News and Events
Clam Lake News By Andrea Krygoski
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 will assist the Township of Gordon in funding expenses related to the maintenance and eventual replacement of the Highway 77 Dam.
Board of Directors Meeting: May 11, 2013
1pm Deb's Y-Go-By (Members and Public are Welcome to Attend)
General Meeting: June 8, 2013 1pm Clam Lake Forest Riders Clubhouse (23379 Straetz Road, Clam Lake, WI 54517)
Clam Lake, Wisconsin Elk News & Updates
As of May 15, 2012, approximately 154 elk were present in the state, comprised of the main herd near Clam Lake and a second smaller herd located near Butternut. The herd has grown at an average rate of 13 percent annually, however, growth rates have varied from as high as 30 percent to as low as -16 percent since 1995. Primary causes of mortality include predation by wolves and bear and vehicle collisions.
The elk herd currently occupies approximately 90 mi² of the designated 1,112 mi² elk range. The population consists of the main herd near Clam Lake and a smaller, isolated herd residing west of Butternut. Primary habitat used by the elk consists of aspen and pine forests interspersed with forest openings, lowland conifers and water bodies.
Current management practices by the DNR are focused on research aimed at securing the future of elk in Wisconsin. Research is utilized for gaining additional knowledge in regards to survival and recruitment rates, habitat use and movement patterns. This research will be essential for future management decisions so that managers can best address the needs of the elk herd.
For information on elk, contact:
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Clam Lake, Wisconsin Area Events
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!