This beaver was causing flooding on the pipeline road on the Hemlock hunting property.
Ecology Annual Report 2014/2015
Dennis Hawley- Director of Ecology
During 2014 there were six treatments applied to the lake, most aimed at keeping the EWM in check and knocking down several types of pond weeds. As the temperature of the water increased there were several treatments for algae in the canals and waterways. It was noted by our contractor PLM that the EWM was staging a comeback and the plan for 2015 included aggressively keeping it under control. The vegetation and water quality surveys were very favorable in the fall as well as the E. coli levels measured in the campground area. Our lake is the best it has been in several years and we plan to keep it that way, within our normal lake budget and drawing from the existing assessment balance if necessary. Remember to use low phosphorus fertilizers on ornamental vegetation around the lake to reduce lake weeds and algae.
With the decrease in aquatic plants we should see an increase in game fish size. We also stocked the lake with 8,000 minnows in the spring and 10,000 in the fall. In 2015 we will revisit our stocking plan to include several other types of game and bait fish.
The lake level was maintained at a higher level than in the past at the request of our lake management contractor and partly due to a dam adjustment problem.
Again for the third year our resident Loon pair did not have chicks, although they had eggs in the nesting area. We are seeking advice from an outside source to determine the problem.
We have had a reoccurring problem with violations to our gate policies relating to off road vehicles, both ATVs and snowmobiles. We are seeking solutions to resolve the problems with the gate entry system.
As in past years the docks on Pontoon Island will be installed in mid-April and removed the second week of October. Two new docks were added near the cabins for use and rental by visitors.
The Adopt-A-Highway program for 2014 was a bust due to the late spring. We did cruse the area and determine that our section of M115 was in order. This year the pick-up date has been set for April 18th. Signup and training will take place after the board meeting on April 11th.
In closing i would like to thank all residents and guest for the support received in 2014. The lake is in the best shape it has been in years and with our help it will continue to improve. As in the past please continue to monitor the lake for hazards and abnormalities and report them to the office.
Stocking the Fish on Doc & Tom Lake at Lake of the Pines
November 1st, 2011, The stocking of fish on Doc & Tom Lake took place. There were over 200 perch and over 200 walleye; and over 10,000 minnows that were let loose into the lake from pontoon island and other parts of the lake. Thank you to the volunteers who helped take buckets of fish out to other parts of the lake to release them.
On October 4th 2010, Mr. Fred Coyle, Ecology Chairman and LOP Volunteers dropped 20,000 Flathead Minnows into the lake to feed the game fish.