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Happenings on Paradise Lake…

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 rsmith4268@hotmail.com.  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.

Weed Harvesting Complete

Superior Dock began the 2020 weed harvesting on July 6 and completed the cutting of 30A of weeds. This involves cutting weeds near the lake bed and removing the vegetation. Below is a map of the area which was harvested.

Paradise Lake Lake Improvement Board 2020 Meeting Schedule

The Paradise Lake Improvement Board will hold regular meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in May, July and August concerning matters relating to Paradise Lake. The Budget Public Hearing will precede the August meeting. There will also be a November meeting with presentation of the 2020 Lake Report. Date for this meeting is to be determined later. Meetings are held at the Carp Lake Township Hall.  

Hot Off The Presses!

Imagine Magazine

The featured article about Paradise Lake’s “green” maintenance strategies can now be seen in Imagine Magazine.  Check it out!  We’re famous:-)!


PLIB National Press Release

Going Green!

Northern Michigan Lake Opts for Innovative Eco-Friendly Lake Management Plan

Paradise Lake in Carp Lake Michigan leads the way with a “green” environmentally friendly lake management strategy that includes a new and original approach … Read the release in full.