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LOFA’s Annual Picnic is back!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, August 1  at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.

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Our website has moved!

Our fancy new website is now being hosted by Lakekit.net, a network of Wisconsin lake organizations who collectively help each other build and maintain their websites without needing extensive technical knowledge.

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Rice Lake gets the grant

The Rice Lake Association has received a three year, $127,000 Aquatic Invasive Species grant from the Wisconsin DNR to aid in removal of the invasive Curly Leaf Pondweed from their lake.

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Sad news

Long-time lake residents might want to know that Maureen Leibach passed away last Sunday. As per  Maureen’s wishes there will be no services held.  The Leibachs were the owners of Musky Point Resort years ago and were good friends with many around the lake.

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Board meeting and Lake Tides

This is just a reminder that the fall board meeting, originally scheduled for this Sunday, September 6, has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Our next board  meeting will (hopefully) be at the usual time next spring on May 30.

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Wildlife on the lake

We haven’t seen a lot of people this summer, but the wildlife has been better than usual with a noisy pair of loons,

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Board meeting and Fish Count Form

The LOFA board meeting, scheduled for September 6, has been cancelled by unanimous consent of the board members. Hopefully by next spring things will be returning to something close to normal,

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Election results

In a normal year the LOFA Annual Picnic would have been happening right now as I’m writing this. Considering that it’s 62 degrees and raining,

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Curly Leaf Pondweed update

Volunteers have stopped pulling CLP on Rice Lake, Pike Lake, and the Turtle River for this year, as the plants have started growing their reproductive parts and disturbing them would only spread them more.

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Curly Leaf Pondweed

Last week several LOFA members attended an online training session led by Zach Wilson of the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department about how to identify Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP),

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Turtle River Stewardship Program set for January 29

The Turtle River Stewardship Program is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 29 starting at 11:00 at the Great Northern Hotel Banquet facility. This is the kickoff conference for the Turtle River Watershed Management Plan (see the previous post) and will feature speakers,

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Turtle River Watershed Management Plan

In response to concern about environmental threats to our waterways in Iron County, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (of which LOFA is a member) has been working with the State of Wisconsin to create a new model for assessing and improving the health of our lakes and rivers.

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Our second annual fall get-together

. . .at Beaver’s Resort was a success last Saturday with 17 people in attendance (at least that’s what I counted) and lots of lively conversation and good feelings all around.

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LOFA signs revisited

It’s nice to see our shiny green and blue LOFA signs popping up around Lake of the Falls and First and Second Black!

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Beautiful day for a picnic

The weather was perfect for the Lake of the Falls Association’s annual meeting and picnic, held last Sunday August 4 at Beaver’s Resort. The 42 people in attendance enjoyed burgers and brats cooked by grilling expert Jeremy Wehrmann and delicious sides and desserts provided by everyone.

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Broadband Update

Below is an excerpt from the Spider Lake newsletter regarding local broadband.

 

BROADBAND:  Norm McKindles offers this update:

Gogebic Range.Net,

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Just in time for opening day! Our new Fish Count Form

From Bill Dalpiaz of our Fishing and Water Quality Committee:

Our local DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson feels that any data on fish that are caught on Lake of the Falls or the Black Lakes will help give a better picture of the numbers and health of our fish populations.

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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,

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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.

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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!

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I Saw The Sign

No…not the Ace of Base 1993 hit but the new LOFA member sign.There here and they look great.

Tom, at Beavers Resort, has graciously agreed to be a distribution point for them.

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More fishing news

LOFA Fish Czar Bill Dalpiaz has arranged a meeting for LOFA members with WDNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 23rd  at Beaver’s Resort.

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Fishing News

Bill Dalpiaz of our Fishing and Water Quality committee reports that WDNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson conducted an electrofishing survey on Lake of the Falls last Monday night,

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LOFA Picnic 2018

We had record-setting attendance at this year’s picnic as 52 people enjoyed brats, burgers and lots of delicious side dishes and desserts on a really beautiful day,

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New Lake Association Sign

We would like to thank LOFA Board member Jim Hannemann and craftsman David McNutt for our new sign under the lake kiosk, it really looks great.

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Turtle crossings again

This is a re-post from last year, but it’s worth putting up again. Michael spotted this turtle today on Lake of the Falls Road.

With the breeding season in full swing for our local turtles,

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Open water at last

Finally! Spring arrived last week, May 2-5, after 6 months of snow and ice. Visit the Mercer Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page for ice-off photos from lots of area lakes!

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Ice off may be a little late this year…

…but that didn’t keep this lucky otter from finding a delicious meal below the ice on April 4th! I was lucky enough to have my camera out as he brought this snapping turtle up onto the shore at the north end of the lake and gorged himself on fresh meat.

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Seven Swans a Swimming

Well maybe a family of 6…they appeared this morning where the river enters the lake. It has been unseasonably warm and the ice has froze and melted several times by us.

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Nikki saw that moose!

