The Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department Native Plant Sale 2019

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed

Planting native species is one of the best things you can do to beautify your property, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance the health of our lake. The Iron County LWCD makes it easy and affordable with their annual Native Plant Sale! They’re offering some NEW plant species this year, and and a new option of smaller bundle sizes of trees and shrubs. Here is this year’s order form, or you can go to the ICLWCD website or call Heather at 715-561-2234. The order deadline is February 22.

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Mark your calendars

Lakeside CompanionThe Lake of the Falls Association has arranged a presentation by northwoods author Ted Rulseh of his newly published book,  A Lakeside Companion, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Community Center in Mercer.  Take a look at this short write up on the author and his book and then plan to join us! It promises to be fun and informative.

Walleyes reconsidered – a conversation with Zach Lawson

On October 23rd several LOFA members met with Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson to talk about fish species, catch limits, habitat, and the health of Lake of the Falls. It was a good conversation! We’re grateful to Zach for taking the time to come out, and to Bill Dalpiaz for setting it up. You can read my notes from the meeting here, and then take a look at Zach’s handouts.

Edit on November 13: I received some revisions to the meeting notes from Zach today, so am posting the corrected copy here. His changes are in italics. He also sent Survey Reports from 2015 for Lake of the Falls and for Third Black Lake in 2016. Regarding the meeting handout posted above, he asked me to remind everyone that “the historic recruitment/stocking/cpe’s document was compiled data from our files here and does NOT have any dialogue associated. Those figures are a rather complex representation of the data we have in hand, were meant for a meeting setting explaination, and therefore, I ask people who view/interoperate those figures/data, to contact me directly with any questions/concerns before drawing any conclusions.”

Zach’s efforts on behalf or our lake are greatly appreciated and we hope to see him again next season!

The Walleyes have arrived!!

 

Tom, at Beaver’s, said the DNR stocked 4500-5000, 4″ to 6″ walleyes yesterday. The driver ended up at Beaver’s because he didn’t like the boat landing on Lake of the Falls Rd where they told him to put them in. (not like a previous driver)

They were asked to let us know when they were delivering but as usual nothing.

Remember the date for the meeting with the fish biologist on October 23rd if you would like to attend.

Here are a few of the pictures Tom took.

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Farewell to Summer Gathering

There were about 15 people that gathered at Beaver’s last Sunday, some happy some sad.

Happy, because the Milwaukee Brewers took the first step for a shot at the World Series! Sad, because the Packers lost to Detroit but more importantly the end of another Summer.

All agreed, this has been the wettest Fall anyone can remember. Even with the clouds the fall colors have been spectacular. If we would have had some sunshine this would have been a wonderful time to be in the Northwoods.

All had a good time talking about their Summer and past and future plans.

As I write this the lake is at Springtime levels. My dock and others on the lake are underwater. Hopefully the water will recede before the lake freezes!

Have a good winter and we will see you in the Spring.