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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why does the Lakes Commission exist and what does it do?
When and where are the Lakes Commission meetings?
How can I get involved?
Who is the commissioner for my lake?
Does the Lakes Commission control the beaches?
Are the lakes treated?
What causes "swimmers itch"?
What is phosphate-free fertilizer?
Why is phosphate-free fertilizer recommended for my lawn and garden?
Where can I purchase phosphate-free fertilizer?
What can I do for my shoreline?
Where can I purchase native plants for my buffer strip or my shoreline?
What is an emerging macrophyte?
What wildflowers grow around here?
What lakes are in the Village?
What fish are in our lakes?
Why can't I use minnows?
Why are carp bad for our lakes?
Where can I fish?
Why do we have catch and release fishing?
What fish can I keep?
Who can fish on our lakes?
Where can I find the fishing ordinances?
Do I need a fishing license?
Why do I see dead and dying fish along the shoreline?
Why do I need a watercraft sticker, where do I get one and how much does it cost?

Why does the Lakes Commission exist and what does it do?

The Lindenhurst Lakes Commission was formed many years ago as a volunteer organization to provide recommendations to our Village board about issues related to lakes management.  Please read our Lakes Commission Philosophy of Management.

When and where are the Lakes Commission meetings?

The Lakes Commission meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month in the Village Hall board room..  Our meeting minutes and agenda are available here

How can I get involved?

Attend our meetings to hear want is going on.  Volunteer to work with us.  Improve you own backyard or shoreline to be a natural wildlife habitat.  Visit our How You Can Help page for more ideas.

Who is the commissioner for my lake?

Visit our Lakes Commissioner page to find who your commissioner are and which one is assigned to your lake.

Does the Lakes Commission control the beaches?

No.  Beaches are under the control and management of the Lindenhurst Park District.

Are the lakes treated?

Yes, our lakes are treated with the herbicide Fluoridone to control emerging macrophytes and with Copper Sulfate to control filamentous algae as needed by Lyle Erickson of McCloud  Services - Aquatic Management.

What causes "swimmers itch"?

Swimmers itch is caused by parasites related to the life cycle of snails in the lakes and has nothing to do with the applied herbicides. 

What is phosphate free fertilizer?

Phosphate-free fertilizer is just that, it contains no phosphate, only nitrogen and potassium.

Why is phosphate free fertilizer recommended for my lawn and garden?

Phosphate in fertilizer is the nutrient that causes the proliferation of filamentous algae causing the unsightly algae mats that require treatment with copper sulfate.  The build up to copper sediment on the lake bottom over time is detrimental to the biosystem.

Where can I purchase phosphate free fertilizer?

Phosphate free fertilizer has been made available at the Lindenhurst True Value.

What can I do for my shoreline?

Consider shoreline stabilization and a natural buffer strip to encourage wildlife.

Where can I purchase native plants for my buffer strip or my shoreline?

Locate retailers can be found on our links page.

What is an emerging macrophyte?

An emerging macrophyte is a the technical term for a water plant.

What wildflowers grow around here?

Examples and photos of native wildflowers can be found here.

What lakes are in the Village?

Our Village lakes are identified on an aerial map of the area.

What fish are in our lakes?

The species of fish identified or introduced into our lakes can be found here.

Why can't I use minnows?

Minnows and other bait fish are prohibited because live bait fish purchased from local bait shops often contain rough fish like carp.  When introduced into our lakes by fisherman dumping unused minnows into the lake at the end of a fishing outing can intentionally or unintentionally destroy our restored lakes.

Why are carp bad for our lakes?

Carp take over lakes like ours.  In as little as three years the population of the lake will be 80% carp and the desirable fish will be in a severe and unrecoverable state of decline.  Read more detail on our Lake Management Philosophy page and view an aerial view of what Lake Waterford looked like with carp present compared to Lake Linden after restoration.

Where can I fish?

Shoreline fishing locations for each of out four Village lakes can be found on our Lakes page.

Why do we have catch and release fishing?

As indicated in our  Lakes Management Philosophy, we believe in controlling our fish populations by top down management utilizing two predator fish, the Largemouth Bass and the Muskie.

What fish can I keep?

Per ordinance, all Largemouth Bass and Muskie must be released.  All other fish man be kept according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) state regulations.

Who can fish on our lakes?

The use of our lakes is for residents and their guests.

Where can I find the fishing ordinances?

The key ordinances related to fishing and boating can be found here.  A complete set of ordinances can be obtained on the Village main page or at the Village Hall.

Do I need a fishing license?

Yes, if you are above the age of 16 or under the age of ......  They can be obtained at local bait shops or immediately on the web via our fishing page.

Why do I need a watercraft sticker, where do I get one and how much does it cost?

All watercraft require a Village sticker which is free to residents and can be obtained at the Village Hall.  All watercraft are also subject to the rules and regulations for registration with the IDNR.