Though the ’18-’19 winter was milder than in past years, the late-season ice on Hayden Lake may have liberated some trees or derelict docks. Such debris is hazardous to the safe navigation of the lake. If the sheriff’s deputy finds floating debris that is large enough to warrant concern, they regularly tow it to the nearest shore, then ground and moor it. As a result, derelict docks and large debris may be marooned on private landowners’ lakefront.
Now is the time for spring-cleaning!
You may take advantage of this program to remove abandoned, derelict docks and other large floating debris that potentially pose navigation hazards on the lake. If you are repairing or replacing a dock that you own, please have your dock-building contractor remove and dispose of your old dock responsibly.
The District accepts debris at the back of Mokins Bay during May only, when the water is high. High water is necessary to float debris for transport to the collection site. It is also needed to lift this waste from the lake. For that reason, the District cannot take material after the cutoff date, ensuring sufficient high-water time to remove what has accumulated. This year, the District will accept permitted docks and debris from this date through May 31st.
- Generate a permit by filling out the form below. It will be immediately available for download, and it will be emailed to you as well.
- Enclose the completed permit in a plastic bag.
- Staple or nail the bag to the debris.
- Tow the debris to Mokins Bay, past the sand-bar at camp Mivoden. Be sure to move it as far back in the bay as possible; do not abandon debris near the sand-bar.
- Firmly attach the debris to the shore or other tethered material. No loose debris is allowed as it can scatter and find its way back out into the lake.
- On or about the first of June, HLWID will contract for the removal of the debris from the lake to a disposal area.
May 31 is the deadline for delivering docks/debris for District-sponsored removal while the water is high and debris can be safely floated off the lake.
Finally, while the District has sponsored derelict dock removal for several years, this is the second year of the permitting process. We want to help with spring cleaning on the lake, and at the same time encourage everyone to do their part. If you come up with some great ideas for how to further improve this process, let us know.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our Lake Manager: