Recycle your fishing line here

New PVC fishing line recycling bin at the public boat landing.

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. Line in the water can also endanger swimmers and divers and become tangled in boat propellers. It can last up to 600 years in fresh water, meaning it poses a threat for a long time.

Fishing line can remain a problem even if put in the trash, because birds can take it from an open bin and become entangled or it can entangle wildlife at landfills.

The good news is that, if collected, the line can be melted down into plastic pellets, which are then recycled into products such as tackle boxes, spools for fishing line, toys and fish habitat structures.

With the support of the LOFA Board, volunteers have constructed a new collection bin for fishing line and installed it at the public boat landing. It will be emptied regularly and the line will be deposited at the DNR Service Center in Ashland. One more way to keep our lake healthy!

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It’s showtime!

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Thanks for sending this, Michael! The next few weeks should be spectacular.

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!

You can read the minutes from our annual membership meeting on August 5 here.

Don’t forget, if anyone has photos of wildlife, scenery, or anything, or news of interesting animal sightings, send them to lofassociation@gmail.com. (Michael just sent me a picture of some enormous scat he found near our dock. That might be where I draw the line!) And thanks to those of you who have sent pictures so far this year. They are a great way for us to keep in touch with our beautiful lake from wherever we are.

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!), and everyone else who helped with the tent, brought food, and showed up with smiling faces. And thanks to Beaver’s Resort for letting us party on the lawn! Congratulations to Clayton Lester whose 95th birthday we celebrated, and to the winners of the 50/50 raffle. Jim Hanneman won the grand prize and generously donated it back to the Association, Fred and Joan Sass won free dues for next year, and Donna Roets won a fishing rod and Night Bobby donated by Bill and Nancy Dalpiaz.

Our annual picnic is right around the corner!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Saturday, August 5 at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following. The agenda for the membership meeting is as follows:

Fish enhancement and water quality issues
Elections (Vice President and 3 board members)
Any other issues that the membership would like to discuss
Budget

Please feel free to bring family members and houseguests. Our menu will include brats, burgers, and beverages; if you would like to bring a dish to pass, please feel free to do so. 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!

Tent set-up will be Friday, Aug. 4 at about 10:00. Volunteers are always welcome. Looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend!