Clam Lake News & Events

Hello Clam Lake!

Summer is definitely here. Everything is so green! Seems like the forest filled in overnight. We’ve had some rain, some sun, some warm, some cold. Seems like a typical Northern Wisconsin June so far.

REMINDER: The Elk Country ATV Club will be holding a day ride on Saturday June 27th. All interested parties should be at the Elkhorn by 9:00 am. Seems like a good way to social distance, get out and enjoy the woods and have some fun all at the same time. There is no charge for this event.

TELECONFERENCE MEETING: Due to the public health emergency brought on by Covid-19, the West Fork Waterway Association will be holding their June 20th Annual Meeting via teleconference. The meeting will convene at 10 am. The public are encouraged to attend. Please visit the website at to contact one of the Board members for info on how to be a part of this meeting. The West Fork Waterway Association was formed to help preserve and protect the historic West Fork Waterway and wildlife area for recreation and public enjoyment. The Association assists the Town of Gordon in maintaining the Dam and Waterway.

SYMPATHIES go out to the Brynes family upon learning of the passing of Ruth (Dunn) Byrnes. Ruth was the daughter of William and Nora Dunn who, at one time, owned most of the land on the west side of White Bass Lake where they ran a resort. Eventually the land was parceled off and sold to private individuals. The Brynes family, being descendants of the Dunns, do still retain property there. They spend time at their cabin during the summer months. It was always a joy to see Ruth, the rest of the Brynes family and her sister Virginia when they would come up north during the summer. The last time I saw Ruth was at Mass at St. George’s last summer where her family brought her to worship as she made one last trek north. Ruth was 92.

ST. GEORGE’S UPDATE: At our historic St. George’s Chapel, the first Mass of the season will be held on Saturday June 13th at 6:00 pm. Adhering to CDC guidelines social distancing will be required with the proper 6 feet between persons not living in the same household. A note from Bishop Powers – PLEASE – ANY ADULTS ATTENDING MASS, PLEASE WEAR A MASK. Special precautions and preparations will also be in place regarding the receiving of Holy Communion. We hope to provide a safe and pleasant place to worship. Come pray with us!

PROUD PARENTS: Once again, Camp Fire Island’s popular avian couple, are raising a pair of young eaglets. High atop a dead tree on the Island the happy couple have made their home for many years. They watch over the lake and claim the Island as theirs. It is always a joy to look out and see them sitting on or near the nest. At this time, their youngsters seem to be the ones inhabiting the nest as they await food brought by mom and dad. Please take care when near the Island so as not to disturb their family. Thank- you!

On another avian note – Kathy Arias reported that she had had the pleasure of watching a mother robin build her nest in a tree in the yard. She said she was amazed at how quickly these structures take shape. She knows that soon there will be a clutch of young robins that she can watch.

Until next week…..enjoy the forest and the creatures in it!

Pictured are the young Camp Fire Island residents with a parent nearby. Photo courtesy of Jan Sharp.