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Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769             April 14, 2021

Merganser Identification Training April 27th 10-11am
          DLIA and the Swimmer’s Itch Task Force seek volunteers to assist with identification and location of merganser broods early this summer.  Curt Blankenspoor of Swimmer’s Itch LLC will offer a live Zoom training program on Tuesday April 27th 10-11am.  DLIA will host the Zoom meeting.  To receive an invitation (including the Zoom link), please send a request to
          The training will include tips on differentiating between mergansers and other waterfowl on Douglas Lake. In particular, merganser and Mallard hens and chicks which can appear similar.  Learn how to tell which is which and other helpful suggestions about merganser nesting sites.
          If you have any questions about volunteering and reporting broods, drop an email to
Watchlist for Aquatic Invasives in MI Waters
          Heard about European frog-bit or parrot feather? These are examples of recently introduced aquatic invasive plants that are threatening Michigan waters.  EGLE (MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy) offers a free webinar on the subject of what happens when a new invasive plant is found in Michigan waters.
          An aquatic biologist with EGLE will share his field experience, working with other partners, to examine species-specific actions, innovations in research and technology, and programs designed to help communities prevent and manage harmful invasive species.
          The webinar is Tuesday, April 20, 9:00-10:00 am EDT.  Click on the link below to register for the webinar:
Have Boat, Will Assist – Please Volunteer
          The Douglas Lake Boat Assist Team is seeking volunteers for the 2021 Boating Season.  The team is made up of boat owners from various regions around the Lake who volunteer to assist other boaters who are stranded on the Lake due to a malfunctioning boat or motor.  The volunteers are not professional boat mechanics, but are willing to lend a hand and get you to shore.
          Feedback in recent years from grateful stranded folks who called for rescue is very positive. The service is much appreciated.
          Ron Kelemen has again volunteered to coordinate the Boat Assist Team information. A future eNews will include a table of names of volunteers, their phone numbers and their residence location.  Best to call someone in the general area of the lake where you are stranded.
          To volunteer, please send your name, phone number and lake residence location to Ron at
New Boater Law Requires Engine Kill Switch
          A new federal law mandates that every operator of a leisure boat under 26 feet in length with a 3-horsepower engine or greater that was manufactured on or after January 1, 2020 must have an equipped engine cut-off switch. And drivers of any boat with a cut-off switch- even if the boat was manufactured prior to 2020- must wear the accompanying “link” that kills the engine when disengaged.
          The law, to be enforced at this time by the Coast Guard, goes into effect April 21, 2021.
       Several helpful links to information for recreational boats are listed below.  Not all the requirements are applicable for boating in Douglas Lake. First link is to U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety web site offers explanation of new requirement and other boating safety information:
Photos for DLIA 2022 Calendar Due April 23rd
Pet Photos Are Invited!
        Reminder: the deadline for submission of photos for the 2022 DLIA Calendar is April 23rd. Please submit your favourite photos, including photos of painting/drawings and other artistic creations featuring Douglas Lake by April 23, 2021. New this year, is a call for submission of photos of your pets enjoying their Douglas Lake environment - whether on land or in/on the water. Please include the name(s) of your pet(s) featured in your photos.
            Photos of wildlife (of the fish and animal varieties) living in our community are always welcome.
Send pictures/photos for DL calendar to
The DLIA 2022 calendar will be available at the summer merchandise sales.
(Photo: eNews editor admits bias – Hamish again posing.)
Soo Locks are Open
          Reliable signs of an early spring:  the Soo locks opened March 24th this year. Customers asked the Army Corps to open the locks early to accommodate increased traffic. The web cams have been reactivated for the season. You can view lock activity at this link:
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