Lake Hubert Spring 2009 Newsletter
 

   Mark your calendars for the LHCA annual meeting on Saturday, June 27th at the Lutheran Church of the Cross
 
 

  The Great Lake Hubert Independence Day boat parade will be held on Saturday, July 4th beginning at 10:00 AM in Sunset Bay at the Southwest corner of the lake. Put life vests on all the kids, decorate your watercraft and join your neighbors in a parade all the way around the lake. Check the Association web site, www.LakeHubert.org for updates.
 
 

Reminder: If you haven’t gotten your 2009 Association dues in yet, now is the time to act.

Don’t put it off any longer!
 
 
 

Lake Hubert Wildlife, the Coyote

Lake Hubert residents are often surprised to learn that this area happens to be prime territory for coyotes. Indeed, this common resident is quite at home among the second growth forests, scattered farmland, and brushy fields that comprise much of Crow Wing County.

Coyotes, a smaller cousin to the Gray Wolf, resemble a small German Shepherd but with long bushy tails and erect ears. They are gray in color with a lighter shading on the belly thus allowing them to blend in wonderfully with their surroundings. Females average about 25 pounds while males typically grow from 30 to possibly 35 pounds.

The coyote is Minnesota’s most successful larger predator. They are well known for eating practically anything including rodents, squirrels, birds, woodchucks, rabbits, grouse, fawns, and injured deer. They will also eat berries, fish, dog food and your garbage if it is left unattended. They do get themselves into trouble for preying on newborn lambs, piglets, and domestic fowl. In some urban areas, and especially in Southern California, they have become infamous for snatching small pets for an easy meal.

However, coyotes are at risk themselves especially to human hunters and trappers who value the fine coyote fur. Also, wolves will not tolerate coyotes within wolf territory and will readily kill any unsuspecting wayward coyote. This wolf threat does impact our local coyotes as active wolf packs exist only 30 miles to the northeast of Lake Hubert while another active wolf pack is located in the Camp Ripley area.

The best chance to see coyotes around Lake Hubert is at dawn or dusk when they are most active as hunters. It is not unusual to see one along our back roads especially in early morning and they have even been spotted along County Road 13. Coyote tracks have also been observed around the Clark Lake channel when Northern Pike are passing through and are thus vulnerable to predation during their annual spring spawning run.
 
 
 

DNR Hubert Lake Management Plan

The DNR has a Draft Lake Management Plan for Lake Hubert. Here’s some key information directly from it:

Long Range Goal:  Achieve a smallmouth bass abundance level of at least 2.0/gill net with roughly 50% being at least 12 inches long.  Achieve a walleye abundance level of at least 5.50/gill net with at least five adult year classes present.  Maintain northern pike abundance near 5.0/gill net with a median size at or above 24 inches.

Operational Plan:

- Test net on a six-year rotation with every other netting being a full survey.  The next netting should be a population assessment in 2013.
- Continue to stock walleye fingerlings every third year at a rate of 0.5 lbs. per littoral acre (240 lbs.), next in 2011.
- Use APM, DOW and WCA programs to protect habitat.  In addition, encourage riparian landowners to use BMP’s and to embrace shoreline and near shore habitat       restoration/enhancement.
- Monitor spring northern pike movements to determine if controlling their access to spawning habitat is feasible, or necessary.
- Communicate with the lake association regarding environmental education, our management plans and other important issues.
- Monitor bass special regulations which went into effect in 2005.
Midrange Objective:  Monitor the effect of the 12 inch maximum size limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass which went into effect in 2005.  Improve understanding of walleye natural reproduction. Determine the potential to manipulate/control northern pike spawning success.
 
 



 
 

MAY 16TH LHCA BOARD MEETING SUMMARY

1.    Meeting called to order by President Chuck Corchran.
2,    Agenda for the May 16th meeting was approved.
3.    Minutes from the September 6th meeting were approved.
4.    President’s Report:

