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Lake Washburn Public Landing
Located off County Road 48/Lake Washburn Road 
at the Campground 

2021 AIS

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 Monofilament Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Program

Old fishing line can be an environmental hazard. Most, if not all, anglers know that discarded or broken monofilament fishing line poses an environmental danger to birds, animals and fish. It may come as a surprise to most to learn that modern fishing line can last 600 years in the water.  To put it in perspective, if Columbus had monofilament fishing line available when he landed at Plymouth Rock in 1492, and if he had lost some of that line while fishing, it could still be another 77 years before that line breaks down.  Now that's a long time!  The challenge is to find a way to properly dispose of old or unwanted line.  

In an effort to help anglers reduce the amount of line left in Outing area lakes and dumps, Lake Washburn Association, in cooperation with the DNR Parks & Trails Division, has installed a fishing line recovery and recycling container at the Lake Washburn public landing, which is located just off County Road 48/Lake Washburn Road. All anglers who need to dispose of fishing line are invited to simply deposit their old line in the container (line only, please).  The line collected there will be shipped to Berkley Fishing Line Recycling in Iowa.  It will be reprocessed into a Berkley Fish-Hab, an artificial, underwater habitat structure made from the line and line spools, along with other post-consumer materials like milk cartons and soft drink bottles.


Lake Washburn Association maintains the container site.  


We encourage anglers to make a special effort to retrieve line accidentally broken off while caught on rocks, tree branches and other snags.  

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the Lead Out!

What Stony
looks like.

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2020 AIS 

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2019 AIS 

North Lake AIS Dive UPDATE

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A team of volunteers worked to survey the area treated last Fall as we noted in the email from June 17th. 

We completed a thorough survey of the original treated location and additional spots immediately to the East and West using scuba divers and boats.  It was confirmed that the treatment last October was not overly effective.

Ted Johnson sent the GPS coordinates to PLM (treatment company) who will determine the area to be treated and work with the DNR to finalize the permit.

PLM will treat on July 1, 2019

weather permitting.

The survey team placed a series of orange buoys defining the infected area. The buoys are marked with EWM/Milfoil for easy identification. 


Below is a list of how you can help:

  • Staying clear of that area.  Boat traffic to and from East Bay do not pass through this area.

  • Do not fish in the area around the buoys.  Fisherman catching weeds causes fragmentation of EWM, and that is how EWM spreads!

  • Continue to keep an eye out for EWM on your shoreline or as you travel or fish the lake.  Every time we have discovered an initial infestation it was a fisherman or property owner who saw it first and alerted us to do the detailed survey! 

  • Consider donating to the AIS Fund (funds are restricted for AIS surveying and treatment).  

Please contact a Lake Washburn Director if you see any suspicious weeds in question.


Underwater Photos

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