Thank you for those in attendance, and for those that were unable to make it the notes from that meeting are now available under the News and Reports tab.

Tom Olsen representing the Last Wilderness Alliance gave a short talk about the organization’s mission and recent successes working with several Lake Associations in Vilas County. Tom asked for donations to the LWA.  The VVLA voted to contribute $500 to the Last Wilderness Alliance.  Individual contributions can also be made to VVLA designated as a “donation to the Last Wilderness Alliance” and these amounts will be added to the Association’s donation.  If you are interested, please make that donation before August 1st so we can add these amounts together.

North Lakeland Woods and Water Conference



Friday, May 3rd the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters held its first Woods and Water Conference.

A representative of VVLA attended the conference for education, information sharing and review of “best practices” utilized by other Vilas County Lake Associations. The all-day conference was structured with,

  • 14 Speakers/Presenters each giving between 15-20 minute subject presentations
  • Topics covered a wide range of subjects including;
    • Basics of Wisconsin Lake Districts
    • Wake Boat Effects on Lakes
    • Shoreland Habitat on the Effect on Fish Habitat
    • The State of Culverts in Vilas County
    • Northwoods Land Trusts
    • Recognizing and Managing Terrestrial Invasive Species

Lots of information sharing, presenters included PhD Biologists, Private Business Owners, Wisconsin DNR, and staff from the Discovery Center.

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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 >