Isn't this a private lake?
Not exactly. Ours is a private access lake. Like 7,800 other lakes, the state owns and regulates the water, with counties regulating shoreline development under state law.
What's an SMP?
The Shoreline Master Program is the county ordinance and state law regulating shoreline development the in accordance with Shoreline Management Act of 1971.
Who owns the lake bed, weir, and dam?
LLVCC (all 950+ LLVCC members). No residential properties extend into the lake.
Can I build a shed, patio or fence near the shore?
Any project (including any size of tree removal, fences, sheds, patios, etc.) within 100 feet of the shore requires county approval, and LakeLand covenants restrict structures within 50 feet of the shore.
Can I make or expand a beach with sand or gravel?
No. It's against state regulations and LLVCC covenants. Land below the high water mark and the lake bed is community property owned by all LakeLand members.
Can I remove trees and clear shore vegetation?
Not without county approval and an LLVCC permit. A native vegetation shore buffer is vital for lake health, and “no net loss” of shoreline ecological function is permitted. Invasive plants and weeds can be manually removed and replaced with native shore plants (pdf).
How can I landscape the shore?
Ensure landscaping doesn't interfere with the natural filtration and habitat function of the shoreline, no pavers, paving, grading or retaining walls. Start with Mason County Planning for questions and permits.
Can I remove invasive weeds?
Yes! But since the aquatic weeds are on LLVCC community property, please do it properly: WDFW Aquatic Plant Removal and Control (pdf).
How can I tell if plants are invasive?
Here is a Weed Identification Guide. Also see the Lake Weeds page.
Are there nice looking native plants I can plant on the shore?
Yes! It's easy choosing the right ones: Lakeshore Planting Guide (pdf). Look here for great local native plant nurseries. Did you know Alderbrook Resort landscapes exclusively with native plants?
I want to build a dock, who do I talk to?
Mason County Planning, and LLVCC for required permits.
Where are some resources I can research myself?
Start with the Resources Page or reach out the Mason Conservation District.
Are there leeches in the lake?
Yes, and they have always been here! They are icky, but totally normal and nothing can or should be done to eradicate them. Read more here.
Should we care about protecting the lake? Do other lakes have problems?
Unfortunately yes, and they often get worse over time. Partial list of local lakes with closures.