Welcome to Our New Website

Some of you have already received the annual notice of herbicide application to Manistee Lake. I just want to remind everyone that these notices go out every year as a precaution in case we need to apply herbicide to control Eurasian Milfoil outbreaks. This notice does not mean that herbicide application will actually occur.  This notice is required if herbicide is to be applied and is sent out every Spring just in case a decision is made to do herbicide application. No such decision has been made for 2020 by the Manistee Lake Improvement Board.  You may recall that although these same notices were sent out last year, no herbicide application was done as there was not enough milfoil to warrant any treatment.  No decision on whether or not to treat milfoil this year will be made until after the Spring milfoil survey is complete.  No date has yet been set to conduct this survey as we await improving weather and a safer viral environment. If a decision is made to apply herbicide to any areas of Manistee Lake, information will be made available ahead of time through this Facebook page, the MLA web site and email from the web site.

Due to the on going Corona virus related social distancing regulations, the Officers and Directors of the Manistee Lake Association have decided it is necessary to cancel the regular Memorial Day MLA meeting originally scheduled for Saturday May 23, 2020. The next scheduled meeting for the MLA is set for Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 9:00 am at the CETA Hall. Hopefully we will be able to meet by then.

 

The Manistee Lake Improvement Board has also cancelled its meeting originally scheduled for Monday May 18, 2020 at the Excelsior Township Hall.  The next scheduled meeting of the MLIB is on Monday  July 27, 2020 at the Coldsprings Township Hall.

Welcome to the new and improved Manistee Lake Association web site. We hope you like the look and the many additional features. We have tried to make the site far more useful as a source of information and communication. Many of the features are in the members only area so we encourage everyone to become a member and to register for the member area. Access is free to MLA members. Members please make sure to update your member information so we have current contact information for you. If you are a new resident who does not receive our newsletter, please give us your contact information so we can add you to our database. Just click on the contact us link under website feedback on the lower right of this page and submit your information.


We invite comments and suggestions to improve the site as well. We want to make this site as useful and user friendly as we can.  We have tried to minimize some features to lessen download times for those of you with slower internet connections. We will continue to add information to the site and to improve features as we go so please check back often and let us know what you think. I hope you enjoy our new home on the web. Spread the word around. Manistee Lake can always use more friends.

 

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I wanted to give all the Manistee Lake Association members an update on the status of our annual Memorial Day association meeting currently scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020. The CETA Hall is not available to us that day. Your MLA officers have been in touch with the Township about using the pavilion at Sands Park or one of the two township halls. Due to the current Corona virus restrictions, the Townships are not renting out the Pavilion nor allowing use of the town halls for anything other than their own official business.

Hence, since we have no place for the meeting to be held at this time, we don't know if there will be a meeting or not. MLA officers will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision as to whether or not to hold a meeting (and if so where) as we get closer to mid-May when we should have a better picture of the status of things. So more updates to come.

THE MANISTEE LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD IS HOLDING A SPECIAL MEETING TO CONSIDER A REVISED RESOLUTION TO COMMENCE COLLECTION OF THE MLIB SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ON DECEMBER 1, 2020 RATHER THAN DECEMBER 1, 2019 AS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO MAKE REVISIONS TO ITS PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR 2020.  THE MEETING WILL BE AT THE EXCELSIOR TOWNSHIP HALL AT 5:30 PM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019. THIS REVISION IS NECESSARY DUE TO ADMINISTRATIVE SNAG THAT PREVENTED THE ASSESSMENT FROM APPEARING ON THE 2019 WINTER TAX BILLS AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. THE MLIB HAS SUFFICIENT RESERVE FUNDS TO COVER PROJECT COSTS UNTIL THE NEW ASSESSMENT CAN BE COLLECTED.

On October 22, 2019 the Manistee County Board of Commissioners, after hearing from many of our friends and neighbors over the last few months, agreed that the point of sale inspection program is important and should not be abolished. They voted 5-1 to deny Kalkaska County's request to end the program, which means it remains in place.

Hopefully, now the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners will grant our long standing, and heretofore denied, request to form a work group to sit down and go through the various issues in the program about which many are concerned and find ways to improve the program for everyone.

A huge thank you to all the people of Manistee Lake and all around the county who spent the last 10 months fighting this wrong headed decision by our county board. Your persistence and patient lobbying paid off. Proving once again the a group of motivated, active citizens can still make a difference. Congratulations to you all on a job well done. Now we need to move forward together to make this program better.

This chart shows the rise and fall of Manistee Lake starting on 5/9/2018 through 9/30/2019. (Winter months are not measured of course). Thank you to Gerry Gancer for collecting this data.  .

 

 

NOTE  ANOTHER DATE CHANGE - Due to continuing winter weather, this meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday April  28, 2018. Same time, same place.   If the winter weather continues, this meeting may be rescheduled yet again. We can not set the nets unless the lake is free of ice and the suckers are running.

 

The Joint Manistee Lake Association/Manistee Lake Improvement Board Fishing Improvement Committee is currently scheduled to meet April 28th at 9AM at Seth and Carol Phillips' house at 4257 E. Shore Dr.  (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE) The current plan is to assess the current conditions and, unless the weather is not cooperating, set the sucker trap nets as we have in past years.  In addition to help setting the nets, we are always in need of assistance, especially during the week, in checking and emptying the nets and recording fish data, which we are required to do under our DNR permit no less than every other day. We will of course also welcome anyone who would like to have the fish we collect as we must dispose of them.  This schedule is subject to change should conditions cause the sucker run to initiate sooner than expected. Any changes will be noted on this web page and on the MLA Facebook page.

 

 

The annual report of Manistee Lake water quality and invasive plant monitoring, performed by Progressive AE is now available on this web site to registered MLA member site users. This report represents a portion of the work performed for the Manistee Lake Improvement Board and reflects on going positive results for both water quality and invasive plant control.  The full report can be found on this web site under the Members Menu. Click on the MLIB Important Docs item and open the document from the list. It will open as a pdf. the other report reflecting our on-going research into the lake's fishery and related food chain should be available sometime this winter.

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