There are many options for nearby dining, but if you don't live at the lake full-time, it can be difficult to know where to go (or when) in order to get the best deals. Here are some suggestions from around the area we have received from local residents for you. (Note: We have not confirmed nor edited these items yet, and are simply putting them in as we go.) If you'd like to add an item or a review to this list, please let us know!
Christie Lake, Michigan
Near Lawrence, MI
Purple Loosestrife is an invasive plant species that has already been seen on our lake, and it can be especially bad in wetland areas (like a majority of our lake this year). For a full description of the plant which has good pictures), please click here. If you see any of this on our lake (or elsewhere), please follow this link to report it to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network as quickly as possible.
Important Update (07/06/2012)
I just wanted to let everyone know that 12,000+ weevils were planted today in two locations. The first spot is in the far southwest cove. The second spot is on the far northeast end. Both areas are identified with large orange floaters. Please do ski, jet ski or pull tubes near these floaters. We want happy and hungry weevils...give them some space!
Enviroscience will return this Thursday to plant an additional 20,000 weevils. You will receive an additional update after Thursday's planting.
Invasive species are plants and animals which are not native to our lake, and which have no natural predators in our environment. Many Michigan lakes have seen an influx of invasive species, from the zebra mussel to plants like the Eurasian watermilfoil, and even diseases which can wipe out entire fish populations. Like viruses, these invasive species can be carried into our lake from boats that have not been properly cleaned, including fragments of the plants on propellers, plants and animals stored in bilge areas, and even the dumping of bait buckets into our lake after fishing in other lakes which have been infested.
The Christie Lake Association leverages the expertise of EnviroScience, Inc. to combat the non-native Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) plant via the use of the milfoil weevil, a tiny animal that feeds on the EWM.
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What can you do to help prevent the spread of invasive species? Here's a few simple tips:
Here are a few more resources that might be helpful: