Everything we do is related to protecting the quality of our lakes.

Lower Hay Lake, Whitefish Chain

 Whitefish Chain  

CLICK HERE to see webcam photo taken in last 2 minutes

CLICK HERE to see Whitefish Chain weather forecast  

CLICK HERE to see map of Chain

CLICK HERE for lake water level page and current levels


Lower Hay webcam/weather courtesy Steve Curry

 

 


 

A Message from WAPOA President, Tom Watson

WAPOA has been working on water quality and conservation matters for 43 years and continues to do so. 

All private property owners about the Whitefish Lakes area need to take responsibility and get involved in these issues.

Our elected officials at township, county, and state levels must understand that there could be economic and employment consequences to the area if invasive species make our lakes undesirable and unattractive destinations for travel, vacation and visits.

We will continue to advocate that our local units of government step forward to help in the fight against invasive species.

WAPOA has suggested ways they could help that would have minimal or no cost.    Share your thoughts and views with your public officials and WAPOA Directors. 

Our commitment to water quality is only reinforced with the recent zebra mussel detections.  We need to engage everyone and attract all private property owners to join WAPOA.

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Volunteer watercraft inspectors needed for your lake.  If not you, then who?

      Keep invasive species out of your lake

       Take either DNR class:  Wed April 26,2014 or Sat May 21, 2014  9:30 a.m --- about 2 hours

        <<<<--------Click on Invasive species in left hand column, then invasive species class for details



 

BIG ISLAND TRIP WITH NATURALIST PAM PERRY AND PHOTOGRAPHER STEVE KOHLS

      Sunday, May 25, 2014 

      A unique chance to be on this ecologically special island in Whitefish with expert guides.

<<<<---------- Click on Big Island Trip link in column on left for more detail

 

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February 7, 2014

  Birdhouse on shore of Whitefish Chain Feb 2014   WAPOA Winter Newsletter  click here

 


 


MN DNR Ice Graphic

 

 

ICE ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

Pass these tips on to everyone in your family


Thickness, travel, ice rescue, vehicle escape, clear vs snow ice


From the experience of the Minnesota DNR CLICK HERE

 

 

 


 

 

9-26-2013

Good news!    No Eurasian water milfoil

WAPOA works for early detection of invasive water plants

Surveys area lakes at 35 locations

  Click to see map and chart.   CLICK HERE

 

 


 

1-8-2014

Zebra mussel  Zebra mussels discovered in Whitefish Chain

Adult mussels discovered July 2013 in 2 lakes, immature zebra mussel veligers found in 8 of the14 lakes in the chain

Classified as early invasion, public warned, access signs posted

 Informative MN DNR zebra mussel page -- CLICK HERE

                                   also 3 zebra mussel articles in Newsletter CLICK HERE

 


 

9-25-2013

WAPOA Fall Newsletter  CLICK HERE

Latest information on zebra mussels, other invasive species, and how WAPOA continues to work on the invasive species problem.

 

 

 

 


 

WAPOA Hosts Aquatic Invasive Species Seminar September 25, 2013 

Fifty-five people attended!

The area's top invasive species experts discussed steps boaters and lakeshore owners should take now that the Whitefish chain has zebra mussels.  Protecting your boat, motor, and yourself.

Transporting boats, trailers, and waterfront equipment legally.  Using certified waterfront professionals.   CLICK HERE

NEW FEATURE:    VIDEO OF THIS SEMINAR  CLICK HERE

 

 


 9-17-2013

WAPOA speaks frankly at State House Legislative Committee meeting, taking invasive species fight to state level, outlines challenges. Praise from legislators.


   CLICK HERE for Brainerd Dispatch article

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l-r, Dave Fischer WAPOA Past President, Tom Watson, WAPOA President

Image from LAKELAND NEWS 9-11-2013


 

 

WAPOA disappointed by County Board response to WAPOA  proposal for preventing additional invasive species in Whitefish Chain.       CLICK HERE for Brainerd Dispatch article. 7-13-2013


PLEASE CLEAR THE WAY SO WE CAN GET TO WORK

WAPOA President Dave Fischer states, " The recent discovery of zebra mussels in the Whitefish Chain highlights the urgency of keeping out additional invasive species.

The lakes area economy is built around our pristine lakes. Our lake associations have reached their limit in financing inspections and treatment. 

It is time for local government at all levels --township, city, and county--to do their share, to join the fight, time for them to work with us to form Lake Improvement Districts. This will allow lake shore owners to tax themselves to raise funds to fight invasive species.

