DNR Pike Chain Fishery Survey
The long-awaited survey from the DNR is complete. Read it here.
Understanding Invasive Threats
Read a concise report to help understand the threat invasive species present to our lakes.
Where are the Walleyes?
Bill Swenson, PCA Fisheries Committee Chair, describes the history and future of walleyes on the Pike Chain.
Check out the history of fish stocking on the Chain.
Want to know more about fish?
Two papers, published by Bill Swenson are now available on our website. One deals with largemouth bass and the second deals with walleyes. Click below to read more.
The report on the effectiveness of EWM treatments is available. It's encouraging as well as interesting.
The final maps for 2012 treatment are in. Treatment exceeds the earlier estimate but is still an improvement over past years.
The Iron River Police Department will check on your property while you're away for the winter or just on vacation. Just fill out the form and mail to IRPD (address on the card at the bottom of the form). When you return, you'll find a record of the security check on the back of your form. Click the link below for a printable form (pdf).
Monitoring Reports by Lake
One volunteer on each lake in the Pike Chain collects water clarity information using a Secchi disk. The data is available through the links below.
The Battle Against Eurasian Water Milfoil Continues
We have received a 3-year DNR grant of $120,000 to treat our lakes for milfoil.
It’s a matching grant and we must come up with $40,000.
Spot treatment has restricted expansion of EWM but has not stopped it.
Buskey Bay, Millicent, Hart and Twin Bear will receive full lake treatment in 2017.
Treatment will be restricted during the first and last years of the grant (2016 and 2018).
Educational meetings will be held throughout the summer.
|Attendance was good at our 2015 Annual Meeting August 1. There are still some 300 property owners on the Chain that do not belong to the Association. If you are one of them, please contact any of the Directors listed below for information.
Final Report: AIS Control & Prevention
Here's the final report on our 4-year project to control Eurasion Water Milfoil
A look at our history
Here's a brochure dating back to the 1940s or 50s offering Pike Chain real estate and showcasing Pine Crest--all 3,000 acres of it.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE LAKE MANAGEMENT POSTERS
A series of 6 posters, designed to spread the word on threats to our lakes.
Contact Your Directors
Click on the name to email
Al Bochler, President
Eddie Wangensteen, Vice President
Jay Kernan, Treasurer
Kristen Sandager, Secretary
Information on the Battle
Clean Boats Clean Water "Office" at Twin Bear Park
Paige Harlow is a 5th generation Pike Laker. Her Grandmother posted a Facebook video of Paige's fishing exploit.
ART YOU'LL RECOGNIZE--GENEROSITY YOU'LL APPRECIATE
Artist Sally Witz has created a series of paintings celebrating "Pike Chain Perspectives." 100% of the proceeds from sales of these prints is donated to Iron River Pike Chain of Lakes Association. Check Sally's website at the link below.
The success of your lake association is based in part on members willingness to volunteer their time and talents to resolving issues that challenge our lakes.
One requirement of some of our grants is that we provide matching funds. Part of these funds can be "in kind." In other words, we get credit for our volunteer labor. To justify our claims, we must have documentation of the donated labor expended by our members.
If you have spent time working on one of Pike Chain's projects--marking EWM on GPS, diving for milfoil, staffing the Twin Bear or Hyde's boat landing, marking purple loosestrife, making presentations, etc.--please record your hours and send your time report to us.
Your participation is simple:
Click here to access the form (pdf)
Enter your name, dates worked, work description and number of hours. Sign the form. Mail to address at bottom of form.