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Family friendly music fest planned at Ridgefield’s Rainbow Lake on Saturday


Date: 9/26/2016 12:29:00 PM

RIDGEFIELD - The second annual Wataba Lake Fest is planned Saturday with live music and family-friendly activities, according to a release. Live music is planned from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Wataba Fest stage, 25 Clearview Drive, Ridgefield. The festival

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Registration is OPEN for the 35th Annual Boys & Girls Club Turkey Trot


Date: 9/26/2016 10:29:00 AM

October 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 25 Clearview Drive, Ridgefield, CT, on picturesque Rainbow Lake (formerly known as Wataba Lake). The “community mini-festival”

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Students in the News

Press Republican

Date: 9/25/2016 11:13:00 PM

Patraw of Lake Clear; Sylvie P. Choiniere and Kylee E. Disotelle of Malone; Karl Strahl of Moira; Emily G. J. Shrope of Rainbow Lake; Tana L. Morgan of Tupper Lake and Jamaal C. Tuthill of Vermontville. Students receiving Master of Education degrees

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Sen. Norris aloof at home, warrior in Washington

McCook Daily Gazette

Date: 9/23/2016 10:29:00 AM

He would let loose once a year with college friends at Rainbow Lake, but to folks in his hometown of McCook, he was a solitary, almost aloof, figure. But in Washington, where he served from 1903 to 1943 in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

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Colorado Muddy Off-Road Adventure – DiffLock Ep.15 [Video]


Date: 9/20/2016 5:05:00 AM

How do two Jeep Wranglers and a Toyota 4Runner do on a muddy trail on the Rainbow Lake side of Caribou, Colorado? TFL’s Tommy Mica and his friends, Matt and Alex, found out recently as their took their off road rides on the trail during the recent

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• Surface Area: 116 Acres
• Volume: 800 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 83 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 7 Feet
By damming Walnut Creek in 1903, Mormon settlers created Rainbow Lake. Eventually, the settlement grew into a community called Lakeside, incorporated in 1986 as the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. Rainbow Lake now lies just outside the boundaries of the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside; but is intimately connected with the area because of Walnut Creek, which runs through three lakes (in downstream order) in the area - Woodland Park Lake (owned by the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside); Rainbow Lake and the privately owned Lake of the Woods. Rainbow Lake is mostly surrounded by homes, including the private HOA Shores at Rainbow Lake on the southeast side. Arizona Game and Fish maintains a Public Landing on the northwest side of the lake allowing access for fishing, boating, swimming, bird watching or just enjoying the outdoors.
In past years, Rainbow Lake has had a significant problem with invasive aquatic weeds, particularly the Eurasian Milfoil. Efforts by the local volunteer group Show Low Creek Watershed Enhancement Partnership (SLCWEP), in conjunction with the Little Colorado River Plateau RC&D, resulted in a systemic herbicide treatment of the lake in the summer and fall of 2011. The results were not as good as hoped, with the coontail weed rapidly replacing the milfoil in the lake. Long term efforts of the Rainbow Lake Coalition (a subcommitte of the SLCWEP) are now focused on the introduction of sterile white Amur carp, which have been proven to control milfoil for up to 10 years. Arizona Game and Fish requires mediation to ensure that the carp, a non-native fish, are prevented from escaping Rainbow Lake and potentially invading other water bodies. The Rainbow Lake Coalition is now working to design and construct a fish barrier on Walnut Creek below Lake of the Woods, who have used the carp for weed control for many years.
Rainbow Lake was built as a storage facility for the Pinetop-Woodland Lake Irrigation Company, who own all the water in the lake to be used for irrigation purposes. The water levels in the lake vary widely, depending on the season, rainfall and the needs of the irrigation company. In 1998, the Show Low Irrigation Company and the Pinetop-Woodland Irrigation Company merged; however, the land under the lake (to the "high water mark") is still owned by the Irrigation company as well as all the water. The public landing, which is managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is located on in Navajo County near Lakeside at 6,760 feet. The land surrounding the lake is privately owned and not generally accessible to the public; however, the Department owns a small parcel of land on the lake used as a Public Landing and maintains it for public fishing and recreational boating.
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