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LOFA, Inc.

The Lake Of The Falls Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of nature.

Contact us at lofassociation@gmail.com

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CLP Season is almost here

The single biggest threat to the health of Lake of the Falls right now is the presence of Curly Leaf Pondweed in Rice Lake, Pike Lake, and the Turtle River. Volunteers from Lake of the Falls, Pike Lake, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and beyond have so far been successful in keeping  CLP under control in Pike Lake and the river, but each year brings the challenge of keeping it in check. This page details what we know about CLP in our river system, and the map shows the locations of CLP upriver from Lake of the Falls as of last October. Too close! We need to keep pulling these weeds so they don’t wreak havoc in our lake.

 

It’s time to make plans to renew our efforts. Iron County Conservation Specialist Zach Wilson has scheduled CLP pulling events on the river and in Pike Lake for the weeks of June 10-13, July 8-11, and August 6-8. You can see the sign-up form for these river trips, and some of the details, at this link. Please sign up for as many days as you can, so Zach knows who’s all coming, and mark your calendars! Canoes, paddles and all necessary supplies will be provided.

 

Additionally, the Turtle River Volunteers organize smaller trips to check for and pull weeds, in between the big efforts. A paddle up the river with friends on a warm summer day, and a couple of hours knee-deep in our lovely river, can be a nice way to spend an afternoon! We use a Google mailing list to keep track of who is going out when, what they find, and where they find it. Anyone who would like to join in can send an email to TurtleRiverVolunteers@gmail.com to be included in the list. New volunteers are always welcome.

 

The Pike Lake Neighbors Association’s website contains a wealth of information about CLP, and a good summary of what to expect from a weed-pulling expedition. With everyone working together, we can keep CLP under control!

The 2024 Annual Newsletter is here!

. . .and also in your mailbox. It contains the dates for this year’s board meetings and our annual meeting, news about upcoming board elections, an update on the Directed Lakes Survey we’ve been doing with specialists from the Wisconsin DNR, and more. You can read it by clicking here. Also included is your 2024 membership renewal and dues form. Fill it out, write a check and send it in – or, you can renew using our PayPal account on this website. We’re looking forward to another great summer on the lake!

Mark your calendars!

The North Lakeland Woods and Water Conference is a day-long gathering focused on partnerships and collaboration among lake groups in Vilas and Iron Counties. Held at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, topics covered will include water quality, wake boats, habitats, invasive species, and partnerships. It’s scheduled for Friday, May 3rd. Complete information can be seen here.

 

And, the annual Northwoods Six-County Lakes Meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 12 at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Lake association leaders and the general public will convene to learn about and discuss our interconnected water resources and our human connections to each other and to our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. Read the full press release here.

 

Hope some of us can get out to one or both of these local conferences.

Winter Water Talks

Every year Extension Lakes (the educational arm of the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Partnership) produces a series of hour-long YouTube presentations on topics of interest to lake groups. They call the series “Winter Water Talks.”  Here is a link to the talks that were given this year, along with talks from previous years. In 2024 the most interesting topics were about the legal rights of riparian owners (that’s us) and a talk about the unusual weather we’ve had this year and what it might mean for the future. Scroll to the bottom of the playlist to find them.

Action alert: Proposed Wakesports bill falls short

From Mike Engleson, director of  Wisconsin Lakes: “A bill proposed by Rep. Robert Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) to regulate wakesurfing and wakeboarding fails to provide any meaningful protection against the activities’ impacts. While Wisconsin Lakes is pleased to see this issue being addressed, the bill falls far short of what is needed and even makes things worse by undercutting local efforts to manage impacts to lakes and streams. Rather than setting minimum levels of protection for Wisconsin, the bill as written would actually limit the regulation of wakesports.”

 

Left unregulated, the creation of artificial wakes could wreak havoc with the ecology of a lake like ours.

 

Read the whole article here, including how you can contact your legislator to tell them that this bill is inadequate, and to call for meaningful discussion to pass minimum state standards that balance the right of everyone to recreate on our waters.

Our fall board meeting is this Sunday

The Lake of the Falls Association Board of Directors will have our fall board meeting this Sunday morning at 10:00 at Beaver’s Resort. We’ll have updates on the DNR’s Directed Lakes project, our efforts to control Curly Leaf Pondweed upriver, and anything else anyone would like to discuss. Everyone is welcome to attend!