LAKE STATUS - LAKE OPEN: LAKE DRAWDOWN UPDATE
Lake Drawdown Update – November 7th, 2019 Despite the challenges posed by the heavy rains and early cold snap, the contractor is now wrapping up their repairs on the Wonder Lake dam spillway. In order to get to where the spillway leak originated, the lake had to be drawn down roughly 5 1/2 feet. At this point, the MPOA will begin GRADUALLY closing the spillway sluices gates on Monday, November 11, to allow the lake to begin refilling. The sluice gates cannot be closed off entirely to speed up re-filling of the lake, as flow still has to be released downstream to Nippersink Creek. The time for the lake to refill is entirely subject to how much precipitation falls, but it is ESTIMATED that it may likely take somewhere around a month or so. Thanks to everyone who took advantage of the drawdown to work on their shorelines / boat ramps and to clean accumulated debris from the lakebed, as well as those who understood the need to properly maintain the 90 year old spillway structure that creates Wonder Lake.
The refilling of the lake will create highly variable ice conditions until the normal pool of the lake is reached. Any winter lake users accessing the ice will need to be exceptionally careful to avoid any debris trapped in or protruding through the ice, as well as day-to-day changes in ice conditions.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (815) 653-1000
ICE SAFETY - How To Perform A Self Rescue
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.