Welcome to Long Lake!

Located in the townships of Saxeville and Springwater, near Wild Rose in Waushara County, Wisconsin, Long Lake is a crystal-clear seepage lake enjoyed in all seasons by people of all ages.  Residents actively manage the lake and care deeply about the quality of the lake’s water and health.

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Long Lake News

  • The Fall-Winter newsletter was mailed on December 6, 2023.  The full-color version is available from our news page here.
  • The lake level dropped over a foot from early May to mid-Spetember.  October rains brought the last official reading on October 10, 2023 up to 874.58 feet above mean sea level.   This represents a seasonal drop of 9 inches.  The lake level has now dropped 2.6 ft from the all-time high in July 2020.
  • Long Lake is confirmed as an official home to the mudpuppy, a large aquatic salamander that is categorized as a threatened specie in neighboring IL and IA, and on the list of species of special concern in MN. The WDNR is currently performing a study to assess the mudpuppy’s range and abundance in Wisconsin.
  • LLA’s 2023 zebra mussel study determined that the colonization evident in Long Lake is considered average among lakes in the WDNR database.  Sampling will continue for at least two more years to observe zebra mussel changes and spread across the lake. 
  • The Friends of Long Lake apparel and SWAG committee’s future is in question. The committee needs new volunteers to continue both the online and in-person sales into 2024.  For more information, questions, or to volunteer, please reach out through the FLL website here.
  • The Waushara County Lake Safety Group met with Recreation Deputy Jacob Hansen on September 30, 2023 for a season wrap-up.  County-wide lake patrolling time exceeded 2.5 times the total of the department’s entire summer season for the prior few years. The number of warnings and citations issued also increased by almost 4 times.  LLA will continue leading the group that includes 11 Waushara County lake organizations interested in improving recreational/boating safety.
  • About 6,500 5 to 7 inch white suckers were planted by LLA with funding support from We Really Kare Fishing Club and Friends of Long Lake.  Suckers are a very important part of the fish population, providing a food source for fish of all sizes. Mature suckers spawn as the water warms up in early May and the minnows are eaten by smaller fish like perch and crappie. As they grow the suckers become a food source for larger game fish.
  • LLA took fall turnover water samples on November 15, 2023.   The samples were sent to UW Stevens Point for lab testing.  Results will be reported when available.
  • In September, Saxeville added an additional 10-ft section of dock to the boat ramp and straightned the guide fences in the water.  That improvement followed the Town’s late-August addition of new fill where lake bottom scour left a large 2-ft dropoff at the end of the concrete.  Thank you Saxeville for the improvements!
  • No new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) were observed during the 2023 survey of Long Lake by Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc (RC&D).  The detection survey, performed on July 12, 2023, is a thorough review of the lake’s nearshore area looking for any AIS, both animals and plants, like zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM). This monitoring protocol is useful to locate pioneer populations of AIS, allowing for a rapid response strategy that may mean the difference between long-term management and potential eradication. 

Upcoming Events

  • April 15, 2024 – Saxeville Town Meeting, 7:00pm.
  • April 20, 2024;  10:00am – LLA Board Meeting.  
  • May 1, 2024 – New Membership Year Starts
  • May 4, 2024;  8:30 am – LLA and FLL Road Cleanup
  • May 13, 2024 – Springwater Town Meeting, 7:00pm.
  • May 20, 2024 – Saxeville Town Meeting, 7:00pm.
  • June 8, 2024;  9:00 am – FLL Annual Meeting (Saxeville Town Hall)
  • June 19, 2024 – Last day to schedule Maverick Pumping Service for Long Lake Association Pumping Day
  • July 6, 2024; 8:30 am – LLA 48th Annual Meeting (Saxeville Town Hall)
  • July 6, 2024; evening – 20th Annual Boat Parade
  • July 20, 2024; 4:00 pm – Annual Picnic (Location TBD)
  • August 31, 2024; Annual Blood Drive (at Pine Lake)  

Membership Matters!

Support the lake and our community by becoming a member of the Long Lake Association. For a small annual fee, you can help fund efforts to keep our lake healthy and beautiful!


 

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Special to Our Lake

Fishing – Obey the special slot limit for northern pike and bag limits for panfish.  We encourage catch and release and safe/fast handling of fish.  These unique DNR regulations and good practices support a healthy fishery… Learn More.

Wake Activities – Waterskiing and other towable activities are allowed from sunup to sundown, but as a courtesy to lake residents and wildlife, please refrain from starting until at least 7:00 am. See local sunup and sundown hours (also posted at the landing) and courtesy wake guidelines.

Sensitive Area “No Wake” Zones – Please respect the sensitive areas marked by buoys… see map.  “Slow, No Wake” means a speed at which your vessel moves slowly while maintaining steering control without causing boat waves.  “Slow, No Wake” also means that you slow down at least 100′ from the first buoy entering the zone and remain at that speed until 100′ after the last buoy.  You should not increase your speed between buoys.