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JOIN US JULY 29TH FOR THE IFLA
ANNUAL MEETING + DINNER!!

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We are a non-profit organization established to protect the ecosystems of Mattawamkeag Lake and Pleasant Pond as well as their watersheds by promoting an appreciation of natural resources and responsible preservation, conservation, stewardship, development, and public policy.

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OUR MISSION

The deterioration of a lake is death by a thousand cuts. If each of us does our small part, the lakes will stay pristine. Become a member and help support our lovely lakes.

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Become
LakeSmart

IFLA provides funding to help pay for approved projects to minimize stormwater runoff and preserve water quality. Get your LakeSmart classification and help protect our lakes.

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Sustainable
Plants

Planting natural vegetation along the shore will absorb stormwater, reduce erosion from boat waves, and beautify your property.

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Protect

Our Loons

Loons call our lakes  home. Avoid known nesting areas, use lead free sinkers and jigs, steer clear of loons while boating and keep predators at bay by limiting garbage at your property.

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Phosphorous
Effects Our Lakes

Phosphorus is the number one threat to lake water quality. It feeds the algae, algae depletes oxygen, low oxygen kills fish and lakes. We can each do our part to keep phosphorus out of the lake water.

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Managing
Invasive Plants

Each year non-native plants species are introduced to our lakes. Prevent infestations by inspecting and rinsing your boat and propeller at boat ramps.

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Safer
Septic Systems

There are state grants available to provide matching funds for upgrading your septic system. Contact us for more information. 

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Divert
Rain Runoff

Rain carries phosphorus in dirt and mud from our driveways, roads, and bare ground. By creating a diversion, water will run into the woods and be naturally filtered through the ground before entering the lake.

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Be A Water
Monitor

Volunteer to be a trained water monitor at one of the training sessions at The Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program in Auburn, Maine.

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Lake
Friendly Products

Volunteer to be a trained water monitor at one of the training sessions at The Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program in Auburn, Maine.

OUR MISSON

2023 SUMMER EVENTS

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JULY 8, 6AM - 4PM
Jeff Wingate Youth Fishing Derby

Pleasant Pond + Mattawamkeag Lake

 

Registration Fee: $10* for youths 16 and younger 

Pre-Registration: July 7 at Jerry's Market 4pm-6pm

Registration Day of Event: July 8, 6am - 9am Big Valley Sno-Club Clubhouse, Dyer Brook Rd.
Derby Starts: 6AM  
Weigh In:
3PM

 

All youth are welcome to the honorary Jeff Wingate Youth Fishing Derby on Pleasant Pond and Mattawamkeag Lake. Children will compete for merchandise and cash prizes! Register below. 

*A $1 service fee is charged to register safely online via PayPal

JUL 29, 5PM - 8PM

ANNUAL I.F.L.A MEMBERS MEETING & DINNER

Snowmobile Club, Island Falls

 

Join us for our Annual Member Meeting & Lobster / Steak Dinner at the Island Falls Snowmobile Club. Enjoy a delicious meal, connect with community and listen in on our annual board meeting.

 

This is an IFLA Member event. Members and their guests are welcome.

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JULY 30, 1PM
KAYAK & CANOE RACE

Birch Point Campgroun

 

Find your competitive spirit and enter our fun canoe/kayak race! All proceeds from this fun event goes to our college scholarship fund. Paddle Pleasant Pond while helping a local high school student fund their college dreams.

Registration: 12PM-12:45PMRace: 1PM

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JULY 28 - Aug 5
SUMMER FEST

The Town of Island Falls Celebrates "Summerfest" beginning
in late July with multiple events.

MEET THE BOARD

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BOB GUERETTE
IFLA President

Pleasant Lake

My time on Pleasant Lake started 44 years ago when I first met my wife Candy (Byron), who spent all her summers on the ‘Pond’ as a child. A biology major turned entrepreneur, my career paths led me to ventures in Human Resources management, commercial property ownership and a successful insurance agency. Retired since 2017 we live in Topsham ME and enjoy as much time as possible at our camp on Rand Rd.

