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This is us with my George, Dave's father, at Jake's graduation from Iowa State in spring of 2016.

Jackie and Dave celebrate 4th of July on the Kells' pontoon boat, 2012.

Jackie, Jake, Ben, and Dave, July 4, 2014.  Photo by J. Kaufmann.

August 2011.  Caithamers at Lambeau Field.

I'm Dave Caithamer and glad that you've taken the time to check over our web site and read a little about me and my family.

My wife, Jackie, and I have owned Rainbow Bay Resort since the spring of 1999.  We take pride in the improvements we've made since becoming the owners.  As Jackie and I are both educated in the natural resources field, we do our best to respect mother nature and be gentle on our piece of Benoit Lake and the northwoods.

I have recently retired after teaching Biology for 17 years at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire-Barron County in the town of Rice Lake.  I taught introductory courses in general biology, environmental biology, and sustainable food systems at a small and nice campus.  I enjoy fishing, gardening, prairie restoration, the Green Bay Packers, and learning new things.

We came to the Spooner area from Maryland, only 10 miles from Washington, D.C.  I was employed as a waterfowl biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and worked mostly on determining the status of waterfowl populations and assessing the impacts of hunting regulations.  Before that, we lived in Indiana, where I was a waterfowl biologist for the State of Indiana.  Jackie earned a teaching certificate from Purdue University while we were in Indiana.

I attended college for 11 years and have B.S., M.S., and Doctoral degrees in wildlife or related majors.  Jackie and I met while we were undergraduates at Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  After Point, we married and lived in Tennessee.  From there, we moved to Carbondale, Illinois.

I grew up in Brookfield, Illinois near the Brookfield Zoo on the west side of Chicago.  As a child, my parents, grandfather, and uncle often took me to my Aunt's fishing resort about 20 miles from our resort.  These childhood fishing trips were the seed that grew into a lifelong interest in nature and living on a lake in northern Wisconsin.  

Jackie enjoys living in a rural setting.  Spooner itself is similar to Port Clinton, Ohio, where she was born and raised.  Port Clinton is also a small town with lots of summer tourists and much water-related recreation.  Her father and grandfather were commercial fishermen on Lake Erie.  Jackie grew up sailing on "The Lake" and taught sailing lessons at the Port Clinton Yacht Club.  Now, she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her boys.

   Prescribed fire on one of our prairie restoration plots, April 2007.     Wild lupine, perhaps my favorite wild flower, grows on our restored prairie plots.  This was near our road, June, 2007.    Black-eyed Susans do well in our restored prairie plots.  They bloom in late-June and July.