Lake Committee’s Spring Update
May 31, 2017
Clean Lakes has surveyed the lake several times this spring and found very minimal weed growth so far. Compare this to last season when we had already treated multiple areas twice by this time. This obviously has a direct correlation with the extreme weather pattern we saw this year, including the time it has taken the lake visibility to improve. It takes sunlight and warmer water temps to initiate weed growth. We have seen the pollen and Cottonwood accumulation in certain areas, primarily Deer Creek and Hideaway, that takes on a matted look much like algae. In some cases, we have also experienced filamentous algae, a more complex type of algae that looks like very thin, bright green hair. These are all rites of spring, not particularly appealing, but seasonal, harmless and will disappear with summer.
The not so good news for our threadbare pocketbooks also comes from our friends at Clean Lakes. While searching for weeds, they did a depth recording run up Deer Creek to make a best estimate of the amount of silt we accumulated over the winter. Their estimate was approximately 20,000 cubic yards, and that is a lot of sand and gravel. The Lake Committee has made a formal recommendation to the Board that we lower the lake again this fall and desilt the Creek area. This all comes as no surprise as there are parts of the creek that are ankle deep, but at least it's official now. We really didn't need this added expense as we have enough already with a bunch of failing culverts. Mother nature just never listens to the hopes and fears of mortals.
Accompanying this article is another piece entitled "Lake Rules in a Nutshell", written by the Ad Hoc LASER Committee as part of their review and rewrite of all our boating rules. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all rules but more a highlighting of the most important ones. It's sort of a Reader's Digest version. The bulk of our lake rules are really just taken from the Coast Guard and the "ABC's of California Boating" and augmented with local issues germane to our lake and its traffic patterns. Stand up paddle boarding has become an extremely popular sport not only here but nationwide. The Coast Guard considers these boards to be vessels (boats in our vernacular) and requires a life jacket on board or worn for all aboard. Children under 13 always require a life jacket on all boats.
It's that time of year again to get new 2017/18 season decals for your boats. This is the only way the Association can control access to the Lake and Security can enforce it. We ask you to please observe the protocol for placement of the decals on your boat. Each boat that requires decals needs to have two — one on the starboard side and one on the port side of the boat, near the stern.
The stern is opposite the pointy end where the propeller is located. Do not place the decals next to the CF numbers nor on the transom. The transom is the flat surface at the back of the boat. Although having many decals from past years makes your boat look crusty, it also makes it impossible for Security to tell from a distance if you have current decals. Please remove all out of date decals.
Caution, Boaters: The upper end of Deer Creek took a great deal of siltation this winter season and many areas are only a foot deep. A red buoy is anchored there now indicating where this shallow water begins. The Public Works Department has not yet had a chance to accurately map this area so caution is advised, and boaters who do not need to access that area are asked to stay clear.
Lake Rules in a Nutshell
This is not intended to be a comprehensive representation of all lake policies and rules but is meant to highlight some of particular importance. All rules and policies can be found in sections 9.20, 9.20.10, 9.20.15 and 9.20.20 of Rules and Policies. Members use the lake at their own risk and are responsible for their LWA-registered boats, regardless of who may be the operator.
All boats requiring a CF number must be registered with LWA and must have current LWA decals displayed to launch into Lake Wildwood.
Only boats 100 percent owned by LWA members in good standing may receive decals.
All boats must comply with the Quagga and Zebra Mussel Policy 9.25. Failure to comply may result in fines as high as $5,000.
Boat Safety Equipment
Fire Extinguisher — Personal Floatation Device (PFD) for each passenger. Passengers under 13 years of age must wear PFD at all times. Non-powered boats — including SUPs, kayaks, canoes, etc. — must have a PFD aboard for each passenger.
Approved running lights between sunset and sunrise. Non-powered boats — including SUPs, kayaks, canoes, etc. — must display a 360-degree white light, or have a flashlight aboard, between sunset and sunrise.
Red or orange flag to display if skier or towed rider is in the water.
Patterns and Speeds
The high-speed area of the lake is designated by yellow buoys (set approximately 100 feet from the shoreline) and extends to the center of the lake and excludes both the arms of Hideaway and Wildwood bays and around Explorer (Pine) Island.
The maximum speed in the high speed area is 35 mph from sunrise to sunset and 10 mph from sunset to sunrise. All other areas of the lake are a maximum of 5 mph.
All boats shall maintain a counter-clockwise traffic pattern in the high-speed area and are encouraged to maintain a counter-clockwise pattern, where feasible, in the 5 mph zone.
High-speed towing is allowed only in the high-speed area. Towing in all other areas is okay under 5 mph and wakes are minimized in the no-wake zones.
On all boats towing skiers, boarders, tubes, etc. there must be an observer on board, 12 years of age or older. A red and orange flag must be displayed when a skier or tuber is in the water.
All starts must be in the high-speed area. No shore starts or finishes.
No starts are permitted in the choke area between Ginger Loop and the south shore of the lake. See map in Attachment A of rule 9.20.15.
Wake enhancement by any means is prohibited, and boats are encouraged to run on plane whenever possible.
No more than two people may be on any towable device at any time. No more than two towables or skiers are allowed per boat on weekdays and no more than one on weekends and holidays.
All towing and high-speed operations are prohibited between sunset and sunrise.
Published local sunset will be indicated by a flashing blue light at the marina entrance.
Special 4th of July rules may be found in Rule 9.20.15, sections 7 and 8.
No person under 16 years of age may operate a boat with a motor exceeding 15hp unless supervised by a person 18 years or older.
Personal Water Craft (jet skis) are prohibited at all times.
Skiers have priority for use of the slalom course area.
All boats must adhere to California and Coast Guard rules of the road, but are ultimately responsible for taking appropriate action to avoid an accident.
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