Another Hot August Night is in the books. This event has quickly become one that folks plan their summer around. Along with the July 4thcelebration, it bookends the heart of our recreational season. We are continually working to improve these events on a year to year basis. To that end, the Board is reviving the Events Committee to work with and assist staff in planning and executing these, and any other events which might arise. I look forward to working with them. If you have any feedback or ideas, please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to put it on the committee’s agenda.
You may have noticed that the Briede Docks in Lakewood Bay have been reconfigured. This was intended to be a temporary change to provide parking for lake users during the classic car and wooden boat show. After seeing how many mooring spots were created, we have decided to keep the docks in that configuration through the fall. The Board has been discussing the possibility of increasing the capacity there for a few years, and this appears to be a way of accomplishing that goal with minimal expenditure. That’s a win-win in my book. The increased capacity will definitely come in handy during Farmer’s Market and on hot summer evenings. If the decision is made to make the change permanent, we will install bull rail and bumpers to the new dock sections. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Last month, Larry wrote a reminder about watching your wakes. Oregon regulations require boat operators to maintain no-wake speeds within 100 feet of a swimmer or a paddler. We know that boaters often come much closer than that and many boat operators believe this is okay as long as they are outside of the no-wake buoys. That is not correct. You may not operate a boat above no wake speed within 100 feet of a swimmer or paddled craft, no matter where you are in relation to the buoys. The 100-foot buoy line is an additional regulation instituted in the 60s in response to a fatal accident. It does not negate existing state or local regulations. It is also important to note that non-power boats have the right of way. Paddlers should still be thoughtful and avoid putting a powerboat in a dangerous situation by cutting in front of them. With the number of water craft currently registered on the lake, we all need to watch out for each other.
It looks as though we will be moving back into the marina building some time in September. As mentioned before, we will send out a notice when we are ready for you to stop by and take a look around. It has been a long process and I would like to thank you all for your patience.