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.

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.

Come to our annual picnic on Sunday, August 4!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, August 4 at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.

We’ll vote for new officers (Vice President, Treasurer, and three at-large directors), talk about  our new Fish Count Forms, and anything else lake-related that you’d like to discuss. Questions? Concerns? This is a great time to bring them up!

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, and bring your lawn chairs if you have them. 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! And we’ll have our beautiful LOFA membership signs on sale for $25 each.

Tent set-up will be Saturday, July 28 at about 10:00 am. Volunteers are always needed, so please help out if you can.

Come on out! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors around the lake. Hope to see you there.

Turtle crossings and meeting minutes

Please remember to report your turtle sightings to the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program! Let’s help them make life better for our little hard-shelled buddies.  Here is the link to do so.  This page also links to information about natural history, species identification, how to protect turtle nests, and much more.

And, completely unrelated, here are the minutes from the LOFA Board’s May 26 meeting at Beaver’s.

Conservation on Tap and the spring LOFA board meeting

Here is the schedule for this year’s Conservation on Tap programs, sponsored by the Iron County Land and Waters Conservation Department, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, and hosted by The Pines restaurant. These are always interesting programs!

And, the spring meeting of the Lake of the Falls board of trustees will be this Sunday, May 26, at 10:00 am at Beaver’s Resort. All are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!