Clam Lake News & Events

Hello Clam Lake!

The village is staying busy between bough season and hunters – not to mention all the “weekend ATV warriors” that fall brings. Always good to see that business is boomin’.

Overall it was a wet week with cooler temps. On the upside, the woods is turning into a splash of color. What a beautiful time to live in the forest.

ELK NEWS: A $3,450 reward is being offered for info on an elk that was poached on the morning of September 14th in Sawyer County near Forest Road 174. Law enforcement are asking for the public’s help in identifying a possible suspect. If you have any info call the Wisconsin DNR at 800-847-9367.

ELK HUNT: The season for non-natives will run from October 12th thru November 10th and again from December 12th thru the 20th. A total of five tags were issued – four to residents that applied through the DNR with a fifth raffled off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. This is a bulls only hunt.

GOOD SAMARITAN: Kim Filter had the opportunity to aid in the help of a wounded eagle that had been hit by a car and was struggling near the side of the road. When she saw law enforcement stopped near the bird she checked to see if she could be of assistance. They were grateful for the use of Trax’ blanket to keep the eagle warm and secure as it awaited transfer to Wild Instincts, the wildlife rehabilitation center, in Rhinelander. Kudos to her!

UPCOMING EVENTS: On Thursday, October 10th the Clam Lake Community Club will be hosting their monthly Meeting/Pot Luck/Bingo starting at five. Come for the food and stay for the fun!

MEAT RAFFLE: On Saturday, October 12th, the Clam Lake Forest Riders Snowmobile Club will be holding a meat raffle at Ransom’s Place from 3 to 5. Come win some delicious meat from the Sixth Street Market in Ashland and support this great club!

AUTUMN PARTY On Friday, October 25th Beth Allison and friends from Racine, will be entertaining at the Clam Lake Community Club. The evening will begin with a Pot Luck starting around 5:30 with music from 6 to 8. There is no charge for this event. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary. Promises to be a fun time!

Ever wonder who is doing all those cool drone videos of the West Fork Waterway, the Elk Country ATV Ice Fishing Contest, plus all the vacation rental and real estate videos and virtual tours?That would be Chris Frasch – our local man with his eyes to the skies.. Chris went through all the necessary steps to become a licensed drone operator, which included a written exam taken at an FAA approved site (his being the Duluth airport). After jumping through several hoops and doing a lot of studying to know the many aircraft rules and regulations he obtained a remote pilot sUAS (small unmanned aircraft system) license from the FAA which is necessary for drone use in a commercial setting. Since this is a relatively new field Chris has become the main man for drone operation in Northwest Wisconsin and keeps very busy doing 3 to 6 jobs a day traveling many miles each week. He showed me how his drone (he has three) operates and I gained a new perspective on the complexity of drone work. He is not only flying the drone but taking videos at the same time with one eye on the drone and the other on the video camera. There are several rules to adhere to – a few being – no flying over people, no flying after dark and the drone cannot go above 400 ft. Also, he must be retested every two years to keep his certification. Chris says he loves it and we are thankful for all the wonderful videos he shares with us. He even let me have a whirl at flying it. What fun! (As a side note: Chris also maintains our website and does a great job at that! We are fortunate to have him in our corner.)

Until next week……

Pictured is Chris Frasch and myself (Lynne Rice) from his drone’s perspective.