Dec 15, 2017


The final Lake Puckaway Comprehensive Management Plan

Is now on this web site under Photos


 Lake froze over Dec 8 2017. Almost the same as last year

 Some snow is forecast for tonight. Looks like winter has arrived.

I heard some guys that were still fishing were catching some Northerns

Let’s hope we have a good ice fishing season.


Oct 20--This past week Randy, Rich and his wife removed the

No Wake buoys from the river for the season

Randy also reported he winterized the Hatchery. The well pump

Is off, water lines blown out, water heater removed, water filter

drained. Everything should be ready for winter.

Good job done. Thanks for volunteering to do this.


Princeton Dam Update


On Sept 20 the design modification diver was at the Princeton

Dam doing the dam inspection. The gates were opened the night

before to reduce the flow. The diver films and reports every thing

he sees under water. The two men in the boat record the audio

and video from the diver.  Both sides of the dam were inspected.

Gates were closed at noon. They then did an inspection of the

lock channel gates. Their report to us was very positive. They

found the dam and gate area to be in good condition.

Let’s hope that means reconstruction could start next year.


Sept 18  Randy And Rich removed the two Tern Rafts from the

lake for the season. Good job Thanks Guys



This week we received a preliminary report on the Tern Rafts from

Daryl Christensen. It appears we will have another successful year

with the common terns hatching on puckaway.


Randy Schmidt, Rich Pergande and Gene Weber put out our

two Tern Rafts today for the 2017 season. April 19


The guys had a great season at the LPPRD Walleye Hatchery

They collected 2,682,000 eggs and released 2,050,000 fry into the lake

This was our 8th year of operation and in that time we have placed

11,336,000 fry into Lake Puckaway..


 As most of you probably know the legislators are working on the State

2017-2019 Budget. The plan is to complete this by the end of June.

As of now we know the Princeton Dam Project at 1.7 million is in

the DNR Budget and has passed the first hurdle. It appears this

will be a long process with many hurdles to get over.                               


In late fall the commercial fishermen checked Puckaway for carp.

We were told they did not find enough carp to make it profitable for

them to make a pull this year. The story is the carp have found the fish

ladder on the new Buffalo Dam and moved from Puckaway.


As most of you know the water levels on Puckaway are still very high.

At this point we believe the levels are too high to send our crew out on

the Princeton Dam to try and remove the boards. Keep in mind safety is

our most important priority. We have been in contact with Ernie Pulvermacher

who is the Princeton Fire Chief and oversees the Rescue Team, he also agrees.


Randy & Rich pulled the no wake buoys out from up river. Remember

Slow no wake is still in effect especially with the high water.


Monday October 3

The Buoys along the Dredge Bank came out today. Thanks to Randy Schmidt

Rich Pergande & his wife Faye also Ralph & Rita Pulver from Evergreen Island

Randy reported 3 Buoys were damaged and in bad shape. The first Buoy at the

west end of the Dredge Bank is a 12” buoy with a 2 mile light is totally gone.

That alone is over $600. I estimate the total cost of replacing these Buoys at

$1250. Maybe the District should reconsider this Buoy program

Thanks to all for another job done.


I just put the final 2016 report from Daryl Christensen on endangered birds                

on this site. It was another great year on Puckaway


Tern Rafts came off the lake last week. Thanks Randy & Rich

Paul, Gene, Rich & Randy cleaned up Fish Camp and winterized the

the Hatchery so it’s ready for winter.


The boards went on the Princeton Dam on Saturday June 25


For more information on the Lake District and what’s happening on

Puckaway go to our Facebook page at Lake Puckaway.           


At our Annual Meeting  2 new commissioners were elected.

Kurt McCulloch and Jeff Kimber. We welcome them to the District Board.

Paul Gettelman gave the 2016 Hatchery Report and Tim Hoyman gave the Kick Off

Presentation for the Lake Management Planning Project, The meeting schedule

for this summer Is listed below.




Lake Puckaway Management Planning Project Meeting Schedule


Saturday, June 4, 10:00 AM - Kick Off Presentation (Onterra) Marquette Village Hall

Monday, June 13, 6:30 PM – Aquatic Plant Community & Aquatic Invasive Species

                         ( Derek Kavanaugh and Onterra) Mecan Town Hall

Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 PM – Fisheries & Shoreland (Dave Bartz and Onterra)

                        Marquette Village Hall

Monday, July 18, 6:30 PM – Water Quality & Watershed (Keith Marquardt and Onterra)

                       Mecan Town Hall

Monday, Aug 8, 6:30 PM – Summary/Conclusions, Water Level Management,

                   Alternatives & Additional Goals and Actions (Ted Johnson & Onterra)                                                                                                                                    

                   Marquette Village Hall

Monday, Sept 26, 6:30PM – Draft Management Plan Meeting (Onterra)      

                  Marquette Village Hall




The latest update on the Tern Rafts can be found under Endangered Birds.

Looks like we could have a banner year for endangered birds on Puckaway


Rich & Randy put the Buoys in along the Dredge Bank on  May 16.2016


Rich & Randy put the Tern Rafts in on Monday April 18 2016