June 2021 Newsletter

McKenzie Lakes Association Newsletter – June 2021

In This Issue:
– May 2021 Meeting Minutes Now Posted
– Disintegrated Big McKenzie Boat Landing to be Shored Up
– What’s Up with Walleye Stocking on McKenzie Lakes? The DNR Breaks it Down
– Our Lakes Need YOU!
– Calendar

May 2021 Meeting Minutes Now Posted

Just. Wow. There was a packed house and a full agenda on May 29 for the first MLA meeting of the year,
held at McKenzie Landing. Thanks to all for your attendance and participation!
If you were unable to attend, check out what you missed by reviewing the meeting’s minutes.

Disintegrated Big McKenzie Boat Landing to be Shored Up

The “hot mess” at the boat landing on Big McKenzie is getting a “hot mix” of asphalt this month to repair
and stabilize its surface. This action is a great first step toward improving the landing for the remaining
summer months. Frustrated watercraft owners have reported for a while that it’s been increasingly hard to
navigate the crumbling landing and successfully launch and take out their boats.

A successful dialogue with the WI Department of Forestry, which oversees the landing, at has now yielded
positive results.

Mike Peterson, Washburn County Forestry administrator in Spooner, and Tim Tarara and Steven Knaup,
cabin owners on Big McKenzie, are partnering to ensure that the conversation toward permanent repairs
will continue. A plan for next steps is under development by the Forestry Administration, including
researching grant/funding options.

According to Peterson, “It is likely that we need to replace the concrete pads, resurface the approach and
possible remove silted material from the launch area.  It is not likely that we can put this all together this
year, but I have hopes that we can schedule a project for next year.”

MLA greatly appreciates the actions of the Forestry Administration to stabilize the landing’s surface as an
interim solution and their continued support for making permanent repairs a priority. Many thanks to Tim
and Steven for taking the lead as point persons on this essential improvement!

What’s Up with Walleye Stocking on McKenzie Lakes? The DNR Breaks it Down

Cabin owners, MLA members and others wonder about the process for stocking the lakes with walleyes.
Moreover, it has from time-to-time come into question why MLA’s walleye fund just can’t be used to stock
the lakes. As it turns out, there are restrictions imposed by the DNR as to how associations may use their funds to independently stock their lakes. Also, in MLA’s case, donors to the fund specifically want their
funds to go toward stocking the lakes – but may be unaware of the rules the DNR imposes at one time or
another.

Craig Roberts, DNR senior fisheries biologist for Burnett and Washburn Counties, responded to a Q & A sent
to him by MLA member Mike Pederson on behalf of the association. Read the latest on the “ins and outs”
of stocking lakes in Burnett and Washburn Counties.

Our Lakes Need YOU!
MLA is a respected force in lake associations in our NW Wisconsin area. Let’s maintain that great reputation
by individually doing what we can to support the association. Consider giving your time to essential roles in
addition to paying annual dues. Check out these opportunities and step up today.

Membership Director – Form a membership committee and take charge of maintaining,
building and engaging current and potential members. Do you have just a few hours during
the year to devote to this endeavor? If so, we’d love to hear from you! This position would
be a great resume-builder for a new college grad or suitable for anyone familiar with MLA’s
mission and goals.

Decon Station Attendants – A small team of devoted attendants are pulling the weight to
ensure the bleach supply at the landings on all three lakes are kept filled so that watercraft
owners can spray their boats going in and coming out of our lakes. This is essential to the
health of our lakes! More attendants are needed, especially on Big and Middle for weeks in
September and October. Please take just minutes of your time to help keep the spray
buckets filled and fresh. Easy peasy!

Boat Landing Monitors – Help educate watercraft owners on the law that requires them to
spray their boats. Once a boat owner know the law, he/she is most often happy to comply.
This is a great way to get to know your lake neighbors and have a relaxing outdoor
experience! If just a few members sign up for a 4 ½ hour slot, we’ll be in great shape for
staffing the boat landings for the summer.

Learn more or sign up for the above positions by contacting Sandy Swanson.

Calendar

June 26 – MLA Annual Meeting. Join us at McKenzie Landing at 9 a.m. for this important gathering. On the
agenda: Board Elections; budget and bylaws approvals; calendar for 2022.

July 4 – Boat parades! Big McKenzie – meet 1 p.m. West Point; Middle McKenzie – meet 1 p.m. at boat
landing, Racine Drive; Lower McKenzie – meet 1 p.m. at boat landing, Lower McKenzie Boat Landing Rd.

