Laurel Falls now has a presence on “Facebook”!

As a supplement to the website, a “Facebook Group” has been created. This is also  an effort to stimulate participation within the community. The “Forum” section of the website had to be revamped…..and participation was limited.  I thought this may be an easier way to get people involved.  It may, or may-not replace the forum section…..depending on how things go.  The Facebook group can be found here –   https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaurelFallsPa/  Enjoy!

Trout Stockings

Laurel Hill Trout Farm

Last year over two hundred trout were added, to the lake, from Laurel Hill Trout Farm.  The initial stocking was paid for through member donations.  Thanks to Tracey Karlie, a second stocking (of over a hundred fish)  took place later in the season.  These fish were donated and all appear to be thriving.

Progress At The Lake

A near completed pavilion now stands at the lake.  Thanks to all contributors……especially Davey Cook and his son, Dave Byerly, and Jim Frederick.  Contrast with the Photo below.

Buy a Fish – Help Stock the Lake

Donations will be accepted at the February 16th Clubhouse Meeting.  Both the lake and the stream will be stocked with trout this year.  Please give if you can!  Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout will be dispensed throughout the association. Also, it looks as though the state will be stocking some fingerlings into the stream, due to LFA’s continuing efforts with the limestone dosing program. The water has really improved..

Clean up of our Stream and Lake (Trout to follow)

Hi Fellow Laurel Falls property owners…trout1
Hopefully, within the next couple of months, you’ll see tri-axle trucks coming into Laurel Falls – each hauling 23 tons each of limestone powder.  This will be for the main stream that flows into our lake and through Laurel Falls. We call it Elk Lick Creek, but the DEP calls it Laurel Falls Run. So, we’ll go with Laurel Falls Run (with Elk Lick Creek being down at the hard top road … Matlick Road).
We have been working with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for well over a year. The DEP helped us acquire a state grant, that will help us with limestone dosing for the next 3 or 4 years. There will be 3 sites on Laurel Falls Run where the dumping of  limestone powder (or dosing) will occur.  The limestone will be  put into our stream and hopefully at another site (by the 5 retaining ponds) upstream in the forest.
The 5 retainer ponds (upstream in Forbes State Forest) have helped to clean up the strip mine acid over the last 12 years.  However, the ponds need more help in the form of limestone dosing. This dosing will be 10 times more efficient than just the ponds by themselves. There are 10 such dosing projects under way in the state, each one being a success in cleansing the streams by raising the ph and acidity of the water. After the dosing is started, we will test the water at several different sites along the stream monthly with a state of the art test kit , and email the results to the DEP on a excel spread sheet for them to review.
During next spring and summer, if any of you or your guests are fishing in the lake and catching catfish or perch, please do not put them back into the lake, the DEP would like them out. The reason for this is that when we put brook trout into the stream in the next couple of years, they will eat the baby brook trout fingerlings. This was told to us by the Fish Commission. The Fish commission said that the ideal thing would be to drain the lake over this winter or next…..We have to think about that one.

Welcome Back Hunters

Bear season starts today (Nov. 23rd) and deer begins on Monday (Nov. 30th).  Good luck…….and don’t forget to send us a picture or two.  We’ll post them in the photo section for all your friends  to stare at in admiration.  Remember……..they’re all trophies!

Send photos to Jeff@laurelfallspa(dotcom) – use the normal dot com spelling – I’m just trying to eliminate bots from stealing the address.

Welcome to Falling Blogger – News for the Laurel Falls Association

Welcome to the brand new blog for the Laurel Falls Association.  It is currently a work in progress and part of the larger Laurel Falls website (www.LaurelfallsPA.com).   While building it has definitely been a learning process, I hope to have it running smoothly very soon.  It will be your internet source for information regarding Laurel Falls and a place where you can join your friends and neighbors in discussion regarding “The Falls” and other areas of interest.  See ya soon.