Lakes Preservation League is a non-profit  organization committed to the preservation of natural resources in the Devils and Round Lakes areas in Lenawee County, Michigan.

Meetings are normally held the first Wednesday o
f each month at 7:00 pm at the Rollin Township Hall, 730 Manitou Road, Manitou Beach, Mi.


Announcements

  • Weed Treatment August 3rd and 4th PLM will be treating Round Lake and the south end of Devils Lake on Monday and Tuesday, August 3rd and 4th.The lakes were surveyed on Friday and it appears ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2015, 6:17 AM by Lakes Preservation
  • Savin Lake Services - Treatment Notification Please be advised that Savin Lake Services will be treating Woodstock’s portion of Devils Lake for aquatic vegetation and algae on Tuesday, July 21st 2015.
    Posted Jul 22, 2015, 10:43 AM by Lakes Preservation
  • Todd Olsen to Speak at July Meeting! Todd Olsen from Devils Lake Ventures will be speaking at our July meeting. Todd is one of the partners that are going to redevelop the old Sun and Snow properties ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2015, 11:10 AM by Lakes Preservation
  • How To Avoid Transporting Invasive Species On June 26th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., DNR staff will be stationed at the Devils  Lake public access to share information with boaters about how to avoid ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2015, 6:38 AM by Lakes Preservation
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Weed Control Equipment

Lake Rakes and a Weed Hog Pump owned by the LPL are available to members.  Click Here for more information. 

Current Membership

500 And Growing
INCLUDES FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS
 
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Thoughts from Joel - Fall Leaf Raking

I recently read the procedures on monitoring dissolved oxygen which is part of our lake testing program. Coincidentally, I also ventured through the canal from Round Lake to take a tour on Devil's Lake. I noticed a lot of leaves on the bottom of the canal, and we regularly find leaves on the anchor as we test in the deep part of the lake. These two things combined prompt me to write a small piece on lake health as it relates to leaf raking in the fall. Dissolved oxygen in the water is very important to the lake and is affected by a number of things. Photosynthesis from plant life increased the oxygen along with atmospheric replenishment. As water temperature increased the amount of atmospheric oxygen that can be dissolved in water decreases. Obviously, these are things that we can't control. There is another piece that we can at least help with.  Organic matter (leaves, clippings, branches, etc.) that lay on the bottom of the lake use dissolved oxygen in the decaying process. With that in mind, I encourage everyone to rake leaves and keep them out of the water as best they can. Obviously, many will blow into the water directly from the trees, or from the ground before we can rake them, but please do not pile them, burn them on the beach or rake them into the water.

What is the Best Lawn Fertilizer?

In an effort to protect water quality in the area we are asking all residents to consider using no-phosphorous lawn fertilizer.  It is estimated that just one pound of phosphorous in the water will produce 500 pounds of blue-green algae. Much of the phosphorus you apply actually runs off the lawn before penetrating the soil. That means that it gets into the lakes and streams contributing to the glue-green algae bloom and the growth of other aquatic plants. Blue-green algae not only stinks but can be toxic to animals and children. When the algae bloom decays, it reduces the oxygen in the water and can cause fish kills. Phosphorus run-off from feed lots, agricultural land and lawns is the main contributor to phosphorus in lakes. The best time to fertilize is May and early June (now). Your lawn does not need phosphorus! Unless you have a newly seeded lawn most soil provides all the phosphorus your established lawn needs.

Attention Round Lake Residents and Fishermen!

The DNR has set up fishnets in Round Lake as of 5/11/2015.  

These will be used to count certain types of fish in the lake, primarily panfish.  Along with the count some of the fish may be tagged for further education.  This will require the cooperation of fishermen who catch a fish with a tag.  Instructions are on the tag as to what to do.  Please do not boat near the nets for the duration that they are there.


Looking For Some Pictures

Do you have a picture to share that captures the beauty around Devil's and Round Lakes?
   


Email it to the webmaster - We would love to post it!

 

Thanks to one of our members for pointing out this interesting article just in time for summer:
By Holland Sentinel, March 18. 2015 12:00PM

State View: How your body wash hurts the Great Lakes
Microbeads, tiny plastic particles, often less than a millimeter in size, are packed into personal hygiene products. Being so tiny, they pass through wastewater treatment systems and end up in rivers, lakes and oceans. Read More... 


Bait Dumping Concerns

From the AP John Flesher August 28th, 2014:

“Inadequate regulation of the bait-fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species – including the feared Asian carp – to reach Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper.”

There is more to this story (Click to read entire article...), but it ultimately comes down to “what can we do?” The answer is …DON’T DUMP LEFTOVER BAIT INTO THE LAKE!!! The LPL has been putting reminders on windshields of cars parked at the public ramp, and plans to post this reminder there for all to see.




A Landmark Remembered

Click on the picture for a larger view!

The Clearwater Beach Association of Devils Lake recently placed a plaque on what remains of the Clearwater Beach Arch.

The arch was built in 1928 and placed on the Michigan State Register of Historic Places in 1984.


 






Join the Lakes Preservation League!

The  lakes are here for all of us to enjoy...but without an organization
committed to lake preservation and improvement, they may not be here for our children.  

The quality of life that we have grown accustomed to cannot be taken for granted.  Many changes take place that affect our lake environment positively or negatively.  We all need an organization that will try to make sure that changes are changes for the better.   

Yearly dues are $25.00 (January 1st though December 31st).
Along with your membership you will receive our monthly newsletter, The Preserver, as well as a subscription to The Michigan Riparian which is published quarterly.

Click Here! to print a membership application form. 

Remember the Lakes Preservation League is a non-profit organization.  Your dues are tax deductible.  For further information contact Margaret Brighton, Membership Chairman, 517 547-7267.


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