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Invasive Species Kayak Event

Wisconsin residents are invited to paddle Fox Lake in search of invasive species on June 26th. FOX LAKE, Wis. – Rock River Coalition and Fox Lake Preservation Organization invite paddlers for an educational and proactive tour of Fox Lake on June 26th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Participants will help protect this local water body by searching for invasive plants and animals that may threaten the state’s wildlife and water ecosystems, including our valuable fish populations.


This event is part of an ongoing statewide effort by conservation groups to identify and monitor aquatic invasive species establishment in water bodies and educate residents on these species. Many invasive species are currently found in Fox Lake, such as Chinese mystery snail, curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian water-milfoil, purple loosestrife, rusty crayfish, and zebra mussel, all of which can pose significant problems to those trying to recreate fish or paddle on the water. Due to the recreational traffic Fox Lake receives as well as the proximity of several other popular lakes, events like this are essential to not only tracking the aquatic invasives present but also informing the public of how to reduce or stop their spread. Information collected during these monitoring events provides the Wisconsin DNR with data to help them tailor response efforts accordingly for each site.


The morning will start at the Town Park Boat Launch. Rock River Coalition Staff will provide an overview of aquatic invasive species, including how to identify, monitor, and report them and prevent their spread. This will be followed by a paddling tour of Fox Lake, where volunteers will watch for the aquatic invasive species they learned about.


Kayaks, paddles, and life vests will NOT be provided. Participants are required to bring their own. We also recommend bringing along a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle, snacks, shoes that can get wet and anything else that you require to be comfortable as this event is outdoors for several hours.


This is a free event, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. EVENT DETAILS: Wednesday, June 26th, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Fox Lake- Town Park Boat Launch, W10935 Blackhawk Trail

REGISTRATION: Register and see all event details at https://rockrivercoalition.org/events/.

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