MARCIA PANKRATZ
IFLA Vice President

Pleasant Lake

When I was 3 back in 1968, my dad bought some land on Pleasant Lake and built a camp. SInce then, our family has spent every summer in Island Falls. My parents have seen their children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren grow up at the lake, enjoy its beauty, and fall in love with this special place...I have made lifelong friends in the Island Falls community and appreciate the peaceful, grounding feeling it gives me. These beautiful lakes have become part of my heart and soul. I am committed to preserving the quality of both Mattawamkeag Lake and Pleasant Lake for future generations. Being a member of the IFLA allows me to give back to a place that has given me so much.

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MARY ARRIDIZONE
IFLA Board Member

Pleasant Lake

I have been spending vacations and summers at camp on Pleasant Lake for over 60 years and four generations, it is my happy place. I enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and happy hours on the porch. My love of the lake and surrounding area motivates me to want to help keep the lakes clean and spread awareness by serving as a member and trustee for the IFLA

GARY McCUE
IFLA Treasurer

Pleasant Lake

My life before retirement was 29+ years as a Mainframe Computer Programmer in banking, then 10 years driving truck for a greenhouse/nursery business. We have owned our camp on the Pond since fall 2003, and lived full time here since spring 2010. I currently maintain Rand and Sandtrap roads in the summer, grading, repairing, and coordinating major work with a local contractor. My primary concern with the Pond, being in a bowl, is trying to minimize the amount of sediment runoff.

SHERRY PETTYJOHN
IFLA Board Member

Pleasant Lake

I have been coming to camp at Pleasant Lake since I was in utero. I spent happy childhood summers enjoying jumping from rock to rock around the islands, at Sand Cove, and at Barker Rocks. In the 70’s and 80’s, listening to Doc Daniels and Artie Smith discussing water quality degradation (those rocks down the lake are now too slippery to run on), I became interested in the testing protocols, accompanied Doc and Artie out testing, and decided to train. I have been a certified water quality monitor since 2005.

CANDACE JOY DUDMAN
IFLA Board Member

Pleasant Lake

Candace Joy Dudman has been enjoying Pleasant Lake since she was 8 years old. She enjoys all that the Pond has to offer. You will find her out and about no matter the weather! In her own words, “Pleasant Lake is my happy place”.

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ESTHER HARTE
IFLA Board Member

Mattawamkeag Lake

I work with I.F.L.A. to help preserve our lakes in memory of past generations and in regard to future generations of people, plants and animals.

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JEN COGLIANTRY
IFLA Board Member

Mattawamkeag Lake

Summers on Mattawamkeag have been part of my life since the age of 4. It has been the backdrop to countless summers complete with family, fishing, and quiet kayak paddles! Being a member keeps me informed about ways to help to protect my beloved lake and be part of the great IFLA community.

PETER BLOOD
IFLA Board Member

Pleasant Lake

For the past 71 years, I have spent my summers on Pleasant Lake. First in building a camp on the south shore with my family and now in my grandfather Grange’s camp. My interests in the Lakes Association  are water quality, shore erosion, fishery, canoeing and kayaking, and a flow restriction at the end of Mattawamkeag Lake.

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SUE BURGOS
IFLA Board Member

Pleasant Lake

Sue Burgos is a third generation camp owner on Pleasant Lake who grew up fishing, swimming, and boating with her grandparents, parents, and siblings. She has made life-long friends with other summer residents. In addition to lake activities she enjoys hiking in Baxter State Park and exploring the region on foot, in a kayak, or on a bike.

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DARLENE PORTER
IFLA Board Member

Mattawamkeag Lake

Darlene is married to Ronald Porter and enjoys the time they have at their camp on
Mattawamkeag Lake.

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DARLENE PORTER
IFLA Board Member

Mattawamkeag Lake

Darlene is married to Ronald Porter and enjoys the time they have at their camp on
Mattawamkeag Lake.

MEMBERSHIP

Your involvement and generous contribution will help our community from fostering education, provide college scholarships to local students, and provide information about our lakes and sponsor fun events throughout the year.

Annual Membership: $20
(Plus a $1.00 transaction fee)

 

MAIL CHECK TO:
Island Falls Lakes Association
PO Box 63, Island Falls, Maine 04747
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Your generous support will also fund educational workshops, local academic scholarships, informational signage,
the annual meeting, special events and so much more.
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For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call: 123-456-7890 or fill out the following form

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