Drilling for clean, clear water.
On December 21, 2011, Hedberg Well Drilling completed drilling for a new well on our property. The 119' deep well will serve all the cabins except Cedar which is on its own well. The project was completed in the Spring of 2012 with the installation of a new submersible pump and pump system. The new well greatly improved the quality of the water supply for the cabins.
Modification of Crooked Lake Boat Landing
Release Date: Jan 18, 2012 Watersmeet/Iron River Ranger Districts
Contact(s): Norman Nass, Lisa Klaus
Watersmeet, MI. -- The Ottawa National Forest announces that the Crooked Lake boat landing is being modified to a carry down only facility for launching boats in Crooked Lake on the Watersmeet Ranger District. This action is being taken to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the lake.
Crooked Lake has been infested with Eurasian Watermilfoil since at least 2002. Control efforts each year since its discovery have not been able to fully control this especially persistent species. Increasing threats that are continually introducing Eurasian Watermilfoil and other AIS such as zebra mussels, curly leaf pondweed, and rusty crayfish into the lake have prompted a change requiring that boats be carried down to the water’s edge for launching in the lake.
Modification of the boat landing in a way that requires carrying boats to launch them in the lake may mean that some people may not be able to independently launch their boats. This could be the case for individuals that do not have the physical strength to lift and carry their boat or canoe to the water’s edge. To address this concern, the Ottawa National Forest will explore the availability and development of a facility that may be used to assist in launching canoes or other boats; however, the boat landing will generally no longer be available for launching boats directly from a boat trailer.
The Ottawa is working cooperatively with the Crooked Lake Riparian Owners on an agreement that would provide them the opportunity to continue using the existing boat landing via gated access, which is the only boat landing on Crooked Lake. The riparian owners utilize this boat landing for access to their lake front property and for motor boat use in the non-wilderness portion of the lake. The owners of the Foxes Den rental duplex, their family members, and guests can also use motorboats in the wilderness portion of Crooked Lake as provided in a previous federal court order. Entering into an agreement with the riparian owners for their continued use of the boat landing will include provisions for assuring that their boats and trailers are free of invasive species. The boat landing will also continue to be available for Forest Service administrative use, and to meet the needs for the official use of other agencies.