Devils Lake Floating Garden Project


The DLWID Save or Shorelines Committee has been experimenting for the past year with a floating garden project in the Thompson Creek canal. Now deemed a resounding success Mariellen Rich has drafted a detailed description of the project as well as instructions for you to make your own floating garden.  You can download these instructions here.  Follows are some excepts from the document which explain the project.

The Devils Lake floating garden project was created as a way to promote lake re-vegetation in a way that doesn’t require full bank stabilization, concrete or dock removal, and/or the need for extensive permitting.

The project was inspired by the floating gardens of Amsterdam, Netherlands. In an effort to achieve DLWID’s goal of 20% lake vegetation, the floating garden offers an alternative to lakeshore restoration projects that require unimpaired shorelines, with ample planting media.

The floating garden is a suspended structure of PVC pipes, connectors, empty plastic water bottles, lattice, and planting baskets. It is anchored to a homeowner’s dock or concrete barrier. The wetland-like, aquaponic conditions allow for aquatic and nonaquatic species to grow in close contact with the lake, extracting nutrients from the nitrogen-rich bottom of the lake. In addition, the aquaponic plants clean the water, creating a healthy environment for fish to thrive. Small fish swim among the roots looking for shelter and food. The plants do not need to expend energy on an extensive root system to find the food they need, so all of their energy goes into upward leaf growth. The floating garden is virtually maintenance-free, requiring an optional light spring cleaning and weeding once a year. No watering or fertilizing is needed.

The DLWID demonstration floating garden on Devils Lake has been anchored by ropes from a fixed dock since August 2017. The floating garden was weeded in March and invasive “volunteer” plants were removed. Once the garden is constructed and populated
with plants it takes care of itself.

Floating gardens are a convenient solution to lake shore planting. The plants utilize the lake nutrients to produce foliage and an efficient root system. They are an easy to maintain and beautiful lakeside property addition.

We've Almost Reached Our Goal


July is nearing an end and as many of you know it began with a terrific day on July 3rd including a boat parade and a fantastic fireworks display.  We have almost reached our fundraising goal.  Another $1,500 and we have the show completely paid for, your help has been greatly appreciated.  If you were thinking of donating any amount this would be a great time to help us get over the finish line.  Just click this link to contribute

Wake the World Coming to D-Lake

Wake the World is planning its first ever event on Devils Lake this summer.

Wake the World (WTW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are a group of boat owners providing watersports opportunities to abandoned, abused and neglected children, as well as for the handicapped and our wounded warriors. WTW began in 2008 with 8 families providing a day on the lake for some residents of a local children's home. WTW is the largest all volunteer organization of its kind, with over 500 volunteered boats world-wide! They strive to make these events as easy as possible to host, and have a network of boat volunteers and sponsors to help support each event. They also provide insurance and liability waivers for every local event. All WTW events are sanctioned and insured through the WWA (World Wakeboard Association).

The first ever Devils Lake Wake the World event will be hosting many kids for a day on the lake. If you are interested in participating with your boat please contact Lance McIlnay. Boats need to be V-Drive, In Board or jet drive.

Wake the World Devils Lake
August 20, 2018
East Devils Lake (Brown Bear) State Park
Contact Lance McIlnay
[email protected]

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Boat Safety Presentation

The DLWID Special Projects Committee has been working hard to create interesting opportunities for all of us who live and play on Devils Lake.  With that in mind they wish to announce their upcoming boat safety presentation at Regatta Park on 
Saturday, June 23rd from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Stop by and see demonstrations relevant to boats, kayaks, jet-ski’s, paddle boards, swimming and more.  You are welcome to bring your watercraft to Regatta Park if you would like a beginning of season inspection.  We’re so grateful that Deputy Lopez from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has promised to be there to go over the regulations and requirements with all who are interested. A huge thank you to him!

Can't make this fun event? You can still pick up a few tips by following this link.  Remember this summer to have fun, and boat safely! 

2018 East Devils Lake Road Clean-UP

The DLWID Project Committee and members of the DLNA came together on June 5th for their Third Annual Devils Lake Water Improvement District lake roadside clean-up.

