News and Events
Clam Lake News By Andrea Krygoski
Good morning Readers!
As I write this column on this Tuesday morning I am so relieved that it wasn't 30 below zero this morning. Yippy!! This week we are getting some much needed relief from our winter in Siberia as the temperatures will reach 30 degrees on Sunday. Yippy!!
Don't forget we change the clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. That means you'll loose an hour of sleep but, in the long run we gain an hour of daylight in the evening... That could only mean that Spring can't be far behind. The first official day of Spring is March 20th and maybe by then we'll have some relief from winter's grasp....
Here's a Snippet from Lynne:
After being in Glidden all winter, Howard Scotford returns to Clam Lake on the Grand View train* in May of 1914. Grandad Taylor is with him. This is Hazel’s grandfather. Scotford is cleaning up the Island, but, is pretty weak and can’t do much. Since this is the only winter he does not return to the Island after Christmas, I think he must have been ill. He remarks that the weather is very cold and disagreeable.
On the 9th, he is getting logs to work on a building he is beginning. He cleans the kitchen and Grandad Taylor “makes the garden” in the afternoon.
May 11th it is snowing. He has that underlined! On the 14th he goes to Glidden and returns on the 19th with Hazel. On the 22nd he is working on the Island on the cabins and Hazel is cleaning the dining room. He reports a fire near Camp 22 on the 27th. Later they work on the bridge and docks. On June 1st he installs the floating dock and live boxes. Grandad is tarring boats. On the 8th he goes to Camp 17.
Many of these trips to the Camps were for supplies.
Towards the end of June a roof is put on the new cabin. Hazel goes to Glidden via Grand View and returns July 1st and the two of them put in a gable on the storehouse. Grandad is making a boat. On the 9th, he reports that there is a heap of mail and all hands are on Upper Clam. Usually following a lot of mail, comes time spent writing letters. On the 20th he frogs (catching frogs) all day and says he is very tired.
The girls are often “berrying” this time of year and they are working on a girl’s cabin.
All during this time people are coming and going, staying on the Island and they are fishing almost everyday. By the end of August he has tabulated that 99 bass, 10 muskies and 26 pike have been caught for that month.
*This is the first mention of traveling by train in the Journal. A later Scotford snippet will be devoted to the early trains coming to Clam Lake.
Community Club Minutes
With 24 people in attendance the meeting was opened with the pledge.
First business was for everyone to take a look at the new windows, everyone said they looked terrific and the ramp was exceptional. Thank you to the work crew!
As soon as the railings and the back ramp is finished, Andrea can call the Glidden Area Development Corp to take a look at it. We can be re-reimbursed for materials that that we used on the ramp.
2nd order of new business was the discussion of keeping the potluck and meetings together. There are several people who feel that the “potlucks” and meeting together run too long. It was suggested by Gary Hillstrom and 2nded by Cher to move the meeting to another night of the month.
Then it was brought up by Len Heinlein to have the meetings before the “potlucks” at 5pm, then potluck and bingo. After some discussion Gary and Cher rescinded their suggestion and it was decided to hold the meeting at 5pm for the next potluck with dinner to follow. If needed we will hold further discussion next month.
Meeting was adjourned. 8 people stayed for Bingo
Submitted by ak
West Fork Waterway Association Inc.
West Fork Waterway Association Inc. is an association of concerned people for the preservation and protection of the historic West Fork Waterway and wildlife area for recreation and public enjoyment of its scenic beauty today and in the future.
WFWA Inc. is on the West Fork of the Chippewa River and includes the area from the Day Lake Dam to the Highway 77 Dam. It is located in the community of Clam Lake, Township Of Gordon Wisconsin and assists the Township of Gordon in funding expenses related to the maintenance of the Highway 77 Dam.
Clam Lake, Wisconsin Elk News & Updates
Successful calving year good for state’s growing elk
CLAM LAKE, Wis. -- Despite a very late spring and hordes of biting insects, more than 250 hardy volunteers joined Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists to search the forests near Clam Lake for elk calves during May and June. This effort revealed that the year has started out exceptionally well for Wisconsin’s growing elk herd.
Forty-five potentially pregnant cows were monitored this spring. From them, 35 to37 new calves were expected to join the herd this spring. Of the calves that were born, a total of 23 were found by volunteers and fitted with tracking collars that will provide future information about their survival. At least five additional calves have since been seen and not captured.
“Generally, late springs are tough on Wisconsin elk calves. But this year was different.” said Laine Stowell, DNR elk biologist. “For the most part the elk found this spring were in great shape.”
Stowell says there were two particularly encouraging
characteristics of the 2013 elk calving season.
Of significant importance is that for the first time, more females were observed born than males which will help with future growth of the herd, according to Stowell.
Also of note is that no newborn calves have been lost to predation to date. Black bears are the most likely predator during their first six weeks of life. Within a week or two after giving birth, cows group together with other cows to provide added protection to newborn calves against predators.
“This is the type of calving year we always hope for,” Stowell said. “A few more like this and we’ll really see some significant herd growth.”
More good news for Wisconsin’s elk herd came recently with the signing of the state budget where authority was given to DNR to bring in additional wild elk to boost the Clam Lake herd and start a second wild herd in the Black River Falls area of Jackson County. Both plans have seen significant public support and financial backing from partners outside of the DNR. As a result, more elk may be arriving from a donor state starting in 2015.
For information on elk, contact:
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Clam Lake, Wisconsin Area Events
4th of July Fireworks Show - Sat. July 5, 2014
September - Fall Elk Bugling
Elk bugling is a special feature of the fall rut usually starting in late August and running through late September in the Clam Lake, Wisconsin area. As the big bull elk prepare to attract female cows, they let out bellows, which range from deep tones to high-pitch squeals to grunts. On fall nights in the Chequamegon National Forest around Clam Lake, Wisconsin, the distinctive sounds of elk rutting can often be heard. Listen to the remarkable, unforgettable sounds of native, free ranging bull elk bugling in a Northern Wisconsin wilderness. If you've never heard the bugle of the bull elk during the fall rutting period, you are in for an experience that is at once thrilling and haunting. We invite you to join us in Clam Lake during the month of September and experience this unique event! You won't soon forget the sounds of elk bulging as they echo through the forest and across the lakes of Northern Wisconsin!