Pleasant Lake Protective Association has been producing a newsletter many years.

Kittie Wilson originally created ‘All Things Pleasant’ emailing news to a growing list of members about our nesting Loon family and other nature on the lake.

Kittie became an avid photographer of nature, but particularly of Loons and Loon behavior. She received the Loon Preservation Committee’s Spirit of the Loon Award and the EPA’s Meritorious Lifetime Achievement Award for her endeavors to protect loons.

Kittie passed away on May 3, 2018 and is dearly missed by the Pleasant Lake community.

In  2018, the focus of the newsletter expanded to include the watershed surrounding Pleasant Lake. The future health of the Lake depends not just on those who live on it but all who live in the watershed that surrounds it. The newsletter was renamed “The Nature of Pleasant Lake” by its current photographers and authors – Jen Esten and Jon Waage.

Part of its focus includes continuing to monitor our Loon pair and their offspring. A second focus is on learning more about the inhabitants of the Lake and Watershed. The goal is a greater appreciation of the plants and animals we share the Lake and Watershed with. The more we learn about them and what they contribute, the better we can become at stewardship of our Lake.

The Nature of Pleasant Lake is mostly produced from late Spring through early Fall, but will include important information throughout the year. You can access previous issues of the newsletter below as well as subscribe to future issues.


Loons and Dragonflies

2023, No. 7 — August 6 Paisley Grows and Molts The gray damp weather has not been very helpful for exploring and photographing so far this summer. We hope to catch up soon. Meanwhile, an...
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2023 Boat Parade Photos

2023 Boat Parade Theme: Looney Toons Check our Facebook page for many more photos HERE Grand Marshalls: Marsha and Bruce Johnson

High Water Conditions

PLEASANT LAKE HIGH WATER CONDITIONS The lake level continues to be very high. Water is flowing over the emergency spillway and most fixed docks are at least partially submerged. There is a lot of debris,...
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Pleasant Lake Flooding Report

Jamie Hess has reported these observations from kayaking around the lake this morning at daybreak. 1. Lake level appears to have risen at least 18 inches since Sunday’s storm. For the first time I’ve ever...
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Just Loons

2023, No. 6 — July 10 Paisley Growing Fast We told you in the last issue that Paisley was growing fast. We finally had a break in the rain and got out for a few...
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Slow Start to Summer

2023, No. 5 — July 5 Smokey, Rainy Days The weather has given us relatively few days for photography. It has not bothered the Loons much – they’ve had the Lake pretty much to themselves!...
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Upcoming Events and Information

Annual Meeting, Boat Parade and Fireworks 2023 Annual Meeting Saturday, July 8th at the Slope n’ Shore Annex on Pleasant St 8:30 am Coffee, Juice and Pastries 9:00 am PLPA meeting begins We will be...
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Another Year with One Chick

2023, No. 4 — June 18   Sad News With a second egg yet to hatch, the Loons had been staying in the Cove while they took turns on the second egg and tended to...
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First Loon Chick!

Welcome Paisley! Our mother Loon (above and on nest below) is pleased to present her first new chick. Paisley arrived sometime today and the photo below is from late afternoon. Bruce and Marsha Johnson provided...
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