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DLA Newsletter August 2022
Wake up in the morning to find a
frosted winter wonderland
all around Deer Lake
We regret to inform you of the passing of Dan Greer.
In July 2019, Dan was elected to serve on DLA's Board of Directors. Dan was a longtime member and conscientious volunteer for the DLA Conservation Committee, performed maintenance services at Deer Lake Station, and was a mainstay volunteer at the Deer Lake Frolic picnic. We will miss Dan, and are forever grateful for his longtime service as a volunteer and Board member.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
are a threat to our way of life on the lake!
The Itasca AIS Program is currently hiring for the 2023 summer season, including both for Inspectors and for AIS Control & Monitoring Techs. It's helpful to Deer Lake directly and indirectly when we generate candidates for these positions. AIS Inspector candidates can request to work mostly or even solely on Deer Lake. Help protect Deer Lake, and commute to work in your own boat!
If you or anyone you know may be interested in serving as an AIS Inspector or AIS CM Tech this season, please see or forward the attached Flyers. The more applicants DLA sources for these positions the better. Great job for students 18+, for retirees, and anyone in between.
Please help us source candidates for these positions!
Here are links for the Job Descriptions:
1) The Control and Monitoring Crew, who cruise many lakes (including Deer Lake) for search and destroy of many kinds of AIS.
2) The "Level 2" Access Inspection Team, who greet and inspect boats at the many ramps in County (including Deer Lake). Level 2 Inspectors are trained in hot-water decontaminations.
Level 1 Inspectors are also needed!
See here for more Information and Application on the County AIS Program Homepage at the Soil and Water Conservation District
It's very helpful to Deer Lake if we can generate our own candidates for these positions!
If you or anyone you know may be interested in serving as an
AIS Inspector or Control Tech this season,
please provide them with this information as soon as possible.
These are great jobs for students 18+, for retirees, and anyone in between.
Last season inspectors were scheduled at the Deer Lake public access
nearly sunrise to sunset 7 days per week.
There were nearly 4000 boats inspected, with 137 hot water decontaminations.
All done right here at our own Deer Lake Station at the Public Boat Access.
This special care for our lake saved the day many times!
A beach full of invasive mussles makes bare feet impossible!Video of AIS (featuring shots of Deer Lake)
Noon talks on topics of great interest to Lake Residents.
These are free, on-line, one-hour noon-time seminars
from experts covering a variety of topics, with Q&A.
Beginning February 2 and continuing until November.
1st Thursdays of every month.
Pretty View on County Road 62 in 1935 (photo from DeCoster Family)
Points: Christmas from the left; Deer Path from the right; Battleship Island from left (barely visible).
A Fourth Point on the far right of the photo (just past sappling), is Little Itasca.
Pretty View Off-Leaf (2015)
Pretty View Map showing the Three Points
sighting the full length of
The Pretty View of Deer Lake today.
We hope that the View can be improved in the future.
And Much More
This chart gives water levels on Deer Lake for the last decade:
Last fall of 2021, we had near record low lake water levels on Deer Lake. Then in the spring of 2022 rain and snow melt pushed the lake level to near record high. And now at the fall of 2022, we are back to very low water level. As you can see by the graph, the difference between highest and lowest is about one foot. The usual fluctuation is about six inches.
DLA is introducing the Beautiful Deer Lake Water Quality Initiative. It long-term effort including AIS prevention strategies and initiatives to improve water quality by reducing phosphorus loads dumped into Deer Lake by streams, septic systems, storm-water run-off, and shoreline erosion. DLA is asking Deer Lake property owners to open our hearts to the lake and take action. Please join our effort to improve Deer Lake water quality. Thank you.
DEER LAKE FROLIC
DLA Frolic was a big sucess and ev eryone had a great time!
Limited-edition vintage-inspired Deer Lake notecards, on linen paper with matching envelopes. Other Items also available!
Ten for $10.
Please do not use Bear Island wood for camp fires on the Island.
Be sure to bring your own firewood!
Anybody remember the giant slide at Pinehurst Lodge in the old days?
New DLA Deer Lake Map!
Deer Lake Map available for purchase!
Available for purchase from the DLA Boutique.
If you're interested, place an order by sending an email to Elise Widen at
Boating on Deer Lake Photo by Sanna Pederson