Druce Lake Beach Closed

The Village just received word from the Lake County Health Department that the water sample taken from Druce Lake beach is unsafe for swimming. The LCHD tests the beach every other week for E Coli bacteria. They will be out today (6/29) to retest. Please continue to check the Village website for updates. Additionally, since rain events tend to lead to elevated bacteria levels in the water column, the LCHD advises that persons avoid swimming after a large rain event.

Yellow Flag Update

Yellow flags are down. The rain and wind this weekend broke down the algae blooms on the lake and the water is looking clear. Even though the blooms are no longer visible, the Lake County Health Department still advises, “WHEN IN DOUBT STAY OUT” because blooms can change over time and move to different areas of the lake. If you see a bloom, please notify the Village as soon as possible so that it can be tested. It would be helpful if you email the village (thirdlake@comcast.net) a picture of the algae and the location where it is spotted. Thanks for your help in keeping our residents safe, especially our little ones and pets who are the most vulnerable to the toxins from blue green algae.

Blue Green Algae – Yellow Flag

Blue Green Algae has been spotted on Third Lake. Please take precautions when using the lake. Blue Green algae can be very dangerous to pets or children who ingest water containing the algae. Make sure to wash hands after touching lake water and before eating.

Lake County Health Department has taken samples of the algae and results will be updated when they are available. After speaking with LCHD, there are many lakes in the area that are having a similar problems due to warmer weather and lack of rain.

Carp Fishing

There have been a lot of carp spotted in the lake so far this summer. Why are carp a problem? Carp cause serious damage to the native fish populations in the lakes because they out-compete other fish for food and space. If you catch a carp, please do not put the fish back in the lake. The Village has allowed carp fishermen to bow fish for carp on Third Lake. You may have seen a boat with bright lights and wondered what they are doing. The lights on the boat allow the fishermen to target carp and leave other species alone. They travel close to shorelines looking for the fish. The conditions for carp bow fishing have to be just right so the Village will not be able to schedule when they will be on the lake. The fishermen remove the fish from the water for disposal and are doing a service for the Village at no charge. If you happen to see them, please give them a friendly wave and thank them for the service they are providing!

Yellow Flag

Several residents took it upon themselves to contract a service to treat vegetation in front of their homes on Third Lake without notifying the Village. The chemical that was used kills all vegetation (Reward Aquathol and Colmean). We were told that the water is safe for swimming, however,
DO NOT USE LAKE WATER TO WATER YARDS, GRASS, PLANTS etc. for the next 5 days.