Four lakes are in the subdivision: Goose Lake (not to be confused with a lake called Goose Lake that was north of Lorenzo/Pine Bluff Rd. in Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area), Beaver Lake, and Lincoln Lake (the largest and only water skiing lake).
GLA is proud of their lakes and strives to keep them as clean as possible. The lakes are maintained and stocked by GLA, and shoreline permits are issued when any new work is being done. The work is reviewed by a committee to help maintain aesthetics and the natural balance of chemicals in the water as well as to control erosion. Said to be one of the cleanest lakes in the Midwest, Lincoln Lake has a visibility of about 25 feet of depth.
Several marinas where boats can enter the lakes with gate keys are located throughout the subdivision.
Safety is enforced on the lakes at the expense of GLA.
Note: Lincoln Lake Estates, a subdivision with 53 properties in the southwest corner of the subdivision, has access to Lincoln Lake. That subdivision has its own Association separate from GLA.
In addition, GLA participates in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's, "Illinois Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program" under the Illinois Clean Lakes Program. The following is a description of the program from the IEPA website page under Partners for Conservation:
"There are 3,256 lakes with a surface area of six acres or more in Illinois and more than 87,000 ponds. In addition to being valuable recreational and ecological resources, these waterbodies serve as potable, industrial and agricultural water supplies; as cooling water sources; and as flood control structures.
Lakes serve as traps for materials generated within their watersheds. The trapped material generally impairs water quality and may severely impact beneficial uses and significantly shorten the life of the lake. Suspended and deposited sediments can affect certain lake uses. Excessive aquatic macrophyte (plant) growth and/or algal blooms often result from the addition of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. An overabundance of plant life may tend to limit recreational and public water supply usage. Lakes may also collect heavy metal and organic contamination from urban, industrial, and agricultural sources. Dissolved oxygen deficiencies may limit biological habitat or result in taste and odor problems for public water supplies.
Lakes are important resources that will continue to provide beneficial uses only if certain protective and educational steps are taken. In recognition of this need, in 1981, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency established the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP). The program provides a service to the Agency by harnessing the time and talent of citizen volunteers to help gather fundamental information on more Illinois' inland lakes than could otherwise be possible with existing staff. This program also serves its volunteers and the general public by opening a path for citizen involvement with the environment and providing environmental education and outreach opportunities for Illinois citizens to learn about lake ecosystems. This program also serves as a cost-effective method for gathering fundamental information on inland lakes, which ultimately leads to making better lake management decisions."
Results of the lake monitoring that is submitted to this program may be available upon request or found on the IEPA website. Note that Lincoln Lake is considered the second clearest lake in the state, Goose Lake is third and Beaver Lake is the fifth clearest. These ratings are figured on the 170 private lakes in the state who are in the program (out of 3000 lakes total).
The lakes provide world class water activities such as:
The area is a wildlife habitat for coyotes, several kinds of fox, deer, turtles, groundhogs, possum, raccoons, and other animals.
Use Phosphorus Free Fertilizers
Please remember to use "Phosphorus Free fertilizer" when you are maintaining your lawns and gardens as this will help to reduce unwanted weed and algae growth in our lakes. Even though your property may not directly border one of our lakes, many of the roadway drainage ditches do drain to our lakes which in turn can place unwanted nutrients an other environmental hazards into our waters.
Phosphorus-free fertilizers can now be found in many of our local stores such as Matteson Ace Hardware, Walmart, Big-R, and Menards. Remember to look for fertilizers marked "lake friendly" or "phosphorus free" with the middle number of "0" as this represents the amount of phosphorus in the fertilizer ( example 28-0-3, 12-0-12 ).
Many of us have decided to use sea walls, rocks, railroad ties etc, to help decrease shoreline erosion. Placement of these structures is critical, for if done improperly, they can do more harm than good. The best method is rip-rap rock. If a wall is used, it should be set back 2 - 3 feet from the high water level to allow a natural space for the waves to be absorbed. A wall placed all the way up to the waterline causes all wakes to bounce off it, creating back waves which make the water rough in front of your property. This makes for rough boating conditions and aggravates the erosion problem.
If a sea wall is already in place at the waterline, the ideal fix is to put rip-rap rock in front of the seawall where you do not swim or park boats. If you are planning to do shoreline work, please consider carefully the materials you use and their placement. If your shoreline has a serious erosion problem, please consider doing the shoreline work as soon as possible. Help us in protecting our lakes! If you have any questions, or are planning to do shoreline work that touches the waterline, call your lake committee before starting!