PCALR provides a forum for county lake and river groups to share information, ideas and resources for managing, protecting and restoring their lake, river or stream. The organization works in concert with Polk County Land and Water Resources Department to provide information and education to the public on rules, regulations and ways to help preserve the vitality of our waters.

PCALR strives to contact and inform public officials of specific problems and issues deemed critical by the members.


  • Offers quality programming from state and county agencies and educators as well as private organizations
  • Maintains this website with information about management and protection of Polk County waters
  • Publishes the Who’s Who… Contacts for your Waterfront Property Questions (pdf) brochure
  • Provides scholarships to the annual 3-day Wisconsin Lakes Convention
  • Publishes and distributes information and education materials to Polk County shoreland property owners and visitors

Please click on any item below for more detailed information about PCALR.


The next meeting of Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers (PCALR) will be held:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

6:00 p.m. Annual meeting of members and elections
7:00 p.m. Presentation: Zebra Mussel Monitoring and Management

Second Floor Media Room
Polk County Government Center
100 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake


Board members are elected for two-year terms by the members at the annual meeting

The Executive Board of the Association consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and no more than four persons elected at large.

Nominations may be submitted at the meeting or in advance to Larry Bresina.

All board positions will be elected at this meeting.

PCALR Bylaws

Zebra Mussel Monitoring and Management
Zebra Mussel Task Force

Guest speakers will share their work with the Task Force and focus on information useful to all water bodies, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Guest speakers:

  • John Wright, Deer Lake: Lessons learned, how ZMs were found in Deer Lake, response/monitoring and prevention strategy;
  • Dave Wedan, National Fish & Wildlife Service: ZM plate sampling and landing searches in Polk County;
  • Jeremy Bates, Wisconsin DNR: Future eDNA project for Zebra Mussels and recommended prevention and decontamination steps;
  • Byron Karns, National Park Service, and Katie Sickman, St Croix River Association: Veliger tows and monitoring;
  • Katelin Anderson, Polk County Land & Water Resources Department: Polk County smart prevention monitoring.

Also presenting:

Kayla Boyd, Black Crappie Sarcoma Study update, Columnaris virus, and other fish diseases.

Hope to see you there.

PCALR is a warm, friendly group with a common purpose: management and protection of Polk County waters. Meetings are designed by the membership to share information and interact with county and state government agencies and our representatives; feature guest speakers and special presentations are frequently offered. Member roundtable discussion are regularly held on a topics suggested by members — valuable to those newly elected to lake management.

Membership is open to lake organizations, businesses and individuals throughout Polk County. Annual dues are $25 for organizations and businesses, $10 for individuals and families, payable on a fiscal year basis, May 1 – April 30. To join contact PCALR or join on-line.

There are two ways to receive messaging from PCALR.

  1. Our email contacts list is our primary means of sending meeting announcements and business actions. Sign up for PCALR’s email contacts list.
  2. The PCALR News Feed menu tab posts news contributions pertinent to the County’s waterbody communities. Contributions can be from government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals. When you subscribe you get an email message whenever a news item is added. Give it a try. You can unsubscribe any time. Subscribe to Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers email news.

Officers are elected by the membership for 2-year terms at an annual meeting held the 3rd Wednesday of July. The next elections are to be in July of 2018. Current positions are:

  • President – Karen Engelbretson
  • Vice-president – open
  • Secretary – Katelin Anderson
  • Treasurer – Jim Maxwell
  • At-large – Larry Bresina
  • At-large – Jim Peterson

Current bylaws were adopted June 17, 2015.


Manage, promote, protect and preserve our lakes, rivers and streams

PCALR’s mission is to promote and preserve the natural, recreational, aesthetic and ecological qualities of our lakes and rivers; to provide a forum for public expression; to contact and inform public officials of specific problems of our area; and to join forces, if necessary, to achieve a goal deemed crucial by the members to change political opinion and influence governmental bodies.