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When there's enough snow, The Madam Carroll becomes a Northwoods snowmobile bar!


If you’re lucky enough to live by the Lake, you’re lucky enough! We hope every­one is enjoy­ing the chilly begin­ning of 2024! Our Lake is thriv­ing, lots of good things are hap­pen­ing, the restau­rant com­mu­ni­ty is bustling. If you only come down in the sum­mer you are miss­ing out on a lot of won­der­ful expe­ri­ences. We hope to see you all soon!

What's your biggest pet peeve when guests visit?

USFWS is looking to designate many areas in the US as "Critical Habitat" in unlawful power grab.

Looks like the US Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice is look­ing to expand its author­i­ty over some U.S. and Indi­ana rivers includ­ing the Tippeca­noe. Todd Roki­ta, now Attor­ney Gen­er­al of Indi­ana and 17 oth­er Attor­ney’s Gen­er­al are say­ing it’s an unlaw­ful pow­er grab. We need com­mon­sense poli­cies that con­serve both wildlife species and con­sti­tu­tion­al gov­ern­ment,” Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta said. We can pro­tect jobs, the econ­o­my and wildlife all at the same time.”

The pro­posed rules would enable the Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice to des­ig­nate land parcels as indis­pens­able habi­tat for endan­gered species — even if no such species inhab­it the parcels.

We all want to save endan­gered wildlife,” Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta said. And we all want to pre­serve the crit­i­cal habi­tat where they live. As it turns out, these new rules don’t pro­tect wildlife — and they lit­er­al­ly vio­late the Endan­gered Species Act.”

In a let­ter, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta and oth­er state attor­neys gen­er­al press fed­er­al offi­cials to with­draw their ill-advised plans which will poten­tial­ly put local busi­ness­es in peril.

We are tak­ing action because these pro­posed new rules rep­re­sent a pow­er grab,” Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta said. These new rules infringe on Indiana’s con­sti­tu­tion­al author­i­ty over our own nat­ur­al resources and fail to pro­vide addi­tion­al mean­ing­ful pro­tec­tion to endan­gered wildlife species.”

Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta has a long his­to­ry of defend­ing Hoosiers and the Indi­ana econ­o­my against fed­er­al over­reach in mat­ters involv­ing habi­tat and wildlife.

If these reg­u­la­tions were to go into effect, the busi­ness­es and econ­o­my of places like the Twin Lakes would be in greater dan­ger,” Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta said. Look what the cur­rent reg­u­la­tions have done to con­tribute to dra­con­ian actions that have ruined the local econ­o­my dur­ing some years.”

When he served in Con­gress, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta fought fed­er­al poli­cies that forced the drain­ing of Lake Free­man and Lake Shafer in north­west­ern Indi­ana as part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife efforts to pro­tect endan­gered mus­sels in Tippeca­noe Riv­er. Such fed­er­al man­dates wreaked hav­oc on the sea­son­al economies of Mon­ti­cel­lo and sur­round­ing communities.

We need com­mon­sense poli­cies that con­serve both wildlife species and con­sti­tu­tion­al gov­ern­ment,” Attor­ney Gen­er­al Roki­ta said. We can pro­tect jobs, the econ­o­my and wildlife all at the same time.”

It’s nice to see our local, state and fed­er­al politi­cians awake and angry. A copy of the let­ter is attached to read and download. 

Also in break­ing news, the Indy Star report­ed yet anoth­er fresh­wa­ter mus­sel is being pro­posed for addi­tion to the fed­er­al endan­gered species list. The Sala­man­der Mus­sel which is basi­cal­ly starts off as a par­a­site! Can’t make this stuff up, amazing.

Much more to come.

Here is access to the letter—

https://​con​tent​.gov​de​liv​ery​.co…



2023 08 21 Alabama et al Comment Letter
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Lake Freeman Facts

The best time to fish

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