West Battle Lake . . . Almost Heaven!
Welcome to the West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association Website
We Hope You Find the Site Interesting and Informative
OUR MISSION: “To preserve and enhance the ecology of West Battle Lake so that it may be enjoyed by current and future generations”
Membership Dues: Our annual West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association (WBLLA) dues are only $25. For this you help sponsor needed lake preservation efforts such as the West Battle Lake Aquatic Vegetation Point-Intercept Survey noted below and other efforts towards preserving our amazing West Battle Lake for many lake-loving generations to come!
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Zebra Mussels’ Best Friend: Wake Board Boats a University of Minnesota Study Finds!
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Click HERE to View January 2019 Updates
Battle Lake Labor Day Airshow
The Gathering of Planes – September 1, 2018
Click HERE to View 5 min Video from Sept 1, 2018 Event
Video by Michael Smith
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DNR Tip – Fire Pits 50 Feet from Lake
Click HERE to Review West Battle Lake Aquatic Vegetation Point-Intercept Final Report (9-22-2017)
Summary: On June 26-29th of 2017, 946 locations were observed and sampled for a point intercept survey of aquatic vegetation. Twenty-one (21) different types of native plants were found across the lake.
West Battle Lake (DOW 56-0239-00) is a large 5,565 acre lake located in Otter Tail County near Battle Lake, MN. According to the Department of Natural Resources, West Battle has a maximum depth of 108 feet and contains a littoral area of about 2,496 acres which permits light penetration and allows plant growth. West Battle is classified as a eutrophic lake as measured last in 2016 by mean secchi depth of approximately 12.9 feet throughout the lake. Total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a (values that provide a measure of the amount of algae in the water) are considered low with mean values 11.3 and 3.2 ug/L of West Battle (Table 1).
No Aquatic Invasive Plant Species were found!
Sampling points were also grouped by water depth and separated into 5 depth zones for analysis. Depth zones included less than 3 feet, 4 to 7 feet, 8 to 11 feet, 12 to 15 feet, and over 15 feet
Three submerged species made up the majority of plants sampled in West Battle. Chara (Chara sp.) was sampled at 53.9% of all sites and 59.2% of sites less than 24 feet, Nitella (Nitella.) was sampled at 14.6% of all sites and 16% of sites less than 24 feet, and Greater Bladderwart (Utricularia vulgaris) was sampled at 9.5% of all sites and 10.5% of sites less than 24 feet.
NOTE: Presence of all three of these aquatic plant species are considered a sign of a good healthy lake.
Click HERE to Access Information (August 2017) on DNR AIS Findings in West Battle Lake and Local Area
From Jerry Horgen WBLLA President
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2018 -2019 WBLLA Board of Directors
- Jerry Horgen – President / Newsletter (Grace Etta)
- Steve Kirchner – Treasurer & VP (Ferncliffe)
- Michael Smith – Website / Public Relations (Fair Oaks)
- John Hofflander – Secretary (Clarissa Haven)
- Tracy Rendz-Eldridge – Secretary (Ferncliffe)
- Chad Schaefer – (Grace Etta)
- Michael and Bonnie Rye-Werpy – (Ferncliffe)
- Craig Haukebo – (Radahl)
- Terry and Mary Stroh (Wenonga)
- Glenn Van Zee – (Sunset Beach)
- Kyle Johnson – (Stewarts Beach)
- Rich Condiff – (Radahl)
Click HERE to See Map of Beach Zones Noted in Board Listing
2018 – 2019 WBLLA Board of Directors
WBLLA Board Members left to right are: Jerry Horgen, Tracy Rentz Eldridge, Craig Haukebo, Mary Stroh, Terry Stroh, John Hofflander and Bonnie Rye-Werpy
Not Shown Michael Smith, Steve Kirchner, Michael Rye, Chad Schaefer, Rich Condiff, Kyle Johnson, Glenn Van Zee
Michael Smith – Website Administrator