PLEASE READ IMPORTANT!! - WATER SAFETY EDUCATION NOTICE: Click HEREMAY 26. 2016 - BOATING ENFORCEMENT - CLICK HERE
Arizona’s Top 10 Boating Violations
1. Not enough life jackets (personal
flotation devices) for everyone on board.
2. Fire extinguisher —lack of, non-marine type, and/or out of service.
3. Riding on the bow, transom, or
gunwales of a vessel operating above a wake less speed.
4. Operating under the influence
5. Excessive wake or speed.
6. No Type IV throwable PFD on
7. Children 12 years of age or
younger not wearing a life jacket (PFD) while underway.
8. Reckless operation of a personal
9. Lights— specifically no or incorrect navigation lights.
10. Waterskiing without an observer.
MLHOA ALERT: 4/17/16 - Aggressive problem that is happening now in our river. Please read and pass this information on.
Water hyacinth and water lettuce both recently showed up in Ferguson
Lake. Given that they both showed up at the same place at the same time,
we believe the introduction was probably the result of an
aquarium/backyard pond dump in the lake. They are both very aggressive,
very nasty invasive species that can completely cover a water body. Water hyacinth has been known to double its area in as little as a week.
AGFD, CDFW, USFWS, BLM, BR, and others are already doing what we can to
contain these plants. If anybody sees these plants, plants, please call
928-345-4905 or e-mail Ashley_Hall@fws.gov to report what you saw, when
you saw it, and where you saw it (GPS coordinates if possible).
For answers to questions regarding Naegleri
fowleri please access the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
NOTICE: MLHOA 411 Bulletin
The attached letter was sent to us by
John MacDonald, field supervisor, of the BLM. Just a short 2 years ago
he spoke to our group about their upcoming evaluations of our outback.
It looks like progress has been made, and as they have requested
previously, they would like our input.
The BLM has provided 15
large maps of the routes and trails that is under consideration. The
maps are by the pool tables at the Rio Loco grill at Fisher's. They are available for your review.
We believe they honestly are wanting our opinions so please keep in
mind that we only have until October 12, 2015 to have our voices heard.
Opening back gate at Hidden Shores! Oct 13, 2014 (the gate is closed for summer months)
In response to the question if you will
still be able to take the back way up this winter. Good news!
There was a meeting with the GM of Hidden
Shores who has graciously come up with a compromise to keep the outback gate
open. PLEASE keep in mind that is his responsibility to keep his park safe and
that everyone follows the rules. Please respect the rules if you choose to
enter the gates. Watch out for wildlife and enjoy the scenery. Pack out what
you pack in (this means no littering).
Official word from Hidden Shores:
Hidden Shores is instituting the
following policies regarding non-site holder’s use of the “gates” for “ingress
and egress”. Please note that Hidden Shores is a “FEE USE AREA”.
Visitors to Hidden Shores using the
Outback of Front Gate will be allowed to gain direct access to either (short
cut) gate at no charge as long as the visitor is respectful of the rules and
policies of Hidden Shores and our Site Holders.
Our speed limit is 10mph, and no cruising
is allowed through the park. Visitors may stop at the Cove, fuel or store still
observing the same Park Policies.
Please be advised that access thru our
park is a privilege, and the first incident we encounter will result in
possibly charging a fee or closing the gate altogether to non-site holders. We
realize there are a lot of great individuals and families using parks to the
north of us, and we do not want to institute these policies, but last year’s
incidents as well as the safety and well-being of our site holders (which is
OUR priority), leave us no choice.
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*In property law, ingress, egress, and regress
are the rights
of a person (such as a lessee) to enter, leave, and return to a property,
Fisher’s Landing Resort, along with all our residents and
guests, can thank Paula Shafer for her efforts to ensure that we can still roll
freely this upcoming season, so PLEASE show respect for Hidden Shores as well
as our appreciation for Paula to get this access approved.
Holzner: What You Need to Know About the Quagga Mussels
Todays News Herald, May 4, 2015
Lake Havasu is infested with an aquatic invasive species called the Quagga
Many people who boat on the lake don't know much about this intruder or why it's
a problem (they consume nutrients in the lake needed by valuable aquatic life
and they build a crust around water outlets at the dams, restricting water
There is an Arizona state law and management protocol in place to deal with the
problem of moving the Quagga to other bodies of water.
Arizona Game & Fish has the responsibility to both educate the public about
the Quagga and to enforce applicable laws.
The problem is much larger than the AZDGF can handle due to lack of funding and
manpower. The Lake Havasu Marine Association is helping AZDGF with their
volunteers (visit www.lhmarineassoc.com for details), but even more help is
needed from the public.
People who use the lake, including visiting boaters, and people who just care
about the lake need to step up and help. I decided to jump in and help where I
saw the billboards about "Don't Move a Mussel" in various locations. At highway
speed, I didn't glean a whole lot of detail. So, I went to all of the boat ramps
to review the signage and talk to park rangers. I realized that I may be able to
help improve methods of getting information to the public. I talked to Jim
Salscheider, CEO/President of the Lake Havasu Marine Association, Pat Barber,
Director of AZDGF for the western counties and Suzanne Ehret, the lone AZDGF
agent for Lake Havasu. After they apprised me of the situation and welcomed my
help, I sat down with Mr. Salscheider and we had a long discussion. I can tell
you that beyond their responsibilities, these people really care and really need
Uninformed boaters will unwittingly leave the launch ramps with grass, debris or
bilge water from the lake, which can harbor the Quagga.
is the prime method by which Quaggas are spread to other bodies of water. The
rule is "pull the plug, drain, clean and dry" your boat. There are postings at
launch ramps and elsewhere, although limited and improvement is
Boaters can be cited by an AZDGF agent for a violation of the statute and can be
fined as much as $500 on a criminal class 2 misdemeanor and also be placed on
probation (this has already happened on many occasions and has created some
really bad feelings).
While the local AZDGF vies for more funding and more help, they desperately need
our help in educating people, local and visitors alike. The Lake Havasu Marine
Association (a non-profit organization of volunteers) is playing a vital role in
Apathy is our worst enemy. If people care about our lake and the work our
agencies are trying to do, step up and help. What I did was to visit www.azgfd.gov, then "Boating &
OHVs", then "Invasive Species" and did some reading. I started with "State of
Arizona Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan".
I read about the statutes and so on. I understood all of the elements of the
problem. Then I visited www.lhmarneassn.com Between the two, I was empowered and
prepared to take the next step and that is simply to use my computer to pass the
word via email to everyone I know who boats on Lake Havasu and ask for their
help. I include the AZGFD website and the Marine Association links and ask them
to do the same.
who care will help. People who don't care are simply part of the problem. In the
meantime, save yourself some money and grief and help the lakes by following the
law: "pull the plug, drain, clean and dry" and pass the