South end of Found Lake in 1922
Found Lake Today
Found Lake is a 336 acre lake located in St Germain Township, Vilas County WI. The lake is a drainage lake with a maximum depth of 21 feet and a mean depth of 11 feet. According to the lake planning study results of 2005 Found Lake is mesotrophic, meaning it is characterized by moderately clear water with an increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water during the summer. Due to heavy rains the last few years the lake has more of a brownish tint due to abundant tannin draining into the lake. The lake usually experiences an annual algae bloom which results in a slight greenish cast to the clear water color.
The Found Lake Property owners Association was formed in the 1990's by lake owners with a concern for their Lake. Since forming the Association many dedicated members have spent several thousand hours conducting boat inspections at the boat ramp and monitoring water quality. Additionally we have participated in the Clean Boats Clean Waters program by hiring student interns to also perform inspections at the ramp. Each year the Association conducts an annual meeting/picnic (usually in early July) to go over important topics relevant to the lake and elect new officers. This web page will provide all pertinent information as it becomes available.
Board of Directors (as of August 2019)
May 1, 2020 Update
Found Lake - Spring 2020 Update 5/1/2020
As you can imagine it has been difficult to plan any future events or activity. We have been waiting to hear more guidance from our health agencies and medical community. The annual Meeting/Picnic is scheduled for July 11, 2020. We may find it is not possible to conduct this meeting in July depending upon the Covid 19 policies in place at the time. We have arranged an alternate date of August 29, just in case a reschedule is required.
We are working on three DNR grants currently.
- A comprehensive lake planning grant that is in its second year.
- An Early response grant started in 2018 for the removal of AIS found in the lake
- A new CBCW grant for 2020. The boat inspections are currently on hold until early June. I will get out a schedule to everyone as soon as I know more.
We are still actively pursuing trying to convince the DNR to allow a camera at the landing to monitor the activity and as a deterrent to those visitors not careful about cleaning weeds from boats/trailers.
For those of you on the north side of the lake, the last mile of Found lake road will be rebuilt this summer from the east end up to and including Dean Road. This has been a long time in the making and is finally a reality.
The shallow water buoys were put in last weekend. When on the lake, you will notice a new Loon platform we acquired from the Sayner St Germain Fish and Wildlife Club to replace our old one. We got this out late last fall and it was placed near the island. The new platform has ropes to keep the eagles from swooping down on the nest. Lets hope it will get used one of these years.
We are working with the DNR to revive the plan to designate the very east end of the lake as a "Slow No Wake" zone to help preserve quality fish habitat .
While on the subject of lake quality just a reminder to everyone that one of the major reasons for water quality deterioration, as lakes get more developed, is the use of fertilizer on lawns. The minerals in the fertilizer eventually make their way into the lake causing excessive algae growth- especially the toxic blue-green algae we are starting to see more of every year. Please consider not using fertilizer on your lake property and if you must please use the kind without phosphorus. Also if you have a lawn service please make sure you instruct them not to blow leaves and lawn clippings into the lake- it's illegal. Lush green lawns are great in the city but here on the lake be proud of your more natural looking grass.
We will be getting out a newsletter with the membership form later this month -hopefully we will know more and be able to provide some concrete information at that time.
Notice of dam ownership transfer, 2022
Meeting agendas & minutes
2019, May 15 agenda
2022, Apr 22 agenda
2019, May (includes membership renewal form)
2020, June (includes membership renewal form)
Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM)
Consultant lake reports
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