Sad to say, but its that time of year again when some of us head to where its warmer, and some of us do not come to the cottage/ house that often in the winter months. SO PLEASE READ BELOW!!!
The Van Buren County Sheriffs website now has a link to add your house to their watch list.
Please note that this is for homes in areas regularly patrolled by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office. If you do not live in an area patrolled by Van Buren CountySheriff Deputies, please contact your local police department to have your home placed on their watch list. This is an excellent program offered to us in Van Buren County for absolutely no charge. In the spring when your house is off the watch list, the sheriff will call you and tell you how many times your house was visited by them. You will be amazed when you hear how many visits they made to check on your house.
Here is the direct website. Just copy the below web address.
Lake of the Woods was on the schedule for the week of September 17. They hope to have the reports done in mid/late October. We will pass them on when we receive them.
While the foam that washes up on shore may look like the foam in your kitchen sink, lake foam is usually a naturally occurring phenomenon and not caused by pollution. Foam is created when the surface tension of water (the attraction of water molecules for each other, which gives a drop of water its round shape) is broken down and air is mixed in, causing bubbles. Surface tension can be reduced by natural organic compounds as well as pollutants, such as soaps and detergents.
Natural organic compounds are released into the water by live and decomposing algae, plants materials (Dissolved Organic Carbon - DOC) and fish. As wind stirs the water, air is mixed in with the water because of its reduced surface tension, and foam is produced. Foam will often collect in large quantities on windward shores which is where we usually see them collect on Lake of the Woods. Natural foam will usually have a dirty brown color, and will smell earthy or fishy. In addition to causing foam, DOC provides energy and performs many additional functions important to aquatic ecosystems. The foam caused by these circumstances is not toxic.
Foam from detergents and soaps (synthetics) is now uncommon as most are now biodegradable (able to be broken down by bacteria) and unable to produce the long-lasting foam found on shorelines. Foam from detergents will be white and sweet smelling or scented. More commonly, human activities like the introduction of nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizers can cause increases in algae or aquatic plant growth. These can cause plant and algae blooms and an increase in foam production along with the removal of oxygen as these plants decompose. This is why limiting the use of these substances around Lake of the Woods is also important.
Roger Mattens, our past LOW president presented the PNA fishing club of South Bend Indiana a plaque on behalf or our association. This was to recognize their organization in picking Lake of the Woods to stock walleye. They have released thousands of walleye fingerlings into our lake in the past few years. This is in addition to the DNR also stocking walleye. We were told that they like to give back to the lakes that they fish on, and they sure did, and all at no cost to us. Thank you!!
Highs marine had a perfect day for the 4th bluegill tournament today August 12th 2018. There were 29 adult teams entered and 8 children fishing with the Western Michigan Bass Team. Everyone had an enjoyable time and the winners walked away with some awesome prizes. Big thank you to the following for their support. Without them this tournament would not be possible:
Highs Marine, Newell Agency Inc., Honor Credit Union, Decatur Lumber Company, Hard Times Family Restaurant, Ibby's Bait Shop, First State Bank, Section 1776, Legends & Tails Taxidermy, Lake of the Woods Improvement Association, Lee A. Moser, Modern Woodmen Of America, WavePro, Lund Boats, Caron Custom Homes !
CHANGE IN PICNIC LOCATION !!!!!
We are changing the location of the picnic this Saturday due to the possibility of rain. The new location will be the outside pavilion by the VFW in Decatur. The pavilion is located on Veterans memorial drive next to the VFW. Please pass this on to any members you know of that were going to attend. The meeting will be starting at NOON and food following at 1:00 pm.
The annual picnic and membership meeting will be July 21, 2018.
Begins at NOON with a talk about the weeds by Andy from PLM.
Bring a dish to pass. Brats, and burgers will be provided.
There will be a 50-50 raffle and prizes!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual July 4th LOW boat parade, and to all our judges. We had a very, very good showing of boats in our parade. 7 total. First place went to the Bathje family (bubble bath theme), second place was the Wesaw family (pirate theme), third place was the Younkers family (car wash theme), fourth place was the Mattens family (pink flamingo theme), fifth place was the Neubauer family (July 4th theme), sixth place was the Rohrbach family (yankee doodle dandy theme), and in seventh place was the Kiss family (holiday theme). Each of these boats are receiving prizes for their amazing effort in decorating their boats.
LOW Improvement Association