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.

Don’t forget to vote and pay your dues!

If you haven’t already, please follow this link right now and cast your votes to approve (or not, it’s up to you) the proposed LOFA budget for 2020-21 and the proposed changes to our bylaws. And, since there won’t be an annual meeting and picnic this year due  to the Covid-19 pandemic, let me take this opportunity to remind you to pay your dues! Many people pay at the picnic, but you can take care of it easily by visiting our Pay Your Dues page right here on this website. Pay online with Paypal or print out the form and mail it in with your check.

The deadline for voting is Thursday, July 30 and results will be posted here on August 2. I hope everyone is having a fun, and a safe, summer!

Turtle River Watershed Management Plan

In response to concern about environmental threats to our waterways in Iron County, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (of which LOFA is a member) has been working with the State of Wisconsin to create a new model for assessing and improving the health of our lakes and rivers. ICLRA secretary Dick Thiede’s letter, sent by LOFA treasurer Jack Schuett to LOFA members last Tuesday, goes into a lot of detail about the reasons for this effort and is worth the time it takes to read. The upshot is the creation of the Turtle River Watershed Management Plan, a cooperative effort to address specific problems in the river system that can potentially affect everyone, such as the aquatic invasive species which are already present in some upriver lakes. The ICLRA is hosting a “kickoff” conference on Wednesday, January 29 to start the ball rolling on this important initiative. Time and place are still TBD and will be posted here. As Jack stated in his email to LOFA members on Tuesday,

While this is not an ideal time for many of you to attend, it is imperative to get the “ball rolling” as to have something in place ASAP. We know the the problem will not resolve itself. There will be committees and studies to be done so there will be plenty of chances to get involved.

We’ll keep everyone posted on the progress of this initiative.

To read Dick Thiede’s email, click here, and here to see a map of the Turtle River Watershed.

Our second annual fall get-together

. . .at Beaver’s Resort was a success last Saturday with 17 people in attendance (at least that’s what I counted) and lots of lively conversation and good feelings all around. It’s always sad to see another season end, but this is a great way to say farewell! I took a couple of pictures of the group but they were a little blurry and the light was bad, so, instead, enjoy this photo of some otters who visited the north end of the lake on a gorgeous morning last week. Before it started to snow!

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.