Fish, Plants & Wildlife

Learn about the fish, plants and wildlife that make up the diverse ecosystem of the Lake Beulah area.

 

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Many lake residents have noticed wood ducks along their shore and are interested in providing nesting boxes on their properties.
Here are some resources for more information on wood ducks and plans for boxes:

Ducks Unlimited
Wisconsin Public Service
National Wildlife Federation
EEK! Environment Education for Kids (WI DNR)
Milwaukee WI Journal Sentinel

Lake Beulah Fish Stocking

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Bass: On September 19,2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocked Lake Beulah with 1400 five inch smallmouth bass. The fish were offloaded from the Gallon hatchery truck onto the DNR boat tanks and released in deep water at five locations. Ray Fisher, LBPIA Vice President (photos above, bottom row) and other volunteers assisted in the effort.

This was the first of three stockings financed by the Triangle Sportsmen’s Club, the Lake Beulah Protective and Improvement Association (LBPIA), and individual donors. The remaining two stockings are planned for the fall of 2015 and 2016. Donations for next year’s stocking can be mailed to: LBPIA, P.O. Box 153, East Troy WI 53132.

Walleyes: Lake Beulah has recently been designated as a sentinel lake for the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative (WWI), giving it a higher priority for walleye stocking and monitoring. The WWI stocking program is an unprecedented investment in walleye stocking via state and private hatcheries. The program is expected to result in stocking of fall fingerling walleyes across the state, which should produce fishable and, in some lakes, sustainable walleye populations for years to come.

Pending any production shortfalls or budget cuts, Lake Beulah is scheduled for 8,121 fall fingerling walleyes to be stocked in the Fall of 2014. Crews will also be completing annual fisheries monitoring surveys to keep tabs on the walleyes and other species. This year’s survey was just completed with the assistance of Ray Fisher, LBPIA Vice President and other local volunteers.

BaldEagle             13" caught & released on 1/2 night crawler in 25 ft. water mid-morning off east shore of the big lake between launch and seminary.

Left: 13″ Rainbow trout caught & released on 1/2 night crawler in 25 ft. water mid-morning off east shore of the Long Lake between launch and seminary. Submitted by John Finney
Right: Bald Eagle Sighting on Long Lake, near Camp Charles Allis. Submitted by Neil Seeger

Fishes of Wisconsin
by George C. Becker

Living with Wildlife: Canadian Geese
Management of Canada Goose Nesting

Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program
A citizen-based monitoring initiative that allows the public to assist in recording and preserving turtles in Wisconsin.

The Mussel Monitoring Program of Wisconsin would like your help in finding out what mussels occur in your area!

Planting a Native Plant Butterfly Garden or Monarch Way Station:
Providing food and shelter for monarchs and other pollinators also helps conserve native plants, reduce habitat fragmentation and increase biodiversity in the landscapes.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Wisconsin Invasive species are non-native plants, animals and pathogens whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause harm to the environment, economy or to human health. AIS can reduce or eliminate native species and recreational opportunities. AIS also can negatively impact real estate prices and the over-all economy.

Prevention
Do your part in preventing AIS from harming Lake Beulah!
Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program

Non-native Plants
Eurasian Water Milfoil
Purple Loosestrife
Curly-leaf Pondweed
Phragmites

Non-native Aquatic Species
Zebra Mussels
Faucet Snails: Found during a lake survey on Lower Phantom Lake (4/16/2013)
Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)

Plants & Trees
Oak wilt is a fungal disease that can harm and kill oak trees. It is prevalent in Wisconsin and is spread from diseased to healthy trees by insect vectors or via connections between tree roots. Read More about Managing Oak Wilt.

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