Mauston’s Lake Decorah Ice Fishing Annual Tournament And Benefit
Have you and your family ever taken in a Wisconsin ice fishing tournament? Here’s your chance! Within this small rural town, you can easily feel a part of it all while making fun, new memories with your family. The 3rd Annual Restoration of Lake Decorah Ice Fishing Tournament is set for Saturday, January 11th, 2020 with even more prizes this year from contributing sponsors! Whether you have ice fishing equipment or not, you can enjoy the day taking in all the fun. See the fish caught. Check out the prizes. Chat with the proud anglers. And all for a great cause.
This growing annual event benefits the Lake Decorah Restoration efforts that the City of Mauston and the Guardians of Lake Decorah (GOLD) have been diligently working on for 3 years, each year doubling the registered participants.
Lake Decorah is located in Mauston on the Lemonweir River flowage water shed. GOLD, was started in early 2018 to address the lake’s water quality with an eye on improving it for the future. The City of Mauston and multiple groups of volunteers have started work on small-scale projects that aim to reduce nutrient loading and sedimentation in Lake Decorah through protection strategies and education. The excess nutrients are finding their way into the lake and river via multiple routes, causing excessive aquatic plant growth, which negatively affects water quality, aquatic life and recreation opportunities.
With the help of donations from local businesses and charitable organizations, tournament proceeds have paid for initial water testing and a monitoring program of nutrient levels. Using this grant funding, the City of Mauston has hired SEH, an environmental engineering firm, to conduct a comprehensive lake study and provide a detailed restoration plan upon completion. Additional revenue opportunities are being sought like grants through the DNR.
None of these efforts are possible without support from our local communities, volunteer organizations and volunteers.