LAKE SAFETY REMINDERS…
1) Always travel in a COUNTER-CLOCKWISE direction, even in the no-wake zones & along the shoreline. 
2) Stay away from/reduce to idle speed near a swimmer or downed skier/tuber/child who has fallen. Otherwise, your boat or wake could injure them.  
3) When passing another watercraft, do so on the slower craft’s LEFT side. Make sure they see you/know you are there.  
4) Don’t allow passengers to sit on the front ledge of moving pontoon boats. If they fall in the water, it can take only seconds for them to be pulled under the boat and into the propeller. 
5) Be mindful of all other watercraft (kayaks/canoes/ paddle boards) and swimmers. 
6) When traveling at higher speeds, maintain a 100 ft distance from all docks.  
7) Don’t use excessive speed. Our Lake is not as big as you may think.  There are other, larger bodies of water nearby that are better suited for those wishing to “go all out.” ​​​​​​​
TEE LAKE HAS DNR DESIGNATED “NO-WAKE” & “ALL SPORTS” AREAS…
Tee Lake’s DNR Designated “No Wake” zones include the south arm & south bay and all narrow areas around the islands.  No wake zones require boaters to travel at idling speed, “the slowest speed they can travel while still maintaining the ability to steer and make forward progress.” 
The balance of Tee Lake is designated as “All Sports.” Hours for high-speed boating/ towing/ skiing are restricted by the DNR to the hours of 10:00 am - 6:30 pm.  "Quiet Time" on Tee Lake is designated from 6:30pm - 10:00am​​​​​​​
SWIMMERS' ITCH
Yes, it can be a problem we face here on Tee Lake ~ and in every other Lake in the Lewiston Area. So, skip the bread crumbs & don't feed birds on docks or near swimming areas.
Swimmer's itch is an itchy rash that can occur after you go swimming or wading outdoors. Also known as cercarial dermatitis, swimmer's itch is usually caused by an allergic reaction to parasites that burrow into your skin while you're swimming or wading in warm water.  The parasites live in the blood of waterfowl and in mammals that live near ponds and lakes and are released into the water via their hosts' feces. Examples include: Geese, Ducks, Gulls, Beavers & Muskrats.  Before infecting birds, other animals or people, the hatched parasites must live for a time within a type of snail. These snails live near the shoreline, which explains why infections occur most often in shallow water. Humans aren't suitable hosts, so the parasites soon die while still in your skin and it is not contagious from person to person. 
The itchy rash associated with swimmer's itch looks like reddish pimples or blisters. It may appear within minutes or days after swimming or wading in infested water. Swimmer's itch usually affects only exposed skin — skin not covered by swimsuits, wet suits or waders. Swimmer's itch is uncomfortable, but it usually clears up on its own in a few days. In the meantime, you can control itching with over-the-counter or prescription medications.   
To reduce the risk of swimmer's itch: Apply waterproof sunscreen. This has been reported to protect the skin from the parasite that causes swimmer's itch. Avoid marsh and/or heavy muck areas. You may be more likely to develop swimmer's itch if you spend a lot of time in warmer water near the shore. Rinse after swimming. Rinse exposed skin with clean water immediately after leaving the water, then vigorously dry your skin with a towel.
The GOOD NEWS is that as water temperatures rise during the month of June the likelihood of coming into contact with the parasites/snails is GREATLY reduced!
GYPSY MOTH CONTROL PROGRAM
May 10, 2022 -- Spongy (Gypsy) Moth Update: The county posted its map of the Spongy Moth aerial spray areas for 2022. (See link below.) GREAT NEWS! Six hundred acres, almost all properties around Tee Lake, have been included in the final map. Thanks to SO MANY of you who heeded our POA Board’s request at the 11th hour to send in your forms – even after being told that participation was closed.
You’ll notice, that there are a handful of lakefront properties on the south bay and some adjacent, non-lakefront properties near the far east end of the Tee Lake “arm” who have opted out of the aerial spraying. It is totally within their rights to do so. This is just a heads up for property owners near there who may need to take additional measures this summer.
Going forward, we’ll want to make sure that all of our adjacent neighbors have accurate information about the consequences of a spreading moth population, and the benefits of participation in a spraying program, including the ecological safety of the aerial spray product being used.
Now that we’ve established a positive voice with the county and understand the annual process, we should be in a much better position to keep ahead of these destructive invaders for years to come. Thank goodness!
FYI., Garland Golf Resort opted to pay out-of-pocket to have its vast acreage sprayed as an add-on to the county’s program. Please keep in mind that if at some time in the future egg mass counts don’t justify our inclusion in the county’s program, Tee Lake property owners may want to do the same. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to keep everyone posted on new developments.
Thanks, again, to so many of you, for stepping up to help yourselves and your neighbors on Tee Lake.

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WHERE DO I TAKE MY TRASH?        
The Greenwood Township Transfer Site is located on County Rd. 489 (Red Oak Rd.) Property Owners may obtain a pre-paid ticket to dispose of their household refuse at the Greenwood Township Offices (See Links Page for Location/Contact Information)
Transfer site is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. for township residents only. Cost is .50 per 30 gallon plastic bag with a PREPAID TICKET. Without a ticket, the cost is $2.00 per 30 gallon bag. Recycling fees with a prepaid ticket are 4 punches per visit; without a prepaid ticket the cost is $3.00 per visit.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, starting April 1, 2021 the transfer site will be accepting prepaid tickets only. No cash will be accepted. Prepaid tickets can be purchased at the Township Hall during regular business hours.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO HIGH-SPEED BOATING HOURS … 
In 2019, a TLPOA member committee of three was established to determine whether a majority of property owners were interested in extending the high-speed boating hours.  The pandemic delayed committee action, but they are preparing an informational document and ballot to be approved by the members. Once approved, this will be mailed to all Tee Lake property owners at your primary residence address.  Please be sure our Board has your current mailing address!  If the majority approves of the proposed extension of hours on Tee Lake, which is a public access inland lake, interested members of the TLPOA will meet with the necessary governmental agencies to pursue an official change. If the majority oppose the change in high-speed boating hours, the proposal will be dropped.  ​​​​​​​
FISH STOCKING… 
Because our lake is a public lake, the DNR keeps Tee Lake on a fish stocking rotation at zero cost to property owners.  A TLPOA committee has been formed to work with the DNR to better understand the timing, size and species to be stocked, and if TLPOA funds allow, to consider augmenting the DNR efforts. POA Member approval will be required before TLPOA funds are committed.  In order to vote on this key issue you DO need to be a paid member of the TLPOA.

Photo Credit: Tee Lake Property Owner Krista Moran

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