BE LAKE SMART TIPS
It is all of our responsibility to keep our favorite lake healthy.
✓ Keep leaves, branches, trees, and other plant materials out of the lake. As these decay they increase nutrients in the water leading to algae growth. Bag or mulch the leaves, leaving them as natural fertilizer on the lawn.
✓ Do not use fertilizers or detergents on lawns, driveways or ramps where runoff could reach the lake.
✓ Remove dog droppings from the lawn and shoreline. Never throw animal waste into the lake.
✓ Prevent any soil loss into the lake since phosphorus clings to soil and grows algae.
✓ Use No-Phosphorus lawn fertilizers. Lake weeds and algae grow with
✓ If you use a lawn service like True Green, confirm what type of fertilizer
✓ Protect your shorelines from erosion by stabilizing it with
riprap, a retaining wall, or vegetation buffer.
✓ Pets, people, boats, lawn furniture, and anything you chose to wash should be
cleaned where the water can’t run into the lake.
✓ Have your septic tank pumped every 2-3 years for year-round, 3-5 years for
✓ Follow Boat Wake Awareness when near shore. Waves and wakes from boats carry a lot of energy while crashing into the shore. They can weaken the shoreline and cause erosion. Motor slowly and be courteous.
✓ Hobby pets (like chickens, goats, pheasants) manage their waste and keep it out of the lake! The waste has high concentrations of phosphorous and nitrogen, also possible contamination with ecoli and salmonella.
ICE ANGLERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON LAKE HEALTH TOO.
Ice anglers enjoy the lake as winter’s frosty resource, but with its popularity is growing pollution: chewing tobacco tins, empty beer cans, discarded clothing, wood, and lots of plastic minnow bags containing human excrement.
Garbage left behind will not disappear. It sinks and pollutes fish habitat and foraging, it
washes up on shore as sharp debris injuring swimmers and wildlife, it gets stuck on boat propellers. Not only is lake litter unsightly, its illegal. Everyone can prevent trash from ending
up in the lake.
#1 Never use anti-freeze or fertilizers to keep holes free of ice.
An ice scoop with a long handle is best.
#2 Make sure your ice auger and vehicles are serviced regularly.
Fix oil and gas leaks before you head out on the lake.
#3 If you have to “go,” do not go on the ice or down a hole in the ice. Human waste contains pathogens that are harmful to other humans and animals. Take along a portable toilet or locate nearby bathrooms to take care of business.
#4 Pack trash bags to pick up litter before you leave the ice. If you see others leave trash behind, please pick up theirs too. It’s the right thing to do.
#5 Live bait can carry pathogens that are dangerous to aquatic life. Never dump bait on the ice or down a hole. Carry it off the lake and dispose of it in the trash. Always remember if you Pack It In...Pack It Out!