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Invasive Impacts: The Three Lakes Chain
Contributed photographA map of the Three Lakes chain  showing the invasive species in each lake as reported by the DNR.
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A map of the Three Lakes chain showing the invasive species in each lake as reported by the DNR.

The Three Lakes Chain, along with the Eagle River Chain, make up the largest inland chain of lakes in the world. There are 28 lakes in total. The Three Lakes Chain itself includes 20 lakes. The lakes range in size from 123 acres to 1,012 acres, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The chain has over 108 miles of shoreline as well. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016


Influential Outdoors: Marty Kiepke
Many people have been influenced by others and introduced to the outdoors. Many of those people also pass their love of the outdoors on to others. Those people are truly influential outdoors. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

Which is more deadly: Northwoods roads or snowmobile trails?
Every year there are tragic accidents on Northwoods roads and snowmobile trails. Sadly, most of these accidents are preventable. Alcohol, speed, and inattentive driving are all contributing elements that can be avoided. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 29, 2016

the lake where you live: Mercury in our lakes
Not all pollutants that get into our lakes are carried in runoff water, flushed down toilets or discharged into waterways by industrial facilities. Some fall out of the sky. Mercury is a notable example.
Friday, January 22, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Chasing gray ghosts
I've been fortunate to have lived a long life, which has allowed me to experience and interact with all the subtle and dramatic changes that have taken place in our beloved Wisconsin Northwoods - some good, some not so good.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Two Sisters Lake
Two Sisters Lake is a 719-acre lake north of Rhinelander the McNaughton area. The lake has a maximum depth of 63 feet and a mean depth of 30 feet. The Department of Natural Resources lists it as a spring-fed lake with clear water. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 22, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Carol Lake and Madeline Lake
Carol Lake and Madeline Lake are in Oneida County. Connected via a channel, the two waterbodies are small enough that some view them as the same lake. Carol Lake is 330 acres with a maximum depth of 27 feet. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 15, 2016

The lake where you live: Ice Fishing
I could say that after many years I finally succumbed to the allure of ice fishing. Of course, if I did, I would be a liar.
Friday, January 15, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Memories of a '41 Chevy
My Dad was a dyed-in-the-wool Chevy man, although he did buy one used '49 Buick in 1951, which became my first vehicle in 1955. When Dad and Mom decided to move the family from Mountain, Wis. to St. Germain in October of 1939, we arrived at our new home, a one-room log cabin, in Dad's '35 Chevy pickup.
Friday, January 15, 2016

northwoods almanac
The Manitowish River below our home iced-up on Dec. 29, a very late date for the river. I had thought I might be able to paddle on New Year's Day, but thankfully, no.
Friday, January 8, 2016

the lake where you live: Cisco: Seldom seen, always important
Sometimes it's the people behind the scenes who make a business go - the shop foreman, the office manager, the administrative assistant, and others who may never see the limelight.
Friday, January 8, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Pre-Historic Skiing
I doubt there are few, if any, folks who grew up in a rural area many decades ago that did not, at some point, own a pair of skis. My personal memory is unable to pinpoint exactly when my parents presented me with my first pair of skis, but I know for sure it was in the early 1940s.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Willow Flowage
The Willow Flowage has been described by many as "almost Canada" due to its pristine nature and largely undeveloped shoreline. With 4,217 acres of flowage and 106 islands, the fishing, camping, hunting, trapping and hiking possibilities seem limitless. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 8, 2016

the lake where you live: If everybody did
When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was "If Everybody Did." It took a humorous approach to teaching children the consequences of bad behavior.

On one two-page spread was a simple statement of something harmful a kid could do. The next spread showed, in a hilarious illustration, the result, with the simple caption, "This is what would happen if everybody did."

Thursday, December 31, 2015

traveling trails less traveled: 2016 - My Wish List
I'm not sure how it is possible for 2015 to disappear so soon, but it has. Before I dive into the column I've decided to write, let me lay to rest one tradition many folks still practice at the arrival of each new year and that is resolutions.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fish like a girl: Resolutions
If you're like me, you don't make New Year's resolutions. Oh sure, I have a few in mind in case someone asks, but I don't tend to take them too seriously. I find that if I make up my mind to do something, the date on the calendar doesn't really make a difference. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Citizens Lake Monitoring Network checks water clarity and quality
The Citizens Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN) completes a great deal of important lake checks all around the Northwoods. Many of the volunteers in the program are retired professionals with a background in biology while others are simply concerned citizens who want to help monitor the clarity and quality of the lake they call home. (subscriber access)
Thursday, December 24, 2015

the lake where you live: Fishing spider
Shhhh! Don't tell your wife!

All right, maybe it's sexist of me to say women are more creeped out by spiders than men are, but it's true in a lot of cases, isn't it? So if you have seen a fishing spider on your pier, or in your boat, you might want to keep the news to yourself.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

traveling trails less traveled: Stream of Memories
Merry Christmas everybody! May the reason for the season bring joy and happiness into your lives.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fish like a girl: Sportsmanship
As a tournament angler, sportsmanship is very important to me. Anyone who knows me knows this about me. I'll never understand the "win at all costs" mentality of some local tournament anglers, and it bothers me even more to realize what they are teaching the next generation of anglers. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 18, 2015

the lake where you live
What exactly is this hard, clear substance now forming on our lakes? Yes, of course ice is frozen water, but it's quite different from water in ways besides being solid.
Friday, December 11, 2015


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