Leonards Gage Update

This station will likely be discontinued October 1, 2014 due to lack of funding.

This is the message that now appears on the USGS Leonards Gage site: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?05331833

We are making some progress, as the Leonards Gage will be operational for another year, but only if we can come up with $2,500 in funding within a “reasonable” period of time. Thank you USGS for your willingness to work with us.

This is the only automated river gage on the upper Namekagon River. This gage on Leonard School Road bridge provides vital data retention and real-time telemetry used by many: fishermen, paddlers, researchers, etc.  Note:  gage = gauge.  By tradition, hydrologists use this spelling for devices that measure stream flow and temperature…..so we will honor their spelling preference.

To keep this gage in operation through September 30, 2014, NRP has pledged to raise $2,500 of the $11,500 annual operating cost.

To help, please send a generous contribution to:

Namekagon River Partnership
Leonards Gage Fund
PO Box 1349
Hayward, WI  54843

If you have questions, please contact us at: namekagon63@gmail.com

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Save Leonards Gage

This station will likely be discontinued October 1, 2013 due to lack of funding.

This is the message that appears on the USGS Leonards Gage site:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?05331833

We need your help!

The only river gage on the upper Namekagon River is in danger of shutting down.  This automated gage on Leonard School Road bridge provides vital data retention and real-time telemetry used by many: fishermen, paddlers, researchers, etc.  Note:  gage = gauge.  By tradition, hydrologists use this spelling for devices that measure stream flow and temperature…..so we will honor their spelling preference.

To keep this gage in operation for the 12-month period starting on October 1, 2013, NRP has pledged to raise $2,500 of the anticipated $11,500 annual operating cost.

To help, please send a generous contribution to:

Namekagon River Partnership
Leonards Gage Fund
PO Box 1349
Hayward, WI  54843

If you have questions, please contact us at: namekagon63@gmail.com

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July 20th – 2nd Annual Gathering

NRP 2013 Annual Meeting Agenda  (requires Adobe Reader)

NRP Poster 2013

 

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Water Level is High

IMG_0912IMG_0911As of the May 19-20 weekend, water levels on the upper Namekagon River are quite high, as seen by these photos taken at the Namekagon Dam.  This is due to late snow melt plus recent rains.

Paddling from the Namekagon Dam down to Cable is quite a ride!

 

 

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Student FLIP Program

The Cable Natural History Museum has a 2013 Forest Lab Intern Program (FLIP) for students in grades 6-12. Call 715-798-3890 for more information.  The canoes for the Namekagon River paddles are provided by Canoes on Wheels.

FLIP flyer 2013

 

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River Cleanup Thank You

Thank you volunteers!

IMG_0881Thanks to your amazing volunteer effort, the 2nd annual Namekagon River cleanup on April 27th was a big success. It was a great way to celebrate National Park Week with our friends at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

 

 

The weather could not IMG_0882have been nicer. While winter still ruled only a week earlier, it was warm and sunny – a perfect day to be on the river.

65 volunteers gathered at the Hayward Landing for a safety briefing, a little conversation, and work assignments early Saturday morning. They were split into four work crews, with a drift boat and river guide leading canoes for each IMG_0884group.

Thank you Hayward Fly Fishing Company for your support and commitment to community stewardship of the Namekagon River.

Canoes were provided by the Canoes on Wheels program.

IMG_0883National Park Service staff joined in with the cleanup effort as they are also passionate about the river and enjoy its pristine condition.

Branda Thwaits (second from left) from the National Park Service, and Wendy Williamson (on the right) from NRP coordinated this river cleanup project.

 

IMG_0885The Namekagon River was running bank-full as the winter snow melt was still in progress.

The river was active with waterfowl, eagles, and wildlife – even some Sandhill cranes were sighted.

 

 

IMG_0888All the landing were open, except for Big Bend which still had a foot of snow covering the area.  This photo of Earl Landing shows that winter was relinquishing its grasp.

 

 

 

IMG_0891The cleanup crew working the reach from Earl Landing to the Trego Landing arrived, eager to get the boats out on the river.  This crew picked up a load of trash that would fill a pickup truck – mostly beer cans.

