Lake Mildred Area News
MAY 20 - THE LAKES ARE WARMING FAST - Lake Mildred is now up to 64 degrees, which of course brings more of the lake critters back to activity. We could use some rain, but on the plus side, due to the lack of rain, the lake level seems (for now) to have 'topped out' and has fallen a little since last fall.
MAY 6 7:00 PM - ICE-OUT NOW COMPLETE - Lake Mildred was 95% ice free by the end of the day. Three cheers for that! We'll call today as the official ice-out day for 2018. And this sets a record as the latest ice-out we have recorded in the past 41 years we've been tracking it.
LOONS & GEESE & WOOD DUCKS & MERGANSERS - As if the cheer on the ice out progress, Lake Mildred was a noisy place at 5 AM as pairs of loons & Canada Geese & Wood Ducks and Mergansers all paraded on the lake to the musical accompaniment of loon yodels and geese honking.
MAY 5 8:30 AM - LOONS! A pair of loons are back on Lake Mildred! That's the good news; the bad news is that the wind died last evening, and the rotten ice covering 85% of the lake is still there, with nary a ripple on the open water as the winds remain calm.
MAY 4 2:50 PM - ICE-OUT IS HAPPENING NOW! The wind we needed to push out the ice just happened to kick up about noon, so the process of ice-out is happening right now. The ice is going fast in some places, as Dave Ebben reports that there is about 100 feet of open water in front of their house, and that is expanding quickly as the wind and water 'eat' at the rotten ice.
MAY 3 6:00 PM - LAKE STILL ICED OVER - BUT the ice is black and very poor, practically 'floating slush' - the first good wind should blow the ice out. OR absent a good wind, the ice will simply melt. Either way, our guess is that the lake should be mostly clear of ice in the next day or 2.
MAY 1 5:00 AM - MAYDAY! AND 3 BIG SIGNS OF SPRING TODAY! - The suddenly warm weather these past couple days has been melting the huge snow piles and the lake ice - the LAKE ICE is now getting quite black and rotten, and should "go out" within a couple days. AND THE BEARS ARE OUT OF HIBERNATION, having struck and destroyed our bird feeders last night. And the third big sign of Spring this morning is that minutes ago we heard LOONS FLYING OVER AND CALLING. Word is that the loons "stage" on the open Wisconsin River nearby, regularly scouting over the lakes for open water. Soon!
APRIL 16 - RECORD SNOWSTORM PUMMELS LAKE MILDRED AREA - The past couple days saw over 20 inches of snow fall in this area, leading to many cancellations in the area the past weekend as well as today, Monday. We are all busy digging out today. And having just recovered from the 2 feet of snow we received in the last storms just over a week ago, and with the snow piles from the snowplows higher than we can remember, it sure doesn't seem like Spring is anywhere near!
MARCH 24 - 2018 MEETING LAKE ASSOCIATION MEETING DATES - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
> May 26, 2018 9 AM Membership Meeting at Newbold Town Hall
> Saturday, June 30, 2018 3 PM - Flotilla - Meet at boat landing
> Sept 1, 2018 9 AM - Membership Meeting at Newbold Town hall
NOTE - As always, the meeting dates & times can always be seen at the Meetings/Minutes
MARCH 24 - LAKE ASSOCIATION ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION SPRING CLEANING -
In keeping with the Spring Cleaning spirit, LMPOA is planning to streamline and clean up a few items in the association's Articles. You can see those Articles plus the intended changes, HERE
. The plan is to review and vote upon these articles at the Annual Spring Membership Meeting onb May 26.
FEBRUARY 21 - NO, IT'S NOT TIME TO COME OUT OF HIBERNATION YET....BUT SOON -
And that thought also applies to us at LakeMildred.com.
JANUARY 29 - THE LAKE KEEPS RISING DURING THE WINTER?
It appears that, just like the past few years, the lake has continued to rise during the winter. It's hard to be certain because of the snow cover, but from what he is seeing, Dave Ebben thinks that the lake is already a couple inches above where it was at ice-up. But of course there is plenty of winter yet to go, so the lake could continue rising beneath the snow as last year's precipitation percs through the groundwater system. Plus there is still the coming snowmelt/spring thaw runoff plus the Spring rains.
> SEEING A LOT OF THESE SIGNS
AROUND LAKE MILDRED & CLEAR LAKE
Everyone who joins LMPOA receives
one of these blue signs and the bolts
to mount it on the fire number pole.
Joining LMPOA is a great way to help
protect and preserve Lakes Mildred
and Clear for future generations.
2018 LAKE MILDRED HOMES FOR SALE
- You can see the latest listings at the "Real Estate for Sale"
page, or by clicking HERE.
GANGS IN THE STREET -
This photo is from last year, but we still love Bonnie Draeger's photo of a large bear family checking out a house that was for sale near Lake Mildred.
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