Starting around October 15th, the KLC will start dropping the water to winter levels – 33-inches below the spillway, which is approximately 4.5-feet below summer water level. Next spring, the KLC will begin raising the lake as soon as possible after ice-out, so we encourage you to do your shoreline projects this fall.
The drawdown is the best method of exposing Eurasian milfoil to freezing temperatures. To be most effective at killing the weeds, frost needs to be at least 4 to 6-inches deep for 2 to 4 weeks. If you’re sick of battling weeds along the shoreline, pray for very cold weather before any snow accumulates (which insulates the ground).
Please do NOT rake leaves into the lake or burn leaves in the lake bed; both of these activities add nutrients that aid in the growth of more weeds, something we all want to avoid. If possible, rake leaves OUT of the lake bed. If you are so inclined, pull weeds out by their roots from shoreline areas in front of your property and dispose of them far from the lake. Also, please don’t throw twigs, branches or tree limbs into the lake bed, as these tend to drift down to the dam and clog the sluice gate, hampering control of the water level.