DLIA News & Events

Posted on October 26th, 2021

Charter Broadband May Be Coming to You! Pellston area addresses.

Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) Grant Program

Charter Communications has advised the Munro Township Board that the CMIC 2.0 Broadband Grant applied for in our community has been awarded. Specifically, Pellston area addresses on Douglas Lake Road, Bryant Road, and those neighborhoods directly around those roads are included in the Pellston area address list. (Link below)
The project will cost in excess of $690,000-, Charter will receive $338,000- in grant money and they (Charter Communications) will fund the balance of $352,000.
A letter from Lt. Governor Gilcrist announcing the award and the specific list of homes that they will be building to is also on the Township site.  (Also see links below.) Engineering and mapping are expected to start Fall of 2021, with construction beginning in the Spring of 2022.

Link to the letter announcing the award

Link to Michigan.gov – CMIC grant program

Link to Munro Township Pellston addresses

Posted on June 4th, 2021

Found: License Plate at boat ramp 6/3/21 Update

6/8/21 Our DLIA President contacted the Marine Division of the Sheriff’s Office with the plate number. They discovered the plate is registered to a Burt Lake address. Marnie dropped the plate off at the Marine Division and they will contact the owner.

6/3/21 Found: License Plate at boat ramp

A license plate was found at the boat ramp Thursday, June 3, 2021. Please check your boat trailers; verify you still have your license plate.

Email info@douglaslake.org for more information.

Posted on May 18th, 2021

Boat Ramp Update: As of 6/7, it is fully functional and free of obstructions

Boat Ramp Alert Update: As of 6/7/21, the boat ramp is free of obstructions and is fully functional.
Hazard Alert:  Raised Plank at DL Boat Ramp – Update 5/27/2021

Buoy Missing: Obstruction Still There

Last week a notice was sent to the Douglas Lake community that an obstruction had been observed under the surface of the Lake boat ramp, possibly from one of the concrete planks that make up the boat ramp getting out of alignment. The buoy marking the spot of the obstruction has disappeared.  Unfortunately, the obstruction is still there.
Please be very careful launching boats at the ramp and also taking your boat out of the Lake at the ramp.  We are coordinating information with Munro Township and hope this situation can be resolved in the near future.
Since we have no way to monitor the area continuously, there will be no effort to replace the buoy. If anyone knows what happened to the buoy, please contact info@douglaslake.org.

Hazard Alert:  Raised Plank at DL Boat Ramp – 5/17/2021

A raised piece of concrete plank at the Douglas Lake Boat Ramp came to the attention of the DLIA Boat Ramp team this morning. It represents a potential hazard and should be flattened. Presently the protruding plank is in about 4’ of water and is in the path of launch and recovery of boats. A buoy has been placed to mark the hazard location. (See Stuart Case’s photo below.)

No one from the ramp crew reported seeing the raised piece of cement plank this season or last season. Steps are being taken to repair the boat ramp.
Please – if you must use the boat launch in the near future, be alert to the problem and take appropriate steps to protect your boat.
As soon as the plank has been properly placed, an eNews message will be sent to the membership.  Thanks for your patience

Posted on August 31st, 2020

Septic System Maintenance

Four Key Elements from the EPA:

  • Inspect and Pump Frequently
  • Use Water Efficiently
  • Properly Dispose of Waste
  • Maintain Your Drainfield

Link to the EPA: SepticSmart Homeowners

Link to:  Home Owner’s Septic Care Guide from the Health Dept. of NW Michigan


Septic Maintenance from watershedcouncil.org:

  • Have your septic pumped every 3-5 years.
  • Do not use chemical products that claim to be a substitute for maintenance pumping.
  • For optimal performance, minimize your use of household chemicals and cleaners.
  • Avoid putting grease, hair, cigarette butts, facial tissues, feminine hygiene supplies, band aids, paints, solvents, or any other household wastes containing hazardous, toxic, or non-biodegradable materials down the drain and toilet.
  • Never build, pave, or drive over a drain field or septic tank.
  • Watch for woody vegetation growing on or near the drain field. Deep roots can cause damage.
  • Runoff from your lawn, driveway, roof, and other hard surfaces should be directed away from your drain field.
  • Do not apply fertilizer around a drain field.
  • In shoreline areas, plant or retain a natural strip of vegetation along the water’s edge. The deep roots of native plants intercept and utilize nutrients found in shallow groundwater contaminated with septic system leachate that migrates toward the lake.
  • Conserve water.

