Support for the Formation of a Lake District
A lake district is a recognized unit of government that could be most effective at obtaining funding, enlisting technical assistance and pooling the efforts of people, as well as private and public agencies.
A Lake District is formed by the Dodge County Board when 51% of the property owners in the proposed district sign a petition supporting the formation of a Lake District. Those petitions are being mailed to property owners who own property that touches the Beaver Dam Lake.
Along with the petition was a map of the proposed district and a Q&A providing information on a Lake District along with an illustrative budget detailing an example of a Lake District budget. (click below for a copy of this information). All Lake District budgets must be approved by the Lake District property owners thus this is only an example.
The property owners were encouraged to sign the petition and return it to the BDLIA. They were also invited to attend one of 4 informational meetings that are scheduled for April 21, 22, 25 and 26 at John’s Bar, 1201 Madison St in Beaver Dam. (see our schedule of events for times of these meetings)
Great Beaver Paddle Festival Returns
The public is invited to participate in the Third Annual " Great Beaver Paddle Festival" which will be held at Beaver Dam Lake. The purpose of the event is to introduce kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board enthusiasts to Beaver Dam Lake as a great destination for paddling.
The Great Beaver Paddle Festival will be a day of free demos, clinics, guided trail trips, paddle challenges and just paddling fun on Beaver Dam Lake. Bring your own equipment or some rental equipment will be available, or just come down and watch. Learn about paddling, the fastest growing recreation on lakes and rivers.
Beaver Dam Lake is the 16th largest lake in Wisconsin and its 42 miles of shoreline offers a tremendous variety of scenic opportunities as well as great variety of waterfowl for birdwatchers and photographers.Paddlers prefer lakes that are not overrun with power boats and have multiple locations to launch. There are six public launch sites and a new handicapped accessible kayak dock and launch were installed at Derge Park this past spring.
Water trails on Beaver Dam Lake vary in length. Maps will be available the day of the event. Paddlers of all levels are invited to come and experience Beaver Dam Lake and participate in the Great Beaver Paddle Festival. [More Details]
Dodge County Healthy Soil - Heathly Water Workshop...
The workshop programs focused on farmer education. A seminar was held on Wednesday evening to update lake property owners and the community on conservative programs being implemented by Dodge County Farmers to reduce runoff of sediment and nutrients into Dodge County lakes and rivers.
Ray Archuleta, a nationally recognized soil health expert, addressed the workshop and the seminar and built on his presentation last year regarding the importance of soil health. The foundation of conservation in agriculture is understanding that soil is alive, it breathes, it is self-healing, self-regulating. It is like our bodies, if mistreated too much, we can kill it. Ray showed various examples of how healthy soil can absorb rainfall to the extent we have less runoff of sediment and nutrients.
The highlight of the workshops and the seminars were the presentations done by over 8 area farmers who showed and talked about how they are changing their farming practices to help improve their soils health through proper and less tillage, as well as implementation of cover crops. The sunlight interacting with these cover crops and the root systems impact on the soil has a tremendous positive effect on soil. The farmers along with UW Ext. reports showed that yield results where cover crops were inter-seeded with grain crops either no negative effect on yields or yields increased. We are learning that the more we emulate nature we will have better results. For more information on the new Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil - Healthy Water, go to dodgecountyfarmers.com
Commercial Fishing on Beaver Dam Lake
The commercial fishing company, Monsoor, removed a record number of rough fish from Beaver Dam Lake in 2017. A total of 1,707,600 pounds were removed; 1.1 M pounds of carp and 0.6 M of buffalo. That was about 4,000 lbs. more than in 2014 and beat out any year since carp removal records were kept beginning in 1996.
Discussion in 2016 was that the carp population was down in Beaver Dam Lake after it had been commercially fished for 20 years. After last year’s record catch, that conclusion is challenged. The association has approached the DNR requesting a carp bio-mass study again in 2018 to help with carp management decisions.
The association is currently working with the DNR on the installation of carp gates at Rakes Bay. The ability to keep carp out of spawning areas is another tool used in carp management. Carp produce great amounts of phosphorus through excrement, stirring up the bottom by foraging and spawning, and through death. The management of this population is very important in improving water quality.
BDLIA was again offered a great end of season price on bluegills by one of BDLIA’s suppliers. The committee took advantage of the offer, as bluegills are a favorite of the pan fish anglers on the lake and bluegills are an excellent predator of carp eggs.
This fall’s fish stocking continued BDLIA’s very aggressive fish stocking program. In the fall of 2106, similar numbers of the same species were stocked. “This program combined with our work with providing more fish habitat has helped in producing some good fishing on Beaver Dam Lake this summer and early fall. The perch and walleye fishing were particularly good,” stated Randy Schade, Chair of the Fish Program Committee.
The BDLIA fish stocking programs are supported with funds from contributions, donations, the fundraising banquet and fish tournaments. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have been able to invest over $40,000 in our stocking programs over the past two years,” stated Bill Boettge, President of BDLIA. “Funds donated to BDLIA are invested back into the lake via these stocking programs, as well as our work at improving water quality.”
Park Signage Project
In June, three members of the 2016/2017 Leadership Beaver Dam class completed an eight month projected suggested by the BDLIA to upgrade the signage at four popular parks which have boat launching facilities.
The old signage was in definite need of repair, lacked all the required information and the information was posted in numerous areas around the launch site. The project scope was to upgrade and enhance the signage information and to have it displayed concisely in one common area / message board throughout the four parks.
The LBD project team consisted of Jennifer Cole (the Oshkosh Corporation), Diana Ogle (Park Village Shopping Center) and Matt Winter (Mayville Engineering Corporation). The trio worked closely with Bill Boettge and Joel Winter and other BDLIA Board members. They thoroughly researched information and acquired assistance and approval from the DNR, Beaver Dam Parks Director John Neuman and Dodge County representatives.
Each of the four parks received a new park entrance sign and two message boards. The metal signs, custom-fabricated and donated by MEC, display an outline of Beaver Dam Lake, the name and location of the park and the date the park was established.
The message boards and their decorative posts were fabricated by Max-R Corp. in Sussex utilizing recycled plastic. The larger message board displays the following information: a map of the lake, the location of no wake buoys, launch fee information, fishing bag limits and regulations and postings about upcoming BDLIA and lake events. The smaller message board displays information about aquatic parasites and boat cleaning instructions. Attached to the board is a long handled grabbing hook for removing invasive plants and animals, a cleaning brush and a monofilament line recycling tube.
The funding for the message board package was made possible through a donation from the Randy Fiegel Estate, a DNR grant and funds received through launch fee collections.
The next time you visit these four parks, take a good look at the new park entrance sign and two message boards. I’m sure that that you will agree that the information displayed is not only informative and pertinent to all boaters and anglers, but also displayed in an attractive, concise manner.
Our thanks to everybody involved with this LBD and BDLIA initiative.
Accepting Healthy Lakes Grant Applications
Please contact us if you are interested in applying for 2019. You can qualify for up to $1,000 in grant money for native gardens, rain gardens and other projects. Follow this link for Healthy Lakes project descriptions healthylakeswi.com/best-practices/.
For more information and an application, contact BDLIA.