’22 SHORE THINGS – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
ESLA has finalized its popular “It’s a Shore Thing” events for 2022. All begin at 5 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month from April through September (excluding June) at Twisted Fish Art Gallery, 10443 W. Bay Shore Dr., Elk Rapids, just south of the village off US 31. Appetizers and light drinks are served during a happy half-hour or so, followed by presentations. ESLA hopes to videotape speakers so members who can’t attend can watch later on our website. Seeking volunteers (if you have a recent vintage cell phone, you’re halfway there) with skills to make that happen. Contact us at ElkSkegemoglakes@gmail.com.
April 22: It’s a Fishing Thing — Two top guides with great knowledge of Elk and Skegemog lakes, as well as East Bay, speak. Jim “Fish with Jim” Chamberlain is the trout/salmon expert who has had excellent success trolling Elk for steelhead and lake trout. He thinks he knows where our brown trout have gone, too. Fred “Coach’s Angle” Fields is a superb smallmouth bass expert focusing on East Bay, Skegemog, and Elk. Things to know: he doesn’t troll, won’t use live bait, but loves to talk basketball.
May 27: It’s a Weather Thing — The regional National Weather Service office in Gaylord promises to send one of its top meteorologists. Expect discussion on the increasing frequency of intense storms each year and what that means for our members and lakes.
July 22: It’s a Drone Thing — ESLA project leaders will explain findings of the drone imagery survey conducted on our shorelines and nearshore waters last year and how they’ll help ESLA set water quality goals, suggest improvements for healthy shorelines to waterfront owners, and provide a baseline moving forward.
August 26: It’s a Deep Thing — Hans VanSumeren, director of the Greater Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, will explain the results of the Elk Lake Deep Water study his students will complete later this spring. It may offer insights into concerns that the ecosystem-altering quagga mussels have gained a foothold and other questions.
Sept. 22: It’s a Hydrology Thing — Mark Stone, Antrim County Director of Dams, will explain findings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study, supported by grants from Antrim County and in-kind support from the Intermediate Lake Association. The study is building a mathematical model of the hydrology and hydraulics of the chain of lakes to use as a tool to evaluate flood scenarios and potential solutions to the increasing frequency of multi-day, intense rainstorms.