 

 

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Please use our river responsibly. We are happy to clean up the river and shore lines, but we would prefer to just paddle and enjoy nature.

 

 

 

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River Cleanup Event – April 27th

Our River Our Responsibility CutJoin with the Namekagon River Partnership on Saturday, April 27th for our second annual Namekagon River cleanup event.

We are celebrating the river and National Park Week with our friends at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Last year’s event was very successful. The volunteers had a good time, and the river benefited greatly. Thanks again:  http://namekagon.org/?m=201204

Our meeting place will be the Hayward Landing (Highway 27 near the DNR Ranger Station) at 8:00am.  A river map can be downloaded here (requires Adobe Reader): http://namekagon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Middle-Namekagon-River-Map.pdf

We are looking for volunteers to help with logistics as well as the actual cleanup.  You may be able to help us by driving cleanup volunteers to and from the work sites (i.e., put-in and take-out points).  To volunteer, please call the Hayward Fly Fishing Company at (715) 634-8149.  The cleanup will again focus on four Namekagon River sections:

  • Hayward Landing to Stinnett Landing (drift boat will put in at West River Landing)
  • Stinnett Landing to North Springbrook Landing
  • North Springbrook Landing to Earl Landing
  • Earl Landing to Trego Landing

National Park Service Press Release (requires Adobe Reader)
NPS Namekagon River Cleanup Press Release April 2013

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April 20 – Birding Program

Birding Poster Blind

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March 16th Fish Expo

Greeting All – YOU ARE INVITED

On Saturday, March 16th, NRP and the Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited are sponsoring a Fish Expo in Hayward.

The event will be at the Wesleyan Church facility located approximately 1 mile north of the Hwy 63 Hwy 27/77 stoplight on Hwy 27/77.

The Expo doors open at 11am and the event will end about 7:00pm.

NRP is using this event as an outreach to people who we hope will join the organization. We will have a table or two promoting who we are and what we do. There will also be displays and activities on fly fishing, tying flies, making lures, and all things fish. Tables by others will also be there presenting other information about the river and activities related to it.

Dave Thorson will present a Virtual Tour of the Namekagon, Jim Brakken will do some readings of Namekagon River history, and the National Park Service/ St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will be there to share their messages and programs to those in attendance. Business, non-profits, river-related organizations, and tours businesses will be there to show their stuff.

At 3:00, an auction of a variety of fishing related stuff will be sold to the highest bidder. Bring your checkbook. Proceeds will benefit the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Pick up a Sawyer County Record this week to read about the event as told by Frank Pratt and Terrel Boetcher.

Bring the family and have some fun and learn a thing or two. There is no charge. See you there!

Please pass this on to your friends. If you would like to reserve a table for your organization, please get in touch with event organizer Frank Pratt 715-934-2411.

This will be a great venue to share what the NRP is all about – suggest becoming a member to your friends.

 Thanks!
NRP Board of Directors

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December 2012 President’s Message

Hello & Happy New Year!

2012 Newletter download (requires Adobe Reader)

I’m so excited to share with you what the NRP has been doing so far. We are a citizen-based organization of enthusiastic people, who have accomplished some amazing things.

From the beginning, planners believed that we would be a diverse blend of individuals, organizations, & agencies, who care about the Namekagon. And, as such, we adopted Namekagon River Partnership as our name.

Our partners are many, including the National Park Service, Wisconsin DNR, museums, businesses, individuals, and organizations such as Trout Unlimited and Northland College. We are an IRS approved non-profit organization.

The Board and I want to keep everyone current on what is going on – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This first newsletter is one of two planned each year to inform and motivate everyone to make this a fun, educational, participatory, and proactive organization.

 On page 3 you will find a listing and brief description of highlights from our first year. In my opinion, the list is quite remarkable, and I envision nothing but more success in 2013. With your participation, we can do great things for the river, and for all those that love it. Please help! Join! Dues – $25. For more information, meeting notes, and more, visit our website: www.namekagon.org.

 A Special Thank You to Scott Peterson, whose vision and determination got the NRP ball rolling.

 Thanks to Cindy and the Sawmill Saloon for hosting our get-togethers.

And Thanks so much to you, our members and partners, for your interest and love for the Namekagon!

Wendy Williamson
NRP President

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