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
I wanted to share with you details about our upcoming camp season as it pertains to the lake. Hopefully this will help everyone who lives on the lake understand our schedule. I know some people like to plan to be on the lake when we are not .
Our regular season with campers this year is June 18th – August 10th.
On many days, we are typically on the lake from 10:45 am – 1:15 pm and again from 3:15 pm – 6:30 pm and a few night a week from 7:45 – 8:45 pm.
On July 29th, these times change to 9:45 am – 12:15 pm and again from 2:15 – 5:30 pm and a few nights a week from 6:45 – 8:15 pm.
Beginning June 10th, our drivers will be practicing driving on our lake and finishing their water ski boating course. We will also be setting up our sailboats and wind surf boards so you will see a few boats with our people practicing this week.
Monday, June 18th – Opening Day 2018 (we will not be using the lake)
Tuesday, June 19th – Regular activities begin and all boats will be out on the lake
Friday, June 29th – we are using 3-4 our ski boats on this day to pull tubers
Sunday, July 1st – we are using only half of our boats
Wednesday, July 4th – no boating
Tuesday, July 10th – we are doing very little boating due to special event (a few ski boats and a few sail boats)
Wednesday, July 11th – we are doing very little boating due to special event (a few ski boats and a few sail boats)
Thursday, July 12th – we are doing very little boating due to special event (a few ski boats and a few sail boats)
Friday, July 13th – all boating finished by 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 14th – no boating
Sunday, July 15th – no boating
Monday, July 16th – no boating
Sunday, July 29th – no boating
Tuesday, August 7th – we are doing very little boating due to special event (a few ski boats and a few sail boats)
Wednesday, August 8th – we are doing very little boating due to special event (a few ski boats and a few sail boats)
Thursday, August 9th – we are doing very little boating due to special event (a few ski boats and a few sail boats)
Friday, August 10th – all boating finished by 1:00 pm and our regular camper season is over!
August 11 – 22 – Family camp week. We use about 1/3 of our boats during this time.
August 22 – September 3rd – different groups come and rent camp. We use very few boats during this time. Typically 3 ski boats and some canoes.
Hopefully this information is helpful to the people who live on the lake. As always, if anyone has any concerns please tell them to reach out to me.
Decorate your boat for the annual LOWIA boat parade! The parade is on Wed July 4th, the boats muster at 6 pm on the north shore of the lake. Look for the Pontoon with the Grand Marshal signs. The parade begins at 6:30 pm. A FEW SECRET judges besides our regular judges (with judge signs) will be viewing the boats from SECRET locations around the Lake, so lets get started on decorating our boats!!
From Michigan Lakes and Stream Association
March 8, 2018 Newsletter
Submitted by Paul J. Sniadecki, ML&SA Board Director
On going scientific study in the state of Minnesota has resulted in some key findings for the treatment of starry stonewart. The knowledge gained in Minnesota can be directly applied to the many lakes in Michigan with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) infestations of starry stonewort. A forthcoming 2018 paper from researchers and their collaborators at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Cooperative Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota, will help inform starry stonewort management efforts for inland lakes. Researchers found that mechanical and algaecide treatments greatly reduced starry stonewort biomass, but that bulbils – small, star-shaped structures that can regenerate into new plants – remained viable after treatment. The project consisted of both field and lab work to evaluate the effects of mechanical and algaecide treatments on starry stonewort biomass, bulbil density, and bulbil viability. Researchers examined several areas of Koronis lake that had undergone different treatments, including a channel that was mechanically harvested, an area that was treated only with algaecide, and an area that was first mechanically harvested and then treated with algaecide. The results of each treatment were compared to an untreated reference area. This research was conducted in collaboration with the Koronis Lake Association and Blue Water Science, a lake management firm. Key findings included:
1. The algaecide (chelated copper) treatment on its own significantly reduced starry stonewort biomass, but failed to reduce bulbil density and the capacity of starry stonewort to regenerate via bulbils.
2. Combining the algaecide treatment with mechanical harvesting also significantly reduced starry stonewort biomass, and was associated with lower bulbil viability.
These findings underscore that a multi-pronged approach to starry stonewort control that includes both chemical and mechanical management has potential to improve outcomes. Determining how to prevent the recovery of starry stonewort from bulbils that remained viable after treatment needs further investigation using scientific methods. Applied research on the efficacy of starry stonewort treatment options has been extremely limited; but MAISRC is filling a critical knowledge gap with this work. The paper will soon be published in Lake and Reservoir Management, An International Journal of the North American Lake Management Society This invasive alga has now been found in only eleven (11) Minnesota lakes (compared to the scores of lakes in Michigan) and can grow tall and dense, interfering with recreation and potentially displacing native species. To date, treatment options have been limited and the species has proven difficult to control. Since 2012, the Minnesota Legislature has appropriated significant funds to create the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Cooperative Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Minnesota Commissioner of Natural Resources, MNDNR. (NOTE: Portions of this article originally appeared in the February 2018 Newsletter issued by MAISRC)
Friday & Saturday
April 20 & 21, 2018Crystal Mountain Resort
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Conference TopicsInland Lake Ecology 101The Role of Lake Associations in Promoting Lake StewardshipThe Importance of Natural ShorelinesThe Economic Value of Michigan’s Inland LakesEstablishing the Value of a Lake AssociationManaging Invasive Starry stonewortNon-chemical control of invasive phragmitesSwimmer’s Itch SeminarAquatic Plant IdentificationRiparian Rights and Water Law Update with ML&SA Attorney Clifford H. BloomMiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program Volunteer TrainingAnd many more topics of interest…Key Note SpeakersMichigan State Senator Rebekah Warren
MDNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Policy Director Grenetta Thomassey
Higgins Lake Foundation Chair Vicki Springstead