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Because of Lily Lake’s smaller size and shallow depth, logically our lake would not be ideal for wake boats based on the information listed below and would be better suited for larger inland lakes such as Houghton or Higgins Lake.
Studies have found Wake Boats have a significant negative environmental impact on smaller inland lakes, because:
- The larger wake they produce cause greater erosion on shorelines compared to other motorboats, and potentially significant damage to property, docks, docked boats or landscaped shorelines.
- Propellers and large wakes can also disturb nesting birds along the shore, churn up sediment from the bottom of the lake, and continually disturb the bottom of shallow lakes which imperils natural aquatic plants, insects, fish, and microscopic life.
- This turbulence can also churn up nutrients such as phosphorus that could increase algae growth.
- Due to their larger wake, wake boats present significant safely hazards to other boaters, swimmers and even people resting or sitting on or in moored boats, swim rafts and docks. It is not uncommon for the wave from a wake boat to cause a person to fall down on or fall off of a dock or moored boat, or even break boat mooring lines.
The findings from these studies were taken from studies conducted in Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia, and performed on much larger bodies of water than Lily Lake. As a result, you would have to assume the impact on our smaller lake would be magnified considerably.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recommends that Wake Boaters stay at least 150 feet from other vessels, swimming areas, anglers, etc.; and should stay in deeper water. Due to the size of Lily Lake, it would not lend itself for Wake Boaters to be able to easily follow these recommendations.
PLM has advised that they will be out on Lily Lake for a water quality check on April 27th.
The 2021 Lake Conservation FREE Webinar Series was just announced by the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. A whole year of online presentations about lakes might interest some of you!
. . . the new Greenwood Twp Representative for the Lily Lake Assessment Board – along with Brownwyn Asplund, the new County Commissioner for our district.
Gail replaces Linda Bailow. We would like to thank Linda for her service to Lily Lake and to Greenwood Township!
Bronwyn replaces Dave Hoefling. We appreciate Dave’s dedication to his role as both County Commissioner and on the Lake Board and are grateful for his kind and considerate nature.
A cup cup holder floating in the lake with a Yamaha key fob in it was found this weekend.
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