BOTTLE LAKE CAMPOWNER 

        NEWSLETTER    JULY 2004


 Ellen W. McLaughlin, Editor, Bottle Lake Newsletter. 

RR #1 Box 730

Springfield, Maine 04487 (207) 738-3663.

ewmclaug@samford.edu

 

 

WILDFLOWER WALK OF 2003

WAS A GREAT SUCCESS.

 

Our first ever wild flower walk on a lovely July day in Lakeville was a great success with almost 25 people participating from several different lakes.  The hour long stroll was rated as easy.  Participants included every age group from children to Seniors. We met at the mailboxes and caravanned down the Fire Tower road to the beaver pond.  A great number of wild flowers were blooming in this diverse habitat and we found at least 20-25 different kinds.  Everyone who participated received a Checklist of Wildflowers prepared by Ellen McLaughlin. 

These flowers and many more can be seen on the LCOA website (www.thelcoa.org) along with photos of trees, mushrooms, mosses, fungi, ferns and berries.

Photos by Beatty Watts.

  

TWO  NATURE WALKS THIS YEAR

 

Dan Jones will lead one walk on the native ecology of the area and Ellen McLaughlin will lead another on birds and flowers.  Look for notices posted at the mailboxes for time, date and meeting place.  Meet at mailboxes on Depot Rd.  We will take a leisurely stroll and learn something about the natural history of the area..  Always bring your camera, binoculars and your own expertise.  Rain dates will be posted near the mailboxes. Sponsored by your Lakeville Camp Owners Association.

BOTTLE LAKE WATER QUALITY FOR 2003

 

    According to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program the water in Bottle Lake is considered to be slightly below average based on measures of SDT (Secchi Disk Trans-parency, 15.7 feet.  Keg Lake is 21 feet). The potential for nuisance algae blooms on Bottle Lake is low-moderate but keep vigilant for invasive aquatic plants such as Hydrilla and Milfoil.

JET SKIS

 

Be responsible in terms of noise abatement, age of driver,  wave-jumping and safety.  Ours is a small lake and a jet ski wide open has been timed to take less than a minute to go from one end of the lake to the other. Be especially mindful of swimmers, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, rafts and other non- motorized water craft.  Remember, headway speed only in the thoroughfare which is rapidly building up with camps. Our lake is probably too small for the more thrilling Jet-Ski maneuvers.

BEAVERS

 

Included in the printed Newsletter is an article of interest of interest on beavers, a common mammal in Maine.