We have compiled a great deal of information available to everyone about Kangaroo Lake and surrounding areas. Our goal is to preserve and improve the health of this beautiful natural resource.
- WDNR Steve Van Egeren's Presentation on Shoreline Preservation, July 2014 - YouTube clip on "FishSticks"
- Education Paper #1 - Water Quality
- Education Paper #2 - Invasive Eurasian Water-MilFoil
- Education Paper # 3 - Shorelands, Buffers and Restoration
- Education Paper #4 - Aquatic Plants and their Critical Role in Kangaroo Lake
- Education Paper #5 - The Water and Watershed of Kangaroo Lake
- Education Papter #6 - Freshwater Sponge in Kangaroo Lake
- Education Paper #7 - Conserving your Shoreline
- Education Paper #8 - The Foam on Kangaroo Lake
- Wisconsin Wetland's Gem - Kangaroo Lake
- Nature Conservancy's 1997 Investigation of Kangaroo Lake
- WI DNR's 1997 Sensitive Area Designation
Comprehensive Lake Management Plan - 2004
We worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and NES Ecological Services to prepare a Comprehensive Lake Management Plan.
Invasive Species Of Concern In Kangaroo Lake Area.
Introduction. An invasive species is an alien plant that has been brought into a new area, survived and reproduced in this new environment. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the native plants that we have on our properties. These invasive plants become abundant in a new location, including woodlands, open spaces or wetlands, because they can proliferate very rapidly or shade out native species. Their pace of reproduction seems uncontrolled, and their growth rate exceeds that of our native plants resulting in their becoming the dominant species in an ecosystem. For comparison, a weed in popular terminology is an alien plant introduced onto cultivated land, and one that can be controlled by the cultivator. Thus, an invasive species uncontrolled by humans can have a major impact on a local environment, and can change the ecology of a particular area. You will observe these features of an invasive plant when you work to remove them from your property. If you do nothing about invasive plants, they will continue to increase and take over portions of your property.
As a property owner you are responsible for removal of invasive species from your property, but local help on how to do so is available. A local organization, the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST), in the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department, Sturgeon Bay, can help you get started in your fight against Japanese Barberry or other invasive species. Upon your request it will host a 'how-to-do-it' work session at your property on how to proceed. Some tools are available for loan. Contact that Department (746-2214), [email protected] for more information on help sessions. The KLA has two Root Wrenches available for loan (839-2536). As an alternative to removing the invasive plants yourself, you may choose to hire someone to do the work.
Invasive species also occur in lakes and, like those on land, they can become a threat to the ecology of the lake in that they compete with native aquatic plants for habitat. As lake stewards we are responsible for recognizing and removing invasive species from the lake. The DNR is very concerned about the occurrence of these invasive species and provide matching funds as grants to aid us to help control or eradicate invasive plants from the lake. The DCIST and DNR can help us get started in our fight against these plants.
Our Kangaroo Lake website will add other invasive plants as appropriate. You can observe more pictures of specific plants on the DNR website. The book, Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest (Czarapata), includes both plant identification and methods of control. We thank the DNR for use of photographs from its invasive species website.
Information on several Invasive Plants around and in Kangaroo Lake are described below.
Land Invasive Plants
Aquatic Invasive Plants
Aquatic Invasive Animals
Other Aquatic Invasives
VHS. Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia is a fish disease somewhat recently found in fish of the Great Lakes including Lake Michigan. For more information on VHS and its impact on Wisconsin Lakes visit the DNR Site.
At present we do not have VHS in Kangaroo Lake, but it could be brought into our lake if fisherman use infected minnow bait, or when infected fish jump into the lake. To avoid VHS getting into our lake we:
- Must keep the fish screen on the dam grates throughout the year, as the DNR requires, to prevent spawning fish, like Lake Michigan carp and suckers, from jumping over the dam and into Kangaroo Lake.
- By requiring that all fishermen follow the DNR rules when using live fish bait (such as minnows). All purchased live fish bait must be obtained from Wisconsin certified bait dealers (VHS-free fish bait). For more information about bait requirements see the DNR Regulations for Anglers and Boaters.
Maps of Kangaroo Lake
- Kangaroo Lake Watershed and Land Use Classifications
- EWM (Eurasian Milfoil) Sampling Sites in Kangaroo Lake.
- Results of Survey for Eurasian Water Milfoil - 2006
- Door County Land Trust's Map of the Kangaroo Lake Preserve
- Kangaroo Lake Aquatic Plant Communities
- Kangaroo Lake Sensitive Area Map
- Kangaroo Lake No Wake Zone
- Kangaroo Lake Historic Bulrush Locations
- Fish Crib Locations
- Rock Piles to Avoid!