Thank You for the Labor Day Car Show & Dance Donations:
This year's Labor Day event was a another success and the Board would like to thank those who donated.
Donations are still welcome to build up the fund for next year's event. They can be mailed to Maple Lake Improvement District, P.O. Box 41, Mentor, MN 56736
Mosquito spraying dates for 2019 will be coming soon.
Boat and Water Structure Permit Guidelines
The permit application for temporary structures not extending from shore are available for download here.
Re-register for weather alert at the Polk County website or call the Sheriff’s office.
To sign up for alerts, please click here.
According to Minnesota Personal Watercraft Laws:
- You Must... Wear a USCG approved life jacket.
- Travel at slow-no wake speed (5 mph or less) within 150 feet of: non-motorized boats, shore (unless launching or landing skiers directly to open water), docks, swim rafts, swimmers or any moored or anchored boat.
- Operate only from 9:30 a.m. to 1 hour before sunset.
- Use the cutoff lanyard properly.
- Obey operator age/permit laws for those younger than 18 years old.
- All personal watercraft in Minnesota are required to display a rules decal (provided at no charge by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources).
For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov/boating.
Aquatic hitchhikers can spread in many ways such as on aquatic plants, on recreational equipment, and in water. Fortunately, there are a few simple actions you can take to prevent them from spreading.
In many states and provinces it is illegal to transport aquatic invasive species, so taking the following actions may also help avoid a citation.
INSPECT your boat, trailer, and equipment and REMOVE visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud before leaving the water access.
It is important to carefully remove all plant fragments before you leave the access area to ensure you are not transporting an invasive plant species.
Penalties of up to $1,000 can be cited to those in violation of these regulations.
For more information, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives.
Aquatic Invasive Species: A Minnesota Handbook
A good booklet about AIS was put together with information from the University of MN Extension, MN DNR and MN Sea Grant resources called “Aquatic Invasive Species: A Minnesota Handbook”. Click here for a link to that Handbook.
Vern Whitten Photography has aerial photos of Maple Lake available for sale. There are two photos to choose from:
Click above to see the photos and the contact information for Vern Whitten Photography if you would like to order one of these pictures.
Click here to visit Vern Whitten Photography site.
Thanks to Pam Sherschligt at Lakeview Resort, here's a historical reference of when the ice went out on Maple Lake, dating all the way back to 1975! Incidentally, 2012 marks the earliest iceout since Pam starting keeping this record! The latest date on record? May 5 back in 1996.
- 2018: 4/29
- 2017: 4/5
- 2016: 3/26
- 2015: 4/25
- 2014: 4/27
- 2013: 5/8
- 2012: 3/22
- 2011: 4/25
- 2010: 4/02
- 2009: 4/21
- 2008: 4/24
- 2007: 4/22
- 2006: 4/12
- 2005: 4/11
- 2004: 4/15
- 2003: 4/13
- 2002: 4/17
- 2001: 4/27
- 2000: 4/06
- 1999: 4/15
- 1998: 4/06
- 1997: 4/28
- 1996: 5/05
- 1995: 4/21
- 1994: 4/17
- 1993: 4/17
- 1992: 4/14
- 1991: 4/09
- 1990: 4/22
- 1989: 4/26
- 1988: 4/13
- 1987: 4/10
- 1986: 4/12
- 1985: 4/19
- 1984: 4/12
- 1983: 4/13
- 1982: 4/20
- 1981: 4/04
- 1980: 4/18
- 1979: 5/02
- 1978: 4/27
- 1977: 4/18
- 1976: 4/13
- 1975: 4/24
Maple Lake Water Test 8-24-2018 Results:
The algal toxin test showed that the microcystin concentration has fortunately decreased. The test strip indicated that there was some algal toxin present, but the concentration appeared to be somewhere between 0 and 1 ppb, which should be a safe concentration that is in line with some drinking water recommendations/standards.
The Maple Lake Improvement District would like to share some information on “blue-green algae” in Maple Lake. On July 27, 2018 Corey Hanson with the Red Lake Watershed District completed a second water test for algae, with results of 5ppb. This is the same results as the mid June test.
The EPA categorizes the level of 4ppb as a low risk, and the NOAA website lists 4ppb as a level that could be an irritant to people with allergies. 5 Parts Per Billion (ppb) was explained as having 5 damaged golf balls out of one billion golf balls. Again, 5ppb is a concern and people using the lake should take notice and make judgment themselves on there use of the lake.
The Maple Lake Improvement District board takes regular water samples 4 times each summer from 4 different locations and sends them to RMB Laboratories for analysis. The test results can be viewed at RMB Laboratories website. The MLID takes water quality seriously and are watching the lake quality closely.