Nikki Millet saw this guy strolling along Lake of the Falls Road right past Beaver’s Resort last Friday morning. Great pictures! Thanks for sending them!

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Recycle your fishing line here

Monofilament fishing line is the line anglers most commonly use: single-strand, high density nylon. If left in the water or on shore, it can harm wildlife that become tangled in it or ingest it.

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Our final Board meeting of the season

The LOFA Board of Directors will have our final meeting of the year on Sunday, September 3 at 10:00 at Beavers Resort. Everyone is welcome and it’s always nice to see new faces at the meetings!

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LOFA Picnic 2017

We had a beautiful day for our annual picnic on Sunday, August 5. Thanks to Randy Roets for organizing it, James Wehrmann for cooking the burgers and brats (6 years in a row!),

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Wow! A moose!

Bonnie Hill sent this a few days ago:

“My Husband Rich and my brother were fishing on the lake on Thursday,

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Turtle crossings

With the breeding season in full swing for our local turtles, the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program is asking for our help. If you observe a turtle crossing a road on her way to a nesting site,

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First Arrivals

When the river opens up Di likes to look for waterfowl. They arrived early this year but will they stay?

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You just had to be there!

Last night’s sunset was one of the most beautiful ones I have seen up here and I have experienced many. These photo’s were taken from my deck looking West and Northwest.                                                                            

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Native Plant Sale

native-plant-saleThis is from the Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department’s Facebook page:

“The Native Plant Sale Brochure is ready!

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Statewide CWD Survey

LOFA Members:

Our new Iron County Wildlife Biologist, Jenna Kosnicki, asked that we help spread the word about the below survey on CWD in the deer herd.

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Gorgeous

Bonnie H. sent these beautiful Autumn photos from the Turtle River at the south end of the lake. Wow! Thanks, Bonnie!

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New webcams

The Mercer Chamber of Commerce has erected a new webcam on Highway 51 and has improved the webcam page on their website. Now we can watch the snow fall from anywhere!

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A walk on the road

These photos are from a walk I took on the morning of October 30. It had been raining all night and the sun shone intermittently through the clouds,

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More! More!

MORE FISH!

Earlier this month we received this email from Zach Lawson, Fisheries Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR:

We stocked 4,454 walleyes (in Lake of the Falls) the last week of September average size about 7-8”.

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Putting Wetlands to Work for Your Community

On October 18th at 6:30 pm at the Oma Town Hall the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance and the Iron County Citizens’ Forum are co-sponsoring a program titled “Putting Wetlands to Work for Your Community”. 

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Kiosk

Our new informational kiosk, donated by the Lake of the Falls Association and built by thumbnailLOFA member Elmer Gosh, was approved at the Mercer Town Board meeting on Thursday,

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In case you missed it

We’re very grateful to Wendy Thiede for recording Zach Wilson’s excellent presentation about shoreline buffer zones at The Pines last Wednesday night. In case you weren’t able to attend, 

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Two things to do this week

Thing one: Buffer zones and the critters that inhabit them with Zach Wilson at The Pines
Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (ICLRA) will present their next educational program on Wednesday,

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A successful study!

Here is a nice article about Zach Wilson’s pine marten study, which wrapped up this week:

Iron County students collect data on marten population (link expired)

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Here’s one!

On November 3, this was posted to the Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department’s Facebook page:

“Yah…. We finally got ourselves a marten on camera.

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Welcome, walleye!

Jack, Arch, Mike, and Bob introduced over a thousand walleye from Kalaap Fish Farm to their new home in our lake on Wednesday.  Hopefully, we’ll meet some of them again in a few years!

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LOFA By-laws

It was decided at today’s Board meeting that we should have the by-laws on our web site. If you click on the link below they will appear.

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Outdoor Rec Plan survey

Hi folks – I wanted to share the below survey information.  As you might know, Iron County will begin revising some of its planning documents this year. 

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Fish stocking

This came from Bill D. the other day:

“I have a couple of things for the LOFA web page if you care to put them up.

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That’s “American” Marten!

Not Pine, American!

Last Friday Iron County Conservation Specialist Zach Wilson gave us a great talk on the American Marten, and described his efforts to identify and track them in the woods in our area with the help of local high school students. 

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The end of the mining project

“Gogebic Taconite, LLC, was considering development along a four-mile stretch east of the community of Mellen. However, in March 2015 the DNR received a letter from Gogebic Taconite notifying the department that the company is withdrawing its preapplication notice related to a proposed mine.”

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Great shots!

Diana Sino sent some pics of summer and fall ’14, from her side of the lake. Thanks, Diana!

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First snow

“The snow and the calm lake made quite the reflection. This is how you look from my side.” –Thanks, Ann! What a beautiful view you have.

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Not only for birds

LOFA President Jack Schuett took this pic of a hungry bear at his bird feeder on a snowy day in mid-May. Look at those claws!

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Paradise

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Our cabin is located at the north end of the lake, near the mouth of the river. It’s very quiet at this end!

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