CLOVERLEAF LAKES – The effects of heavy rain and high water levels have been examined at the Cloverleaf Lakes, where the lake level was 9 inches above the high water mark at the beginning of August. Some property owners’ piers are under water or floating away; there is 6 inches of water inside some boat houses; some pontoons that are under boat lift canopies can’t get out; some boats can’t get through the culverts between Round Lake and Grass Lake; some with crawl spaces or who have basements with sump pumps have their pumps running constantly; and some of the shoreline has been washed away.
On Saturday, July 31, a group of 10 property owners removed a 20-foot section of a beaver dam between the lakes and Pine Manor Nursing Home on County Road Y, which was holding back approximately 10 inches of water. After removing this section of the beaver dam, the water was running over the Pine Manor dam. Some stop logs should be left out until the lake level gets down to the high water level of 72 inches as measured on the culvert between Round and Grass Lakes.
After finishing work on the beaver dam, crews went to the Pine Lake outlet and dam. Grass and weeds were removed, producing a truckload of brush that had been blocking the flow of the water.
Those volunteering to help with these projects included Howard and John Essman, Mike Loesl and his son, Stan Kleiss, Dennis Nodolf, Bill DeGuire, Joe Jaskolski, Howard Unrath, Ron Miller and Lenny Anderson.
Unrath furnished one john boat and tools. Kleiss furnished his six-wheeler for loading and removing weeds at the outlet. Miller furnished a john boat, dump truck and tools.
This was a big task but a great job was done on cleaning and removing the branches and weeds. The greatest reward was seeing water flowing properly.