Elk-Skegemog Lakes – 2019


Please explore our SWIMMER’S ITCH 101 tab on the top of the page if you want to learn more about swimmer’s itch.

The Current Common Merganser Count

(as of August 8, 2019)

4 Broods trapped off Elk-Skegemog Lakes / 35 Ducklings relocated to Lake Michigan

TWO specific ways you can continue to help…..

1.important iconReport A Common Merganser BROOD on Elk-Skegemog Lakes (CLICK HERE)

From June 1 – July 15 the single most important thing you can do to help us control swimmer’s itch is to report any common merganser broods you see on Elk-Skegemog Lakes (click the appropriate link above).

If you aren’t sure that the brood you saw are common mergansers, click on the link anyway and you’ll be shown pictures to help you make a positive identification.

2. important iconReport A CASE OF SWIMMER’S ITCH on Elk-Skegemog Lakes (CLICK HERE)

Please use the link above to report any and all swimmer’s itch cases on Elk-Skegemog Lakes in 2019. Thank you.

IMPORTANT: Swimmer’s Itch Biology 101 Factoid:
The snails you see in the lake this spring have successfully overwintered from last year’s generation. Unfortunately, once a snail is infected with a swimmer’s itch parasite, it will always be a threat to cause swimmer’s itch until it dies. By trapping and relocation common mergansers we are preventing the infection of this year’s new generation of snails. That means that the EARLIEST we can expect to see a reduction in the number and severity of swimmer’s itch cases is early this fall, after all of this spring’s snails have reproduced and died. But, starting in 2020, there should be a noticeable reduction in swimmer’s itch cases in Elk-Skegemog Lakes