The DNR has postponed plans to stock Muskies in Gun Lake this fall. We thank you, the GLPA members, for your vast response on the issue both pro and con. Your board will continue to be your voice on issues that involve our lake.
On Nov. 21, 2013, our state senator, Rick Jones, observed the opening and counting of the ballots received as a result of a survey of Gun Lake property owners on the question to support the DNR plan to stock Muskies again in Gun Lake. As of the count date, 846 ballots were returned: 723 or 85.5% were against planting muskies in Gun Lake, 112 or 13.2% were in favor, and 11 or 1.3% were other. We have forwarded this information to the DNR for their consideration. Thank you for voting.
The DNR ask me to put this up on our web site. Starting Sunday, Oct 6 thru Thursday, Oct. 10 and again Oct. 13 thru Oct. 17, they will be doing a partial fish survey in the evening and night time. They will be starting at 7 pm each evening with two sets of boats in different localions around the lake, They will be shocking the fish and then counting and measureing them from count boats. They will be only doing a detailed survey on Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Muskies. Because they are working at night, they will be using bright lights to see what they are doing, so please to not worry about all the lights and please do not call 911 or the police.
We will be doing testing for E-Coli on Gun Lake this summer. This is in addition to the testing done by the Barry-Eaton Health Dept.
Our first test was done on June 5, 2013 at 13 sites around the lake. Our second test was done on July 9, 2013. Our third test was done on August 6, 2013. The results are as follows.
Dates of tests: 6/5 7/9 8/6
Fawn Lake Inlet 17 3 3
Streeter's Landing 5 1 1
Stream at Molitor's 1 1 1
Roosevelt Beach 2 1 1
South State Park Beach 11 20 2
North State Park Beach 12 39 3
Campground Beach 14 26 5
Shady Shores 19 111 8
Robbin's Bay at Channel l53 3 1
1/2 way up Cuddy Channel 179 579 488
Long Lake inlet 12 2 1
County Park 31 76 14
Gun Ho inlet 17 June only
Whispering Pines 4 July 3 Auguest
England's Point Channel 12 August only
All counts were very low except our on going problem on the Cuddy Drain. The health dept. will issue a no swim advisory on counts over 300, so you can see the lake is in great shape.
We have been lucky enough in our area to be visited by migratory Trumpeter Swans! They are a threatened species, native to Michigan. By the 1800's Trumpters were thought to be extinct after being overhunted in North America; but in 1919, two nests were discovered in Yellowstone. Since then, efforts to repopulate this species and return them to their native lands have proved successful-there are approximately 400 Trumpeter Swans who return to Michigan to breed each year.
LET US KNOW IF YOU SEE THEM!
First you must be able to identify the native Trumpter Swan from the introduced and far more common Mute Swan, whose numbers exceed 15,000 in Michigan.
Mute Swans have a bright orange bill with a black knob where the base of the bill meets the forehead. The bill is dish shaped and usually carried pointing downward.
Trumpeter Swans have a large, wedge shaped black bill that's a stright line from the forehead to the tip. The bill is usually carried at a 90 degree angle to the neck.
Mute Swans carry their necks in a "S" shape; and the males often hold their wings up in a display. The most common sound they make is a threatening hiss.
Trumpeter swans are the largest swan species and carry their necks in an "angular" shape. Their sound is a honk that does sound like a trumpet.
Mute Swans are very territorial when nesting and will attack (even kill) other waterfowl species, animals, and people on land or in boats.
Trumpeter Swans will protect their nests, but don't tend to be as aggressive as Mute Swans.
To our knowledge, we have not had any pairs of Trumpter Swans nesting on Gun Lake. Maybe we are just a stopover in their migration due to the lack of nesting sites? We will never know until we start tracking and counting them. Watch for them beginning in March.
TO REPORT A SIGHTING OF A TRUMPTER SWAN (not a mute swan).
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Put "swan sighting" in the subject line. Be sure to include the date of the sighting, the location, and the number of birds seen.
After extensive research into the oil and gas leases in Barry County, the Gun Lake Protective Association board of directors has determined that there is little that we as an association can do to stop drilling in Barry County other than to suggest that members write to their federal, state, and/or county representatives about their concerns. The addresses of these representatives can be found under the Community Contacts tab.
At our August 2010 Annual Meeting, Jay Wesley of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) informed us about the DNRE's new Recreation Passport. This appears to be a good program for both the State and Michigan residents.
Starting October 1, 2010, when you renewal you Michigan car tag, you will have the option to purchase a sticker for your plate which will allow you access to all 98 State parks and State fee areas for only $10, currently it is $24. Camping is extra. For Gun Lake residents this means we may use all of the Yankee Springs facilities for the initial fee of $10.
More information is available by going to our links section and click on Department of Natural Resources. The information is under "Recreation Passport".
We are pleased to announce the release of our new website. Here, you will find all relevant information for our community of members. We hope you enjoy browsing and learning about the GLPA. Thank you for your patience as we worked hard to provide our members with concise, easy to find information. Contact us anytime with your questions, needs, and/or comments.