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Do you have muskrats on your shoreline? Would you like them removed? This year, the OLMD is working with authorized DNR agent, Arnold Groehler, to remove muskrats from OLMD shorelines where their burrows or activity have become a nuisance for property owners. The OLMD authorized the expenditure of $1,000 to pay for Mr. Groehler’s service for OLMD residents at the 2017 Annual Meeting. If you would be interested in having them removed from your shoreline, please visit the “Reports” page on this website and review the article “Muskrat Information – Arnold Groehler.” Permission to access your property is required and can be given through the use of an online form, or PDF form available for download, on the “Forms” page of this website. Don’t forget to submit the form soon-the deadline is February 1, 2018!
To view the most recent Lake Level Reports, click on the “Reports” page.
As you may be aware, Starry Stonewort, a macroalga invasive species, has been found in area lakes. The OLMD is asking for your help in keeping it out of Okauchee Lake. There are several things you can do to keep it out of Okauchee Lake waterways.
1) Please look for this invasive species in the lake. It can often be found near boat launch sites.
2) Please thoroughly inspect and clean your boat, watercrafts and trailer if you have been in Little Muskego Lake, Big Muskego Lake and Long Lake in Racine County recently.
3) Learn about Starry Stonewort. Public education and prevention is critical to keeping this plant out of Okauchee Lake!
Please visit the following link to the DNR website for identification information: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/fact/starrystonewort.html
Identification information on Starry Stonewort can also be found on the “Reports” page of this website. Contact the DNR or the OLMD if you believe you have spotted Starry Stonewort.
The month of November brought many changes to the area lakes. Little Muskego Lake experienced a draw down in an attempt to reduce the Starry Stonewort population. With many area lakes still remaining open, it is important to be sure to clean boats and trailers when exiting a lake and prior to entering another. The Clean Boats, Clean Waters program provides many useful tips for boaters on how to keep AIS out of southeastern Wisconsin lakes. Washington County and Waukesha County AIS newsletters are now provided monthly in a singular format so you have access to more AIS information. These recent AIS activities can be found on the Waukesha County website via www.waukeshacounty.gov/AIS.
The “Slow No Wake” buoys have been removed from Okauchee Lake for the 2017 boating season. Please still follow the lake rules regarding speed limits when driving in the “Slow No Wake” areas.
In recent weeks, Okauchee Lake residents have reported items being removed from their shoreline, boat lifts and boats without permission. Consider taking items of value off your boat, lift and shoreline to prevent thefts from happening. Please be aware and if you see something, say something! Call “911” or the Town Police if you see theft occurring in your area.