We can do the work and we will pay the additional amounts, but we can only do that if the County and other local governments clear the legal path making it possible for us to do it."  

 

 


UPDATE 9-13-2013               Veliger map Whitefish Chain                                                         

 Recent plankton mapping finds veligers on 8* Chain lakes

See DNR map where veligers found      CLICK HERE

*Zebra mussel veligers found in Upper Hay since map was made

 

 


 

 

DNR biologist Paul Radomski

WAPOA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Excellent article in ECHO  CLICK HERE

 

 

June 8, 2013 Very successful WAPOA Annual Membership Meeting. Featured speaker DNR research biologist Paul Radomski talked about the recently completed 2-year study of the Whitefish Chain.  Link to the study CLICK HERE

 

Conclusion of Study: Protection of both the shoreline itself and the habitat surrounding the shoreline will be the most effective way to preserve the plant and animal communities in and around the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, and the value of the lakes themselves. 

 


 

 

DNR road sign

DNR DOES PERIODIC BOAT HIGHWAY CHECKS

IN BRAINERD VACATION AREA

2013 The MN DNR CONTINUES its road side and lake access checks in Crow Wing County to check for invasive species. 

At the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend boats, trailers, and water equipment were inspected.

A conservation officer said that there would be more checks in the area this summer.

Citations were issued for violations at the two sites.  Photos  CLICK HERE

 

 


 

Big Trout access reconstructionAWARD FOR MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION OF BIG TROUT ACCESS  

  The improper runoff of surface water into the lake was corrected with a reconstruction of the access.

  A joint project of the DNR, Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District, US Army Corps of Engineers, and WAPOA.  Details HERE

UPDATE 10-21-2013  This project just awarded the prestigious Lake Friendly Award CLICK HERE 

 



 

 


The 2014 Shoreland Restoration Contest dates and entry procedures will be announced in late Spring 2014

The 2013 contest is over but you can enter our Shoreland Restoration Contest in early summer 2014.

There will be several winners who will share a total of about $6,500.  WAPOA will introduce you to local experts who will give you free advice and help with your planning.

Preliminary open house with free light refreshments will be in early June 2014.  Actual contest night will be mid-june 2014.

Details of previous contests CLICK HERE

 

  


 

SHORELAND RESTORATION

 

Shoreland restoration is very important for the lake.  The restoration of natural vegetation provides a buffer which protects the lake from water running off the adjacent shoreland.  This water carries fine particles of soil which cover and destroy the proper bottom surface that fish eggs need.  In addition the soil carries in phosphorus which promotes lake-clogging algae. Not to mention rain water carrying fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and driveway run-off with gas, oil, antifreeze, and more.   Plus, quite a few animals like to be near the water, just as you do

 


 

 

CHECK DOCKS, WATER EQUIPMENT FOR ZEBRA MUSSELS

  Shoreland owners should check their boat lifts for adult zebra mussels, which are yellowish-tan and brown striped, and range in size from one-eighth inch to about one inch long.

People who find something they suspect is a zebra mussel, faucet snail or other aquatic invasive species should take a picture of it, keep a specimen, and report it to the nearest DNR invasive species specialist. A listing of specialists is available on the DNR’s website.   http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/contacts.html

 



 

 

January 2014
 WAPOA's Invasive Species inspection Report for the Whitefish Chain


 Zebra mussels were discovered in lakes at both ends of the Whitefish Chain---Lower Hay and Cross in July 2013.

All 13 lakes in the Chain have now been designated as infested waters.



photo credit: Alison Fox, University of Florida, Bugwood.org

UGA1624031: Alison Fox, University of Florida, Bugwood.org

Fortunately, WAPOA-sponsored professional inspections (August 2013) in the Whitefish Chain did not find any evidence of the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil plant,

 

The 14 lakes of the Whitefish Chain, like other area lakes, are at risk for the introduction of invasive species. 

  

Unfortunately, Eurasian watermilfoil and/or the zebra mussel are currently found in the following area lakes: Gull, Pelican, Kimble, Ossawinnamakee, Mille Lacs, Bay, Leech, and Winnibigoshish.  And now the Whitefish Chain with zebra mussels.

 

In an effort to prevent the spread of invasive species,  WAPOA continues an aggressive program of public education and paid and volunteer watercraft inspectors at boat accesses.

 

In 2013 we paid for 2,600 hours of inspections on the 7 major accesses on the Whitefish Chain.


In addition, WAPOA pays for inspections of over 30 one-acre water areas surrounding high risk boat accesses looking for invasive plants.


