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Latest News from Lake Charlotte

Eurasian Watermilfoil Treatment

July 27, 2018. A delineation survey conducted on June 25 showed EWM plants still present in Lake Charlotte, again primarily in the north bay, with a few light/solitary plants at various spots in the main lake. The calm and clear conditions during the survey allowed visual sightings where plants hadn't been seen before, so it is unknown if these are new or were just previously unnoticed.

Signs were posted and a chemical treatment was performed on 1.8 acres in the bay on July 17th, and hand-pulling was performed on the other solitary plants. The report (with EWM density and treatment maps) is attached to the bottom of this page as a PDF file. See the paragraphs below for EWM history and information on our contractor, PLM.

Lake Level and Pumping Update

In 2018, the lake level has hovered just above or below the minimum pumping level of 953.9, and the pump has not yet been turned on this year.

Zebra Mussel Monitoring

We are still zebra-free and monitoring at a few spots around the lake, including near the public access. Send an email to the address at the top of this page if interested in hanging a monitor unit off your dock and checking every couple weeks in the summer.

FREE Decontamination Station
Are you buying, selling, or transporting any equipment to or from Lake Charlotte?  There is now a FREE Aquatic Invasive Species Decontamination Station nearby in Annandale. More info, including hours, are provided at Wright SWCDDon't take a chance!  Be part of the solution!  Decontaminate!

Slow-No Wake Zone
The seasonal slow-no wake zone is in effect, which reads as follows for Lake Charlotte:

"No person shall operate a motorboat, including seaplanes, in excess of slow-no wake speed within 150 feet of the shoreline, 24 hours a day, between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water."

The full amendment can be viewed here.  More information on the 150-foot zone is on our Protecting our Resource page.

Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM) Management
The Lake Charlotte Improvement District (LID) board approved research and retention of an invasive species management company to contract with to help us manage our EWM infestation.  The LID selected and approved a proposal by PLM Lake & Land Management Corp. (plmcorp.net) located in Brainerd MN.  PLM has an excellent reputation and had done work on several lakes in the immediate area as well as many around the state in invasive plant management.  Next steps include applying for permits and grants, and arranging for a first EWM delineation survey to be performed a few weeks after ice-out.

EWM Found in Lake Charlotte, November 2014
The MN DNR reports Eurasian watermilfoil was confirmed rooted near the public water access in Lake Charlotte on November 3, 2014.  The DNR states that since it is so late in the growing season, there is not a good understanding of the abundance or distribution of the plant, as most plants have decayed or are dormant.  The recommendation is to have the lake organizations meet this winter and re-evaluate the abundance and distribution in the spring.  There may be manual removal or chemical treatment methods to consider with DNR guidance.  Other member lakes of the Wright County Coalition of Lake Associations have also been contacted for their experiences with early detection and treatment protocols.  The DNR will be installing orange invasive species alert signs at the access for public awareness.  See the attachment at the bottom of this page for Eurasian versus Northern watermilfoil identification.
 
High Lake Level in 2014
Lake levels in 2014 were some of the highest seen in many years.  The highest reading was June 24 at 956.0, a whopping 25 inches above our minimum pumping level of 953.9 feet!
 
Fish Consumption Guidelines
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added Lake Charlotte to the state's Impaired Waters list due to mercury in fish tissue.  There are no restrictions for the general population for the consumption of Charlotte's panfish.  MPCA assessment information can be found here and an Excel spreadsheet of consumption guidelines is linked at the bottom of this page.
 
Lake Quality Reports
Secchi disk water clarity readings in recent years have ranged from 30 feet (May 2011) to 10 feet (August 2014), with summer means ranging from 13.7 feet to 21.6 feet.  See more lake quality data posted on the Lake Information page.
 
Lake Charlotte Logo T-shirts and Polos
Courtesy of Doreen Larson and her amazing Lake Charlotte logo, we now have t-shirts and polo shirts for sale.  Doreen is taking orders, but we have a few for sale right now!!  Please contact Doreen at DMLarson957@aol.com to either purchase what she has in inventory or put your order in.  Costs for men's/women's are $12 to $14 for tees and $25 to $27 for polos from S to XXL, in white, navy and burgundy colors.  Navy blue kids' tees will be for sale at the fishing contest.
 
Lake Charlotte History
We have added a fascinating section on Lake Charlotte history, courtesy of the late Loel Bertrand, who will be sorely missed.

Volunteer Water Patrol
Wright County Sheriff's Department is looking for volunteers on Lake Charlotte.  Click here for more information.

Events Calendar



LID Meeting
Oct 15, 2018, 7PM
Darin Christenson residence


 


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