Deer Lake Improvement Association eagle on the water
Welcome to the Lake

Deer Lake Improvement Association

Deer Lake Improvement Association is dedicated to the preservation of Deer Lake through social interaction, education, recreation and the implementation of short and long term environmental goals and practices.
Deer Lake Improvement Association eagle just above the lake
DLIA Board Members
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Deer Lake Improvement Association Pontoon with band on the lake
Memories In the Making
“Life may not be the party we’d hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.” ~ Unknown
Deer Lake Improvement Association canoe on the dock
Fireworks, Wild Life, Social Gatherings, On the Lake
“Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds, exhilarate the spirit, and restore the tone of languid nature.” ~ William Cowper
Deer Lake Improvement Association Golden Eagle on a log
What's New
“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Deer Lake Improvement Association two gentleman and a dog on the dock
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold

Deer Lake Improvement Association

Deer Lake is located in western Wisconsin, five miles east of the beautiful and historic St. Croix River Valley. Between the lake and the river are many large gorges in the rocks, left by glaciers over 12,000 years ago.

These gorges, many over 100 feet deep, are called dalles. The lake is spring fed both internally and externally and covers over 840 acres with a maximum depth of 46 feet. A small dam at the east end of the lake helps assure a near constant water level.

The interesting and colorful trees lining the shoreline include towering evergreens and oaks.

In the time since the first frame cabin was built on the lake in 1903, the lake has seen steady, yet conscientious development. It is now considered one of the most desirable lakes in Wisconsin.

We hope you enjoy the website and find the information contained here useful. All photos on this website were taken on or around Deer Lake. If you have comments that you would like to share, we’d love to hear your feedback. Click here to e-mail comments.

Things about Deer Lake

Maintaining the high water quality in Deer Lake is a top priority. The Association works closely with the Deer Lake Conservancy, Polk County and the Wisconsin DNR. The lake is consistently monitored to detect water run-off problems, undesirable aquatic weeds, or undesirable aquatic species such as zebra mussels, and appropriate action is taken. As a result, Deer Lake is recognized as one of the most desirable lakes in Wisconsin.

This commitment to high water quality is a great benefit to property owners. The Association is proactive in meeting with local authorities to assure equitable taxation. The Association also works to have zoning regulations reasonably and fairly enforced. In an effort to save thousands of beautiful trees the Association successfully completed the project of burying the utility lines that circle the lake. The Association and the Conservancy worked together in a successful opposition of a proposed cement plant that would have severely impacted the water quality of Deer Lake. While the DLIA focuses on maintaining pristine water quality in the lake, we also support all efforts of the Conservancy in protecting the watershed areas that feed Deer Lake. The pictures below are from our Annual Clean Up Deer Lake Day held every Spring.
Reminder: the DLIA Board of Directors is 100% volunteer, if you are interested in serving on the board, contact any of the board members for more information.

On a hot day, a swim in Deer Lake’s clean, spring fed water is hard to beat. Or maybe you’re in perpetual pursuit of the mighty muskie or want to spend quality time with children or grandchildren trying to catch the ever present bass or sunfish. Still others bring out their pontoon boats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks or one of a great variety of power boats. A walk along one of the well maintained nature trails is always an option, as is reclining in a comfortable chair at the end of your dock to read a good book.

Max Depth:     48 feet

Viewing Depth   20 feet

Size:    840 acres

Fish varieties:

Musky, Bass, Sunfish, Crappy, Perch, Walleye 


  • Water skiing
  • Tubing
  • Wake boarding
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • And much more

Fireworks: The Association funds a spectacular fireworks show each Fourth of July weekend.

Pontoon Flotilla: Once each summer a pontoon flotilla is planned – everyone is welcome!

Assc. Annual Meeting: A time to catch up on how the lake is doing.

Theater Nights: Enjoy a wonderful production at the St. Croix Falls Theater.

Music On The Lake: Summer evenings of music to be held on the leeward side of Hungerford Point

Flagstad Farm Event: A joint effort between the Deer Lake Conservancy and the Deer Lake Improvement Association. A celebration of the combined efforts of these two groups!