Our Board Meetings are the 3rd Thursdays each month. We will post our Agendas and Minutes here via our Blog. Follow our website by clicking-through the Follow Button at bottom of page and you will receive emailed updates of our news, minutes and events.
Darrell Schwalm writes: Our newest shoreline bank greenbelt project continues to make progress. The field stone rock construction on top of the pervious ground cloth and gravel… Read more “Stone Shoreline Bank Completed”
Darrell Schwalm writes: Sunday, August 24 was a busy day for the sturgeon restoration efforts within the Mullett Lake watershed. One event attended by MAPS representatives was… Read more “Sturgeon Release in Sturgeon River”
Your MAPS dues/donations helping Sturgeon for Tomorrow put juvenile Sturgeon into your lake. Sturgeon for Tomorrow- Grow Sturgeon, Protect Sturgeon, Educate children about Sturgeon. Simple, positive, making… Read more “Mullett Lake Sturgeon”
“Many words come to mind to describe Mullett Lake: immense, fantastic, deep, enchanting, beautiful, vibrant, and diverse.”
–Excerpt from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council 2009 Report
- 4th largest of 5 ‘Giant’ Lakes in Northern Michigan
- 17,000+ acres of surface area
- Depth of 144 feet
- 1000+ homes on its shoreline
- Approximately 39 species of fish (according to 2017 Survey)
- This lake is a massive ecosystem that requires balancing nature with human enjoyment
That is where the Mullett Lake Area Preservation Society (MAPS) plays a role along with a number of other agencies who assist us in translating the science of water quality and shoreline integrity into sensible application by property owners.
An ecosystem of this size is NOT an island. It requires monitoring of the interaction between tributaries and rivers that Mullett Lake flows into: Cheboygan River, Pigeon River, to name a few.
Issues & Solutions:
Control Practices for Invasive Plants and Animals
MAPS Boat Washes to stem spread of Invasive Species:
- Follow this website to know when and where
- Michigan’s Clean Boats Clean Waters Initiative
The Ecosystem of Mullett Lake ecompasses the entire Watershed area including:
Mullett Lake appears to have become more oligotrophic: clearer, fewer nutrients, but maintaining high dissolved oxygen levels.
The Shoreland and Watershed are divided into 4 areas: Upland, Buffer, Shoreline and Lake. Read each one to see all of the challenges we face to keep Mullett Lake and its surrounding Watershed healthy.
Good Upland Stewardship Practices include:
- Impervious Surfaces
- Septic Systems
- Controlled Runoff
- Natural Growth
Ways to Protect the Shoreline from Upland contaminants:
- Natural Growth Greenbelts
- Rain Gardens
Shoreline & Water’s Edge
From surfaces, to landscaping and equipment, everything we do impacts the water quality at the shoreline.
The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program provides recognition for lakefront property owners who are protecting inland lakes through best management practices on their property.
Become a MI Shoreland Steward – for the Good of the Lake!
MAPS, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, and MSU planting Sturgeon in Mullett Lake 8/25/18
Status Report of the Fisheries Resource in Mullett Lake. MDNR: 2017 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (68 pages with graphs, tables and maps)
Mullett Lake Watershed Protection Plan.TOMWC: 2002 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (89 pages with graphs, tables and maps)
Creel Survey Report for Mullett Lake. MDNR:2010 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (2 pages of tables)
Walleye Dynamics in Michigan’s Inland Waterway. MDNR: 2014 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (9 pages with graphs, tables and illustrations)
Michigan’s Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Strategy. MDNR: 2012 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (26 pages with graphs, tables and text)
Cheboygan River Assessment. MDNR: 2015 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (588 pages with graphs, tables and illustrations)
Sturgeon Distribution and Status in Michigan. MDNR: 2006 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (20 pages with graphs, tables and maps)
Management Plan for Lake Sturgeon in Black Lake. MDNR: 2016 Download PDF to Read or Print HERE (34 pages with graphs, tables, pictures and maps)
Mullett Lake’s Fish Species
Elements of a Healthy Fishery
Please write to us about the ways you would like to get involved. We have several areas for you to consider (see below), but don’t hesitate to suggest your own idea/s.
Volunteers help us with:
- Boat Washes to raise the awareness of Invasive Species and how to keep from spreading them.
- Routine Water Quality Monitoring to check levels and to stay within sound parameters.
- Surveys for Invasive Species spread through regular surveying of the area.
- Revetment work on inlets and outlets.
- Fund Raisers to pay for scientific surveys to keep us on top of our Lake’s Health issues.
- Information Distribution to raise awareness using a variety of methods.
We graciously accept all contributions:
- Time in helping us with various initiatives to combat invasive species, etc.
- Information adding to our overall effectiveness
- Monetary or other resources such as equipment/tools or property access.
- Inform others (we can help you with necessary information or share our website with them)
If you can provide a key resource to help us further our efforts, we would love to hear from you. Some of the items that are useful include:
- Boats and Docks for Surveys and Fishing
- Lake Access for Aquatic Surveys and Water Monitoring
- Equipment to assist with Greenbelt Preparation (shovels, small dozers, etc.)
- Personal Gear for Volunteers
- Anything you think might assist us!