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The spring LOFA board meeting is coming up this Sunday, May 29 at 10:00 at Beavers Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. Everyone is welcome to attend! Bring your questions and concerns and get to know some of your neighbors around the lake.

 

Remember that Rice Lake’s Great Weed Pull is scheduled for 9 days between May 31 and June 7. Keeping the invasive Curly Leaf Pondweed contained upriver is a vital step in preventing its spread down the chain and into Lake of the Falls. Volunteers are still needed, so if you have a free day and want to do something pretty great for everyone on the Turtle River chain, follow this link to the Rice Lake Association’s website and sign up!

 

And Zach Wilson of the Iron County Department of Land and Water Conservation is leading river trips on the Turtle River the week of June 12-16 to identify and remove CLP growing between Pike Lake and Rice. Canoes, paddles and related supplies will be provided, so all we need are some willing paddlers. We’ve created a new Google Group to help coordinate this effort;

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Thinking about spring

. . .and wondering how long it will be before we can get out there and pull some more pondweed! Many of us received this letter from Bob Kary of the Rice Lake Association reminding us that help will be needed again in 2023 in the ongoing battle against Curly Leaf Pondweed and other aquatic invasives in the Turtle River watershed. It’s not too early to think about how we can get involved in the effort.

Your LOFA board of directors has been talking to some nice folks at the Wisconsin DNR about other steps we can take to ensure the health of Lake of the Falls going forward. We’ve got some plans in the works and will be releasing details once everything’s firmed up. So stay tuned, and in the meantime, enjoy the snow!

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Pondweed and fish update

Here is an excerpt from the thank-you letter sent by the Rice Lake Association to the many volunteers who participated in The Great Weed Pull 2022. Several families from Lake of the Falls joined weed-pullers from all over Iron County and beyond in the effort to control Curly Leaf Pondweed in Rice Lake and the Turtle River during the first 2 weeks of June. While it’s unlikely that CLP will ever be completely removed from our watershed, this year’s effort was a great success and much progress was made.Go to ricelakeassociation.org to see photos of the weed-pullers in action, and please consider volunteering for next year’s event. It’s starting to look like we may be able to beat this, with everybody’s help!

 

“…We think back fondly on each and every day we spent with you on the water. The herculean effort you made to pull those big loads of pondweed into your boat.  The friendly competition of who had the most bags of CLP. Your sense of humor and kind and gentle good nature. The sharing of a meal each day prepared by our wonderful Rice Lake family. The memories are endless and dear.

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“Lake Plants You Should Know”

, , , is a field guide published by UW-Extension Lakes, the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network, and Clean Boats Clean Waters that features LIFE-SIZE photos of many of the aquatic plants we find in our lakes, plus a few we hope never to find. And it’s waterproof, so you can take it out in your boat and use it to get to  know your plants. And now the Lake of the Falls Association has it’s own copy, which you can borrow by sending a note to lofassociation@gmail.com. Take this book out for a paddle and get it dirty! Get to know what’s growing in your water!

 

And don’t forget Conservation on Tap this Thursday evening, June 9th, at 6:00 at The Pines, where Zach Wilson will present on everyone’s favorite topic, invasive species and what we’re doing to stop them. See you on Thursday!

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Volunteer to protect Lake of the Falls

The Rice Lake Association’s website now features a sign-up  page where we can volunteer for specific days during Week 1 (May 31-June 4) and/or Week 2 (June 6-June11) of their 2022 Pondweed Pull.  More information is available on their website. And they have started a Facebook page with some impressive photos from last year’s Pull.

 

The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department is coordinating volunteers to paddle and pull weeds in the Turtle River between Pike Lake and Rice Lake, and into the southern basin of Rice Lake, on June 6, 7, 8 and 9, and here is where you can go to sign up for that.

 

Pike Lake Neighbors Inc. has this page on their website outlining the aquatic invasive species they’ve found there, and will be planning hand-pulling events throughout the summer.

 

In the past few years on Lake of the Falls we’ve found some Yellow Flag Iris along the riverbed north of the lake, and there’s some growing near the channel into First Black. That’s the only Aquatic Invasive Species we’ve found in our lake (that we know of) and it would be great to keep it that way.

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