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.
February 7, 2014
WAPOA Winter Newsletter click here
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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
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 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
AWARD 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 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
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
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.
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 issues: water quality and invasive species
WHAT CAN I DO?
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?
Restore your shoreline, the benefit is better lake water. Imagine colorful flowers and plants beautifying your lakeshore.
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
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.
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
2013 water quality map. WAPOA measures water quality on many area lakes. See how your lake is doing. CLICK HERE
NEXT MAP WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SPRING 2014
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
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.
2007 Minnesota Lake Association of the Year
Whitefish Area Property Owners Assn PO Box 342 Crosslake MN 56442-0342