Shafer & Freeman Lakes
Environmental Conservation Corporation
on Lake Freeman and Lake Shafer continues in
locations. Presently, over 700,000 cubic yards of sand and silt have
This is equivalent to 87,500 single axle dump truck loads being removed
from the lakes. Four silt traps have been constructed on Lake Freeman
five silt traps constructed on tributaries leading into Lake Shafer.
These traps are intended to catch sediments
before they enter the lake itself. This ten million dollar project is
being brought in under
budget. It is estimated that two million dollars have been saved
The voluntary Environmental Clean Lakes sticker
generates from $8,000 to $10,000 annually through the participation of
both local and non-local lake users and 30 local businesses. These
funds are used to help fund the Summer Lakes Clean Up project.
the past several years, the SFLECC has combined its efforts with those
of other groups in the lakes community to stock fingerlings. In 2008,
the SFLECC and the Lake Shafer Welfare Association stocked 3,300
walleye pike in Lake Shafer and 1,500 walleye pike in Lake Freeman. In
2009, 6,000 large mouth bass were introduced into Lake Freeman with the
assistance of local bass fishermen.
SFLECC has become a member of IDNR's Adopt-A-River
Program. At least twice a year, volunteers remove man-made debris
beginning at the Norway Bridge and working downstream to Riverside
Restaurant, both banks.
Lake Freeman, 21 Fish Pod Attractors have been
to provide habitat for spawning and for protection from predators. The
SFLECC intends to add more natural fish habitat structures to both
Osprey nesting platforms, two on Lake Freeman and
two on Lake Shafer, have been erected. After a pair of Bald Eagles
created a nest on Ski Island in Lake Freeman, although they did not
take up residency, it is being hoped that Osprey, fish eating eagles,
would also find our environment attractive for nesting.
Currently, we are working with a local farmer to
latest conservation tool called a 2-Stage Ditch. This conservation tool
is designed to reduce the transport of eroded sediments to the lakes,
especially during times of high rainfall.
Over 17,000 volunteer hous have been logged with the Natural
Resorces Conservation Service's Earth Team.