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MLIB Meeting Cancelled PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Sunday, 16 September 2018 21:38

The meeting of the Manistee Lake Improvement Board scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday September 17, 2018 at the Coldsprings Township Hall has been cancelled.  The next scheduled meeting of the MLIB is 7 :00 PM on Monday, November 19, 22018 at the Excelsior Township Hall.

Welcome to Our Website

Welcome to the new and improved Manistee Lake Association web site. We hope you like the look and the many additional features. We have tried to make the site far more useful as a source of information and communication. Many of the features are in the members only area so we encourage everyone to become a member and to register for the member area. Access is free to MLA members. Members please make sure to update your member information so we have current contact information for you. If you are a new resident who does not receive our newsletter, please give us your contact information so we can add you to our database. Just click on the contact us link under website feedback on the lower right of this page and submit your information.

We invite comments and suggestions to improve the site as well. We want to make this site as useful and user friendly as we can.  We have tried to minimize some features to lessen download times for those of you with slower internet connections. We will continue to add information to the site and to improve features as we go so please check back often and let us know what you think. I hope you enjoy our new home on the web. Spread the word around. Manistee Lake can always use more friends.


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Lake Level has dropped 11 inches so far this year. PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 13:51

The level of Manistee Lake is measured every week from the top of the culvert at County Road 612.  Since May 9 of this year through August 6th, the level of Manistee Lake has dropped 11 inches. Thank you to Gerry Gancer for collecting weekly lake level data. The following chart shows the data in inches below the surveyed benchmark at the top of the culvert.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 14:01
Rare reflection rainbow over Michigan By Deborah Byrd in TODAY'S IMAGE | August 2, 2019 PDF Print Email
Written by MIchael & Cathryn Peters   
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 08:46

Between the usual primary and secondary rainbows, you can see a 3rd bow, caused by sunlight reflecting off the water.

There are primary and secondary rainbows in the sky here (the 2 outside bows; note their colors are reversed). The 3rd bow (the inner one) is called a reflection rainbow. Beverly Ulfig caught this rare rainbow with an iPhone 6.

Beverly Ulfig captured this rainbow photo at Sands Park on Manistee Lake in Kalkaska, Michigan, on July 23, 2018. She wrote:

The entire day had a feel of rain off and on. It did rain at approximately 5:30 p.m. for about 10 minutes. But it remained somewhat cloudy. The sun appeared about 7 p.m., and then we were treated to this special occurrence.

What Beverly caught is a rare type of rainbow, called a reflection rainbow. You sometimes see one over water, as in the photo above. At the great website Atmospheric Optics, Les Cowley explains:

Sunlight reflected off the water and traveling upwards makes the reflection bow. To raindrops, the reflected light appears to come from a second sun the same angular distance below the water as the real sun is above it.

Les has a lot more to say about reflection rainbows, which you can read here.

Thank you, Beverly and Les!

Bottom line: July 23, 2018, photo of a rare reflection rainbow, captured in Michigan.

GTRLC Public Hikes at former Camp Tapico PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Monday, 06 August 2018 21:59

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) is in the process of purchasing the former Boy Scout Camp Tapico, consisting of 1,280 acres just south of Manistee Lake.  If fundraising is successful, this will be a tremendous asset for public recreation including opportunities to hike, snow-shoe, cross-country ski, fish (no boats), bird and more.  The property is not currently open to the public but GTRLC is offering scheduled hikes that are guided by members of the GTRLC team.   The proposed Upper Manistee Headwaters Preserve is brimming with exciting ecological features and will be one of the most pristine properties that the GTRLC will acquire and protect for future generations.   There are two upcoming guided hikes available that the GTRLC is inviting all Manistee Lake Association members to attend.  The first is on Wednesday, August 22nd from 10 a.m. to noon.  The second is Friday, August 24th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.    The entrance to the Preserve is located off of Grass Lake Road.  Here is a link for directions: Additional information about the Upper Manistee Headwaters Preserve is posted on the Association’s website at .   All you need to do is wear some comfortable walking shoes!

Coldpsrings Township Adopts Fireworks Ordinance PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:49

Coldsprings Township has adopted a new ordinance to regulate the use of consumer fireworks.  In accordance with state law, the ordinance does not restrict the use of consumer fireworks on the day before, the day of or the day after the state designated national holidays. So consumer fireworks can be used at any time of the day or night during these three day holiday windows.  The ordinance restricts use of consumer fireworks on all other days to the hours of 9 AM to Midnight (i.e. fireworks can not be discharged after midnight, except for the aforementioned holiday periods.) The ordinance also prohibits the use of consumer fireworks on public property or other private property without the owner's permission, prohibits the use of fireworks by anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs and prohibits the use of fireworks if a burn ban or "red flag warning" is in effect. The ordinance also requires, as required by state law,  that anyone using consumer fireworks must be at least 18 years of age.


The full ordinance can be found at this link:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:00
10 Ways to Help Manistee Lake PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Saturday, 03 May 2014 12:12

Just a reminder to all our lake residents and users on easy things you can do that will help protect  Manistee Lake water quality. (From the Manistee Lake  Homeowners Guidebook)

1. Don’t use lawn fertilizer or weed killer.

2. Help prevent the spread of invasive species! If you trailer your boat

from lake to lake, wash your boat and trailer before launching back

into Manistee Lake.

3. Water the lawn sparingly to avoid washing nutrients and

sediments into the lake.

4. Don’t feed ducks and geese near the lake. Waterfowl

droppings are high in nutrients and may cause swimmer’s itch.

5. Don’t burn leaves and grass clippings near the shoreline.

Nutrients concentrate in the ash and can easily wash into the lake.

6. Don’t mow to the water’s edge. Instead, allow a strip of natural

vegetation (i.e., a greenbelt) to become established along your

waterfront. A greenbelt will trap pollutants and discourage

nuisance geese from frequenting your property.

7. Infiltrate drainage from your downspouts rather than letting it flow

overland to the lake.

8. Don’t dump anything in area wetlands. Wetlands are natural purifiers.

9. Have your septic tank pumped every 2 to 3 years.

10. Don’t be complacent—our collective actions will make or break

the lake!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:29




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