Your FLPO at Work
Your FLPO is committed to enhancing the water quality, fishery, boating safety and aesthetic values of Fox Lake.
Assist the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center by ordering Wildflowers for Wildlife “Enhancing your own Backyard.” The pre-order deadline is March 29.
Orders may be picked up at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI (NOTE NEW LOCATION) on Saturday, May 18 between 9am and 1pm. The visitor center is located on the east side of Horicon Marsh, 3.5 miles south of State Highway 49 on County Road Z. If picking up is not an option, please arrange for someone to pick up your plants the day of the sale.
Do you have questions about plantings? Please contact Teri Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (920) 923-6891. Flats may be split in ½. (16 plants) A 32-count flat is $40.
FOX LAKE PRESERVATION ORGANIZATION PROVIDES FREE CEREAL RYE SEED TO SELECT FOX LAKE FARMERS
The Fox Lake Preservation Organization, a member dedicated non-profit that diligently works toward the improvement of Fox Lake water quality, has provided over six tons of free cereal rye seed to select Fox Lake farmers.
Charlie Nelson, Fox Lake Preservation Organization President, explains, “Dodge County’s primary industry is agriculture. The FLPO analyzed which area farm fields have close proximity to the Fox Lake shoreline. We approached those farmers, asking if they would be willing to participate in cover cropping if we supplied the delivery of free seed. The Dodge County Healthy Soils/Healthy Waters initiative has demonstrated to area farmers and to lake groups the importance of cover crops. Over 12,000 pounds of seed was delivered to the three farms and will be used as a winter cover crop thus decreasing soil and surface water run-off.
“The FLPO has partnered with our Fox Lake watershed farmers and the Dodge County Healthy Soils/Healthy Waters group in the hope of reducing the lake’s nutrients. The mission of FLPO is to enhance the water quality, fishery, boating safety, and aesthetic values of Fox Lake. Thanks to our forward-thinking partners, we are protecting Fox Lake as a public recreational facility for today and future generations.”
Participating farms include Schultz (TriFecta) Farm, Dale Paul Farm and the Hoekstra Farm. If other farms wish to participate with the free cereal rye winter cover crop initiative, please call 920.344.2881 or 920-296-4764.
“We are grateful to these innovative producers,” Nelson concludes. “But those who live on the lake also need to work towards water quality. FLPO is encouraging shoreline homeowners to install buffer and rain gardens. Through the DNR Healthy Lakes Grant, state funds are made available to individual lakeshore property owners for shoreline restoration, habitat reclamation, runoff and erosion control projects. If our Fox Lake shoreline homeowners and farmers work together, we will see a difference in our lake’s water quality.”
In 2016-17, your FLPO funded the following:
Fish stocking $4500
Healthy Lakes $3750
Events on the lake $700
Friends of the Lake $256
December to Remember $250
FLPO Special Events
FLPO Special Events Committee sponsors various activities throughout the year for the Fox Lake community.
- Cabin Fever Dinner
- 4th of July activities
- Parade on Blackhawk Trail
- Boat Parade
- Tunes on the Lake
- Lighted Boat Parade
For more information or to volunteer for these activities, please contact Kerry Little at 920-928-6648.
Annual fish stocking program
Our "fish stocking committee" is comprised of FLPO member fishing group. Each year, the group meets with the DNR to find out their stocking program for Fox Lake. Normally this is one year they stock northern fingerling and the next year they stock walleye fingerling. So in normal years, the FLPO fish committee will stock the opposite. In 2017, the DNR stocked both walleye and northern fingerling. The fish committee chose to stock 500 6 inch walleye and 300 13 inch muskie (our second year of 300 muskie).
The annual FLPO fish stocking program receives considerable donations from both the City and Township of Fox Lake plus donations from other organizations as well as donations from FLPO members.
Natural Resources Committee
Natural Resources Committee's objective is to increase awareness for Fox Lake property owners of previous and ongoing lake quality efforts and to work with various lake groups and agencies to determine what our FLPO members can do to assist with current or new efforts to improve lake quality. We currently have a group of volunteers helping lead several lake improvements. Sub committees are listed below.
- Buffer zone and rain gardens: help recruit and assist homeowners with these gardens, help weed and maintain the demonstration gardens at the town park.
- Fish habitat: work with DNR and other resources to develop and/or improve habitat for fish. Assist with the ongoing Fish Sticks project lead by Bob Bergman.
- Lake monitors: Assist FLIPRD with their regular monitoring efforts. Also considering running new monitoring programs.
- UW Extension Lake Convention - Attend yearly convention for education and networking.
- Drew Creek Project(s) – Help drive next steps with FLILPARD for this important initiative.
- Waterfowl habitats – build and install wood duck boxes.
- End of year ice fishing lake clean-up. .
- Continuing education and networking by attending various Dodge County Lakes Group Meetings as well strengthening our relationships with FLILPARD and Beaver Dam Lake Association.
The FLPO is working cooperatively with local agencies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to act on this commitment. Through individual members’ initiative, supported by local and state funding, many landscape-management projects (Best Practices) have been installed around the lake. Approximately twenty property owners have incorporated into their landscapes either a rain garden or native plantings project.
Benefits of Best Practices
Best practices buffer gardens capture and infiltrate runoff, preventing potentially polluted runoff from entering the lake. They also provide habitat for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects and promote natural beauty. Native plantings, a shoreline or transition zone best practice, improve wildlife habitat, slow runoff water (through infiltration) and promote natural beauty.