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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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The 2024 Annual Meeting and Picnic are right around the corner!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, August 4  at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following. We will vote for officers (President, Secretary, and 2 at-large members) and hear a presentation by DNR Water Resources Management Specialist Kevin Gauthier, about the Directed Lakes Survey that was conducted last year on Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake. Kevin and his team collected a TON of interesting data about our lake that will help us in keeping it as beautiful in the future as it is now. Don’t miss it!

Please feel free to bring along your family members and houseguests. Burgers, side dishes and beverages will be supplied by Beavers. If you would like to bring a dessert to pass, please feel free to do so, and bring your lawn chairs if you have them. If you haven’t already paid your membership dues, you can pay them at the picnic, and if you would like to participate in the 50/50 raffle, don’t forget to bring some cash!

Set-up for the picnic will be Saturday, August 3 at about 10:00 am. Volunteers are always welcome.

Come on out! It’s a great way to stay in touch with your neighbors around the lake, and find out what’s been happening. Hope to see you there.

Boat safety

We’re having a busy weekend on our lake! A few people have expressed concerns about boat safety. Here is a summary of our local boating rules. Please make sure your guests are familiar with them, to be courteous and stay safe!

 

Mercer Town Ordinance

 

Personal Watercraft (i.e. jet skis) must operate at least 200 ft. from shore and may only be operated between the hours of 11:00AM and 4:00PM according to Mercer Town ordinance. If you wish to file a complaint about someone violating this ordinance, jot down the numbers on the side of the watercraft and call the Iron County Sheriff’s department at 800-243-2131.

 

Wisconsin State Law

 

Among other things, it is illegal to operate a boat at a speed in excess of “slow, no wake speed” within 100 feet of the shoreline, any dock, raft, pier, a swimmer, or restricted area on any lake;  or chase, harass, or disturb wildlife with your vessel. A PWC may not be operated at faster than “slow, no wake speed” within 100 feet of any other vessel, 200 feet of shore, or 100 feet of a dock, pier, raft, or restricted area on any lake. Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with a PWC is also prohibited.

 

 

If you wish to file a complaint about someone violating any of these state rules, call or text the Wisconsin DNR Tip Line at 1-800-847-9367. Complete boating rules can be found online at this link.

 

 

These boating rules are intended to keep our lakes safe while protecting shorelines and improving water quality. Boats operating in shallow waters often churn up sediment and chop up vegetation, decreasing water quality, and potentially spreading invasive aquatic species. In addition, eliminating near-shore wakes reduces shoreline erosion.

 

Directed Lakes Survey – the results are in!

The Lake of the Falls Association board, and any interested LOFA members, will be meeting with Kevin Gauthier from the WDNR this Monday, June 17 at 1:00 at the Mercer Library to hear a detailed report about the Directed Lakes survey, which was conducted last year on Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake. Kevin estimates that this meeting will run between 2 and 3 hours, so bring snacks and something to drink! It should be an interesting presentation, and Kevin will answer any questions we have.

 

Kevin will also be at our Annual Meeting on August 4 to give a summary of the results and answer everyone’s questions.

 

Hope to see some of you on Monday!

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.