Aeration on Wisconsin Lakes will Create Open Waters, DNR says

By KBJR News 1

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Island Lake

December 10, 2012 Updated Oct 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM CDT

Barron, WI (NNCNOW.COM) -- Several lakes in Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties will have areas of open water this winter due to aeration systems sustaining aquatic life, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The systems will be operated by governmental units or lake groups and cause areas on the lakes to remain ice-free.

"These systems help prevent winterkill of fish and other organisms by increasing the dissolved oxygen in the water," said Brian Spangler, DNR fisheries technician.

Snowmobilers, anglers, and other lake users shoud use caution on these lakes because of the danger associated with open water and ice thickness. The open water areas are expected to be surrounded by a fence of uprights connected by rope with reflective tape or reflectors.

The lakes with public access that have the systems are: Antler, Bass (McKinley Township), Coon, Diamond, Camelia, King, Largon, Little Butternut, Lotus (East), Mckeith, South Twin and Vincent lakes in Polk County; Green, Point and West Elbow lakes in Burnett County; Little Long (Bashaw Township), Camp, and Priceless Ponds (Madge Township) in Washburn County.

DNR officials note that operational modifications have been made to the aeration system on the north end of Barron County’s Prairie Lake with relocation of the aerator pumps to the offshore area in front of the Veterans Park boat landing access because of the bog island relocation. The landing will be closed to access during the winter months, extra caution should be taken.

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