Greater Bass Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District

Volume 19, No. 1 - SUMMER 2017



            CHAIRMAN…………………….….... Chuck Lindman

            SECRETARY……………………….…..Dick Horneck

            TREASURER………………….….…...Michelle Arlen

            LANGLADE CO. Rep…….…..….…Sam Hardin

            TOWN of UPHAM Rep….......... Dave Stilen



Dick & Carol Horneck

608-698-8703 or 608-698-8704


               ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting of the Greater Bass Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will be held on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at the Upham Town Hall at 3:00 P.M.  The meetings are well run and stick to business; often completed within an hour.  Please try to attend. This is your Lake District, and your opportunity to be a part of how it is governed.   The agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows:



Saturday, August 19th, 2017 - 3:00 P.M.

Upham Town Hall, Highway B, Summit Lake, WI


Call Annual Meeting to Order – Introduce Board Members
Approve Minutes of August 20, 2016 Annual Meeting
Additions/Corrections to Agenda
Treasurer’s Report & Approval of same
Audit Committee Report
2017-2018 Budget Approval with Tax Rate



     Report on Legal Activities 

     Invasive Species – CB/CW

     Water Quality Report

     Water Safety – NO WAKE Buoys in channels

     Website –


     Concern about eating fish from the lake

     Pontoon Classes – Emily Crulc

     Nominations & Election of Board Member

     Set date for 2018 Annual Meeting


      After the meeting has adjourned, the Board of Commissioners shall elect a Chairperson, Secretary, and treasurer from the members of the Board.




Once again our lake was blessed with the return of a pair of loons, and we were excited to get the report in June that there was a baby a baby seen out with Mom and Dad.  It’s hard to say which is more exciting – the first time you see a baby out swimming with the parents, the first time you see baby riding on Mom or Dad’s back, or that scary moment when you see the adult or adults dive under the water,    leaving the little one all alone on the surface.

Living farther back from the water in the trees, we are not always the first to see the loons or their babies, so we greatly appreciate your reports that keep us informed of these great happenings. We hope everyone continues our practice of keeping a safe and respectful distance if you are lucky enough to see them out and about. We have, unfortunately, sometimes in the past had incidents of some horrible actions against these beautiful creatures.  From what we have seen, this year’s Loon family is often being shown the admiration and respect that these awesome creatures deserve!  Most of us share the feeling that we are so lucky to have the Loons on our lake and do everything we can to make them feel welcome and safe.  Always amazing to see how they venture out among all the boats and other water activity, even during the 4th of July Water Parade!



Everyone on the lake has marveled at the nice high water level this season.  More and more, most people realize that lake levels are dependent on snow and rain in any given area and season.  Once we learn to leave things alone, a natural level becomes the norm.  Periodically, however, we learn once again that this issue is far from over.  Our Greater Bass Lake officers and representatives from the lower lakes who have formed the DWKLA (Deep Woods, Water Power, & Kettle Lake Association) continue to be vigilant, not only around the lake, but in the legislature.  This is necessary to be sure that attempts to slip inappropriate legislation onto other bills, for instance, are not happening in an effort to artificially, and perhaps illegally, control our waters.



Langlade County again has a new Shoreland Protection Specialist, Emily Crulc.  We learned that the county still has funding available through Wisconsin’s Lake Protection Grant Program intended for shoreland restorations.  Shoreland property owners who would like to voluntarily restore their shoreline should contact that office to see if they are eligible to receive up to 60% of the cost for the project.  Restoring shoreland properties with native trees, shrubs, ferns, and wildflowers can result in the improvement of water quality, soil quality, wildlife habitat, increased property values, increased privacy, and the reduction of noise pollution. Many restoration plans can be made to attract many differing species of songbirds, butterflies, and wildlife. If you  have any questions pertaining to shoreline restoration, please contact Emily Crulc, Shoreland Protection Specialist by e-mail at or by calling 715-627-6205. You may also contact Chris Arrowood, Conservation Technician, by e-mail at or by phone at 715-627-6293. They will be happy to meet with anyone interested in voluntarily restoring their shoreline. Funds are available, & they’d like to see more landowners participate.  See news on website ( about changes in shoreland zoning.



Thank you to all who provided e-mails to us on your original directory information forms (or since that through phone calls, e-mail, or using the form on the website). You have thus brought us closer to electronic communication, enabling us to keep in touch when unexpected developments occur and information needs to be shared or possible special meetings called, etc.

