Bass Lake

Improvement Association

News & Notes

The DNR game warden contacted me looking for some assistance. There was a fisherman on the lake Sunday Dec. 29th who loaded up his equipment to leave and forgot to close his tailgate. When he got to Townsend he realized what had happened and returned to try and find his equipment but was unable to locate any of it. There was considerable expensive equipment including a shelter and depth finder.

If you have any information please contact me.
Wayne Wyngaard

The Town of Doty Board met last Tuesday and has removed the Temporary Slow No Wake on Bass Lake.
They have also scheduled a public meeting on January 18th at 1pm at the Town Hall to change several ordinances and have public input on changes to address high water levels.
The public notice follows, we encourage everyone to attend and voice your opinion.


The Town of Doty will hold a PUBLIC HEARING at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th at the Town of Doty Town Hall located at 14899 County Highway T regarding proposed changes to the Town ordinances. Specifically; converting existing ordinances into a Code of Ordinances, updating obsolete ordinances, and changes to ordinances to comply with new state laws. In addition, Town lakes may have ordinance changes to address high water levels. People unable to attend may send comments to Town of Doty 14899 County Highway T, Mountain WI 54149 or to


In an effort to help reduce our lake shore erosion we’ve put together a list of different grants that are available to help with the cost, planning and implementation of shoreline retention.

1. Oconto County cost share program.
2. State of Wisconsin DNR Lake management program

Both of these programs start with a meeting with Ken Dolata from Oconto county, he can be reached at (920) 834-7152, Dale Wery has been in contact with them regarding these programs and they are planning a visit to Bass Lake in December. They would like to meet with all property owners on that day to do site visits and start the grant process which starts with obtaining a permit. Ken will also be able to provide a list of approved landscapers. The deadline is February for applying for these grants.
The Association is starting a list of interested owners if you’d like to be included in the grant process or get some ideas about can be done please let me know and I’ll start a list.

3. DNR Surface Water Grant

The DNR has a surface water grant program which has deadline of Feb. 1. This program has 5 simple inexpensive best practices, with grants of up to $1,000 per practice installed. I don’t know much about this program but there is an attachment that describes it. There are 2 links on the web site for this program, DNR Surface Water description, Surface Water Application process

Please let us know if you’re interested in any of these programs and we’ll assist in any way possible.


The lake surveys have been returned and counted.

Please remember that any action taken is the decision of the Town of Doty Board, it is NOT made by the lake association board or it's members. This information has been provided to the Town of Doty Board. it is on the agenda for Nov 12 at 7:00 pm.

Here are the survey results.

There were 88 surveys mailed covering 91 properties. We received 77 responses for 80 properties for an 88% return rate which is excellent.

Question 1. Are you in favor of the Temporary No Wake on the Lake?      67.5 % Yes, 32.5% No.
Question 2. Are you in favor of the Town Board and Association establishing a “water level height” mark that will trigger a Temporary No Wake?      54% Yes, 44 % No
Question 3. If water levels are as high in the summer of 2020 as they are now, are you in favor of having a Temporary No Wake in place for 1 year (2020), which will allow property owners time to investigate and determine the best way to curb their shore line erosion.                 59% Yes, 40% No
Question 4. Would you be willing to assist (physically not financially) property owners that are trying to repair/protect their shorelines?      49% Yes, 45%  No.

Some of the numbers don’t add up exactly because some responses had both yes and no checked and a few other non conforming answers.


Board Members

Our current list of board members, their phone numbers & email addresses.

Wayne Wyngaard

Keith Uhlenbrauck
Vice President

Jane Wilz
Secretary Treasurer

Ron Karfonta

Steve Hamann

Rick Mielke

Russ Ryczkowski
(920) 609-4920

Dale Poquette

Todd Sabourin


Otters on the lake 2014
Dolfin's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019
Uhlenbrauck's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019
Uhlenbrauck's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019
Uhlenbrauck's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019
Wyngaard's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019
Wyngaard's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019
Wyngaard's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019
Wyngaard's Storm Damage From June 19, 2019