Gilbert Lake Management Plan

The Board members of the Gilbert Lake Advancement Association, Inc. (GLAAI), along with other lake property owners, developed the updated and revised plan in 2020 and 2021, working with Ted Johnson, DNR Water Resource Biologist, Scott Bunde, DNR Fishery Biologist, and Dreux Watermolen, Natural Resource Program Manager.

We received a fantastic response to the Lake Management Plan Survey, with 138 members and friends completing the survey in 2020. The Lake Management Plan Committee used this feedback to update the Plan. Here is a link to all of the survey results.

The plan was approved by the GLAAI Board in February, 2021 and approved by the DNR in June, 2021. More detailed information and resources related to sections of the plan can be found on the following sub-pages of the website: Aquatic Plants and Invasive Species, Habitat and Fisheries, Shorelands, and Water Quality.

Overarching Vision for Gilbert Lake

Gilbert Lake, with its clear, clean water, will provide a wonderful setting where lake residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities with family and friends.

One tool that was used in developing the lake management plan was a shoreline inventory - an analysis by Waushara County of the depth and composition of the vegetative buffer, slope, seawalls, rip rap, boat landings, boat houses, docks, erosion, direct drainage, and buildings within 75 feet of the shoreline.

Initial Goals of Gilbert Lake Management Plan:

1. Best Practices: Work with consultants and other external resources such as the WDNR to develop a set of practices for fish habitat, aquatic plant management, water quality, healthy shorelands, and other areas of interest and concern with respect to life on Gilbert Lake.

2. Education: Inform lakeshore property owners regarding the best practices that have been identified and about other issues impacting the quality of life on Gilbert Lake.

3. Communication: Enhance communications with lakeshore property owners in order to reinforce the best practices.

Resources and Background Information – click on the links below:

Executive Summary of the plan

Full copy of the plan

2014 Lake Study  – a comprehensive study conducted by UW Stevens Point, Wisconsin DNR, and Waushara County Land Conservation staff