On the Move with Swimmer’s Itch

On June 22, 2016, a significant event occurred here in our backyard. The Michigan Swimmers Itch Partnership (MSIP), in conjunction with SICON, LLC. presented a conference specifically pointed at the problem of swimmer’s itch. Experts from the United States, Canada gathered to discuss and explain their research and attempts at dealing with the swimmer’s itch problem. This Conference was held at the Roscommon High School Auditorium. A meeting of the Michigan Swimmer’s Itch Partnership was held in the morning (9:30 am) followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. The participants were as follows: Harvey Blankespoor, Dr. Curtis Blankespoor, Ron... Read more

Cedar River Nature Preserve

The Cedar River flows into the southwest shore of  South Lake Leelanau. The location on the map appears to be a large unsettled area. That is because it is an official nature preserve. I recently paddled back there with family in search of a lake which I thought may have bluegill. Before we set out, a friend mentioned to me that the lake holds many gar, like logs strewn throughout the lake. To my surprise the lake was wide open and shallow, nearly half a mile long, holding many large snapping turtles, 1-4ft deep in places and many stumps. I got... Read more

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