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Memorial Day Activities

  • Saturday, May 28th, 9:30am, LMWD Board Meeting at the Ski Beach.
  • Sunday, May 29, 9am-12 pm, Community Work Day.  Hotdog luncheon will be provided for work volunteers following the work projects.

Independence Day Weekend

  • Saturday, July 2nd, Activities: breakfast, parade and games, horseshoes, BBQ and dance.
  • News Flash: A new DJ will be providing the tunes for the dance! Patsy Oxford has agreed to create a music list from input by Lake Madrone friends and neighbors who enjoy dancing.  This change will allow us to better meet the music and dance desires of our community. Thanks to Patsy for volunteering!  She will be speaking with community members over Memorial Day weekend to enlist input regarding our playlist.  Your input will make this first-of-a-kind dance event a big hit!

Labor Day weekend

  • Saturday, September 3rd, Potluck dinner and dance.


LMWD Officers for 2016: President, Mike Sanford; Vice-Chair, Jess Vickery; Secretary, Tim Beers; Treasurer, Dennis Nay; Tim Casillas, Member.

Gate Replacement: Gate number 1 mechanism malfunctioned and was assessed by our gate company and the Board as in need of complete replacement. After approximately 25 years of service the gate and system were simply worn out. The installation of a new gate, motor, and battery has been completed.

Water Conservation: Lake Madrone residents did a very good job of reducing water usage last year. Unfortunately it looks like these restrictions will remain in place for 2016. Please monitor you property for leaks and let Bodil know if you find any problems with pipes on your property. Outdoor watering restrictions will remain in place.

Replacement of Water Tanks. LMWD Board is researching and planning on replacement of the two aging redwood water tanks at our well site on Star Road. The tanks are leaking and the County Health Department has made a recommendation that these two tanks be replaced.

Grant Status for Repairs to Dam Outlet Pipe. Lake Madrone Water District was awarded the grant funds, which will be used to reimburse our expenses incurred last year in the mandatory repair of the outlet pipe. The Board has not yet received the funds from the government.

Inlet Cleanouts on Berry Creek and Galen Creek will likely take place in the fall of 2016 due to the amount of sediment washed down during the winter.

Aquatic weeds: Treatment for aquatic weeds and algae has been applied this month. Repeat treatments will take place as needed.


Community Rules: For many years Lake Madrone residents have agreed to abide by a set of rules its members have identified as important in “getting along with neighbors”. Recently a group of volunteers were asked by the Board to review these rules. The group of volunteers has revised these rules in attempt to clarify and simplify them. The Proposed revised Rules are included in this Newsletter for your review and input. Comments will be considered at the next Board Meeting on May 28th.
Regarding Rules
: Lake Madrone does not have laws or a way to enforce the rules other than everyone agreeing to abide by the rules put forth by your community/neighbors as a means of insuring the peace, rights of others, and safety for all of us at the Lake. Please be willing to participate in this process by offering your input and following the adopted community rules.
No Bear Garbage Club: The garbage dumpsters have been moved to the industrial yard near the little white bridge. If you are a Club Member you are contacted via email with the combination, which is changed periodically. Contact Ron Sanford if you would like to join the group (530)589-1034. This community solution to the problem of bears breaking into garbage cans and littering the forest and roads with trash has been very successful at limiting the bear problem.

Accounting issues are frustrating for Ron as some folks pay and some don’t. If you use the Bear Club dumpster, please pay up!

Dumpster lids have been changed to heavy duty plastic in order to minimize the previous problems of “excessive weight” and “banging” steel lids.

In order to minimize dust for nearby neighbors please park and walk your trash bag to the dumpster for disposal.

Fire Safety: Be sure to clear a 100 foot clearance around you home or to the boundary of your property. This defensible space allows the fire department to take a stand to protect your home.

Mosquito Abatement: Treatment for mosquitos has begun at the lake and will continue every 3 weeks throughout the summer season. Paula LaRose is the contact person for vector control with the county. If you have questions please contact her at 589-1033.

Landscape Committee: Residents may notice a slight change in the tree landscape near the boat ramp. Lower branches of some redwood and cedar trees have been trimmed at their bases in order to open the view in this area and add a park-like atmosphere. There are now shaded areas to enjoy under the boughs of the beautiful trees.

Lake Madrone Cemetery Cleanup: On May 14th volunteers from our community and surrounding areas had a very successful brush and debris removal at the Berry Creek Cemetery, (AKA Lake Madrone Cemetery), on Hwy 162. The cemetery is located at the top of the hill across from the mailboxes, located at gate #2, and can be accessed by a road about 500 yards up hill from the mailboxes, on your left.

Special thanks to several men from Cal Fire, Station 61 and USFS Brush Creek station for their efforts with this event. Locally Ron Sanford, Tim Beers and Dennis Nay added their considerable efforts and completed the project.

Thanks also go to Supervisor, Bill Connelly, who was very kind in arranging a free 30 yard Recology green waste bin for the project.


Jim Toland passed away last November.  The Toland family was one of the very first families to settle at Lake Madrone. Jim spent many decades of his life vacationing at Lake Madrone acquiring many very fond memories of the mountains and local and regional history. Jim loved the lake and the Madrone community.  As a licensed forester Mr. Toland was helpful offering information about problem trees and about tree management and plantings at the Lake.  Our condolences go out to Jim’s many family members. 

Next LMWD Meeting: Saturday, May 28th, 2016, at the Ski Beach, 9:30am. The alternate location is the Nay residence, 380 Lakeside Way.

Lake Madrone Bark:
Kathy Burlington-Nay, (530) 570-1299. To receive an electronic copy of the Lake Madrone Bark please email Teresa Singleton at teresamarie2632@gmail.com