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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Lakes Project Update

Lake project Update

Lakes Continue to Refill

Cravath and Trippe Lakes continue to refill since the process started on June 13,2022.  The lakes will continue to refill through out this summer.   Currently the south end of Cravath is about 6 inches from its original level at the start of the project and Trippe lake has about another 10 inches to come up by the gate and spillway area.   The rain levels over the past week should help this process.  The lakes fill from north to south making the south ends of the lakes the last area to fill.   

Vegetation in the Lake

The vegetation in the lake is made up mostly of cattails and grasses that grew in while the lake was drawn down.  This is to be expected.  Once the lake level returns to normal a majority of those plants will die off.  City staff will continue to work with the WDNR to monitor the vegetation.  Additional measures such as cutting and harvesting measures will continue next spring and into the future to help manage the vegetation in our lakes.  

Fish Stocking

Plans for restocking of fish are underway.  Fish stocking will occur in the fall of 2022 and 2023.  Crappie, bluegill, perch and additional feeder fish will be added from fish farms first followed by bass. Additional fish will also help populate the lakes as they move in from upstream. Larger fish such as northern pike will be added by the WDNR as part of their restocking procedures.  

lake drawdown

lake draw down

lake draw down

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