Diamond Lakers Inc.
Cable, WI 54821

Webmaster Bob Jacobel





  Newsletters and Postings

The Association publishes an informal newsletter on a biannual basis. Recent editions may be downloaded from the archive below. Adobe Acrobat is required to load the files. This page also contains postings and reports of interest to users of Diamond Lake.

Our newsletter contact is Bob Jacobel (webmaster@diamond-lakers.org). Please contact Bob if you have items you would like to add to the next issue.

  • ***New*** Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. We are in the process of adopting revised articles and bylaws that will conform with WI state statutes and allow us to become a Qualified Lake Association. These very important changes enable us to apply for grant support from the DNR for AIS and other conservation projects. They will also allow us to become tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3) and thereby eligible to receive charitable contributions. A majority of the membership is requred to approve the proposed changes, and ballots have been sent to all members. An information session for questions is scheduled for September 9th, and everyone is encouraged to vote by September 17th. See the e-mail for details. Copies of the current bylaws and the original 1973 articles of incorporation can be found with these links. Thanks to all for voting!

  • Our annual meeting (online) Saturday July 18th was a great success. About half the membership was able to login and hear a presentation by DNR fisheries scientists about the species in DL (see here to view the slides and here to download the parent report). Officers were elected and an important report about the spread of invasive milfoil in Lake Namakagon was presented. See here for the meeting minutes. More information about our plans and response will be forthcoming in an e-mail to the membership. Thanks to all who attended!

  • Raye Lahti's piece about pesticide use from the spring 2017 newsletter (link here).

  • Wisconsin's State Budget Act Forces Changes to Shoreland Zoning Regulations. Read About the Impact to Bayfield County Lakes (link here).

  • Thomas Doolittle's Presentation on Sharp-tail Grouse Management from the 2014 Annual Meeting
  • Our annual meeting in 2014 featured an outstanding power point presentation from Thomas Doolittle, USDA Forest Service wildlife biologist, about grouse management and other wildlife on the Moquah Barrens.

    Thomas has generously given us a version of his presentation which you can download in PDF format (here).

  • Why Our Loons Keep Returning. See this Amazing Video About Loon Territoriality (link here).
  • Shoreland Lighting Suggestions from the Wisconsin DNR(A very useful set of guidelines and suggestions to help reduce light pollution on our lake; download here).

  • Guests Visiting this Summer? (Please remind guests about our Lake Use Guidelines, and Wisconsin Boating Regulations, especially if you are not present).

  • Ryan Brady's Presentation on Birding in Ashland and Bayfield Counties

    Our annual meeting in 2011 featured a popular birding power point presentation from Ryan Brady of the Wisconsin DNR.

    Ryan has generously shared a version of his presentation which you can download in PDF format (here).

    Also a detailed map of nearby birding hotspots made by Bayfield County bird enthusiast Chris Masey is available (here).

    Notes in the power point slides tell when the best times of year are for seeing various bird species at many of the sites on the map.

  • Wisconsin Boating Regulations: The summer is a good time for all of us to remind ourselves about Wisconsin boating safety regulations, no wake zones and Diamond Lake boating guidelines (link here).  This is especially important for those with visiting guests who might not be familiar with these items. (Short Form of Wisconsin Boating Regulations for Motroboats and Personal Watercraft - PDF file) To view and download the complete Handbook of Wisconsin Boating Regulations and Responsibilities visit the Wisconsin DNR website (here). To return to the DL website click the back button on your browser.

  • Diamond Lake Water Quality Report - The Wisconsin DNR maintains an archive of citizen-collected water quality data from Diamond Lake, in recent years headed by DL resident Ed Walen. Included are Secchi Disk values (water clarity), temperature-depth data, and Trophic State Index (TSI), (link here). Results over time may be viewed quickly in plots here and here.

    The figure just above is the DNR plot of Trophic State Index for Diamond Lake from our citizen data for the last 46 years showing index values for the Secci visibility and two chemicals, phosphorous and chlorophyll, related to nutrient runoff from our properties. Points plotting in the darker blue zone toward the bottom of the figure are characteristic of oligotrophic lakes having clear water, low plant nutrients and high oxygen values even at depth. Values plotting in the lighter blue are characteristic of mesotrophic lakes, and green are eutrophic lakes which have low available oxygen making survival difficult for aquatic organisms.

    Based primarily on the Secci values (black circles), Diamond Lake data plot near the boundary between oligotrophic and mesotrophic, and its classification by the DNR over time has changed accordingly, recently more often mesotrophic (see individual TSI reports in the link above). The data paint a nuanced story with our water quality varying just above and below the oligotrophic threshold for many years, with a slight trend toward mesotrophc recently. The take away from this that is most important is keeping the water quality in Diamond Lake high and working toward small improvement over time. This will result from efforts to keep chemical runoff (including lawn fertilizers) and sediment from entering the lake. Preventing shoreland erosion from high boat wakes is also a key. Thanks to everyone for help with this and please keep up the good work.

  • Newsletter Archive:(Spring 2020), (Fall 2019), (Spring 2019), (Fall 2018), (Spring 2018), (Fall 2017), (Spring 2017), (Fall 2016), (Spring 2016), (Fall 2015), (Spring 2015), (Spring 2014), (Fall 2013), (Spring 2013), (Fall 2012), (Spring 2012), (Fall 2011), (Spring 2011), (Fall 2010), (Spring 2010), (Fall 2009), (Spring 2009), (Fall 2008), (Spring 2008), (Fall 2007), (July 2007), (Fall 2006), (June 2005)

  • Diamond Lake Association Annual Meeting Minutes:(Summer 2020), (Summer 2019), (Summer 2018), (Summer 2017), (Summer 2016), (Summer 2015), (Summer 2014), (Summer 2013), (Summer 2012), (Summer 2011), (Summer 2010), (Summer 2009), (Summer 2008), (see newsletters above for minutes in years prior to 2008)

Pond, Ryberg Road, 2005. Compare water levels today