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Curly Leaf Pondweed and Rice Lake’s DNR grant, part 2

It bears repeating that the presence of Curly Leaf Pondweed upriver is a direct threat to our way of life and our property values on Lake of the Falls. Take a look at this video that was taken last summer in Rice Lake. We do NOT want this happening in our lake!


The members of the Rice Lake Association are requesting financial assistance and volunteer help from the other lake associations in the Turtle River watershed. We did send 2 volunteers last year to pull weeds in the river, and we have several more people committed to volunteering in 2022. In the Spring we will post volunteer information here on the website for those who want to help out.


The folks on Rice Lake have put a huge amount of time and effort into trying to get this problem under control. If they fail, it’s going to be our problem in another few years. We can’t let this happen! They need our help.


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Waiting out the winter – 2 things to do

Happy New Year! Only a few more months until ice-off, so here are some things to do while we’re waiting. Coming next week is an online seminar presented by Wisconsin Lakes (LOFA is a member) titled, “Understanding the Aquatic Plant Management Rulemaking: A Webinar.” They always make their webinar titles sound so exciting (not). But if the state of Wisconsin is changing the state regulations “related to chemical and mechanical/manual management of aquatic plants,” and since we put in a lot of time and effort over the last 2 years pulling Curly Leaf Pondweed out of the Turtle River in an effort to keep it out of Lake of the Falls, maybe we should pay attention to this. The webinar is next Tuesday, January 4 at 4:30 pm and will be presented over Zoom. Registration is required and you can follow this link to sign up.


Next is Wisconsin Water Week, coming the first week in April.The annual Lakes and Rivers Conference is expected to be an in-person event this year and is scheduled for April 6-8 in Stevens Point. For people who would rather not attend in person,

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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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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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