Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

From our good friend Susan Och comes this link to the National Weather Service, where you will find a new series of posters promoting better information about drowning. The one detailing the difference between what a drowning person looks like compared to “movie” drowning is particularly important for folks living on the lakes. Here is the link: http://www.weather.gov/iwx/beachhazards_awareness_week For example, did you know: Ladies and gentlemen, please take the time to scroll through these informational posters prior to setting off on your Lake Leelanau adventure on this fine summer day.  It may save a life. Thank you. Read more

Swimmer’s Itch Meeting

On Thursday June 23, 2016, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Lake Association will host another meeting concerning our “Swimmer’s Itch” (SI) Initiative.  The formation of a committee and fund raising will be discussed as well as a Q&A on the SICON program that begins in July.  The meeting will be held at the Leland Library.  Please come and help us address this emerging health problem on our beautiful lake.  Light refreshments will be served. Read more

Kayak Car Carriers

Now is the season to escape from the home and discover new waters or kayak down the river out of Cedar. However, to get there a safe mode of transportation is necessary. It is better not to go down the road with a large kayak, nearly at the maximum weight limit of the rack, then encounter a rough dirt road. Many kayak carriers are simply not built for the dirt road.  When that wind picks up the widest kayaks will become like sails (typically 32″ or greater) and may rip the whole rack off!  Sit-on kayaks also are made with twice... Read more

Boater Safety Class

Please share: Boater Safety Class 2016 Boater Safety Class for boaters who will be at least 12 years old by the end of the boating season. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Leelanau County Court House, E. Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay. Class will start promptly at 9 a.m. There is no charge for the course, and the only requirement is that participants come with a positive attitude and a desire to be a safe boater. Adults are also welcome. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Course materials will be provided. No fee. Remember, only... Read more

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Mayflies Moving

Exploring the Mayfly and Fishing Often this time of year one will find the intriguing sail-shaped winged fly that arrives on shore from the water. There are signs of their emergence on the water surface on the lake shoals. On lakes, there are two varieties fly fishermen try to imitate, the Callibaetis and Tricorythodes or “Tricos” in the Midwest. There are other kinds of mayfly to consider, though not as great in numbers. One of the largest hatches in the world occurs also on our lakes, the Hexagenia limbata, inhabits silt beds and emerges in June to August. Known as the... Read more

Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

I want to give a shout-out to a site I’ve just discovered: Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.  As part of the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition, NWMISN provides information and advice for “Protecting, enhancing, and promoting northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach.” The mission statement goes on to say “The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) works directly with partners in four counties: Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee. It is currently funded through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and was founded through the merger of the Grand Traverse Regional Invasive Species Network and... Read more

Edible Trails

At the Leelanau Conservancy’s DeYoung Natural Area along the TART trail, the Edible Trails project is brimming with enthusiasm. Those who ride by on their bikes or arrive from Cherry Bend Road will discover an edible food forest in the making. Volunteers are welcome to help plant or maintain a variety of edible fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, herbs, and vegetables. Some of these plants, including the blackberries, chestnuts, and Saskatoon bushes, were donated by farms throughout Leelanau County. Edible Trails is an ongoing project that started in early 2014. A group of volunteers, non-profits, and schools have worked... Read more

Pictures from Grogan’s

As we shiver and wait on these cold Spring days .. wait for something a bit more like summer to appear… as we think of warmer days of sun and fun, I am grateful for these wonderful pics from Jim Grogan, which remind us why we love it here.  One of Jim’s photos is of a good number of kids jumping off that wonderful Jim Grogan Family Raft.  He writes, “It’s all about kids!” And then there’s three gorgeous sunsets to help us through to warmer weather.  Thanks, Jim! You’ll also notice a new masthead for our site, a photo... Read more