We wish to remind you that these e-mail addresses are not to be shared or published anywhere; they are only for communicating with Bass Lake District landowners. This will not only save District money, but allow faster contact.  IF YOU HAVE NOT YET GIVEN US YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS, OR IF YOURS HAS CHANGED, OR YOU ARE NOT SURE, PLEASE E-MAIL IT TODAY TO: - THANK YOU!

---New directories were printed in 2015 & handed out at the annual meeting, delivered, or mailed.  If you did not receive one, please be sure to ask for one at the Annual Meeting.

----We are in the process of producing a sheet of corrections to the directory, which will also contain names and addresses of new Greater Bass Lake residents. Physical copies will be available at the Annual Meeting, the list will be posted on the website, and you can also request one be sent to you by e-mail directly.  Copies of this Ripples will also be available at the meeting, and if you wish to have one e-mailed directly to you to read without going to the website or to print at home, you can request that by e-mail to address above or call Carol at 608-698-8703.


4th of JULY – Parade was saved by rain stopping at last minute and evening fireworks were some of the BEST EVER!



Sometimes it seems to sound like a broken record, but we find it necessary once again to ask everyone to consider that our boating behavior affects our lake neighbors and their property.  With more watercraft than ever on our lake, the potential for accidents is greater than ever, and our goal continues to be to have everyone safe out on the lake.  Also, the probable damage to those properties in the narrows between our bays increases accordingly. (Current law still holds that “It is illegal to operate a vessel within 100 feet of the shoreline, any dock, raft, pier, or restricted area on any lake at greater than slow, no wake speed.” For PWC’s (Personal Watercrafts), distance from any other vessel allowed is 100 feet, and distance from shore increases to 200 feet!)  We recently personally had another instance of someone on a personal watercraft come speeding alongside (much closer than regulations allow), pass our pontoon, and proceed through the SLOW NO WAKE area out into the next part of the lake. Copies of current boating regulations will again be available at the annual meeting at the Upham Town Hall, and at the Bass Lake Golf Couse clubhouse as well.  For everyone’s safety and property protection, take the time to read and review; share with family and guests. 




All Bass Lake residents are still subject to the ordinance the  Upham Town Board adopted in 2006, granting golfers permission to travel between their homes and the golf course on their golf carts, up to a distance of one mile, in accordance with Section 349.18(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes.  If traveling at dusk or after dark, golf carts must be equipped with headlights and taillights.  Only one passenger is allowed, unless the cart is equipped with a rear seat designed to carry two adddditional passengers.  The part of the ordinance that people MOST OFTEN SEE ABUSED:  “ALL OPERATORS MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE”. 


Residents have been advised to call the Sheriff’s Office (715-627-6411) to report children driving carts on the road or carts overloaded with passengers. It is obvious that the families allowing their underage children or grandchildren to be driving golf carts on public roads are seriously breaking the law.  Besides the drivers often being way too young (and not licensed drivers) we have the cases where people have seen carts loaded with children beyond capacity and standing on the back of the carts driving around, often with considerable speed.  Many worry that there will be serious accidents & lives lost if this dangerous practice continues.  Restricting young people may be hard, but it may make the difference in having them live or die.

------We see more ATV’s and UTV’s on the road each year.  Most have been riding responsibly at reasonable speeds, with helmets where required, and are appreciative of the opportunities to get around on these vehicles.  There are, however, reports of some young people abusing this.  All drivers must have taken an approved safety course, with those under 18 required to wear helmets.  Please consider the fact that if you see these dangerous behaviors on golf carts or ATV’s, you may be doing them a favor if you find it necessary to report them to the Sheriff’s Department (which they have asked us to do.) If you don’t know names, try to get the number on the vehicle or a good description of it.  This is not an easy topic to deal with, but if it saves one life it will be well worth it.



The Arlens – for placing buoys and doing our water quality testing.  (Michelle also serves as Lake District Treasurer).

Gail Kestly’s Collection Crew, and Paul Payant’s crew for arranging for the fireworks. (Funds collected pay for next year’s fireworks show, and determines how big it can be.) 

The Hornecks­ – for continuing to produce our newsletter they started in 1998. (Dick is also Lake District Secretary.) 

Chuck Lindman  - a dedicated Lake District  Chairman.


REMINDERS -  Please DO NOT FEED the geese or ducks on the lake.
  They are messy and can spread disease.

Please DO NOT LITTER - Don’t let anyone in your car or golf cart (or walking) carelessly toss litter onto roads or yards. When on the water, bring back trash to dispose of properly.

ATTENTION WALKERS: Please remember to walk on the left side of the roads, facing traffic. GO SINGLE FILE when vehicles approach from either direction.


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