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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Fall is Beautiful in the North Woods

For those of you that may be permanent year-round residents, or even if you’re a parttime frequent visitor you know Labor Day mentally signals that the change in seasons will quickly be on us at the lake.

You are encouraged to forward some of your Fall photos to the website. Look for them to be featured in the Lake Scenes tab in the photo gallery.

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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 >