The Wild Watershed of Gull Lake!

The Wild Watershed of Gull Lake!

Folks, we are thrilled to announce a partnership with one of our members, local photographer, educator and environmentalist Fischer Jex. From President Kay Gross:The GLQO is delighted to have Fischer Jex working with us this summer as coordinator of the Boat Wash at Prairieville Township Park.  Fisher has a strong background in education and outreach and a passion for preserving and protecting Michigan waters! As such, he will be helping us to expand the outreach efforts of the GLQO  this summer. As a start to this, he has created a new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gull.lake.wildlife. …continue reading →
Boat-Generated Wake Wave Study Released

Boat-Generated Wake Wave Study Released

The GLQO, among many other organizations, helped fund a study done by the University of Minnesota on the nature of wake waves as they moved away from boats and towards shore. We are sharing the results of this study here. Note that the study only defined the characteristics of such waved at various distances from boats, not the impact to people, lake wildlife, lake bottoms or shorelines; further research will be able to make use of these findings to determine these impacts. We hope this information will be useful to area Riparians, recreational…continue reading →
A Fall Fling Thank You!

A Fall Fling Thank You!

The Gull Lake Quality Organization would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to those of you who purchased tickets to our 2021 Fall Fling Fundraiser. The turnout was wonderful and we mixed good food, good drink and good friends to make a really good time together! The GLQO works diligently to keep you informed regarding water quality and fisheries data. We continue to maintain the boat/trailer cleaning station at the Prairieville launch. And we also work closely with the DNR and the Kellogg Biological Station to protect our water quality now and…continue reading →
Zebra Mussels – Helpful or harmful to toxic algae?

Zebra Mussels – Helpful or harmful to toxic algae?

We are often asked what effect Zebra Mussels have on lakes, particularly Gull Lake. A recent paper summarizing long-term research done at the Kellogg Biological Station, highlighted work done by Steve Hamilton and colleagues in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU on the relationship between Zebra Mussels and Microcystis, a blue-green algae. The zebra mussels feed on all algae which increases water clarity, but they regurgitate Microcystis, resulting in an increase in these potentially toxic algae. The long-term study also identified that the die-off Zebra Mussels in Gull Lake may have…continue reading →

GLQO Fall Fling!

Please plan to join the GLQO on Sunday, September 26th, 2021, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Gull Lake Country Club. We'll celebrate Fall, being able to get together again, and... Gull Lake! The Event will be held in the Lakeview Room, overlooking the Lake. There will be a buffet dinner served, and a cash bar will be available. Feel free to contact us with questions at info@GLQO.net. If you want to print the invite below to post, you can download the PDF here. If you prefer to order your tickets online via…continue reading →

May 22: Kanoe the Kazoo on Gull Lake

2021  Kanoe the Kazoo   Excursion on Gull LakeGull Lake Island, pre-registration required.   When:  Saturday May 22, 2021 Information and float details  9:00am – 9:30am.   Launch onto the Lake at 9:30am,  float for about 1.5 hours with destination of the new dam structure at the south end of the channel exiting Gull Lake. Where: Gull Lake (south end),  launch from the private parking area to the Gull Lake island.   Parking is limited, and registration is required with the Kanoe the Kazoo coordinating web site: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14UP-MCt8-xowW9AGlpdpQi4htMjAuW4tkduu1T8hDTs/edit Float up participation by riparians of Gull Lake…continue reading →

Gull Lake Ice Cover History [Updated]

Gull Lake has one of the longest ice cover records in our region, dating back to the 1920s. The duration of ice cover varies but on average has shortened by about 20 days, which is consistent with records for a number of lakes across the world. Ice cover in this lake system has been monitored by local citizens including Fred Sherriff Sr., Fred Sherriff Jr., and Betty Johnson, assisted since 1998 by Stephen Hamilton of MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station. [Updated February, 2021] Dr. Steve Hamilton has sent the GLQO an updated ice days…continue reading →

Calling All Winter Anglers . . .

CALLING ALL WINTER 2018-2019 ANGLERS:  As winter approaches, the DNR and the GLQO are working together to gather valuable information from ice fishermen this season.  To that end, I’ve attached a Volunteer Fisheries Survey Form, which we are hopeful will be completed by all of you, even if you come up empty handed!  The information gathered will help to (a) identify if any smelt are being caught, (b) determine if the steelhead are beginning to recruit to the fishery, and (c) gather information on lake trout and northern pike size and harvest. continue reading →
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