Friday, March 30, 2018

2018 Lake Association Events

Mark your calendars for our 2018 General Membership Events:

Annual General Membership Meeting

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10:00am
Haugen Elementary School

Annual Picnic

Saturday, August 25, 2016 at 5:30pm
Cub World Camp Phillips (Map)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Healthy Lakes Information

Linda Anderson gave a great presentation on the Healthy Lakes Program at our 2017 Annual Meeting. For your reference, here are some of the materials that she presented:
If anyone has further questions, Linda can be reached at 763-221-8136 or

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bob & Dorothy Moe win "Invader Crusader" Award

Longtime Bear Lake Association members, citizen-scientists, and all-around great folks Bob and Dorothy Moe were recognized by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council as 2017 "Invader Crusader" award-winners.

As most of you know, Bob and Dorothy have put in tons of work over the years to keep the Bear Lake ecosystem vibrant and healthy. They lead virtually all of our conservation efforts, including raising and deploying our Galerucella beetles (for purple loosestrife control) and submitting monthly water quality samples to the DNR. They are true champions of conservation, and we are all fortunate to share Bear Lake with them. Congratulations, Bob and Dorothy! Well-deserved!

From the WI Invasive Species Council:
Robert and Dorothy Moe have worked tirelessly to control purple loosestrife in the areas surrounding Bear Lake, protecting the Bear Lake Sedge Meadow State Natural Area and the lake’s wild rice populations from the effects of the invasive plant.

The Moes have donated many hours of volunteer work and the use of their pontoon boat and equipment to the Barron County Department of Land Services in order to control purple loosestrife on Bear Lake. Additionally, each year they have surveyed the lake and provided the department with detailed information regarding the locations and amount of purple loosestrife, then developed a plan on where to distribute Galerucella beetles raised on their property in order to best control purple loosestrife. Furthermore, the Moes are passionate about educating other Bear Lake residents on the impacts of invasive species. Their dedication to invasive species control and education has helped to ensure the health of the Bear Lake ecosystem for years to come.

Friday, March 3, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting & Picnic

Mark your calendars for our 2017 General Membership Events:

Annual Picnic

Saturday, August 19th at 5:30 pm
Cub World, L.E. Phillips Scout Reservation
Bring a side dish or a dessert to pass Lona’s chicken and refreshments provided.

Questions? Call Lance Ritchie at 715-234-1645

Annual General Membership Meeting

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00am
Haugen Elementary School

You may be interested in reviewing the Minutes from our 2016 Annual Meeting, as well as checking out the Improving Lake Habitat with "Fish Sicks" and the DNR and UW-Extension's Healthy Lakes Program info which was presented at the meeting.

Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference

Friday, June 16, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:45pm
Hayward High School
Click here for More Details

The all day program is a great opportunity for lake enthusiasts, local government officials and others interested in enjoying and protecting our lakes to take in a number of educational presentations, visit many informative exhibits and network with fellow conference attendees.

Keynote speakers are Aaron Thompson and Nels Paulson, who will present on the topic, “Change Society, Change Individuals, Change Water Quality: Why We Need to Focus on Community and Not Individual Changes.” Their presentation will discuss the community conditions needed to ensure healthy watersheds and lakes.

Members may also be interested in attending the Red Cedar Watershed Conference at UW-StoutNext year's conference will be on Thursday, March 8th, 2018.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Purple Loosestrife Control

Below are pictures from September 2016 when Justin and Bronson were on Bear Lake with Bob Moe in the Sheriff's Boat controlling Purple Loosestrife.

Check out our Invasive Species page for more info on identifying Purple Loosestrife, and what we're doing to stop its spread. If you'd like to help with these efforts, please contact Bob and Dorothy Moe at 234-7095.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Welcome to the Bear Lake Association's Website!

Welcome to the online home of the Bear Lake Association. We are an organization committed to preserving and protecting the watershed and ecosystems of Bear Lake in Barron and Washburn Counties, near Haugen, WI.

Our goal for this website is to be a place where people can find current and archival information about Bear Lake and the Association, and to help area residents be informed and engaged on issues affecting the lake.

Most information can be found in the links across the top of the page and on the left-hand side, organized by topic. We will also periodically post updates to this space on the front page to alert you to upcoming events like the Annual Meeting.

Like the Association itself, input from the Bear Lake community is what will make this website most impactful and effective. Please contact us with any suggestions you may have to improve this site.

Thank you for your interest in Bear Lake!