July 31 – MLA meeting, 9 a.m. McKenzie Landing

August 7 – 30th Annual Booya, Noon, McKenzie Landing

September 4 – MLA meeting, 9 a.m. McKenzie Landing

July 2019 Newsletter

Minutes of the July 27, 2019 McKenzie Lakes Association Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Sandy Swanson, President, at 9:00 AM.

Welcome:

Sandy welcomed everyone to the meeting.  There were 33 members present.

 

Special Guest Presentation: Craig Roberts, DNR Fishery Biologist

Craig presented the results of a full fish survey on Middle McKenzie and compared it to the last survey completed in 2003. His slides will be available on our website in the next week.

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Minutes & Treasurer’s report:

There were no additions or corrections to the minutes of the previous meeting.  The minutes from the June 29th MLA meeting were approved.

 

Jeff Larson, Treasurer, presented the treasurer’s report. The report was approved.

 

Website:

The Website has been updated with new pictures and AIS information.

 

Seechi Disk Readings:

Seechi Disk readings:  Lower McKenzie 11 ft.  Middle McKenzie was 10.5 ft.  Big McKenzie 10.5 ft.

 

Loon Watch:

There was a report that there were two baby loons seen with a single breeding pair on Big McKenzie. There was a report of a single baby loon on Lower McKenzie. There have been no reports of nesting loons or baby loons on Middle McKenzie.

 

Rapid Response Grant:

We are in final year of the three year grant with enough money to support paid Boat Inspectors for Big McKenzie.  We have met our matching requirements for the entire grant therefore we do not have to track volunteer hours. Boat inspection hours, paid or volunteer are being tracked through the DNR, SWIMS database.

 

ZM Update     

On July 10th the ZM Committee did an underwater survey, veliger tows, and eDNA sampling of Lower McKenzie.  Our thanks to Bob Nagel for the use of his pontoon.  After the outing, the team met for a debriefing at McKenzie Landing.  Results of the testing could take up to 8 weeks.

 

 

 

Big McKenzie Boat Inspections:

From the fishing opener to last weekend (July 20, 21) we performed a total of 192 hours of boat inspections..  Volunteer hours  to date are 29, paid hours are 163. Washburn County/Burnett County have provided a few paid inspector who are not included in this grant. We are tracking hours, both volunteer and paid on the DNR SWIMS database.

 

Middle McKenzie Boat Inspections:

From the fishing opener to last weekend (July 20, 21), we had a total of 231 hours of boat inspections.  Paid inspectors total hours are 151 and 80 volunteer hours.  We have met the required minimum of 200 hours of boat inspections and are ahead of our 25% in kind match.

 

4th of July Boat Parade:

BM-Judges– Sophie Barnett, Becca, Marek, and Daniel Lang and the Bremel girls.  1st place McGrath family.  2nd place Bluemel family.

MM- Judges: Bob Hoffman Family 1st place Gatti family.  2nd place Schaefer family.

 

Booya:  Ann Powers, Chairman, updated members on the progress in preparation for the Booya.  Many volunteers are needed to make this annual fund raiser a success.  She has the volunteers needed for food prep on the 1st but extra volunteers are needed to lift heavy items and set up Sat AM, volunteers to clean up at 4 PM. Becky Swanson ordered new apparel and  discounted some of the slower selling items plus offering some discounts.   Be sure and take a look at the items on display at the upcoming Booya fund raiser.

 

New business:                                                                                                                                              We are scheduling our 3 lake AIS plant study for 2020.  This will be a mini study with a more involved APM plant study slated for 2022.  We are hopeful to have the cost defrayed with DNR grants.

2020 Calendar:                                                                                                                                       Sandy presented the dates for the 2020 calendar.  A motion was made and approved for the 2020 dates.  The calendar with dates and responsibilities are presented below.

2020 Calendar

Activity Date Chairperson
Roadside Clean-up April 25 Fred Baltrusis
Alternative Date for Clean-up May 9
1st MLA Meeting May 30 Sandy Swanson
MLA Annual Meeting June 27 Sandy Swanson
Boat Parade July 4 BM-McGrath Family (2020 Judges) or TBD
MM-Gatti Family (2020 Judges)
3rd MLA Meeting July 25 President MLA
Booya August 1 Ann Powers
4th MLA Meeting August 29 President MLA

 

Up-coming events:

August 1st:  Thursday at 8 am, Food preparation for booya McKenzie Landing

August 3:   Booya Set-up 8 AM- Serving starts at 12 Noon, McKenzie Landing

August 31: 4th and final meeting of the year, 9 AM McKenzie Landing

Meeting was adjourned at 10 AM

2019 – 2020 McKenzie Lakes Association Board of Directors
President

Sandy Swanson (2021)

