Managing a large lake system is no small feat. The number of boats, trailers and the amount of water you often need to navigate through are all factors that can make your job as a marina manager difficult.
However, with the right tools and processes in place, even the biggest tasks can be made easier by Lake Management Inc.
It can be rewarding to take a few minutes to sit back and relax on the shores of your home pond or lake. But if you have a large lake system, managing it can easily become time-consuming, complicated, and expensive.
The more time you spend trying to maintain your lake system, the less time you’ll have to enjoy it.
Lucky for you, these developed step-by-step processes will help you manage your lake system.
Key Steps to Take
The first step in managing a large lake system is to identify all the problems within the system.
For example, if you want to manage the dam’s water levels, you must first identify the problems with the dam. Some problems associated with dams are leaks, cracks, and erosion.
The next step is to assess how serious each problem is. For example, if there are only a few small leaks and cracks in your dam, it would be much easier and cheaper to fix them than if there were several major leaks and cracks.
The last step is to find solutions for all the problems within your system. If there are only a few small leaks in your dam, you may be able to fix them by putting some cement over them or fixing them by hand.
If there are many leaks and cracks in your dam, you should use a more professional repair method, such as hiring a contractor or using an automated machine to repair your dam.
Tips to Effectively Manage a Large Lake System
The following tips can help you effectively manage your lake:
Perform Regular Stock Checks
Stock checks are essential for managing a large lake system because they tell you how many fish are currently occupying the water. Do these stock checks once every month or two so that you can monitor the growth and health of your fish.
Maintain Proper Aeration Levels
The aeration level in your lake should be relatively high in order to provide enough oxygen for your fish. The optimal temperature range for your fish is between 68- and 70-degrees Fahrenheit (20-21 degrees Celsius).
If your fish become stressed, they are more vulnerable to disease attacks, which could decrease their overall health, affecting their ability to reproduce and leading to overpopulation.
Monitor your Lake’s Water Quality Weekly
Run a comprehensive test that measures clarity, temperature, pH levels, dissolved oxygen, and other factors that affect water quality and fish health.
Check Aquatic Weeds
Check for aquatic weeds on a weekly basis in areas where they tend to grow, like shallow bays or along the shoreline near docks or boathouses.
As long as you catch them before they flower, you can treat them with herbicides or mechanical removal methods before they go to seed. Aquatic weeds can spread quickly throughout your entire system if allowed to mature.
You can also check the water level in your boat docks or marinas at least once a week; extreme weather conditions can cause water levels to fluctuate.
Several techniques can be used to effectively manage a large lake system. First, a basin-management plan should be established as soon as possible after the initial development of the lake system.
The basin management plan should be revised every five years and must include provisions for public access and boat ramps.
It also should include an assessment of fisheries resources and an evaluation of water quality problems on the lake. The basin-management plan will serve as a good foundation for managing the entire lake system.
A second technique for effective management is zoning. Zoning helps maintain water quality by encouraging compatible land uses in designated areas around the lake.
For example, residential zoning would be appropriate near a marina but would not be appropriate near a sensitive wildlife area such as a marsh or bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem.
The first step to managing a large lake is collecting the data you need to make good decisions.
The next steps are to clearly define your goals and objectives, analyze the data and apply the right tools and procedures that meet your needs.
Take the time that you need and find ways to improve your chances of success. Using good decision-making practices will give you confidence in your management plan.