A Quiet Lakes Improvement Association update.…

For those of you who were not present at the annual meeting on Saturday, July 10th,, we had an election of officers. We are pleased to announce that Norm Bratteig was elected President, Steve Fiala retained the Director at Large position and Carolyn Ascher is our new Secretary. Perry Cowan is still Treasurer, not up for reelection until 2022. After the QLIA (Quiet Lakes Improvement Association) Annual Meeting, Kim Phelps was appointed to serve the balance of 2021 as Vice President, vacated by Norm Bratteig.

The QLIA Board will be meeting and planning an annual 2021 picnic in the immediate future and we will be sending a “Save the Date” message to all members by email soon..   For now we will be using email for notification as our website is temporarily down & we’ll have the website up and running within the next week.

Our immediate plans are to start training the Eco Harvester with volunteers on Lost Land Lake Monday July 12th . We have more volunteers ready to help operate the Eco Harvester and we will strive to gain more interest in running it, thus enabling the Harvester operation for as long as the weeds are harvestable. When the weeds start dying off they become too fragile to harvest without breaking up.

The board would like to thank everyone who showed up for the meeting. It was the largest turn out I have seen in my 20+ years on the board!

For those of you who do not know me, my wife Linda & I are 40 year members of the Association. I have been on the board in different positions for 20 years & ran a business on Lost Land Lake for 20 years which you know as Red Deer Lodge & Resort
Thank your again for all the support this past weekend & thank you in advance for all the support our members will offer the QLIA.

Norm Bratteig, President
Quiet Lake Improvement Association

The Quiet Lakes Improvement Association is known officially as the “Teal, Lost Land, and Ghost Lakes Improvement Association, Inc.” Our Mission: To provide a forum for communication that fosters support and volunteer action to maintain ecosystem integrity.


Event Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 12:00 noon . Mingle at 12:00 noon and lunch served at

For those of you who were not present at the annual meeting on Saturday, July 10th,, we had

Wisconsin DNR Fishery Management Biologist Max Wolter has advised us that his crew will be conducting electrofishing surveys

Wisconsin DNR’s Hayward Fish Team (Max Wolter, Scott Braden, and Evan Sniadejewski) have completed all the follow-up data

Sawyer County Sanitarian Eric Wellauer was kind enough to share with us an article produced by the Wisconsin

The Enemy: SARS-CoV-2 in yellow under scanning electron microscopy By Dave Neuswanger President, Quiet Lakes Improvement Association April

The “Quiet Lakes” are special by any measure.

The “Quiet Lakes” are special by any measure. As a retired supervisor of fishery management for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, I became familiar with literally hundreds of lakes in northwestern Wisconsin. In my opinion, the Quiet Lakes combination of wild northwoods scenery, interesting and diverse habitats, abundant wildlife, enviable water quality, a thriving fishery, and the moderate pace of quiet, respectful human activity is unmatched among other developed lakes in Wisconsin. We are fortunate indeed to be part of a balanced ecosystem that exemplifies how humans can live in harmony with wild places and neighbors. But we must act wisely to preserve and enhance these natural resources for future generations. We must practice conservation.

Perhaps the feature that distinguishes us most from other Wisconsin waters is Spider Lake Township’s June 2006 update of Ordinance 12, which imposes a 10 mph speed limit on all watercraft operating on Teal and Lost Land lakes. Because water skiing, jet skiing, and wake boarding require speeds in excess of 10 mph, these activities do not occur on Teal and Lost Land lakes, yielding instead to a unique Quiet Lakes experience appreciated by most members and touted by area businesses. (Water skiing is permitted on Ghost Lake from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for anyone willing to navigate the numerous shallow stumps in dark-stained water, but that risk is prudently avoided by everyone we know.)

Though not a true “wilderness” experience, time spent on any of the Quiet Lakes is likely to instill a sense of tranquility in those who seek to relax and reconnect in a wild setting devoid of high speed and loud noise. Many QLIA members chose to retire on the Quiet Lakes. They paid a premium for lakeshore property in expectation of a slower, quieter lifestyle that demonstrates respect for like-minded neighbors who also value the privacy provided by zoning regulations that established 200 feet of frontage as the minimum lot size. We appreciate the wisdom and foresight of our predecessors who guided the sustainable development of these beautiful lakes.


Our Water Quality page contains sub-pages on our volunteer water quality monitoring program, wastewater management (private septic systems), and drinking water testing procedures (private wells). New and existing lakeshore landowners will find all the information they need to ensure their private water systems are safe for family, pets, and all who enjoy recreating on our lakes.

Our Aquatic Plants page provides access to the comprehensive Aquatic Plant Management Plan completed by QLIA in May of 2017. Other sub-pages describe the recent invasion of Hybrid Eurasian Water Milfoil (HEWM) in Lost Land Lake, along with previously ineffective attempts to control it with herbicide and ongoing efforts to control it mechanically with the 2019 purchase of an Eco-Harvester aquatic plant puller. This will be a high priority for QLIA in upcoming years.

Our Fisheries page provides access to the comprehensive Fishery Management Plan completed by Wisconsin DNR’s Sawyer County Fishery Biologist Max Wolter in November of 2018. Sub-pages provide detailed information on fishing regulations (including voluntary release and selective harvest recommendations), fish stocking (including efforts cost-shared by QLIA), fish habitat (including QLIA plans to enhance near-shore woody cover), tribal spearfishing (minimal activity and impact), and the results of recent fishery surveys conducted by the Wisconsin DNR, often with help from QLIA volunteers. Anglers will find a wealth of information that will make their fishing more interesting and successful.

Our Wildlife page is in very early stages of development. Members and friends are encouraged to provide photos and stories deemed worthy of posting. Near-wilderness habitat and expansion of the recently restored Clam Lake elk herd into the Quiet Lakes region makes this a particularly interesting area for wildlife viewing.

Our Membership page provides all the information and downloadable forms needed for new members to join and existing members to renew annually, along with a list of all new members (usually couples in joint membership) who have joined QLIA since our Annual Meeting in July of 2017. Our $30 annual dues are about average among Sawyer County lake associations. In the wake of a successful Eco-Harvester fund-raiser ($82,505) in fall of 2018, we are finding that our generous members are prepared to meet any fiscal challenge on an as-needed basis, allowing us to keep regular membership dues at a level even our most frugal neighbors can afford.

The QLIA Executive Committee believes in transparency and good governance, and therefore we have created a Meeting Minutes page where the official records of our annual General Membership meetings and periodic EXCOM meetings are posted. EXCOM meeting minutes are posted shortly after approval at the following EXCOM meeting. General Membership meeting minutes are posted provisionally several months in advance of the upcoming annual meeting in order to give members a reasonable chance to review and suggest changes before a motion for approval is entertained at that meeting. If approved, they are posted in final form shortly thereafter.

Finally, we have begun to develop a History and Archives page that contains our 50-year history (1947 – 1997) by Past-President Charlie Baumann, seasonal ice cover records, and interesting news articles from our past. Members are encouraged to submit old clips and photos that may be of interest to all. Contact information for all EXCOM members can be found on the About Us page, along with links to other volunteer organizations or government agencies with whom we partner.