1161 Carson Road

Spooner, WI 54801

715-520-0233

sandy@northescape.com

Vice President

George Kuechle (2022)

1213 County Road E

Spooner, WI 54801

715-635-7634

tlkuechle@yahoo.com

Secretary

Mike Schollmeyer (2022)

8197 Inland Lane

Maple Grove, MN 55311

612-719-9280

mps1217@aol.com

Treasurer

Jeff Larson (2020)

3569 Widgeon Way

Eagan, MN 55123

612-801-7850

bjeffreyb@gmail.com

Swany Swanson (2021)

West 9580 County Road E

Spooner, WI 54801

 

715-416-0706

swany-ruth@hotmail.com

Scott Ballantyne  (2022)

PO Box 451, Spooner, WI

715-416-4415

ballantyne.scott@gmail.com

Ted Colangelo (2020)

10604 Hawthorn Trail

Woodbury, MN 55129

651-459-2537

tfcinva@aol.com

Missy Isabella  (2021)

2628 John Avenue

Superior, WI 54880

715-394-9518

missyis112@yahoo.com

Lisa Kiener-Barnett (2020)  

4534 Basswood Drive

Lisle, IL 60532

630-569-7415

lisakiener@gmail.com

August 2019 Newsletter

Minutes of the Aug 31, 2019 McKenzie Lakes Association Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Sandy Swanson, President, at 9:00 AM.

Welcome:

Sandy welcomed everyone to the meeting.  There were 23 members present.

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Minutes & Treasurer’s report:

There were no additions or corrections to the minutes of the previous meeting.  The minutes from the July 27th MLA meeting were approved.

 

Jeff Larson, Treasurer, presented the treasurer’s report. The report was approved.

 

Membership

We are still looking for a person to take over the membership committee.  Jan Calwell has agreed to take Lower McKenzie to canvas for new members.

Fred Kruger brought up the need to update the member ring binder as it has been 5 years since the last update.  Fred will coordinate with Sandy, since Fred has all the information on his computer.

 

Website:

The Website has been updated with new pictures and AIS information.

 

Seechi Disk Readings:

Seechi Disk readings:  Lower McKenzie 10.5 ft.  Middle McKenzie was 11 ft.  Big McKenzie 7.25 ft.

 

Rapid Response Grant:

We are in final year of the three year grant with enough money to support paid Boat Inspectors for Big McKenzie.  We have met our matching requirements for the entire grant therefore we do not have to track volunteer hours. Boat inspection hours, paid or volunteer are being tracked through the DNR, SWIMS database.  Sampling plates need to be removed and the ZM counted and the total number reported to Mike Schollmeyer.  Plates should be cleaned and stored inside.

Scott Ballantyne is looking to collect live ZM for his genetic research work.  He will be contacting you shortly to try and get some of your specimens.

 

Big McKenzie Boat Inspections:

From the fishing opener to last weekend (Aug 25) we performed a total of 248 hours of boat inspections..  Volunteer hours  to date are 55, paid hours are 194. Washburn County/Burnett County have provided a few paid inspector who are not included in this grant. We are tracking hours, both volunteer and paid on the DNR SWIMS database.

 

Middle McKenzie Boat Inspections:

From the fishing opener to last weekend (Aug 25), we had a total of 310 hours of boat inspections.  Paid inspectors total hours are 213 and 98 volunteer hours.  We have met the required minimum of 200 hours of boat inspections and are ahead of our 25% in kind match.

 

 

Booya: We had a very successful Booya fund raiser, The results are presented below and its comparison to the last four years.

 

Five Year Comparison of Booya Results

 

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Gross Income 5,158 5,368 6,105 5,737 5,613
Expenses 1,772 1,820 1,253 1,432 1,379
Net Income 3,386 3,548 4,852 4,305 4,234

 

 

On behalf of the McKenzie Lakes Association, I want to take this opportunity to thank all who helped with this year’s Booya.

A special thanks to George and Terry, who make the day work, to Chris Rahn, our MC, who kept things moving, Doug McCreadie, our retiring Master Booya Chef, and to Lisa who kept me going in the right direction. A big thanks to all who volunteered with food prep, ticket sales, cooking, manning the food tent, manning the beverage tent, selling bucket tickets, selling paddles, manning the membership booth, manning the clothing booth, and, not least of all set up and cleanup by the 6:00AM boys and the rest of the crew. Another big thank you to those who generously donated food, money, and prizes.  And finally, thanks to all who came to support and enjoy the event. It was a wonderful day. Most importantly, we reconnected with neighbors and made new friends. It’s all about our lakes community. As a side benefit, we made some money.

