2020 AIS Survey

Joel Settles tosses the rake to collect plant samples.

     On a beautiful July 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.

     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 Wulff diligently hunts for starry stonewort.

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.  

2021 Calendar of Events

WINTER

Ice Clean-up Day

Sunday, March 7

SPRING

Annual Members Meeting

Saturday, May 8

1:00 P.M.

Camp Iduhapi Outdoor Pavilion

SUMMER

4th of July Flotilla

Sunday, July 4

1:00 P.M.

Assemble north of Baker Park Boat Launch

AIS Monitoring

Thursday, July 15 @ Noon

FALL

Octoberfest in September Picnic

Saturday, September 25th 

Baker Park Driftwood Picnic Shelter