Monday, January 16, 2017

A “Birds Eye View” of a portion of the Long Lake Minor Watershed!

Special thanks to the Marie & Tom Hass group who flew over and snapped pictures in early November 2016 after the leaves were down.  Marie’s family home is on Crystal Beach on the east side. She grew up on Long Lake. They were helping explore from the air to see if there was a visible river connecting some of the lakes in our Long Lake Minor Watershed.  Older MN maps show a river connecting Sweitzer and Mud / Long.  It wasn't possible  last autumn to tell from a boat on Mud Lake as fallen trees and high brush at the north end limited visibility and any passage.  

The first photo below is Rockwell Lake with visible wetland/water between Sweitzer Lake on right.  Long Lake is at the top right.  You can see Mud Lake in the middle of the picture, separated from Long Lake by Hwy 34 where a culvert allows water to flow year-round.  Sweitzer has a smaller culvert where water flows toward Mud/Long year-round.  No surface water connection is visible between the water bodies currently;  just wetlands.

Darrin Hoverson, our local MN DNR Hydrologist, gave an excellent Long Lake Watershed power point presentation at our June Annual Meeting (view  here).  Darrin answers additional questions below on the groundwater connections.  

Darrin explained that the Long Lake Minor Watershed system of lakes is connected through groundwater and, at times, the surface water, when waters get high.  Sweitzer Lake is near the top of the surface- and ground- watershed.  Generally the water flow direction flows towards Mud Lake and then into Long Lake.

The green lines on the 1st map below shows an area just north of Sweitzer Lake where the four minor basins meet.  Surface water would flow towards those four basins; Deer/Ida, Ingram/Potato, Fish Hook, and Sweitzer/Long.  Much of this area does not have a connected surface for water to flow, but water will infiltrate into the ground then move as groundwater.  There is a lot of water stored in the ground.  When water flows through the culverts in late winter from Sweitzer and Mud (after no liquid precipitation has fallen) this is known as base flow.  The volume of water is close to the amount discharging from groundwater (springs) into this surface water system.  We are able to see the flow direction for the surface water in red in the 2nd map below with the 2-foot contours map overlay.  The flow direction is from Rockwell, Sweitzer to Mud, then Long.  When the county Geologic Atlas comes out in the next couple years, Darrin says we can learn more about the deeper groundwater connections.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Noah's Fishing Story

1.  This is Noah.
2.  Noah was fishing with his dad for one of the first times in his life!
3.  The bait used was corn.
4.  His family's cabin is on the northeast end of the lake.
5.  The fish was caught over the 4th of July weekend, 2016.
6.  Noah's dad (and many extended family members) love to fish.  Noah is just getting started. 🐟

This fishing contest runs until just before the Annual Meeting in June.. So don't forget your ice fishing pictures into us also.  The contest is open to kids from 5 to 15 years old.  For the complete rules click here

Remember take pictures of your winter ice fishing experiences too.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Join the fun

Now that the "snow birds" are on their way South, start out 2017 the best way ever by gathering with Long Lake friends at Zorbaz on Saturday, January 7, at 6 pm
Be there or be square!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ellie's Fishing Story

1.  This is Ellie.
2.  She was with her family and her dog, Cooper, was close by when whe caught this little black bass.
3.  The bait Ellie used was Powerbait.
4.  She was at her family's cabin on the northwest end of the lake.
5.  The fish was caught over the 4th of July weekend 2016, around 11:00 in the morning.
6.  Ellie loves to fish from the end of the dock. It's just one of her many favorite pastimes at the cabin! She catches all sorts of pan fish, along with both rock and large mouth bass!

This fishing contest runs until just before the Annual Meeting in June.. So don't forget your ice fishing pictures into us also.  The contest is open to kids from 5 to 15 years old.  For the complete rules click here

 Also Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year...especially to all of those who are ice fishing this winter. Stay safe and have fun.  Send your winter pictures in too. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ice In! On December 16, 2016

Sharon Natzel checked with our deep side spotter families this morning.  They feel that the final ice-in date for 2016 is Friday, December 16th.  We took into consideration the extra weight of the snow last night on new ice that formed yesterday and those spots stayed frozen over, not re-opening, so its "a go" to declare 12/16/16 as the ice-in date.

Sharon will file our ice-in date for Long Lake with DNR/MPCA.

In our Guess the Date the Lake Freezes Over Contest Kay Schultz came the closest with a guess of of December 15th:  Bob Natzel guessed the 19th.

A final drawing from ALL participants names by an unbiased observer was held. The guesser's name drawn from the hat to receive the $20 gift certificate for Dairy Queen is Barb Kersting from Litchfield.  She is in LLAA Neighborhood 2 on Dakota Shores!  Congratulations to Barb !  The gift certificate will be mailed to Barb in Litchfield!  Special thanks to Barb plus all the others who ventured a guess for ice-in date on Long Lake!

The charts and other information will be posted on the Ice Data page as soon as they are received.