Lake Elise, Middlebury
Lake Elise
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   Lake Elise is a 15.5 acre lake located in Middlebury, CT.  The lake and its surrounding land is owned and maintained by the Middlebury Land Trust.  The shoreline is wooded and there is no development around the lake. A path circles the lake to use for hiking.  The lake has no public boat access and is relatively shallow with the deepest depth of about 2 meters.  A dam is located at the southern end.

   The 2011 CAES survey found 15 species in the lake, including one invasive. The invasive found was Cabomba carolinana (Fanwort).  C. carolinana was found in great abundance, forming a thick ring around the entire lake.  It was the most dominant plant found during the survey.  Five floating plants were found: Nymphaea odorata, Brasenia schreberi, Nuphar variegata, Lemna minor, and Spirodela polyrhiza.  N. odorata was the most frequently occurring floating plant followed by B. schreberi. The largest patches of these plants were found in the northern end of the lake.  Other frequently occurring native plants were: Elodea nuttallii, Potamogeton pusillus, Potamogeton epihydrus, and Utricularia gibba. Some natives such as, Callitriche species, Ceratophyllum echinatum, Myriophyllum humile, and Sagittaria species, were found in the lowest abundance with only a few small patches near the shoreline of the lake. 

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Species recorded in our 2011 survey of Lake Elise. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)
Lemna minor
Myriophyllum humile
Spirodela polyrhiza

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