Formation of Lake District
In 2016, it became apparent to the BDLIA Board of Directors that the association did not have the capacity, either structurally or financially, to adequately address the needs of the Lake. The state recognized in 1974 that if Wisconsin lakes were to be able to address their needs, they needed to form a special purpose unit of government, a lake district. A lake district has the power to levy taxes and/or fees and is managed by commissioners elected by lake property owners and is accountable to them.
After listening to Eric Olson, the UW Extension lake management specialist, the board appointed a committee to study and develop a plan for the formation of a Beaver Dam Lake District. The committee consists of Jim Metz, Scott Rasmussen, Bill Foley, Evonne Boettge and Bill Boettge. This committee continues its work with the intent of having a report to the board before the end of the year.
In an effort to keep the membership informed and updated, Eric Olson was invited to make a presentation at the annual meeting this past August. He outlined the purposes of a lake district, how it is formed and how it operates. Eric also answered questions from the audience. The overall reception of his presentation and the development of a lake district for Beaver Dam Lake were very favorable.
If you have questions or want more information please call the BDLIA office at 920-356-1200.
The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association had three major fish stockings of walleye, perch and bluegills in Beaver Dam Lake over the past month. In late September, 5,560 six to eight inch walleyes were placed in the lake. This is to supplement the DNR’s stocking of 215,000 small fingerlings last year. The DNR walleye stocking is done every other year. In October, over 20,000 three to five inch yellow perch were placed in the lake. This was followed with the stocking of over 71,500 two to four inch bluegills in early November.
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
Have you seen the new park entrance sign and message boards at Edgewater, Tahoe, Waterworks and Derge County Park?
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.
Aquatic Plant Update
After two years of excessive curly leaf pondweed (CLP) in many parts of Beaver Dam Lake, the spring and summer of 2017 had a significant drop in the problem. The “experts” are unable to predict when these occurrences will take place or why they are less some years than others. Either way many of the lake residents that were severely impacted the last two years were relieved to have a decrease in the problem this year. While some areas still had significant growth it was less wide spread than in the past two springs.
As we stated in the February newsletter we have been in contact with property owners in previously heavily infested areas and were ready to follow through with herbicide if we got financial support from these owners and we had another heavy infestation. Based on a review of the areas in late May it was decided not to move forward with any herbicide treatment this year because of the significant decrease in the infestation.
It is the opinion of many on the BDLIA board that it is almost impossible for an Association to carry out an aquatic plant control program for Beaver Dam Lake. It is very difficult and extremely time consuming to contact property owners and get adequate numbers of owners to financially support such programs. In almost all cases the only lakes that are able to carry out such programs are those that have a lake district.
BDLIA will continue to monitor the infestation of aquatic plant invasive species and work closely with the DNR on actions that can be taken to control and prevent these plants in our lake.
Accepting Healthy Lakes Grant Applications
BDLIA is completing its 11th Healthy Lakes project on Beaver Dam Lake and is accepting applications for 2018 grant requests. 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.
UW Madison Project on Beaver Dam Lake
The 17 grad students are carrying out their work on Beaver Creek and Beaver Dam Lake. For complete information, go to the Lake Management Page.
Commercial Fishing on Beaver Dam Lake
The DNR has reported that the commercial fishermen have removed 1,009,200 lbs. of carp and buffalo between January 2017 and June 2017 from the lake. The breakdown is 777,200 lbs. carp and 232,000 lbs. of buffalo. We could be on track to set a new record for carp and buffalo removed this year. In 2014 a total of 1,703,750 lbs. of rough fish were removed.
Beaver Dam Lake Management Plan Implementation
A DNR grant was approved in 2015 to assess Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP) the invasive species of aquatic plant that infested the majority of the lake in 2015. The study took place in 2016 and it found that the lake, though less infested in 2016 than 2015, still had 53% of the lake covered by CLP. The report stated that due to the size of the lake and the extent of infestation, lakewide control would not be feasible. In 2017 BDLIA was in contact with property owners and we were ready to proceed with herbicide treatment if adequate financial support was received from the property owners. In late May 2017 it was decided not to move forward with treatment because of significant decrease in infestation of CLP in 2017. BDLIA will continue to monitor CLP and work closely with the DNR on actions that can be taken to control and prevent invasive species in our lake.
A new contract has been let by the DNR for continued commercial fishing of carp in the lake which is a major factor in carp management.
A review and study of carp barriers to the major bays is also underway as another step in carp management and improvement of game and pan fish habitat.
Development of additional recreational use of the lake with the installation of kayak docks at Waterworks Park in 2016 and Derge Park in 2017.