Everything we do is related to protecting the quality of our lakes.

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The Whitefish Chain  — 13 connected lakes — 14,000 acres. More than 1,000  families have joined our lake association to help in our commitment  for better water.

 


 

FREE —HELP AND ADVICE FOR SHORELINE OWNERS–SAVE THE DATE–Saturday June 8, 2019  at Moonlite Bay Restaurant in Crosslake–9 am to Noon   What could be better than spending part of a Saturday morning having free coffee, scones and donuts, and at the same time getting free expert advice on how to restore your shoreline?   It is WAPOA’s Annual Shoreline Restoration Open House……continued .

 


QUICK LINK TO SIGNUP FOR RUN FOR THE WALLEYE on July 6, 2019...HERE


Paper application –or– ONLINE 2019 WAPOA MEMBERSHIP Click Here.


July 6th–Sign up for 2019 Run for the WalleyeLink to page


 

 

Webcam Whitefish Chain

Weather forecast for lakes area

Map Whitefish Chain

 

 


It’s easy to understand why our area is special, it’s the water.

It’s easy to  understand our two major water quality threats:  

Phosphorus runoff. Rain water, running right into the lake from a lawn or driveway, picks up phosphorus carrying sediment. This feeds the algae in the water along your shore and  promotes your dense weed growth.

Invasive species-— plants and animals drastically change the biology of the lakes. Most invasive species get carried into the lake through an access. They are not only on boats and trailers, but also on docks, lifts, and floats that are moved from another lake to your lake.

WAPOA works in multiple ways to stop contaminant-containing water runoff and invasive species introduction. This website attempts to document that activity.


 

Overflow audience at WAPOA AIS Seminar

Overflow audience at WAPOA May 2019 AIS Seminar. Speakers were scientists from the Univ. of MN MAISRC

Photos and more on WAPOA AIS seminar in early May..…HERE 

 

 

 


 

WAPOA 2019 Tree Sale —Sorry, this was very popular this year, and all trees have been spoken for, but more trees make for better water, and you can still find trees from local commercial sources.

 


 

Working in winter–WAPOA adds four new Directors to Board HERE

 


 

August 1, 2018 —ALGAE BLOOM ON UPPER WHITEFISH

Upper Whitefish early August 2018 photo courtesy Kent Brun

Thanks to the several people who gave us an alert about the relatively quick appearance in Upper Whitefish of an apparent algal bloom. It was characterized by green water, loss of transparency, and widespread masses of material and plants on the surface that entangled propellers.

We notified the DNR and the MN Pollution Control Agency, and are consulting with their specialists. There has been no official comment on the algae bloom. ….MORE



Below: the other part of water quality— invasive species

Boat Inspections — how many we did, and what they cost — on the Whitefish Chain in 2018 HERE

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center, say until methods to control invasive species are discovered, the most important thing we can to is to have a good inspection system at the access– to find and stop infected boats before they enter, and to provide boaters with good information about how they can prevent the spread of invasive species.


 

Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil found just downstream from Whitefish Corps dam

Pictured above, USACOE dam at Crosslake. Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil was found in September 2017 in waters immediately below this dam. So far the plant has not been found above the dam.

NEW INFORMATION June 21, 2018: A search of the water adjacent to the busiest accesses in the Whitefish chain in June 21, 2018 did not find any Eurasian water milfoilUnder the direction of  MN DNR expert Kevin Martini, and WAPOA AIS Director, Joe Brodil, WAPOA volunteers searched likely entry points in the Whitefish Chain for Eurasian watermilfoil. There will be additional searches during the summer as aquatic vegetation grows. With invasive plants early detection aids greatly the ability to eliminate or control the invasion.

Kevin Martini, MN DNR, provides hands-on samples of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil to refresh the search teams of its characteristics. Left side, Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS Director

 

A second intensive search in August 2018 by Professional Lake Management did not find any Eurasian water milfoil above the dam.

 

 

 


 

Multiple groups work together to save Big Trout HERE

BrainerdDispatch5-31-2017 Large pipe drains Hwy 66 road sediment and chemicals directly into water-quality-challenged Big Trout Lake.

BrainerdDispatch 6-2-2017 Large pipe drains Hwy 66 road sediment and chemicals directly into water-quality-challenged Big Trout Lake. Photo SWCD.

 

Big Trout, A jewel of the Whitefish Chain, its lake trout occupants were being threatened by chemical and sediment  run-off from adjacent highway.

 

 


 Lake associations make significant contributions in time and dollars in efforts against aquatic invaders, in 2017 Concordia College study.   HERE

 


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August 30, 2018:  Another lake added in Hubbard County, MN DNR: Starry stonewort, a very aggressive, new invasive plant-like algae, now infects 14 Minnesota lakes  …here


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credit: Paul Skawinski

 

August 2016  A must see:   Starry stonewort video– Lake Koronis

 

 


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August 2016  University of MN AIS research director, Dr. Nick Phelps, was at a WAPOA Board Meeting, giving WAPOA Board members the latest information about U Minnesota aquatic invasive (AIS) research efforts.   …here


Hey, we were on Lakeland News TV for our part of our shoreland restoration efforts...HERE

 


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2019 WAPOA WATER QUALITY MAP   ..here

WAPOA volunteers take monthly water samples from all the lakes on this map.

 


 WAPOA’s Annual Planning Meeting

****The Annual Planning Meeting for 2018 was held at the end of October*** We will get in a picture eventually of it, but until then this will give you the idea  of how it looks.

At the end of the year WAPOA Directors, with others from the community, spend a day reviewing the year just past, and plan for the upcoming year.

Held at Camp Knutson adjacent to Big Trout Lake

 

 

 


 Current Invasive Species Status in Whitefish Chain HERE


 WAPOA Testifies at State Legislative Hearing  HERE


WAPOA Works in Multiple Ways to Improve Lake Water Quality  A note to our website visitors, notice that everything we do is somehow related to improving the water quality of our lakes… more


WAPOA ANNUAL SHORELINE RESTORATION Open House

Natural plants in both the water and on the shore are needed to restore habitat for the living organisms on the shoreline and in the water.  One indicator: more fish are found along a natural shoreline. And a restored shoreline results in better water quality.


WAPOA has a very successful annual shoreline restoration contest to promote natural shorelines.

WAPOA’s annual shoreline restoration open house provides free expert help in planning shoreline restoration.

We can assist with helping to find grants for eligible shoreline restoration projects.

 


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Mission Statement Stewardship of the natural world throughout the Whitefish Area and the Pine River Watershed is the mission of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association. The Association shall lead and work with citizens, groups, associations, and government units to conserve and improve the quality of our waters, shoreland, fishery, wildlife resources, and general welfare for the benefit of present and future generations.

2007 Minnesota Lake Association of the Year 

Whitefish Area Property Owners Assn   PO Box 342  Crosslake  MN  56442-0342

WAPOA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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