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. The LOFA board sends condolences and sympathy to her family and friends.

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.

At the last meeting on June 14, the board voted to enroll the Lake of the Falls Association in Wisconsin Lakes, an advocacy organization made up of lake associations and lake districts from all over the state. As a benefit of membership we receive the quarterly Lake Tides journal, which you can read here. This issue includes an interesting discussion of the Public Trust Doctrine from a 21st century perspective, information about aquatic invasive species, and more.

And another reminder – if you haven’t yet  paid your annual dues, there is still plenty of time. Visit our Pay your dues page and get it done! Thanks.

Help for frogs and their friends

Animal lovers across Wisconsin are being asked to help keep native frogs, salamanders, lizards and snakes from perishing under the wheels of cars and trucks.

As more herps seek warmth on roadways as air temperatures cool, Wisconsin residents and visitors are asked to report where they’re seeing these reptiles and amphibians — dead or alive. Your information will help conservationists  better understand where their populations occur and can help save more of them in the future.

The new roadkill reporting form is now available on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Amphibians & Reptiles webpage.

Reports of deadly road crossings for turtles should still go to the longstanding Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. 

Together, we can make a difference for Wisconsin’s herps!

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, and we can pick up where we left off in 2019.

But there are still plenty of folks out there fishing on Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake! So don’t forget to fill out a Fish Count Form, either on paper or electronically, each time you get back so we can get a better picture of the numbers and health of our fish populations. Paper forms can be printed by you, or there are usually some available at the public boat landing. We appreciate it!

We’re still monitoring LOTF and First Black for water quality, and this year we’ve been invited to monitor water chemistry (phosphorus and chlorophyll), too. Water test results can be seen any time by following this link.

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, maybe this is OK  after all! But while I feel safer staying at home, I sure do miss seeing my friends around the lake!

With 72 members on our mailing list, 12 of you voted through the link on our website to approve the budget for next year and the changes to the bylaws. Approval of the budget was unanimous; the vote to approve the bylaws was 11 in favor and 1 abstention.

The final board meeting for this year is scheduled for Sunday, September 6. Time and location will be announced when we get closer to the day.