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

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Save the date: October 12, 2022

Two things are happening on Wednesday, 10/12/22, that we should all know about. At 3:00 pm there will be a meeting at the Mercer Community Center for people from all the lakes on the Turtle River Chain to organize around the need to control aquatic invasive species that are threatening our waters. This will be a good opportunity to network with members of other lake associations so that we can all work together to fight the threat of Curly Leaf Pondweed and other invasives that are becoming more and more of a problem for all of us.

 

Wednesday evening the Lake of the Falls Association is having our third annual Fall Get-Together at Beaver’s Resort, starting at about 6:30. OK, our 2nd annual one was back in 2019, but we’re not letting a few germs stop us from continuing the tradition! Come out to Beaver’s for supper or just for drinks and enjoy the company of your neighbors as we say farewell to another great season on the lake. Hope to see a lot of you there!

 

And here are the minutes of the most recent LOFA Board meeting, held on September 18.

Another great Annual Picnic!

Forty LOFA members and guests came out for our Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic on July 31 and a good time was had by all! Thanks go to our illustrious Picnic Committee and to Tom and Nikki at Beaver’s for organizing the event, to everyone who came out on Saturday to help put up the tent, and to Jeremy Wehrmann for manning the grill and cooking those delicious brats and burgers. And to everyone who brought sides and desserts, yum! Thank you! It’s always so much fun to have everyone together and catch up on the news from the previous year. Here are the minutes from the Annual Meeting.

 

The fall board meeting, originally scheduled for September 4, has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 18 at 10:00 so more board members can attend. As always, LOFA members are invited and encouraged to come out for the board meetings, and, as always, we’ll be meeting at Beaver’s.

The social event of the season is on July 31st

The Lake of the Falls Association annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, July 31st at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.

 

At the meeting we will vote for new officers and to approve the minutes of the Spring board meeting. The minutes are posted on our website and don’t take long to read, so take a look. We’ll have an update on the invasive species problem upriver. And if there is anything else lake-related that you’d like to talk about, please bring your questions and comments.

 

Feel free to bring along your family members and houseguests. Brats, 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! And if you’re looking for more opportunities to spend money, our beautiful LOFA signs will be available for $20 each. Buy one and display it on your fire post, at the end of your dock, or both!

 

Tent set-up will be Saturday, July 30th at about 10:00 am. It’s a big tent, so volunteers are always needed to help get it set up! Please come and help if you can.

 

Come on out! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors around the lake. Hope to see you there.

Pondweed and fish update

Here is an excerpt from the thank-you letter sent by the Rice Lake Association to the many volunteers who participated in The Great Weed Pull 2022. Several families from Lake of the Falls joined weed-pullers from all over Iron County and beyond in the effort to control Curly Leaf Pondweed in Rice Lake and the Turtle River during the first 2 weeks of June. While it’s unlikely that CLP will ever be completely removed from our watershed, this year’s effort was a great success and much progress was made.Go to ricelakeassociation.org to see photos of the weed-pullers in action, and please consider volunteering for next year’s event. It’s starting to look like we may be able to beat this, with everybody’s help!

 

“…We think back fondly on each and every day we spent with you on the water. The herculean effort you made to pull those big loads of pondweed into your boat.  The friendly competition of who had the most bags of CLP. Your sense of humor and kind and gentle good nature. The sharing of a meal each day prepared by our wonderful Rice Lake family. The memories are endless and dear. And yet, we are painfully reminded that this can’t be a one time occurance. Curly Leaf Pondweed is relentless.  Its containment will be our focus for the foreseeable future. We will continue to  seek your involvement and help, asking you to reach out to your friends and neighbors . If you missed the opportunity to become a CLP warrior this year, there will be another chance.  You won’t regret being a part of this history making event and meeting some of the most wonderful people of the Northwoods and beyond.
Our sincerest thanks,
The Rice Lake Association”

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And here is the DNR’s report from last year’s fish survey on Lake of the Falls, plus the Fall Walleye Electrofishing Data Collection Sheet from last October 5th. Thanks to Bill Dalpiaz for acting as our liason to DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson, who provided these documents. It seems that fish numbers are slowly declining all across the North Woods, but Zach is working on ways to improve our numbers here on LOTF. Any information he can get will help with that, so keep filling out the Fish Count Form!

“Lake Plants You Should Know”

, , , is a field guide published by UW-Extension Lakes, the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network, and Clean Boats Clean Waters that features LIFE-SIZE photos of many of the aquatic plants we find in our lakes, plus a few we hope never to find. And it’s waterproof, so you can take it out in your boat and use it to get to  know your plants. And now the Lake of the Falls Association has it’s own copy, which you can borrow by sending a note to lofassociation@gmail.com. Take this book out for a paddle and get it dirty! Get to know what’s growing in your water!

 

And don’t forget Conservation on Tap this Thursday evening, June 9th, at 6:00 at The Pines, where Zach Wilson will present on everyone’s favorite topic, invasive species and what we’re doing to stop them. See you on Thursday!

Update from Rice Lake, and the May board meeting minutes

After the first two days of “The Great Weed Pull” volunteers on Rice Lake have harvested over 6000 lbs of Curly Leaf Pondweed from the north shore of the lake. That’s 6000 lbs in two 8-hour days, and it’s just a drop in the bucket. On Wednesday there were about 15 people representing several lakes (including Rice, Lake of the Falls, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and Long Lake) in 8 boats hauling the weeds in with long rakes and packing them into mesh bags which were then taken to the Hadley brush pit. It’s hard work, but really worth it to see how CLP is impacting Rice Lake, and trying to imagine what that would be like here on Lake of the Falls.

 

The good news is that the Rice Lake Association has received their permit from the DNR to install a public boat landing, so it seems that their grant is safe and the project can continue to go ahead as planned. They’re still recruiting volunteers, so if you have some free time next week, visit RiceLakeAssociation.org and offer to help!

 

And here are the meeting minutes from the LOFA board meeting that was held last Sunday.