Happenings on Paradise Lake…

Meet the new Board Member

Charles Laughbaum will take his seat as the representative from the Emmet County Board of Supervisors at the May 10, 2023 meeting. He is replacing Toni Drier who did not stand for reelection.

PLIB now has Twitter account

In response to SAD members asking for some way to get notices for updates to our webpage, the PLIB has opened a Twitter account. What this means is that if you “Follow” us on Twitter, you will receive tweets from us on your device (computer, tablet, or smartphone). The PLIB can be found at paradiselakelover.

But I don’t have a twitter account! It is easy to sign up and it’s free. Go to <> and open an account. If you will just be using it for PLIB notices, you can skip the profile. However, you can sign up for tweets in a specific area of interest or for a particular person. It’s as easy as that.

The first time, do a search for paradiselakelover. When the tweet is found, click on the “follow” button. Now you will be notified of every tweet the PLIB sends out.

Suction Boat Use Earns Reward

Three years ago the PLIB purchased a suction boat to enable riparians to more easily clean up their shorelines. The first year was a big success with many volunteers. However interest waned and no one applied for the paid position of coordinator for the project.

At the meeting on July 8, 2020, the Board voted to offer volunteers $5 per bag of weeds sucked from the shoreline and removed to the dump site. This trial offer has a cap of $1000 for this year.

What this means is that, e.g. a crew of three persons who removed 30 bags of shoreline weeds would get a reward of $150 to be split equally. Training in use of the boat and suction system is available. To get a bit of pocket change, clean up your beach and those of some of your neighbors, call Bob Smith at 231-348-3802. Check out the video of operation the HOME page.

Operation manual for Suction Boat

What is the Weed Suction Boat?

Suction Harvesting Boat
Our new suction harvesting boat! Ain’t she a beauty!

8/02/2018: The suction boat arrived as of last Friday where it was successfully tested at the public access site by Dale Berry and Bob Smith.  The purpose of acquiring this boat is to aid all riparians in the removal of weeds that have drifted onto their shoreline, especially those who reside on high embankments.  This also gives those residing in areas beyond the aeration system a little more bang for their buck.  The operation of the boat is optimized with the aid of three persons, one operating the pump and bagging of the weeds, one operating the suction end of the hose and one raking the weeds towards the suction.

 We are asking for volunteers to help operate the boat.  If you can help, please forward to me who you are and when you would be available using the form on the contacts page.  Bear in mind that weather and disrupting schedules can totally change any projected schedule.  The weeds that are suctioned up are fed into 50# onion sacks, or perhaps just piled onto the deck of the boat, then transferred to a vehicle for transport to the township dump site or to whoever would like them for mulch, etc.