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Curly leaf pondweed wrap-up, Fall meeting minutes, and some swans

Thanks to the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department and our friends upriver on Pike Lake, the aquatic invasive plant Curly Leaf Pondweed has been kept out of Lake of the Falls  for another year. These links go to the Pike Lake Neighbors, Inc. website and  include a detailed overview of the problem and what Zach Wilson, his summer crew, and volunteers from Pike Lake (and a few from Lake of the Falls) have done to keep it under control in 2021. It has been a huge effort and we all owe a big thank you to the folks around Pike for the dedication and hard work they have put in to try and keep CLP contained. Here is a map showing where the largest patches CLP were found in Pike Lake this summer. A large patch very close to the Turtle River was cleared in July and more patches were pulled through the end of August.

 

This problem isn’t going to go away and we will need more volunteers to help pull weeds next summer! Details will be available when we start to organize again in the spring.

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On Wolves and Watersheds, 6:00 Thursday at The Pines

Hear retired DNR wolf expert Adrian Wydeven’s presentation about the importance of a balanced ecology to the quality of our waters, On Wolves and Watersheds, at The Pines this Thursday, June 17 at 6:00. This seminar is presented by the Rice Lake Association as part of their grant requirement and counts as a contribution to the 25% match portion of the grant, so a large audience will be a great benefit to their effort to control the growth of Curly Leaf Pondweed in the Turtle River watershed. It promises to be an interesting evening!

 

A couple of hardy LOFA members have had quite the adventure up the river this month, pulling pondweed with volunteers from Pike Lake. The effort seems to be working, but there is a lot more to be done.

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Together again

The Lake of the Falls Association Membership Meeting and Annual Picnic on Sunday couldn’t have been nicer with 29 people attending the meeting and 47 at the picnic. It was great to get back together with everyone after such a long absence and find out what’s been going on around the lake! Thanks to Board President Jan Tesch for organizing everything and to Tom and Nikki at Beaver’s for providing the great food.

 

Board member Bill Dalpiaz reported on his latest conversation with WDNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson about the recent Walleye count in the lake; the official results of the test, including population estimates, can be read here. And board member Cindy Moriarity talked about the aquatic invasive plant Curly Leaf Pondweed, which is present upriver and is a serious threat to Lake of the Falls, and managed to recruit four new volunteers to help next summer in our effort to keep it under control. Yay!

 

Click here to read the minutes of the membership meeting, and click here to see a photo gallery of highlights from the day.

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Don’t forget about the Fish Count Form!

Reposting from 2019, just as a reminder:

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. While working with him, we have created a form to document catches by our members, their families, and their guests. It gathers most of the same information as a Landing Creel Count at a boat landing which would require many hours of time.

The form is pretty straightforward and needs only the information you have, we expect that not all anglers may know the water temp or if the lake level is high or low. Any information on the form will help, this is not exact science, just a small piece of information that Zach can use to analyze our fish populations and catch rates. Please list all fish, even undersized. If anyone has any questions please e-mail me at: billandnanchome@hotmail.com. (If you need help identifying all the fish you catch, use this handy guide from the Wisconsin DNR.)

The online version of the Fish Count Form is super-easy to use and you can complete it right from your boat!

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Our final board meeting of 2021, and another bat survey

The final LOFA board meeting of 2021 is scheduled for this Sunday, September 5 at 10:00 at Beavers. Anyone interested is welcome to attend! And here is the map from our bat survey of July 22. Usually our mid-year survey detects 5 species, but this year we only detected 3. The good news is that our Little Browns are still with us in spite of their population decline due to White Nose Syndrome. The final bat survey, is scheduled for September 7-9. Our surveys are part of a project run by the Wisconsin DNR and the North Lakeland Discovery Center.

 

It’s hard to believe that autumn is upon us already. If anyone gets some good photos of fall color around the lake send them to lofassociation@gmail.com and we’ll post them in our gallery – or upload them to our Lake of the Falls Facebook page!

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