Van Vliet Lake Association News

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!



Annual Meeting July 17, 2021

Our meeting will be held at the Pipke Park pavilion starting at 10 a.m.  We plan to let everyone socialize until 10:30 when the business meeting will start.

Did you spend time on a hobby during the pandemic?  As an icebreaker, we ask you to consider bringing an item to display for our “Covid Craft Corner”.  Let’s see how creative a group we are!

The Board has created a Welcome packet for new owners with a letter and several brochures.  We are in the process of reaching out to meet new neighbors.  We also hope that owners who rent their property will keep a folder available for their guests.  We will have these available at the meeting.

Our business meeting will include election of officers and discussion of some of the items of concern that members have contacted us about over the past year.

After the meeting, plan to stay for lunch.  Instead of our usual potluck, we are asking everyone to bring their own picnic lunch.  The VVLA will supply cold beverages.

Please support our efforts by attending!

2021 Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is set for Saturday, July 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Pipke Park.  The building there has garage doors that open on both sides to provide an open air environment.  We will have a short business meeting followed by a social hour  and picnic lunch.

The Discovery Center has been coordinating a project to create an accurate record of lake levels since 2009.  Van Vliet Lake has been at relatively high levels the last few years.  This spring we are starting out with lower water so it will be interesting to see what happens this summer.

Lake Level Graph

Slow-No-Wake Rules


The Town of Presque Isle has an ordinance that prohibits any motorboat from operating faster than slow-no-wake speed within 200 feet of any lake shoreline.  Click the link below to read the details.

Several years ago, the VVLA posted this map at our landing to give people a visual image of what that means on our lake.  Take a moment to look at the map and get a sense of where the 200 foot line is along the shoreline.

Code of Ordinances: Chapter 500, Subchapter 501 – Motorboats


Shoreline Lighting

Our annual meeting by email has concluded and minutes are posted.  There was a question raised about the rules for shoreline lighting.

Many of us enjoy  the opportunity to live in an area where the stars can be viewed and lights from neighboring homes are kept to a minimum.  Presque Isle has an ordinance describing what is allowed for outdoor lighting.  Please review the document and consider whether you are in compliance with the town rules.

 Code of Ordinances, Subchapter 404, Lighting Ordinance