Link to Watershed Council:  Septic Systems

Posted on August 31st, 2020

Swimmer’s Itch Task Force

A Swimmer’s Itch Task Force formed June 2020. The mission is to reduce the incidences of Swimmer’s Itch (SI) in Douglas Lake through a program that must continue every year. Volunteers would be essential for the program’s success.


7/14/2020 Swimmer’s Itch:  Next Steps – (from 7/14/2020 eNews)

The Swimmer’s Itch Task Force, chaired by Kim and Ed Grant, submitted its Report describing the occurrence, severity and suspected parasitic sites resulting in swimmer’s itch on Douglas Lake this summer.  The report included background information, previous studies of the problem, options to address the problem, and the experience of other inland lakes with swimmer’s itch problems.  The first recommendation requested DLIA to fund an initial swimmer’s itch assessment of Douglas Lake.

At the DLIA Executive Board meeting on July 9, 2020, the Board approved $1500 to fund a proposal from Swimmer’s Itch (SI) Solutions, LLC to conduct the needs assessment.  Field work on the project will take place in July-August. The study will document the swimmer’s itch lifecycle present on the lake, including presence of the swimmer’s itch parasite and evidence that the Common Merganser is the host associated with the parasite’s lifecycle on the lake.  This will involve collection of snails around the lake and examination of the snails to determine if they carry the swimmer’s itch parasite.  Parasites found in the snails will provide an accurate species assessment of swimmer’s itch parasites in Douglas Lake.  A bird survey will also be conducted to determine how many merganser broods are present on Douglas Lake.

SI Solutions’ report should be submitted in mid-September and the Board will be meeting with the Task Force Chairs to discuss the report, possible next steps, the financial requirements for these next steps and logistics of permitting requirements (from DNR) for relocation of mergansers if that is the appropriate next step.

For now, unfortunately, Douglas Lake residents, their families and guests must continue to use all preventive measures to avoid swimmer’s itch and take advantage of those remedies that provide some relief from the nasty rash.

Submitted by the DLIA President Mary Ellen Sheridan

Links: 7/7/2020 DLIA Swimmer’s Itch Task Force Report

6/24/2020 Swimmers Itch Task Force Seeks Information
(from 6/24/20 eNews)

Summer 2020 is starting off to be a very bad year for swimmers itch.  Some years this irritating and painful rash (from parasite) isn’t much of a problem; other years, it’s prevalent.  2020 is not a good year. A new DLIA Task Force co-chaired by Kim and Ed Grant has been formed to identify and evaluate cost options for mitigating the problem of Swimmers Itch at Douglas Lake.  As a first step, Kim is “fact finding.”
If you or family members/visiting friends, et al. have experienced swimmers itch this summer please report this to itch@douglaslake.org. Kim requests that you report the date, approximate lake location where exposure to the parasite might have occurred (e.g. swimming around North Fishtail Bay or playing in shallow water around Silver Strand location X) and severity of rash.

Brief DLIA History of SI:

Swimmer’s Itch has been bothering humans around the world for as long as humans have been around. In 2008 and 2009, DLIA SI Task Force participated in the planning of a hopeful program to reduce the itch. The cost was prohibitive at over $50,000.

The Michigan Swimmer’s Itch Partnership (MSIP) formed in 2014 working with various entities for funding and solutions. In late 2018, a few staff members from the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council became part of MSIP.

All along DLIA has stayed informed, attending conferences, and sharing resources about treatment with the Lake community. In recent years, some Michigan lakes have seen SI incidences reduced through an annual merganser relocation program.

A new DLIA Task Force was formed in June 2020 with hopes of reducing the incidences of SI on DL by 2022. If the proposed program is a fit for Douglas Lake and the DLIA Executive Board approves the funding, annual volunteers will be essential for success. It is also important to recognize that Swimmer’s Itch is not attributable solely to mergansers.  Other waterfowl and even mammals can be conduits for snails which host the parasite that causes Swimmer’s Itch.

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