Throughout the week-end I received numerous complaints about large drifts of green algae floating across the surface of the lake. PLM treated for this excessive algae along with the eurasion milfoil treatment earlier in June. Based on the number of complaints that both PLM and I received it was decided to go ahead and treat for this again as the money is there and it falls within the scope of treatment options the SAD calls for. There is no need for posted notification about this as there are no restrictions with this treatment. I hope this clarifies any concerns anyone may have.
On another note; the loons and their two big babies remain on the north end of the lake between the entrance to the Natural Area and the loon nesting platform. Please be careful to give them a wide berth and please caution your neighbors about them. We have several seasonal rentals on the lake that will be utilized by guests who aren’t familiar with the loons as well as many folks with lots of visitors in the upcoming weeks who will be curious and may try to get close enough to see or photograph them and their babies. Fisherpeople, please do not cast near the babies as they may try to grab your lure. Everyone please stay back and loon rangers please plan on spending a little extra time this busy holiday week-end helping to keep an eye on them.
For those of you who don’t know, the river that connects Six Mile Lake and Lake St. Clair (towards Ellsworth) is called (appropriately) the St.Clair-Six Mile Lake Natural Area and that entire stretch is a ‘no-wake’ zone. That means that your boat or watercraft should not be throwing a wake as you travel through this pristine area. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy manages the area which will never be developed. I have a film made in the 50’s by Mort Neff of the Natural Area which looks exactly today as it did then.
As the marine patrol is sure to be out on Six Mile Lake, remember to keep enough life jackets on board and don’t do any fun stuff like jump wakes or ride on the front of open pontoon boats traveling down the lake which will get you a big ticket. Boats pulling skiers or traveling fast please try to stay more toward the middle of the lake when possible as sometimes kids and wildlife swim or play along shoreline areas or are jumping off docks or swim platforms that may be difficult to see. I am not trying to be a stick in the mud as I have been guilty of all of the above at one time or another. We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday week-end with no injuries and no tickets!!!
Just a reminder that on Saturday July 11th at 9am at the Pleasant Valley Free Methodist Church (at the end of Six Mile Lake Rd and Old State Rd) we will be having a CPR class for those interested in attending or brushing up on their lifesaving skills. Also, be sure and get a team together and sign up for the Golf Outing, Saturday July 18th at The Antrim Dells. There will be contests, prizes, and dinner afterwards where I am sure many hilarious stories will be shared. Linda Patterson has been working hard to make this a fun and unforgettable outing so sign up today!
Until next time!