AIS Inspection: Good news!
Very little milfoil or other AIS
On a beautiful summer day, an AIS inspection team including Pat and Dick Wulff, Joel Settles, Merry Petitclair and Robin Reid set out on Lake Independence to look for any signs of invasive species. The team was surprised to find very little vegetation; most of the shoreline areas were plant-free. The only exception was the west side of the lake, where there are bullrushes bordering the shoreline, and patches of lily pads.
Joel tosses the rake to collect plants
There were only a few locations where coontail and Eurasian milfoil were visible. The milfoil observed along the shoreline earlier this summer has died back. Even normally abundant coontail was scarce. The patches of vegetation that were located consisted of coontail entwined with strands of half-dead milfoil. The native coontail appears to be driving out the invasive Eurasian milfoil. As expected, the team did not find any curly-leaf pondweed; it generally appears in the spring and dies in July.
Pat searches for starry stonewort and zebra mussels
The inspection turned up no signs of starry stonewort, an invasive algae that has been discovered in several Minnesota lakes. Early detection is critical for controlling the spread, so we remain vigilant. No zebra mussels were found during the inspection, but a few have been discovered recently by lakeshore owners. Fortunately, the critters don’t seem to like our lake and we’re not seeing the large clusters found on other nearby lakes.
Welcome to Lake Independence
Lake Independence is a beautiful recreational lake in Western Hennepin County, Minnesota. The lake is 844 acres in size and about 58 feet at its deepest.
Adorning its shores are 104 residential properties, Three Rivers Parks Baker Park Reserve, Vinland Center, and YMCA Camp Iduhapi. The lake has 5.8 miles of shoreline and two islands on the northwest side of the lake.
You are invited to a webinar about shoreline restoration
On Wednesday, August 26, LICA will be hosting an informational webinar about shoreline restoration, presented by Hennepin County Environmental and Energy staff. Their presentation will cover common restoration techniques and will provide information about technical resources for landowners who are interested in pursuing projects on their property. After the presentation, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and talk about problems they are experiencing on their shoreline.
The webinar will be presented using Microsoft Teams. Here is the link for joining the webinar:
or call in 612-263-6117 and enter conference ID 416 147 567#
2020 Calendar of Events
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th
Winter Party on Ice
On the ice behind 5010 South Lakeshore Dr.
2:00 - 5:00 PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29th
2019-20 Fishing Tournament closes
SATURDAY, APRIL 11th
Annual Members Meeting & Ice Cream Social
New date TBD - watch for announcement
SATURDAY, MAY 9th
2020-2021 Fishing Tournament begins
SATURDAY, JULY 4th
4th of July Boat Flotilla
Gather north of Baker Park Boat Launch
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
Baker Park Pavilion
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th
Neighborhood Night Out