Florence County is home to many beautiful inland lakes and state designated wild rivers. With the generous, continued financial contribution from the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association (SECOLA), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in 2021 the Land Conservation Department will again be running a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program in Florence County. This marks the seventh year the department has run a multi-landing Clean Boats, Clean Waters project.
Starting on Memorial Day weekend 2021 there will be Watercraft Inspectors at Spread Eagle North Lake, Keyes Lake, the Brule River Flowage, Twin Falls Flowage, Lake Emily, Ellwood Lake, Sea Lion Lake, and the Pine River Canoe Access (Oxbow). Spread Eagle North Lake landing will have a boat wash station to help ensure boats entering or leaving are clean of AIS. Additionally, there will be a 2nd boatwash available for special events, courtesey of the Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition.
The Land Conservation Department urges everyone to please take special care in cleaning your water-sports equipment before entering and after leaving area lake and river sites. AIS such as Eurasian water-milfoil (EWM) can spread easly from fragmentation. It only takes a small fragment of the plant on a boat or trailer to spread the plant to new lakes. Zebra mussel larvae are microscopic, and can easily be moved in bilge water or bait wells. Help do your part to keep these waters clean.
Anyone interested in more information, or volunteering to assist in this effort, is encouraged to contact Scott Goodwin at the Florence County Land Conservation Department, 715-528-3484 or firstname.lastname@example.org Remember...
INSPECT your boat, trailer, and equipment.
REMOVE any attached aquatic plants or animals (before launching, after loading, and before transporting on a public highway).
DRAIN all water from boats, motors and all equipment.
NEVER MOVE live fish away from a waterbody.