The Whitefish Chain — 14 connected lakes — 14,000 acres and over 1,000 wonderful members in our lake association joining us in our efforts for better water.
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.
August 1, 2018 —ALGAE BLOOM ON UPPER WHITEFISH
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.
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 milfoil. Under 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.
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
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
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
August 2016 A must see: Starry stonewort video– Lake Koronis
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
2017 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 CONTEST
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.
Prizes are awarded to help with the expense of the restoration. Also some winners receive installation help from a crew from the Minnesota Conservation Corps. HERE
WAPOA’s annual shoreline restoration contest provides free expert help in planning shoreline restoration
RECENTLY HELD EVENTS
Harvest Dinner at SunUp Ranch August 25th .HERE
August 28, 2018 Why did two shrimp fishermen travel to Minnesota to talk to farmers? A fascinating story on Minnesota Public Radio– transcript here. Their very ability to make a living is disappearing as a result of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water they fish in — some of that traveling down the Mississippi from Minnesota.
WAPOA seminar addressing boat wave problems during high lake water levels: Wednesday, July 25th at the Crosslake Community Center. A DNR Officer and a Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Deputy will discuss the problem of boat-created waves causing damage during periods of high water…More information….HERE
WAPOA booth at the Antique Boat Show–Saturday June 16 —Moonlite Bay in Crosslake– Stop and visit!
WAPOA Annual Meeting–Saturday June 9–everyone welcome—free breakfast–starts 7:45 am at Ideal Town Hall–DNR fishery scientist Paul Radomski speaker
4th Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Roundtable — April 28, 2018 at Ideal Community Center. A must-attend event, reports by University of MN scientists, DNR specialists, and others about …..more
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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