LAKE STATUS - LAKE OPEN: LAKE DRAWDOWN HAS BEGUN***

cautionLake Drawdown Update – October 14, 2019 With rainfall holding off for the moment, the lake drawdown is now progressing well. No flow is passing over the top of the dam spillway; all flow leaving the lake is now routing through the two sluice gates in the dam. As of today, it is now estimated that the lake will be down roughly 2 feet below the spillway elevation by Friday of this week. At that point, an evaluation will be made by the contractor doing the concrete repairs to the spillway as to whether the drawdown needs to go lower to allow the repairs to be conducted. Anyone needing lowered lake levels to complete their permitted shoreline stabilization projects or to conduct cleanup activities of their shoreline should look at the last two weeks of October to be the ideal timing. Obviously, things could change if heavier rainfall events occur. More information on the drawdown status will be posted to the MPOA website as it becomes available.

In March the MPOA announced that a lake drawdown would be conducted in October of 2019. This will be the first Wonder Lake drawdown since 2007, and is being done in order to allow some needed concrete patching to be done to the Wonder Lake Dam spillway, as well as to complete some mechanical dredging in an area of West Bay that could not be accessed by the hydraulic dredge. READ MORE 

Lake users should watch for submerged debris, and are also reminded of the presence of the rip-rap “collars” around Wickline and O’Brien Shoals. For more updates about current conditions, check out the latest Lake Manager's Report

MASTER PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, (M.P.O.A.)

WELCOME to the Master Property Owners Association (MPOA) in Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097. The MPOA owns and manages Wonder Lake, a private 830 acre recreational lake located northwest of Chicago. The MPOA office is located at 7602 Hancock Drive, at the northwest corner of Hancock Drive and E. Wonder Lake Road, roughly two miles north of IL Route 120. Do you have a question about the Lake, or need information about the Wonder Lake area? E-mail: office@wlmpoa.org, Phone: (815) 653-1000

LAKE SHORE PROJECT PERMITS

As the October 2019 lake drawdown draws closer, there are still lakefront landowners pursuing the required regulatory permits for shoreline projects. As obtaining a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the first step in the regulatory process, they have offered to be available at the MPOA office on Wednesday, September 11th from 1pm to 3 pm to help expedite permit applications. Please contact the MPOA office at (815) 653-1000 if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity.

2018 WONDER LAKE POLICE MARINE UNIT

End of Season Summary, Click to Read Report

LAKE ACTIVITY DURING LAKE CLOSURES

The two primary reasons watercraft are prohibited from using the lake during lake closure is to protect the shoreline from wakes and protect the people and watercraft from floating debris. The Lake Use Commission reviewed this procedure and concluded that non-motorized vehicles, canoes, kayaks, etc. do not make a wake and travel slow enough that they should be able to see and avoid floating debris. It is therefore the recommendation of the Lake Use Commission that future Lake Closure notices will prohibit the use of motorized vehicles.

LAKE RESTORATION UPDATE

Dredging is now complete and equipment / pipes are being removed. (restoration of areas disturbed by the dredging equipment will take place in 2019). Fun fact: 516,265 cubic yards of sediment were removed from shallow areas of the lake. This is the equivalent of about 29,000 dump truck loads!

•  NEW  LATEST UPDATE → Lake Managers Report
• Read about the History of Wonder Lake's Restoration
• EROSION CONTROL BARRIERS: Read 2012 Notice to Lake Users
• THE FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE SPECIES: Learn More

BOAST SAFETY CLASS

You can take boat safety classes online, at anytime: Boater Exam.com, and Boat-Ed.com are fast and easy and certification cost is $29.95. Persons at least 12 years of age and less than 18 years, without an Adult are required to have a certificate. As lake use on Wonder Lake is largely governed by Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations, it may be useful to periodically review information related to those regulations. Information can be downloaded at: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/boating/Documents/BoatDigest.pdf

MPOA WATERCRAFT DECAL REMINDER

Lake users are reminded that MPOA Lake Use Decals MUST be permanently affixed to the watercraft / snowmobile / ATV  to which they are registered, and that they are NOT transferable. The Wonder Lake Police Department Marine Patrol is provided with a list of all MPOA Decal registrants, and the specific type and description of the unit each decal number was issued to. Failure to have your MPOA decal permanently affixed is a ticketable offense. 2019 Decal Form

  • ALL NON-MOTORZIED WATERCRAFT $10-
  • ALL WATERCRAFT 1- 39 HP $20-
  • ALL WATERCRAFT 40 HP AND OVER $40-
  • ALL PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (JET SKI’S) $40-
  • WINTER DECALS (SNOWMOBILES, ATV’s, etc) $5-

 

BOATING REGULATIONS - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1st 2015

• Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure of a watercraft used in the commission of certain offenses related to operating under the influence. The new rules bring penalties for boating under the influence more in line with those for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. 


• Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after Jan. 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.

• Senate Bill 2731, mandates that the operator of any watercraft that is towing a person, such as a water skier or tuber, must display a bright orange flag measuring not less than 12 inches per side. The flag must be displayed from the time the person to be towed leaves the boat until that person returns to the boat at the conclusion of the activity. 
Under the law, flying the flag for purposes other than towing is prohibited, so be sure to only display the flag when towing.