East Devils Lake Road was a return target. This year the weather cooperated. Many hours of clean up resulted in sizable amounts of trash. A job well done by a wonderful crew.  Many thanks to North Lincoln Sanitary for their support. 

2018 Fireworks Fundraiser

We recently announced the Fifth Annual Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks display scheduled Tuesday July 3rd.  We still have a long way to go to fund this year’s display and to that end we would like to invite you to join us on the lake this coming holiday weekend.

The DLNA Fireworks Barge will be parked in front of Steve Brown’s House just east of Regatta Park.  This year one side will be attached to land in Steve’s backyard so you may come by land or by sea.

Fireworks Fundraiser
Sunday May 27, 2018
11:00am to 3:00pm

Hot Dogs, Chips and Dip will be offered while you visit with your neighbors.  Come on down and help us raise the funds required for this year’s show. Remember you can still stop by even if you don’t have a boat in the water. Steve’s  address is 1510 NE LAKE DR, Lincoln City OR 97367.  Can't make it at all, don't worry you can still donate online by following this link.

President's Message 2018


Happy Spring DLNA Members!

2018 looks to be a fantastic year for our team!

Our members continue to take active roles in many DLWID committees working to improve Devils Lake.

Hats off to the DLWID Board and Lake Manager for the progress that continues to be made moving forward to complete projects. As special shout out to Tom Wood for his behind the scenes work with our governmental partners in some of the projects you will see updates on below.

It’s going to be a great summer at the lake!

Stay connected and we will see you on the lake!


Mark Christie
President, DLNA

3rd of July Extravaganza!

Everything is set for a great holiday weekend.  We begin with our fifth annual boat parade and complete the night with a spectacular fireworks display.  Safety is the name of the game so please take a look at our boat parade safety plan and our fireworks safety plan to ensure your day is as safe as it is fun.  Here's the details.

Boat Parade
Date: Tuesday July 3rd
Time: 7:00 PM

Fireworks Display
Date: Tuesday July 3rd
Time: 9:30 PM (or Dusk)

With this announcement it is time that we begin to gather donations for this spectacular fireworks display: follow this donation link or the button in the sidebar to contribute. See you July 3rd!

What’s the Latest on East Side Sewer?

The Sewer Committee appointed by the DLWID Board has been meeting on a monthly basis during the past year. The Committee presented a Interim Report to the DLWID Board of Directors in the April meeting.  Follow this link to review the full report now available for download. Progress has been made along the path described by the Committee in their previously published document the Devils Lake Sewer Project Overview, which defines the task ahead. Your own Devils Lake Neighborhood Association is well represented on this committee.

The documents linked above will provide you more detailed information on the topic.  By our estimate, the top three things described in the latest Committee Report are...

1.) The committee is recommending the District commission a study by qualified professionals to provide a preliminary estimate of the total cost of the project including design, construction, operation, maintenance, repairs, and replacement of facilities; and a preliminary estimate of the monthly cost per property owner.

Each of us may see different benefits of the sewer project. The committee feels this cost information will help each of us begin to make our own cost-benefit analysis of this project, and will provide common ground for future discussion, outreach, and input.

The City of Lincoln City took the first significant step toward this goal by commissioning and funding the “DRAFT Devils Lake Sewer System Pre—Design Report” completed in July of 2015. By 2016, the city had authorized and completed construction of a low pressure sewer system for a 60 home/homesite area on the west side of Devils Lake.

While the Committee has utilized the Pre-Design Report which provided preliminary over-all construction cost estimates, the requested new study is meant to provide additional financial information; specifically, the projected financial impact on individual residents.

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Web Cams Coming to Devils Lake

DLWID has received a 50/50 matching grant from SDAO for up to $4,000 dollars in funding. This funding is for installing cameras around Devils Lake which would also be displayed on The District is currently evaluating locations and equipment needed for the project. Currently 2-3 camera locations are proposed. Is is a beautiful day at the lake?  Or perhaps you're wondering how bad that storm is; there's nothing like going online and taking a look for yourself.  DLWID hopes this project will increase the visibility of the lake and provide some safety benefits as well.  

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