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  • 08 Nov 2022 4:53 PM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

    If you were unable to attend our Annual Meeting August 6th, here is the link to the Zoom recording. Like many meetings, the recording started before the meat of the meeting started, so it takes a bit before your get the beginning of the meeting. Also, you'll need to copy and paste the Access Passcode below

    Topic: 10:00 AM Saturday August 6, 2022 PLIA Annual Meeting

    Start Time: Aug 6, 2022 09:30 AM

    Meeting Recording:

    Access Passcode: hp+kF7#G


  • 19 Sep 2022 11:17 AM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

    - PLIA is conducting a shoreline survey looking for Cladophora growth.

    - Cladophora is a harmless algae, but whose growth is an indicator of nutrient loading.

    - The 2022 survey will cover the entire shoreline and serve as a baseline for future studies and look for opportunities to affect positive changes, if possible.

    - Volunteer members will be walking/floating the shoreline in the first 10-15 feet of the lake.

    - The survey will be conducted over the next 3 weeks and should be completed by Saturday October 8, 2022.

  • 16 Sep 2022 10:19 AM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

     Note the change in location and time.

    Shoreline Survey scheduled for September 17, 2022

    10 AM-12 noon at Joe Buechel Home, (7874 Cedar Street) .

    • Survey training of the shoreline to monitor for Cladophora.
    • Cladophora algae is a marker for overfertilization or septic system leakage.
    • Will also do a simultaneous drone survey of the shoreline. May be equally accurate to paddle survey.
    • Volunteers will be trained on sampling techniques. Sign up via website email.


  • 14 Aug 2022 3:30 PM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

    We've arranged with our partners at the Platte River Fish Hatchery for our members to have a private tour of the facility. You'll learn about and see all of their operations to raise millions of fish, and their ongoing work to control the process  to meet the court ordered standards for phosphorus discharge.

    The PLIA has arranged for our members to get a private tour of the Platte River Fish Hatchery on September 9 at 10am.

    To help our partners at the Hatchery have enough guides to keep our groups manageable, Please sign up for the tour below:

    Hatchery tour sign up

    Note that this signup is a Google form like we used for our ballot. If you don't have a free Google account, we encourage you to get one as this is an effective way for us to get feedback and input from our members. If you don't want to open a Google account, you can sign up with an email to with the subject Hatchery Tour. please include your name and the number in your party.

    Thanks!  Hope to see you on the 9th.

  • 04 Aug 2022 9:02 AM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

    Here’s the Minutes of last year’s Annual Meeting.

  • 05 Jul 2022 7:09 PM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

    The Benzie Conservation District's mobile boat wash crew will be at Big Platte's launch on Friday, July 29th. They will be on-site providing free boat washing and invasive species education from about 9:30am-3:00pm. If anyone from the Association would like to stop by, you are more than welcome to. If anything, I wanted it to be on your radar. 

    If I can answer any questions, please let me know. 




    Emily Cook (she/her)

    Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

    Benzie Conservation District

    280 Benzie Boulevard | PO Box 408

    Beulah, MI 49617

    Phone: (231) 882-4391

  • 08 May 2022 5:44 PM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

    Some Platte Lake residents have experienced their shoreline being pushed up by the ice. So, how does this happen? Well, several physical properties can work together to “shove” ice toward your shoreline. Temperature fluctuations, changing water levels and the prevailing wind can all contribute to push ice onto the shore with considerable force. This force has been known to move houses off of their foundations, push boulders the size of SUVs and snap trees in half. Do we have your attention?

    As you know, Platte Lake covers 2,516 acres, is 3.3 miles long and roughly 1.6 miles wide. When temperatures decrease, this large ice sheet contracts, forming stress fractures. Water from below fills these cracks, freezes and expands the ice sheet. When temperatures rise, the ice expands, as well. Lastly, changing water levels also cause the ice to crack, cracks, again, fill with water, freeze and the ice sheet continues to expand. Unfortunately, this happens all winter long, continually expanding the ice sheet. It just keeps getting wider.

    Prevailing wind also comes into play. Typically, the land temperature causes the water near shore to freeze last and thaw first causing a huge, very heavy, floating ice sheet on the lake. The bigger the lake, the more force the wind can apply to push this heavy mass of ice toward shore. You see this in the summer in the form of bigger waves.

    So, what can you do to protect your shoreline? Landscapers recommend a 3:1 slope, meaning a gradual rise of 1 foot for every 3 feet of shoreline. This will create a ramp for the ice to slide on top of the ground rather than pushing up against it. This will also reduce erosion from wave action once the ice is gone. Please know that it is your responsibility to obtain all necessary permits before you begin any shoreline work.

    Here's a TV feature from Minnesota:


  • 19 Feb 2022 5:10 PM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

     Here's the link to the info.

  • 10 Feb 2022 5:08 PM | Stephen Peterson (Administrator)

    John Ransom of the Benzie Conservation District, normally does all our lake and tributary sampling.  He's recently become a licensed drone pilot, and shot footage recently of the Lake and tributaries in February. Here's the link:

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