Lake Management Plan

LAKE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Approved in 2004

 

Introduction: As stated in the bylaws, the purpose of the Loon Lake Association is to;

  1. promote and maintain the environmental, economic and recreational protection of Loon Lake and the surrounding vicinity.
  2. work in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies, public and private, to maintain the quality of the lake.
  3. promote among its membership and relevant agencies, the support of projects to maintain and enhance the quality of the lake.
  4. provide educational resources relating to the protection and quality of the lake and its wildlife.
  5. inform its membership of civil concerns relating to the purposes of the association.

Maintaining high water quality is a top priority of the majority of our association members. Therefore, this lake management plan has been developed and implemented.

It is important for all property owners on Loon Lake to understand what factors effect water quality and what good stewardship of their property involves. In addition to property that fronts on the lake, all property that drains into the lake constitutes the watershed and what occurs on that property will also effect water quality.

I- Water Quality:

  1. Continue monthly water testing in Loon Lake and. monitor the results from the lab.
  2. Continue weekly Seechi Disk testing of water clarity. Monitor the results from the lab.
  3. Provide educational materials about proper use and maintenance of septic systems to all property owners in the watershed area.
  4. Cooperate with Otter Tail County when it evaluates all septic systems on Loon Lake.
  5. Encourage association members to watch for livestock in the lake and report day, time and number of livestock to an association board member.
  6. Cooperate with MPCA in monitoring all feedlots in the watershed for compliance to MPCA standards.
  7. Encourage association members to watch for signs of erosion on the shoreline and report to a member of the board of directors.
  8. Provide educational material to association members about the use of lawn fertilizers and chemicals. Promote the use of non-phosphorous fertilizers.

II- Fish Population:

  1. Provide educational material to our members about our lake’s fish population and what can be realistically expected.
  2. Reduce the population of small pike by;
    • Encouraging anglers not to return small pike to the lake.
    • Screen the culvert between Loon Lake and Lawrence Lake to prevent pike from going into Lawrence Lake to spawn.
    • Continue the voluntary catch and release of all pike over 24″ in length.
  3. Continue cooperation with DNR Fisheries with their fish management plan for Loon Lake.
  4. Consider the purchase and stocking of walleye fingerlings/yearlings in 2003.

III- Aquatic Vegetation:

  1. Provide educational material to property owners about the importance and role of aquatic plants in a lake.
  2. Provide educational materials to property owners about regulations regarding the removal of aquatic plants.

IV- Wildlife:

  1. Control beaver population at an acceptable level by utilizing nuisance and fur trapping and permit shooting when appropriate.
  2. Promote loon habitat and protect nesting areas by using appropriate signs.
  3. Encourage association members to report incidences of wildlife harassment.
  4. Encourage association members to become active in care. Bird feeding and general care of all wildlife.

V- Exotic Species:

  1. Provide educational material to property owners about identification and prevention of exotic species entering Loon Lake.
  2. Monitor lake structures for Zebra mussell and report results to DNR Ecology Services.
  3. Monitor the lake for Eurasian Millfoil and report any sightings to DNR.
  4. Report any sightings of Purple Loosestrife in the watershed area to DNR.

VI- Land Use and Shoreline Ordinance:

  1. Provide all association members with a copy of the Otter Tail County Shoreline Management ordinance.
  2. Cooperate with the Otter Tail County Office of Land and Resource Management in its enforcement of the shoreline ordinance.
  3. Provide educational materials to association members about the importance of shoreline landscaping.

VII- Water Usage Conflicts:

  1. Put out the lake markings prior to the opening of the fishing season and remove them by October 1st.
  2. Use lake and shore signage for voluntary catch and release of large pike and for “no wake” zones.
  3. Provide educational materials to all association members about all surface water usage regulations. (including float planes)
  4. Encourage association members to report violators to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.

VIII- Water Level:

  1. Monitor the lake inlet and outlet to be certain they are clear of obstructions so the lake level is determined primarily by precipitation amounts.
  2. Continue to monitor the lake water level and submit the results to DNR Water division.