In an attempt to get lakeside residents in the mood for the upcoming July 4th celebration a small group of determined boaters took a lap around the lake sporting patriotic decor. Long time residents on the lake remember 4th of July boat parades drawing large numbers. Perhaps we can re-kindle this Devils Lake tradition in 2012?
Residents of Neskowin began their 4th of July morning with a parade around their community ending in a BBQ, book fair, bake sale and award ceremony. While we missed the parade there were hundreds still milling about at the Hawk Creek wayside when we arrived. From all accounts is was a great time culminating in a fireworks display in the evening.
Residents of Sand Point kept up a 42 year history with the annual Forth of July-ish neighborhood parade. Three generations participated in this year’s event featuring bikes, trikes, wagons, and garden carts. Red, white and blue decor made for a patriotic and festive procession. To ensure no challenge was made to the residents of Cloverdale no cows were permitted. Parade organizers were heard to say that the Sand Point parade is likely the only parade circling a two block loop within two miles of the Pacific Ocean, to be found in the continental United States. Please enjoy our photo gallery of this year’s event and the special video we posted on YouTube.
Determined to try new July 4th weekend events we attended the Hoe Down in Cow Town today in Cloverdale. This parade wound through town with a mix of local fare including a colony of bunnies and the infamous Smokey the Bear. The parade is thought to be unique in the country as it is lead by a cow; this year a Holstein named Clover accompanied by Tillamook County Dairy Princess Ambassador, Kristen Kaste. Take a look at our exclusive photos from this year’s event.
The following statement was made today on the DLWID Facebook page.
“Tetra Tech will be continuing the erosion study through next week. Dam to be replaced following completion of the study which will most likely be done by Thursday.”
The DLWID reports that the D-River dam was installed on Wednesday June 22nd.
We have received many inquires related to the unseasonably low lake levels and offer this explanation. The Devils Lake Water Improvement District has been conducting an erosion study to determine if and how the lake level impacts erosion on properties surrounding Devils Lake. In order to facilitate the study the dam has been left out until completion of the fieldwork. The work was scheduled to begin June 14, 2011 and last one week.
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District holds a Recreational Water Use Right on Devils Lake. The water impoundment right allows the District to store additional water in the lake between April 15 and October 15. The level of the impoundment has been a hotly debated topic in the communnity over the past two years. The DLWID board resolved last year to exercise the maximum impoundment right of 9.53′; the current lake level is at 8.9′ approximately 7 1/2″ lower than the target level.
We are hopeful that the dam will be constructed in the coming week. We have inspected the site and found that the vertical members are all in place. Therefore all that would be required is the placement of the horizontal elements which should be able to be accomplished in short order. At that point we can hope for a period of rain to restore the lake level.
There will be several open water events in beautiful Devils Lake at Regatta Park on Sunday, June 19th from 9:00 to 12:30. All races will be on a diamond-shaped course with anticipated 68 to 71 degree water. The opening race will be an 800 or 3,000 meter swim, run concurrently, to be followed by a 400 or 1,500 meter swim, also run concurrently. The last event will be a 1,500 meter standing paddleboard race. These events are open to 2011 United States Master Swimming member swimmers and USA-Swimming member swimmers age 10 and over. For more information on fees, times, rules and regulations for the Open Water Swim, please email Jason Garding, Event Director, at [email protected] or call 541-994-2131.