Manager's Message

Manager's Message
News - 10/29/2018

The summer weather seemed like it would last forever but it looks as though fall has finally arrived along with the typical activities we see this time of year.  The predominant activity has nothing to do with recreation.  It is landscape maintenance.  If you use a landscaping service to care for your yard, there is a very good chance that they are blowing leaves and debris into the lake when you are not watching.  There is always going to be a certain amount of leaves and debris that enter the lake no matter what we do.  But that does not mean we shouldn’t control what we can.  Everything that is blown into the lake breaks down and causes water quality issues as well as navigational issues in shallow areas.  Please make a point of speaking with your landscaping contractor about collecting and removing leaves and debris properly rather than blowing them into the water.  It’s a five-minute conversation that will do a lot of good for the lake. 

People also tend to forget their boats in the fall.  You are not using it.  It has a bilge pump.  Why worry about it?  It might surprise you to see how many boats we come across that are near sinking during fall and winter.  Once the rain starts, your boat battery won’t last long, and the water will start to accumulate.  If your boat is not in a boathouse, please check it regularly.  You will save cost for yourself and environmental damage to the lake.  Even if your boat is covered, it’s a good idea to check your boat regularly.  At the very least you may deter minks or otters from taking up residence.  If you’ve ever seen the damage they can cause you will know that is worth a few wintertime trips to the boathouse. 
If you are not going to use your boat in the winter, you should make sure and have it winterized.  We usually see at least one boat each spring with irreparable motor damage due to freezing.  It may seem early in the season to be addressing these issues, but the weather will change quickly.

Finally, during my 12 years at the LOC, we have seen several drowned pets, especially in the winter.  I really don’t want to see any more.  I’m sure you don’t either.  Each pet owner should make sure their pet has a way to get out of the water if they fall in.  It is also a good idea to make sure your pet knows where their escape is.  Should they go in the water, their life may depend on their ability to get back out quickly.  Especially when the water gets colder.  I know it’s not something we like to think about but thinking about it now may prevent it from happening later.

As Larry mentions in his post, we are nearing completion of the marina building.  Once we are in, I will be happy to give you a personal tour.  Please feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way.