Thanks, Ann Powers, Chairman,

 

New business:        

Walleye Fund

Scott Ballantyne presented an update and clarification from Craig Roberts, DNR Fishery Biologist on walleye stocking in the McKenzie Lakes

  1. The current plan is to continue with stocking 10 fish/acre with DNR fish funded by the Walleye Initiative.  Currently, there have been four stockings at this rate for Middle and Big Mckenzie.  Most of our other lakes with higher rates (15 fish/acre, 20 fish/acre) are not seeing higher survival rates.  Stocking more fish on top of our fish would likely not result in better numbers of walleye.
  2. The study is ongoing and the real tell will be in additional adult survey  results.   Middle McKenzie survey has been completed,, but the DNR has not sampled Big McKenzie for adult walleye.  That is currently slated for 2024.  Craig does not believe increasing the stocking rates will result in higher catch rates of walleye.  The main reason is other lakes like Nancy, North Sand, and Stone have higher rates but see similar returns as the McKenzies lakes.  Only Slim Lake in Washburn Co has had success with a rate over 10 fish/acre.  Stocking 15, 20, 30 fish/acre is not going to push the fishery back to a walleye dominant lake.
  3. The data is mostly showing that natural reproduction is not on-going for the Lakes.  In the future this may change how the DNR will manage the lake and whether or not the DNR will allow additional stockings or continue stocking the lakes.

If the governor/legislature ever cuts the Walleye Initiative funding the DNR  may not be in a position to stock 10 fish/acre in the McKenzie Lakes.  Craig advised saving any money in a Walleye fund for a scenario where you could purchase more fish if  theDNR could no longer stock the lakes.  A habitat initiative is also an option, such as fish sticks, which may be a good way to naturally increase young forage fish in the lakes.  That money could be put toward that as well.

Special Boards Meeting:

A special board meeting was held prior to today’s meeting to consider 4 proposals which were approved, then presented to the general membership for their approval.

Proposal 1:  MLA will apply for Clean Boats/Clean Water grants from the DNR for the public landings on Big and Middle McKenzie Lakes.  Motion Approval, Resolution approved by general members.

Proposal 2: The Treasure of MLA will receive membership dues and Secretary will maintain the membership list.  Motion:  Approved, Resolution Approved by general members.

Proposal 3:  If MLA is successful in obtaining CB/CW grants, MLA will hire contract Boat Inspectors at a rate of $12/hr plus tine for travel.  Motion Approved. Resolutioned approved by general members.

Proposal 4: MLA will move its website host from Sports Engine to Lakekit.net and hire North of Eight, Siren, to coordinate the move and maintain and update the site. Motion Approved with contract limited to the estimate from North of Eight. Motion approved, Resolution approved by general members.

Extra Proposal 5:  Motion made and approved to submit CB/CW grant for Lower McKenzie., Motion Approved by general members..

It was pointed out that all CB/CW grants will require a separated Resolution and named coordinator for each of the grant applications.

Additional discussions where held on how to allot some of our extra funds.  It was proposed that we set up a fund to set aside money to fund a ZM treatment of the lakes,  if and when, there is a suitable treatment approved.  It was agreed that the Board will develop a plan for a fund for ZM treatment. The plan will be present at our Memorial Weekend meeting in 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2020 Calendar

Activity Date Chairperson/Coordinator
Roadside Clean-up April 25 Fred Baltrusis
Alternative Date for Clean-up May 9
1st MLA Meeting May 30 Sandy Swanson
MLA Annual Meeting June 27 Sandy Swanson
Boat Parade July 4 BM-McGrath Family (2020 Judges) or TBD
MM-Gatti Family (2020 Judges)
3rd MLA Meeting July 25 President MLA
Booya August 1 Ann Powers
4th MLA Meeting August 29 President MLA

 

 

 

2019 – 2020 McKenzie Lakes Association Board of Directors
President

Sandy Swanson (2021)

715-520-0233

sandy@northescape.com

Vice President

George Kuechle (2022)

715-635-7634

 

Secretary

Mike Schollmeyer (2022)

612-719-9280

mps1217@aol.com

Treasurer

Jeff Larson (2020)

612-801-7850

bjeffreyb@gmail.com

Swany Swanson (2021)

715-416-0706

swany-ruth@hotmail.com

Scott Ballantyne  (2022)

715-416-4415

ballantyne.scott@gmail.com

Ted Colangelo (2020)

651-459-2537

tfcinva@aol.com

Missy Isabella  (2021)

715-394-9518

missyis112@yahoo.com

Lisa Kiener-Barnett (2020)  

630-569-7415

lisakiener@gmail.com

 

Meeting was adjourned at 10:26 AM.  See you next year.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

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› Research Update on Zapping Zebra Mussels

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