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The level of Deer Lake remained stable all summer due to minimal beaver activity and low rainfall until recently. The gauge at the creek on County Road #533 stayed between 4.3 and  4.5 all summer until the heavy rains came. The level now is 4.7 until the outflow has an opportunity to drain down the volume.  The spring time depth of water running over the steel plates at the dam was about 12" and through summer dropped down to 4" then as low as 1" to 1.5" during the dry spell.


All summer the lake level took care of itself, then in August the boat run volunteers discovered that beaver were building a dam on the rock dam.  The dam was removed by Mark Smith, Jeff Stimac, Dave Nurka, Skylar Jensen and Larry Blackmer a couple of  times, but the critters kept building the dam back up so we removed them.  A picture of the start to their beaver dam is attached. The rock dam has been clear now for a few weeks to a month.  If possible, it is best to go into winter freeze up with stable or normal water levels to minimize shoreline damage from high water and  ice expansion. 

The wild rice crop density increased and clogged the outflow creek even more so than last year. A picture of mud build-up along the edges from this year is attached. The picture shows wild rice in it's formation stage lying flat on the water at the end of June.  Again, we are concerned about the outlflow depth over the long haul!  Anyone curious about the outflow creek that and has a  desire to view the rock dam is welcome to hitch a ride for a guided tour of the creek and rock dam with one of 4 individuals, Mark Smith, Bill Cromell, Dan Gallagher or Rick Jensen.  It is a great 2.5 to 3 mile boat run in the marsh and wilderness!  The trip should be taken in the spring through June or last 1/2 of September for open water and an easy run.  Anyone wishing to view the vegetation clogging of the creek can pick a mid to later summer time of July and August, which will demand the motors be cleared of vegetation quite a few times in and out. I bit longer trip.  Another maintenance project completed was skidsteer mowing of brush on the outflow  access road.  Next year the road wouldn't be driveable as heavy brush was overpowering the road.  A brush hog skidsteer attachment was rented from Jeff Powell Excavating.  Jeff was kind enough to offer a discount due to our non-profit status.  Thank You Jeff!  The bad holes in the road were fixed and one heavy rotten tree truck that had fallen across the road was chainsawed out. A picture is attached of the new look!   Thank you everyone for your past and future support,

Bill Cromell, DLWA President

If you were able to attend the annual DLWA meeting on August 3rd 2019, there was a survey done asking members what are the most important tasks that should be focused upon by the association. This year focus on AIS moved up the ladder to #3 from prior year surveys out of a list of 10 tasks. The AIS focus is already taking shape and we would like to recognize Bill Cromell, Mark Smith and Donna Childers for recently becoming AIS certified inspectors. The first inspection began with Bill and Mark (pictured) this past Saturday on August 31st at the Deer Lake boat access from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This also included initial on-site training by an AIS inspector from Turtle Lake Association.

This is just the first of more inspections to be completed in the future across the watershed. If you would like to volunteer in this area, please let us know. We can advise you when the next AIS inspection class is available and the location. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated in helping DLWA in this area and we need more volunteers to carry out inspections on the DLWA lakes in the future. A special "Thank you" to Bill, Mark and Donna for taking this first step towards the prevention of AIS in DLWA lakes!

Chris Fischer

DLWA Board Member

Bill Cromell and Mark Smith DLWA AIS inspectors on Deer Lake.

DLWA Creek Runners, Beaver Dam Breakers and Nuisance Beaver Trappers

This energetic group of DLWA volunteers worked hard during Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019 to 1) clear Deer Creek of overgrown vegetation by running their boats up and down the creek; 2) break out beaver dams that backed up the flow of water on Deer, Otter, Popple and Lorraine Creeks; and 3) remove nuisance beaver throughout the Deer Lake Watershed. A volunteer appreciation event was held on July 20, 2019 to recognize these committed and hard-working DLWA volunteers who assist in keeping our watershed creeks open and flowing. Pictured (from left): Dave Nerka, Jim Kush, Skylar Jensen, Alex Jensen, Larry Blackmer, Mark Smith, Galen Vorland, Jeff Dunlap, Dan Gallagher, Jerry Pratt, Val Cromell (photographer), Denny Carlson, Rick Jensen, Bill Cromell and Dan Kehren. Volunteers not pictured: Art Lind, Chad and Corey Lovdahl, Tom Schwartz, Jeff Hansen, and Jeff Stimac.


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