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Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49755            November 29, 2015

Maple River Dam issues addressed
Our last eNews reported that the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) is working on a project to remove the Maple River Dam.  The original dam was built around 1903, and there was a failure November 8, 1951, when about 100’ of roadway washed out.  A new dam was built sometime between 1960 and 1967. We are still gathering information for that time period.
Douglas Lake is a natural lake that exists as the headwaters to the East Branch Maple River. Some believe the water level of Douglas Lake will change when the current dam is removed. However, three sources (the CRA, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (TOMWC), and the DNR) agree the flows will remain the same, and the dam removal will have no impact on DL’s water level. From available data, average water levels of Douglas Lake follow:
Douglas Lake Average Water Levels
1922-1951 712.56’
1952-1959 712.38’
1976-2010 712.94’
Of course, Lake Kathleen (the lake above the dam) will reduce and this will cause a reduction in the flow downstream.
Another concern is invasive species. CRA biologist Chris Pierce, says, “Sea Lamprey do spawn in the Maple River and with full removal of the dam there would be opportunity for invasive sea lamprey to go upstream.  The current design for dam removal incorporates a low head sea lamprey barrier.  We have been working with USFWS Fish Passage Program and Sea Lamprey Program on design measure that allow for some species to pass while not allowing others.  USGS, USFWS, and Army Corps have been looking at feasibility of sea lamprey blockage at the Cheboygan Locks. They also have been conducting research in the inland waterway and believe that there may be a small breeding population of sea lamprey that are not leaving and going back to Lake Huron.  We will also monitor bottomlands for invasive species that might show up and perform appropriate measures if detected.” DNR Fisheries biologist Neal Godby agreed with Chris, and added that since the adult sea lamprey population estimate in the upper Cheboygan River watershed (Burt and Mullett Lakes, Maple River, Sturgeon River, Pigeon River) is so low, USGS and USFWS are investigating ways to further reduce or eradicate that population.
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Orders must be received by December 18th for Holiday shipping.
Merchandise Manager, Marilyn Kelemen,
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Contact Marilyn at or 231-420-4579 with any questions.
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