- Noted that the Lake Hubert water level is up significantly. A barrier placed in the culvert between Clark Lake and Lake Hubert needs to be removed. When this is done, there will be an increase in the flow of water into Lake Hubert.
- Help is needed with flower planting in front of the Depot. Hopefully, a local Master Gardener group can help out. If not, shrubbery will most likely be planted in place of flowers.
- Low profile shrubs will be planted this spring at the Depot to replace the overgrown trees that blocked the view of the Depot and were thus removed last fall.
- The Lake Hubert Depot needs to be repainted. Bids will be requested in order to complete this project.
- New stationery, envelopes, and thank you notes have been printed up with a brand new Lake Hubert logo designed by Jim Sawyer (All of the old stationery and envelopes have been used up).
- LHCA Board Members will conduct a search for Curley Leaf Pond weeds soon. Lake Hubert residents are asked to contact Denny Tack at his phone number listed in the Lake Hubert Directory if anyone suspects any invasive weed growth in their area.
5.    Treasurer’s Report: This information is enclosed as part of the spring newsletter. (see above)
6.    Committee Reports:
- Communications: The next LHCA newsletter will be sent out via e-mail and regular mail within the next couple of weeks. It was noted that favorable comments have been received regarding including LHCA Board meeting summaries in the newsletters.
- Community Relations: LHCA shirts and hats will be available for sale at the next annual meeting. Lake Hubert “logo clings” will be given to those who attend the annual meeting.
- Water Resources: It was reported that the “Secchi Disk” reading for early May was 26 feet which is “remarkable clarity” according to Denny Tack who takes these readings. Tack also noted that the lake level is up 12” from August of 2008.
- External Relations: Harold Stewart attended an important workshop last month in Rochester, MN. Much of the meeting dealt with the impact and cost of “invasive species” throughout Minnesota. This threat has increased significantly for all lakes in Minnesota including Lake Hubert. A full written report will be submitted by Stewart to the LHCA Board.
- Conservation Easements: No new easements requests have been forthcoming. The LHCA membership will be reminded of the Conservation Easement process at the annual meeting.
New Business:
- Board member Jim Sawyer was approved as a second party representative to sign LHCA checks and to open the LHCA safe deposit box.
- It was announced that Mark Liedl, from Crow Wing County Land Use Zoning, will be the guest speaker at the 2009 LHCA annual meeting.
- Cheri Skrukrud, representing the Lake Hubert Women’s Club, stated that the Club is looking for new members. Anyone interested in the Club should contact Cheri at her phone number which is listed in the Lake Hubert directory.
- Adjournment: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next LHCA Board meeting will be on Saturday, June 13th. Everyone was also reminded about the annual LHCA meeting on Saturday, June 27th at the Lutheran Church of the Cross.

Zebra Mussel Invasives [continuing] update

Don’t be the unknowing cause of ruining our lake!

This might turn out to be the year of the zebra mussel in the Minnesota aquatic invasives arena. In March, I heard a DNR person give an overview of the zebra mussel infestation of Mille Lacs lake. Here’s how it goes:

Zebra Mussels were sampled for in Mille Lacs. In 2004 in the sample area, four were found. In 2005, forty to fifty were found. In 2006, two hundred were found. In 2008, over twenty two thousand were found in the sample area. The DNR also noted that they displace other (good) mussels. They filter zooplankton which directly competes with minnows. This year the preventative measures around Mille Lacs are being focused on and controlling minnows/bait water being brought into and taken out of the lake.

The Ossawinnamakee infestation continues unabated. Anyone entering or leaving there is being subjected boat and trailer inspections continuously.

Pelican Lake had a very narrow escape (at least one that they know about) from a lake owner bringing in a second hand boat lift. The boat lift was infested and this was caught in the nick of time by the alert owner before it was put in the water. If this one lift had gotten into Pelican, the lake could be well infested by now.

Second hand dock equipment is a significant contributor to zebra hitchhikers because these mussels embed inside of and cling to physical structures. Please be especially careful of this if you buy any second hand equipment from another lake. Don’t let any installer put anything in our lake before you check it personally. That’s how Pelican stopped their incident.

Remember: there is no eradication method once they are established. They have no natural predators and they can live one to two days out of water.
 
 

DNR Shoreland Management Rules [continuing] update

The DNR Shoreland Management Rules have been evolving for some time. Minnesota has had a Shoreland Management Program in place for years. Most recently, the rules in place have been augmented with a set of optional rules known as Alternative Shoreland Standards. This was a set of suggested, modernized rules that municipalities could adopt, but were not required to. In 2008 a Shoreland Rules Update Project was formed to do the work of upgrading the original Shoreland Management Program rules. In reviewing the changes, it’s very apparent that stricter regulations will apply to situations that involve new residential and commercial property. The update project is coming to a close and the new regulations should start showing up later this year. You can find more information here:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/shoreland/shoreland_rules_update_project.html
 
 
 

Docks and Dock Equipment Regulations Update

The Minnesota Legislature set in motion requirements for the DNR to assess and revise regulations for structures in private waters by 2010. This action came about because of the increased concern about the size of docks, dock platforms and structures that were appearing on lake shores. The new regulations will cover docks, boat lifts and other dock related structures. This is from the DNR website: “Specifically, the goals of the rules relating to structures are to limit the occupation of public waters by structures to preserve the natural character of public waters and their shorelands; provide a balance between the protection and utilization of public waters; and encourage the removal of existing structures which do not serve the public interest from the beds of public waters”.

You heard about and saw the work that was being done on dock and dock platform sizes over the last year or so. That was just one part of the program. You can find more information here on the entire program:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/pwpermits/structures_rules.html
 
 
 
 

STAY IN TOUCH

Please keep us updated with any changes to your address, phone numbers or if you acquire an email address. You can contact us:

By regular mail at: LHCA, P.O. Box 1352, Lake Hubert, MN 56459

Or by Email at LakeHubert@aol.com

Visit us at the Lake Hubert website where you can get updates on this and a lot more information on what’s going on around the lake. Great pictures too!  http://www.lakehubert.org/
 
 

Reminder: If you haven’t gotten your 2009 Association dues in yet, now is the time to act.

Don’t put it off any longer!