Updated Lake Plan!

Our new 5-year Lake Management Plan was approved in August 2016 by the Blake Lake P&R District and by the Blake Lake P&R District Board of Directors in February 2017. The plan was then delivered by the Polk Country Land and Water Resources Department to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to receive final approval. We expect to have their approval soon.

Please take a few moments to revisit the Lake Management Plan presentation that was delivered during the 2016 annual fall meeting. It highlights our goals and objectives as well as defines the volunteer teams needed to bring our plan to fruition. The presentation can be found at >> blakelake.org/records.

Be Part of the Solution — Make a Difference — Be a Volunteer

Lake Management Plan Volunteer Team Opportunities:

  • Water quality team
    • Land acquisition subteam
    • Healthy Lakes subteam
  • Fish and Wildlife team
  • Information and education team
  • Aquatic invasive species (AIS) team — CBCW
  • Aquatic plants team
  • Grant applications and monitoring


Healthy Lakes Program Advances

On April 27 our district was approved to receive a $22,000 grant from the Wisconsin’s Lake Protection Grant Program, Healthy Lakes! There are nine properties on Blake Lake who will be a part of this grant to reduce phosphorus on our lake. We can apply annually for more properties to be added to new grants.

Blake Lake was put on the state impaired waters list in 2016 due to the high level of phosphorus that results in dangerous algae blooms. Let’s take action to fight phosphorus! At our Spring and Annual Meetings we will continue to have displays and materials about Healthy Lakes practices. Be a part of our grant application for 2018! Learn more about what can be done on your property for very little cost.

The five Healthy Lakes practices are: native plantings (buffer areas), rain gardens (holding ponds), fish sticks (habitat for young fish), driveway and other water diversion and rock trenches.

Need more details? Visit healthylakeswi.com where the best practices are explained and downloads are available.

Here is a listing of our current and past lake plans and grants:

Big Blake Lake Aquatic Plant and Lake Mngmt. Plan 2016-2021 »

Big Blake Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant — Education, Prevention and Planning Project (EPP) Scope and Description, 2012 »

Big Blake Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan 2007-2011 »

BLPRD Aquatic Plant Survey, Technical Report and Management Plan 2004 »

BLPRD Lake Macrophyte Surveys and Management Plan 1998 »

Common acronyms

APM: Aquatic Plant Management
AIS: Aquatic Invasive Species
BBLP&RD: Big Blake Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District
CBCW: Clean Boats Clean Waters
CLMN: Citizen’s Lake Monitoring Network
EPP: Education, Prevention, & Planning
LWRD: Polk Co. Land & Water Resources Department
PCALR: Polk Co. Association of Lakes and Rivers
SWIMS: Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System
WAL: Wisconsin Area Lakes (now: WI Lakes Partnership)
WDNR: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources