Lake Ecology & Preservation


The ecology section was designed to help educate people on the impact of their actions in the Loon Lake area. We feel that educating the public is our best defense against damage to the ecology. We want everyone to enjoy the lake for generations to come.
EURASIAN MILFOIL
Clean Boats = Clean Lakes! EurasianWater Milfoil grows and spreads really fast. So fast, that it can choke out native plants and reduce the amount of light that reaches into the lake. This aggressive growth kills off other native aquatic plants. And when the native plants can't grow, other aquatic species that rely on the native plants for food and shelter have trouble surviving. Eurasian Water Milfoil's dense growth makes it difficult for invertebrates and other organisms that fish eat to survive. So, with less to eat and less open water, fish populations also decrease.
SWIMMERS ITCH
Don't Feed The Ducks or Geese!! Feeding the ducks and Geese will propagate swimmer's itch in the area where the birds are being fed as well as upset the natural balance and duck population. Swimmer's itch or schistosome cercarial dermatitis is a skin reaction that certain people have to the entry of a larval stage of certain flatworms into the epidermal layer of the skin. After the parasite enters, it dies and may cause dermatitis in individuals who have been previously sensitized. This sensitivity will rarely disappear; it usually get worse to subsequent exposures.
WATCH YOUR WAKE
You are responsible for the damage caused by the wake from your boat, it also causes major shoreline erosion Waves have impact on the environment by: eroding the shoreline, disturbing shoreline plants and wetland habitats, disturbing aquatic ecosystems, and swamping nests of loons and other waterfowl. Waves have impact on people by: damaging docks and boats, interfering with safe navigation, upsetting canoes and small boats, and causing danger to swimmers.



Eurasian Milfoil Management Report May 23 - May 26, 2016
Eurasian Milfoil Management Report May 31 - June 3, 2016
Eurasian Milfoil Management Report July 5 - July 8, 2016
Eurasian Milfoil Management Report July 11 - July 14, 2016
Eurasian Milfoil Management Report - Final - 2016

Adirondack Lake Assessment Program 2016 Report

Loon Lake 2010 Water Quality Test Results
Provided by the Darrin Fresh Water Institute


Report of Analysis
LAB ID # 10719
Loon Lake
Date collected: July 14, 2010
Date analyzed: July 14, 2010
Collector: Nancy Fregoe

Sample # Location Time Collected Time Analyzed

Total Coliform
(#colonies/100 ml)

Fecal Coliform
(#colonies/100 ml)

10-155

Burns Beach

8:37

13:46

4

1

10-156

Lewis Stream

8:40

13:43

less than 1

1

10-157

Blue Bay Outlet

8:42

13:39

1

1

10-158

Chester Shores Beach

8:45

13:51

6

2

10-159

Loon Lake Public Beach

8:50

13:55

7

7

10-160

Findholt's Cove

8:54

14:00

6

4

10-161

Martin's Cove

8:55

14:04

7

1

10-162

Loon Lake Heights Beach

9:00

14:09

5

3

10-163

Loon Lake Club

9:04

14:15

3

3

10-164

Blythewood Cove South

9:06

14:18

70

74

10-165

Blythewood Cove North

9:13

14:26

26

19

10-166

North Lake Inlet Cove

9:15

14:30

42

2

10-167

Bait Shop Cove

9:20

14:34

27

3

10-168

Vista View Beach

9:21

14:38

6

1

10-169

Birchwood Beach

9:25

14:44

1

3

10-170

Burke's Beach

9:27

14:48

3

2

10-171

Kmickile / Weick Beach

9:33

14:51

2

less than 1

10-172

Loon Lake Marina

9:35

14:57

7

3

10-173

Blue Bay / Beach

9:40

15:01

28

2

10-174

A Frame Stream

9:45

15:05

7

2

Results submitted by: Tiffini Burlingame

Total Coliform: Membrane Filter with LES Endo Agar, 9222 A,B,C

Fecal Coliform: Membrane Filter with LES Endo Agar, 9222 D

Enterococcus: Membrane Filter with mEnterococcus Agar, SM 9230C

?: refers to count with high non-target bacterial growth


  • The current EPA recommendation for body-contact recreation is fewer than 100 colonies/100 mL
  • For fishing and boating, fewer than 1000 colonies/100 mL
  • For domestic water supply, for treatment, fewer than 2000 colonies/100 mL.
  • The drinking water standard is less than 1 colony/ 100 ml.
As we can see from the report, the water quality of the lake is very good. This is an excellent indicator of the overall health of the lake.

Who should belong?
All residents in the area surrounding Loon Lake not just those on the lake!

What is its purpose?
The Association has worked to protect and enhance the interests of property owners and users for over 70 years.

What does the $20 annual membership buy?
The Association has organized and sponsered the following events

Fishing Derby

State Certified and Required Safe Boating Course

Water Carnival and Field Day

Sailboat Races

Marv Cole LLPDA Golf Tournament

Annual Meeting

Covered Dish Supper and Entertainment

Boat Parade


All of these are based on membership interest and providing opportunities for you and your family to meet others in the area.

Newsletters each year issued to keep you informed of activities and happenings.


The Association is also concerned with lake safety issued in the following

Annual buoy installation and removal

Maintenence of the dam

Water quality testing and reporting

Milfoil education and watch

Shore erosion

Lake speed limits and responsible boat operation

Working with Town government on issues affecting Association membership as well as lake management issues.

$20 would probably not buy your family one "fast food" lunch!
Membership in the Loon Lake Park District Association will provide opportunities for fun and help in maintaining the Loon Lake area for you, your family and their families in the future.

Membership is easy, just complete the application and mail it with a check or money order.

 

We welcome people who would like to make a difference. 
There are many ways that you can volunteer your time and talents for the good of our lake.

  • Clean up and prevention of milfoil.
  • Gardening and planting in public areas.
  • Promote the Loon Lake Association and distribute information to your neighbors.
  • Be a part of a committee
  • Share your experience, knowledge and talents on upcoming events.
  • Help to organize and support an event such as:

The Marv Cole Golf Tournament

Fishing Derby

Sailboat Regatta

Boat Parade

Water Carnival

Family Hike Day

Boater Safety Course

Adopt A Highway

Now is the time to step up and be a part of our lake.  We must cherish our history, look forward and prepare for our future and be accountable to our lake.  Should you require additional information or would like to contact us, please call 494-2210
 

Questions or comments?
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