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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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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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LOFA’s Annual Picnic is back!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, August 1  at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.

Please feel free to bring along your family members and houseguests. Brats, burgers, side dishes and beverages will be supplied by Beavers. If you would like to bring a dessert 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!

Tent set-up will be Saturday, July 31 at about 10:00 am. Volunteers are always welcome.

Come on out! It will be great to get together again after such a long absence. Hope to see you there. 

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Our website has moved!

Our fancy new website is now being hosted by Lakekit.net, a network of Wisconsin lake organizations who collectively help each other build and maintain their websites without needing extensive technical knowledge. What this means to us is that our site now has better security, frequent back-ups, looks really cool (at least I think so),  and that we may be able to add more features in the future. It’s also a lot easier to work with! Our gmail address is still the same, lofassociation@gmail.com, so if there is anything you would like to contribute just send it along and we’ll be happy to put it up. Comments are enabled, but if you subscribed to the website in the past you may have to re-subscribe. We are still working on that and will let you know.

 

The minutes of the May 30th LOFA Board meeting can be read here. The Annual Meeting and Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 1st. More information on that will be available as we get closer to the day. It will be great to see everyone again!

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