Shoreline and Aquatic Environments
Korth Bay is a valuable aquatic habitat for many species of plants and animals. The Korth Bay contains rare bulrushes which provide protection for many aquatic organisms. The Bay is also a valuable resting area for migrating waterfowl. An endangered species of turtle allegedly also has been found in the Bay area.In the past, the bulrushes were so dense that local children would play rowboat hide-and-go-seek amongst them. Bulrushes are declining because of their brittle stalks which easily break in rough water, hence the no-wake zone. Pond lilies are another aquatic plant that is becoming more prevalent in this quiet Bay.
Also rice could be found in the Korth bay about one hundred years ago. When the rice was ripe the farmers would harvest the rice. Rice still grows in Korth Bay.
The shoreline acts as a filter for the waters of Rock Lake. The plants on the shoreline protect the Lake from taking the full impact of the steep sloping farmland. Erosion can cause turbidity to rise due to increased sedimentation, reduce dissolved oxygen levels, and cause chemicals to enter the Lake from the farm. For specific Shoreline and/or Aquatic plants, please check out Survey Data.