If an inspection would find an early infection with Eurasian watermilfoil we would aggressively treat the initial infested area if advised and permitted to do so by the DNR.

 

 


 

 

WAPOA's  2013 Water Quality Report for the Whitefish Chain 

Note: a lower TSI number means better water quality.

The latest 5 year water quality results can be shown with a map.  CLICK HERE



If you can resist the map for a minute, it might be helpful to read below.


Secchi disc portion of water testing

This MN PCA photo shows the use of a Secchi disc which provides 1/3 of the TSI water quality score.

WAPOA  volunteers regularly use this disc to measure water clarity and they also take water samples which are sent for laboratory testing.

These measurements are combined to give the "TSI" figure.

 

Important: Remember when you click above to see the water quality map, a lower TSI number means better water quality. 

 

Most everything WAPOA does is related in some manner to maintaining and improving water quality: water testing, lakeshore restoration, educating lakeshore owners to prevent rain water runoff into lake, not using phosphorus fertilizers, shoreline buffer strips, and more.

 



 

DNR LINK WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ZEBRA MUSSELS

An excellent summary of zebra mussel information  CLICK HERE


  "ACTION STEPS" TO AVOID SPREADING INVASIVE SPECIES   CLICK HERE

 

 


WAPOA WORKS IN MULTIPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE WATER

A note to our website visitors, notice that everything we do is somehow related to improving the water quality of our lakes.

  • Testing water on over 30 lakes lets us see trends in water quality.
  • Restoring lakeshore with native plants keeps phosphorus and sediment out of the water.    Less algae, more fish 
  • Working with upstream farmers as we look at all sources of water flowing into the lake; so the  Harvest Dinner
  • Inspecting boats for invasive species in order to keep the natural balance of the lakes.
  • Working for shoreline policies that permit only shoreline uses and activities that result in clean water.
  • Maintaining focus on the two most important issueswater quality and invasive species

 

 


 

 WHAT CAN I DO?

 

10 actions you can do to prevent AIS

Do I have any responsibility for invasive species?

Ten things you can do to prevent invasive species  CLICK HERE

Score yourself, do you know at least 7 of these 10 action steps?

 

 

 

 


 

 

SHORELINE RESTORATION

Restore your shoreline, the benefit is better lake water. Imagine colorful flowers and plants beautifying your lakeshore. 

 

Lake shore that has been restored with natural plants

 

You can do it!   CLICK HERE

 

Restore Your Shore is a powerful multimedia program for shoreland owners and professionals to use in implementing shoreland restoration and protection projects."> 

Photo courtesy Minnesota DNR

 

 

 

 

 

Ferbers had the winning entry

5 Winners in WAPOA's 2012 Shoreline Restoration Contest   CLICK HERE

 

10 tips for improving your shoreline CLICK HERE

 


 

Maps Maps Maps2012 Invasive plant survey sites map.

2012 Access survey sites 

A map of where WAPOA looked in 2013 for invasive plants. Looking before they become entrenched. Who knew they checked so many places?  CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Thumbnail of latest water quality map

 

2013 water quality map. WAPOA measures water quality on many area lakes. See how your lake is doingCLICK HERE

NEXT MAP WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SPRING 2014

 


Thumbnail of MN DNR Where does the MN DNR stock fish on the chain?

Map by DNR Fisheries Specialist Owen Baird shows location and amount CLICK HERE  

 

 

 



 

Below, topics covered in the recent past


  • Annual Harvest Dinner-Working with our upstream neighbors for better water  CLICK HERE
  • Video MN DNR zebra-mussel sniffing dogs CLICK HERE
  • Dr. Molloy, nationally know zebra mussel researcher visits WAPOA CLICK HERE
  • Jack Wallschlaeger, WAPOA visionary who worked to protect the lakes, passes away  CLICK HERE
  •  DNR/WAPOA create walleye spawning bed in Hay creek March 20, 2012    CLICK HERE
  • WAPOA educating boaters at Antique Boat show CLICK HERE

 

 


 

Mission Statement

Stewardship of the natural world throughout the Whitefish Area and the Pine River Watershed is the mission of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association.

 The Association shall lead and work with citizens, groups, associations, and government units to conserve and improve the quality of our waters, shoreland, fishery, wildlife resources, and general welfare for the benefit of present and future generations.
 



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    2007 Minnesota Lake Association of the Year

    Whitefish Area Property Owners Assn   PO Box 342  Crosslake  MN  56442-0342

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