Picnic update!

posted Aug 8, 2017, 3:21 PM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 3:21 PM ]

Plan on a picnic THIS THURSDAY EVENING (August 10). We're watching the weather, and will update the website if we need to postpone due to weather.


posted Jul 20, 2017, 3:07 PM by Keith Gilbert

The annual Lake Johanna Improvement Society Picnic will be held on Thursday August 10 at the Arden Hills Island Beach Club. We hope that you can join us! Come and get to know your lake neighbors, and enjoy some good food!

WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2017

TIME: 5:30pm, Dinner served at 6:00pm

WHERE: Arden Hills Island Beach Club

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a side dish to share
(Fruit, Dessert, Salad, Veggies, etc.)

PROVIDED: LJIS will provide fried chicken, coleslaw, 
baked beans, drinks, and all paper products

Please spread the word to neighbors who might not read these notices!

There is limited parking on the island, so if you are able, please boat, walk, bike, or consider parking on the street near the beach club entrance.

Information Bulletin #58

posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:58 PM by Keith Gilbert

Goose removal
Goose capture efforts on June 30 were successful. 12 adults and 32 goslings were captured on Lake Johanna.

Public access parking lot maintenance
The boat launch at Lake Johanna will be chip sealed on July 11th starting first thing in the morning, weather pending. The work should take half a day. If it rains, the work will get pushed to the following day. There will be no striping in the lot for approximately six weeks. At that point the rock will be swept up and the lot will be striped, late at night/off hours.

Help search for Starry Stonewort
Starry Stonewort is one of the newest and worst invasive species to hit Minnesota. To our knowledge we do not have it on Lake Johanna. The Ramsey Conservation District is requesting volunteers to help search for this plant on Saturday August 5. More details here.

July 4th Boat Parade

posted Jun 15, 2017, 6:07 AM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 6:08 AM ]

It's never too early to begin planning your entry for the Lake Johanna 4th of July Boat Parade! This is one of the perennial favorite community events on our beautiful lake. Please join the fun by gathering near Tony Schmidt Beach around 10:45 AM Monday morning July 4th. The boat parade will begin at 11:00 am. Be creative and decorate your watercraft!

Spectators are encouraged on docks and shore with flags and cheers.

Pontoon wanted
Warren Wildes, one of our LJIS Board Members, traditionally plays his trumpet on his boat during the parade. This year, Warren is hosting a family reunion on the 4th, and would love to bring a bunch of his family on a pontoon in the parade.

If you have a pontoon boat that you would be willing to lend to Warren for the parade, please contact him at or 612-720-4838.
Have a great holiday!

Information Bulletin #57

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:18 AM by Keith Gilbert

Weed treatment
Staff from Clarke will be on the lake on June 6th weather permitting for weed treatment. If you are participating in our weed treatment program, they will place DNR treatment signs on June 5th.

Boat inspections
Staff from Waterguards, under contract with Ramsey County, will be at the public boat launch on a sporadic basis this summer inspecting boats for aquatic invasive species. Their next inspection date on Lake Johanna is Sunday June 4 from 10am-8pm.

Information Bulletin #56

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:18 AM by Keith Gilbert

Chloride Impairment
Jon Hartman represented the LJIS at the Ramsey Conservation District Aquatic Invasive Species Forum on March 30. At that meeting we learned some disturbing news. John Manske of Ramsey County Lake Management has been taking Chloride and Secchi disk measurements at Lake Johanna (and other area lakes) for many years, and has been researching Chloride levels. He has determined that Lake Johanna is in danger of Chloride impairment in 15 years. Little Johanna is already impaired. Chloride comes into the lake primarily from salt spread on roads, sidewalks, and parking lots. What does this mean to Lake Johanna?  Please read the resources about this issue on the LJIS website under the Resource Center > Water Quality section of the the LJIS Web site, including slides from John Manske’s presentation, a chart showing Chloride concentrations from 1987-present, and a recent StarTribune article about Chloride impairment.

Jon Hartman has been in contact with Jon Manske. The LJIS board will be exploring ways that we can help reverse this trend, so contact a LJIS board member if you have ideas.

AIS Detectors
Bob Teeling and Gregg Larson have both enrolled in the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Detector training being offered by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC). It will be valuable to have these lake residents trained in AIS identification. If you observe any aquatic plants or creatures that you suspect might be Aquatic Invasive Species, contact Bob, Gregg, or a Board member.

AIS Ambassador training
The Ramsey Conservation District is considering offering “AIS Ambassador” training: "As an AIS Ambassador you will undergo training by the MN DNR. This will prepare you to educate the public about invasive species at public accesses. While the AIS Ambassador role is strictly educational, it plays an important part in reminding boaters of the importance of protecting our waters.” If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Keith Gilbert and he will put you in touch with the Ramsey Conservation District AIS Coordinator.

Information Bulletin #55

posted Mar 10, 2017, 6:19 PM by Keith Gilbert

Thank you to all who came to the Spring Member meeting on Thursday night. Matt Kocian from the Rice Creek Watershed District gave an interesting presentation about Lake Johanna water quality issues. You can view the slides from his presentation here

The Ramsey Conservation District is hosting an Aquatic Invasive Species Public Forum on 3/30/2017 from 1-3pm right here in Arden Hills. All are invited. More information is here.

And last but not least, please take a quick moment to take this 3-question survey on Aquatic Invasive Species funding priorities here.

Become an Aquatic Invasive Species Detector!

posted Mar 1, 2017, 6:18 PM by Keith Gilbert

The University of MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center is recruiting volunteers to be "Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors". Are you interested? It would be excellent if someone on Lake Johanna signed up for this. We could really use a local, trained expert to help us with early identification of nuisance and invasive aquatic plants. 

According to their Web site:

"If you are a concerned, motivated citizen over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about AIS and do your part to protect Minnesota’s precious lakes, this program is for you!

After being certified as an AIS Detector, you’ll serve a critical role by helping the DNR respond to reports of possible AIS, weeding out false positives, being on the lookout for new infestations, and providing outreach to your community.

By joining this network of citizen scientists, you’ll receive high-quality, scientist-reviewed training, build your skills in AIS identification and reporting, and become part of the solution to AIS problems in Minnesota."

There is a $175 fee for the training that the program provides. The LJIS will underwrite the fee if someone on Lake Johanna participates in this program. Contact a Board Member if you are interested in participating.

Spring Member Meeting March 9

posted Feb 28, 2017, 2:24 PM by Keith Gilbert

The Lake Johanna Improvement Society will hold our annual meeting on Thursday evening, March 9, at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Room at Johanna Shores Presbyterian Homes, 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd  (use the north Care Center entrance between the old and new buildings).

Please join us at this important meeting to find out what's new on Lake Johanna. We are excited to have Matt Kocian, a Lake and Stream Specialist with the Rice Creek Watershed District, as our guest speaker. The RCWD is doing some really interesting work in the Lake Johanna watershed, and Matt will be talking about some of these past, current, and future projects to improve water quality.

Lake Johanna Luminary CANCELLED

posted Feb 6, 2017, 7:47 PM by Keith Gilbert

Due to many people out of town and a low response to hosting a station for the luminary event this year - we will be canceling the event for 2017. We hope to perhaps plan an impromptu gathering on the ice should the weather cooperate, so please check your emails for a possible social prior to the thaw.

We are sorry not to be having the luminary event which has grown into something that neighbors in and around the lake have loved. We hope to have the event back next year, bigger and better than ever. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 10th, 2018!

Thanks, Mari Salveson

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