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
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!!