FAQs about McDill

What fish will be restocked?

Per requirements of the DNR McDill was stocked with 3000 perch in May 2013, and 12,000   largemouth bass in August 2013. In addition to the required restocking, the Lake District has additional plans to stock crappie, additional perch and blue gills.

What are the boating regulations on McDill?

McDill Pond Observes Slow no Wake in all channels, and trolling motor or paddle only in Spring Slough, the hidden lake under the high voltage lines. McDill Pond also observes all DNR boating regulations and reminds everyone to keep 100′ from the shore when traveling at higher speeds.

What about dredging the lake?

Unfortunately the cost of dredging the entire lake to a depth that would minimize weed growth (13’) is over 75 million dollars, not financially feasible at this time.

What regulations are on lots on McDill?

McDill has adopted a 0 phosphate fertilizer ban and a stay back 35′ from the water when fertilizing guideline. Homeowner who suspect a need for fertilizing should have a soil test completed by UW Extension to verify prior to fertilizing.  Homeowners are encouraged to keep the first 35′ of their lot natural with a shoreline buffer.   Existing sea walls may be maintained, but new additions of sea walls and rocking are discouraged.  90% of all life begins at the shoreline, and natural shoreline is needed to support that life.

What will be done about weed harvesting?

Weed harvesting will only be done to maintain navigation in the lake and control nuisance levels of plants. Weed harvesting will not be allowed in areas containing EWM per our DNR permit. Weed cutting may be done to cut the tops of Curly Leaf Pondweed, another invasive species to control it.  Harvesting requests for areas may be e-mailed in to [email protected]

How about bulldozing the dirt into islands in the lake to make it deeper?

McDill Pond has a high water clarity level that allows sunlight to penetrate the lake very deep, allowing weeds to grow at depths of over 13 feet. To deepen the lake to 13’ would require forming islands that would take up over 60% of the pond. This would create problems for the flow of the Plover River through the pond, and would not be approved by the DNR.

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