2012-06-07 / Outdoors

Indian Lake association gets name change, seeks funding


For the past 38 days, this pond was home to an estimated 30,000 walleye fry. On Monday, members of the Indian Lake Sports and Recreation Association, along with volunteers from Gerometta’s Resort, drained the pond and transported the fingerlings to Indian Lake. 
Pioneer Tribune photo For the past 38 days, this pond was home to an estimated 30,000 walleye fry. On Monday, members of the Indian Lake Sports and Recreation Association, along with volunteers from Gerometta’s Resort, drained the pond and transported the fingerlings to Indian Lake. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – The Indian Lake Property Owners Association will be changing its name. In discussion for the past two years, the board put the idea of a name change to its members as part of their 2012 dues notice and received an overwhelming response in favor of the idea.

After reviewing several responses, the association will file the necessary paperwork to change the name to The Indian Lake Sport and Recreation Association. Reorganized in 2008, with the primary goal of establishing a stocking program to improve the fishery in Indian Lake, a program was developed, but that effort was delayed until 2010. The delay was meant to give the Department of Natural Resources enough time to conduct a Large Lake Survey on the lake’s fish population.

The final report is not yet available, but data reviewed at the time indicated a need for a stocking program. Under supervision of the Fisheries Division of the MDNR, the association purchased and planted 1,500 walleye, ranging in size from 4-6 inches last October. In March 2012, the association entered into an agreement with the department to rear walleye fry for planting in Indian Lake. One month later, an estimated 30,000 fry were introduced into a rearing pond located at Gerometta’s Resort.

On Monday, association members, along with volunteers, concluded a successful planting of around 11,000 walleye fingerling. With survival rates varying between 10 and 20 percent, the fingerling should grow to around 4 inches before fall. To date, the association has spent just over $5,000 toward the stocking program, an effort they plan on continuing with the financial support lake users.

“The name change was necessary,” said Rick Demers, association president. “Since 2008, we have had a great response from property owners, but they are not the only ones who use the lake. If we are going to continue to fight the cormorant and stock the lake, we need the financial support from those who use it, not just the ones who live around it.” Demers went on to say the name has been an issue in the past.

“Maybe we have not done a good enough job of getting the word out, and maybe our name implies you need to be a property owner to be part of our organization, but that is not the case,” he said. “Anyone with $25 can join or simply support our efforts with an annual donation. What we do benefits all who use the lake; we hear a lot of comments from people who enjoy going out and coming back with their limit. If they want that to continue, they can help by financially supporting the association.”

In addition to the annual fight against the cormorant and stocking program, the association dredged and extended the dock at Arrowhead boat launch and donates $500 annually toward the maintenance of the Brewery Dam.

“We are pleased with a number of volunteers who assist us with our various projects,” said association board member Jerry Renk. “But it all comes down to having the financial resources to continue.”

If you are interested in joining or supporting The Indian Lake Sports and Recreation Association, you can send your check to:

9550W East Drive, Manistique, MI 49854.

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