Wonder Lake Dredging Project — 2017
Wonder Lake Dredging Project — 2017
Wonder Lake Dredging Project — 2017
Wonder Lake Dredging Project — 2017
LAKE STATUS - EFFECTIVE FRIDAY JUNE 29TH, 2018

cautionWelcome... The “No-Wake” lake condition, imposed after the recent heavy rains, was lifted today at Noon. Water levels are still higher than normal so lake users are asked to consider the impact their wake may have on shoreline areas and piers. Lake users should still be aware of the potential of floating debris at all times, and particularly after heavy rainfall events. While volunteers have already been collecting debris, if in-lake debris is observed, and you can safely collect and dispose of it, please do so. If larger debris is observed, email: office@wlmpoa.org or call 815-653-1000. With the exception of a section of sediment pipeline being stored along the west shore of South Bay, all dredge pipeline and equipment will be moved into West Bay for the holiday weekend, as shown on the map below. The “designated crossing” point of the pipeline has now been completely removed, so full lake access to the southern half of West Bay, Sunrise Ridge, and Highland Shores has been restored. Extreme caution should be used when operating watercraft anywhere near West Bay. With water levels still high, lake users are also reminded of the presence of the rip-rap “collars” around Wickline and O’Brien Shoals. The Wonder Lake Police Department Marine Patrol will be checking for current MPOA decals. Anyone still needing MPOA decals is advised that the MPOA office will be closed on Saturday, June 30th.

 ATTENTION WONDER LAKE USERS...

A couple of items to take note of:

1. The dredge and the in-lake booster vessels will be marked by red lights.

2. Due to the presence of the dredging equipment, areas marked as a “no-wake” area, are subject to Wonder Lake Marine Patrol enforcement.

3. The remainder of the sediment pipeline will be marked with red marker buoys. Extreme caution should be used when operating watercraft anywhere nearby.

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 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

•  NEW  LATEST UPDATE → Lake Managers Report

•  NEW  SEE WONDER LAKE'S DESIGNATED DREDGING AREA
• 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.

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. 2018 Decal Form

  • Zero Horsepower (canoe,kayak,rowboat,pedal boat) $10.00
  • 1-39 Horsepower $20.00
  • Over 40 Horsepower and ALL PWC $40.00
  • Winter- $5.00

 

NEW 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.

Pipeline position