1999 Echo Lake Lodge Newsletter
Echo Lake Lodge
9699 Cty. Rd. SS
Jct., WI 54407
Friends of Echo Lake,
Greetings to all of you and thanks for another great year at Echo Lake Lodge.
We enjoyed having many of you visit us this past summer and look forward
to seeing you next year.
to Bill Krejca for the largest
walleye (9#, 28”), to Marcus Finch
for the largest northern (18#, 40.5”) and to Jeff
Theige for the largest lake trout (12#, 32”). Jeff mounted his trout but both Bill and Marcus released
their trophies. Thanks to them and
everyone who helps improve fishing at Echo by practicing catch and release.
Also, congratulations to David
Moeller on his successful fall black bear hunt (250#).
of black bear, a lot has changed regarding bear hunting since our last
newsletter. Shortly before we went
to the sport show last January we received news that all spring bear hunts were
officially cancelled. This came as
a big surprise to us, especially since we had already booked hunters for the
’99 season and beyond. Recent
information from the MNR does not look hopeful that the spring hunt will be
reinstated (ever.) We had one fall
bear hunter this fall, and hope to have others hunt next season to control the
population. We know that the bear
like soda (especially Mountain Dew and Diet Coke) since our cooler was raided
while picking berries. Anyone
interested in a fall black bear hunt, please contact us.
The season opens September 1st and we are willing to work out
hunt details with you on an individual or group basis.
was cold (50’s), windy and rainy. 6
inches of rain closed Hwy 105 from Vermillion Bay until noon on 6-26-99.
Summer finally arrived in the middle of July.
Moose sightings were up and caribou sightings were down, probably due to
logging. Black Ice was preferred over Dry Ice although “Blue”
seemed to be the most popular color. Berry
crop was good, especially the raspberries. Lyle
Updike’s Raspberry Cordial recipe (yum!) gives me yet another good reason
to pick more raspberries.
to Echo will find a new water tower for Moose, Black Bear and Caribou, (This one
should last until Dave, Dan and Karen’s kids can replace it!), a new septic
system for Moose, and a new approach to the floating plane dock.
Tom built shelves and moved the refrigerator in Moose so the stove will
no longer heat up the refrigerator. Restoration
continues on the main lodge (leveling, new steps and a deck on the front, and a
field stone wall to support the lodge on the front.)
We completed construction of new state-of-the-art horseshoe pits.
We’re ready to host the first annual Canadian Professional Horseshoe
Rolling Stone Award goes to Tom Sabotta
for making 2 trips to Detour and 1 trip to Tabonje…in one day!! Injuries this season include:
Roger Mittenzwei reported a
blister on his thumb from running the motor.
Several adults were caught by hook and line and later released.
The season of ’99 will be remembered as the “Year of the Fish
Hook.” Thanks to Rosie
Frank we were able to remove hooks from various guests without having to
send them into town. (Sorry about
your new Austin Power’s hat, Krio!)
Luckily Bob Houck’s hook
only went through his pants—it might have been a delicate place to practice
our new “5 step hook removal” procedure.
Brian King caught a perch and
a clam at the same time on a worm harness.
Bob (“Bam” “Copy”) Houck and
his group went “wide open” all week. Kathy
Ehr had a northern strike at a walleye on her hook as she reeled it in near
the surface next to the boat. Brett
King brought in some very interesting live green glow-in-the-dark worms.
Too bad the fish didn’t seem to think they were so neat.
Bob and Amy Hartenberger
returned to Echo Lake Lodge after over 25 years.
thanks to Jim Trebatoski for the
super job he did on the water tower. His
engineering and construction knowledge ensures us of plenty of water for those
hot showers. Thanks to Lowell and Lance Klessig for helping take out 4 beaver dams on the
creek to Black Beaver, Lyle Updike for
helping get sand for our new horseshoe pits, Randy Kraemer for portaging
wood for the new water tower, Eric
and Kenneth Sabotta for helping portage the Naden back to camp from High
Lake, Nate Krejca for fixing the air compressor, Roger Mittenzwei for the homemade sauerkraut and pickles, and Gary
Derby for mailing Dan’s postcard to his girlfriend.
Also, special thanks to Dave
Moeller for helping me with the stone wall footing that should help preserve
the lodge for many more generations. The plan is to complete the front center
and possibly the NW corner next year (if we can find any rocks.)
I am sure glad that I choose a career other than a mason!
had many adventurous guests this summer. Lowell,
Lyle, Lance and Dave spent 6 days canoeing in Woodland Caribou Provincial
Park, as did Brian Stadtherr, Ben, Heather and Ryan Nieters.
Dave Roeske and Shannon Hoppman blazed
a trail from Call Lake to camp using their GPS.
(I bet that will never be accomplished again!!)
Clean Cabin Awards go to Mike Kennan and
Dave Wrasse, Lori Shutte, Scott Steiber, Bob Hartenberger, John Ehr, Bill Ehr
and Brad Thein. Thanks!
are now taking reservations for the 2000 season on a first come, first served
basis. We require 50% down payment
within 2 weeks in order to guarantee your week.
The balance is due by May 1, 2000. We
either lost the mailing list or it's locked in the computer and we can't get it
out. So, needless to say, this
newsletter will not find all of our friends.
Therefore, we are asking that every one of you share your letter with
someone you know would like to or should be receiving it.
Please send those names and addresses to us so we can add them to our new
mailing list in our new computer that has a new data base program.
We thank you in advance for your assistance.
will be attending the 12 Apostles Musky Club Sports Show in January at the
Stevens Point Holiday Inn. Stop by
our booth and see us. We look
forward to talking with you and answering any other questions you may have about
a trip to Echo or to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.
You can also visit our web site at: www.echolakelodge.com
or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
the Wisconsin Loon’s Nest,