Who Can Dock At Your Dock and Where?

Be Aware of  Ordinance #46, better known as the Dock Ordinance. 

                                               Be sure you are not in violation of this ordinance.

 Throughout each year it is being violated by some riparians.

Specifically, Ssection 4 of this ordinance states:  "All docked boats and watercraft shall be registered to the owners, riparians and/or occupants of the property to which they are attached."

Our lake is very crowded, so we do not need non-riparian boats being stored at a friend or relative's dock. This has been a matter of concern of the board members for a number of years.   When riparians came to us recently, we decided we must take a stand to uphold the ordinance.

The procedure for alerting the police or the code enforcer is to have all of the MC numbers from all the boats at the dock in question.. The address of the residence is the other important piece of information. You can then take those pieces of information to the township and fill out a form for investigation of this matter, and it can be done anonymously. If, however, you do not feel comfortable with this procedure please call your district representative, so he/she can deliver the information to the township.

It was decided we should have this posted on the web site to allow anyone in violation to take steps to become compliant. Perhaps knowing that Section 9 states that anyone found guilty of a misdemeanor is punishable by a fine up to $500.00. Hopefully this will be enough to have the violators comply.

How Big Should The Swimming Area Be?

Even though it has no official designation, “the party-swim area” on Lobdell Lake has expanded to include most of the bay from Stages Island to Beach Island.  We understand that each boat or family would like their own space, however, we must keep an open navigation route so skiers, tubers, or boaters can travel through the area and still stay 100 ft. from another boat,  especially an anchored boat.  So we asking that everyone parks closer together, leaving a wide, navigable waterway.

Don't know were this area is? 

Find the map of Lobdell Lake on the Lobdell Lake Navigation barat the top of this page

The Genesee County Department of Health is no longer checking e.coli levels on Lobdell Lake. The lake was eliminated from the weekly check due to a cost savings effort, some time in 2006. Since we don't have a public beach, we no longer qualify.
The entire 2003 season was without a single e.coli notice from the Genesee County Department of Health. Thanks to Brian Mckensie and his staff for continuing to keep us informed on a weekly basis.

A Scare and why lake residents need to be vigulent

On May 28, 2003, Board Treasurer, at this time, Cathy Mashburn was contacted by residents on Haviland Beach because the waters along the beach were fouled by some foreign substance.  Cathy immediately went to the location collected a sample of water. She brought the sample to our May 2003 Board meeting and turned it over to Tony Minatel, Chairman of the Water Quality Committee. The next day, Tony contacted Dr. Douglas Pullman who is in charge of monitoring our lakes' water treatment and quality.  Dr. Pullman came out immediately to inspect and collect a sample of the water in this area.

By the time Dr. Pullman had arrived at the Haviland Beach site, much of the water-fouling substance had dissipated. Lab evaluation of the sample showed the foreign substance was copper sulfate, a chemical used to control algae. Evidently some resident with good intentions didn't read the usage instructions and significantly over-applied the chemical. The good news is that copper sulfate dissolves quickly and is not harmful to humans or animals.

This is an excellent example of Residents to Board communications, and how everyone worked together to solve a problem. Congratulations, and thank you to all involved.

The first weed treatment, for 2013 on Lobdell, Lake was completed right before Memorial Day.    Hopefully you were all informed of this treatment.



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Purple Loosestrife

You may have noticed an occasional beautiful purple bush-like flower growing among the cattails and marsh grasses. Although one's first reaction is to admire the plant's beauty, this plant, Purple Loosestrife, is definitely not an asset to our wetlands.

Purple Loosestrife invades wetlands, eventually completely taking over from native plants. Once it invades an area and out-competes the native flora, the wildlife that depended upon the native species is forced to move into new areas. Waterfowl will not eat Loosestrife seeds and Muskrats eat around PL stands. Wildlife species are displaced, and those that can not move into new areas will be lost. What remains is a biological desert devoid of native plant and wildlife species.

What can be done? If you have any of these plants growing on your property, dig them up by the roots and burn them after the dry out. Herbicides can be effective, but extreme care must be used to avoid killing native plants and contaminating the water.

Weeds in our Lakes

Some weeds in the lakes are very beneficial.  They provide nesting habitats and food for the fish.  However, there are some foreign and invasive weeds that are brought into our lakes on boats that may have been in other lakes.  These weeds maybe brought into our lakes from the motors, bottom of boats and trailers, which carry these weeds on them from other lakes, and then are deposited into our lakes.  They begin to grow and invade our lakes.  Please be sure your boat, motors and trailer are cleaned of foreign matter before entering other inland lakes.

Lobdell - Bennett Lake Ecologist, Douglas Pullman, has been keeping a watchful eye on the health of our lakes.  He has been inspecting our lakes for 25 yrs.  At the May 2013 board meeting, he told us these invasive weeds once introduced to our lakes by other boats, have an ebb and flow to their growth. As he observed early this spring, some of the weeds seem to be dying back, at this time, in some areas of the lake. He thinks it is due to the long cold winter.

The Lake Association uses a portion of your assessment to help control the over population of weeds in our lakes. This section will eventually present both the naturally-occurring and transplanted species, but in the interim, let's look at the transplant that's on everybody's chit-list.

There are People diving in the lakes  BEWARE

Everyone should be aware of the rules for those diving in our lakes. 

There is a 7 to 8 foot tall dive flag on a divers boat to warn others a diver is in the area.  They also have a dive flag attached to themselves in the water. All other boaters need to stay at least 200feet away from any dive flag they see. You need to be aware of  these divers rules and regulations so we can keep everyone safe.

Approximately fourteen years ago, your Lake Association began a petition drive to establish an assessment district to purchase the Wolcott Mill, along with the water rights.

The Lake Association was then able to purchase, along with agreement and monetary support of lake residents,  the Wolcott Mill, which is on Silver Lake Rd. just east of Argintine Rd.  The Wolcott Mill had a dam which was used to power the Mill's grinding blocks.  In our effort to buy the Mill, our major goal was to obtain the water rights for the control of our lakes water levels through this dam and sell the Milling property and building. 

In order to protect our water rights, explicit restrictions were included in the Mill deed when the property was sold. 

In total, there are 24 items in the Deed Restrictions.  No doubt these stringent restrictions discouraged several potential buyers and lowered the selling price of the Mill.  The Mill was eventually purchased and the Deed was signed by its new owners, Mr. & Mrs Purdy,
, the present owners and the Lake Association retained the ownership of the dam. Due to this purchase and having ownership of the dam, we are now able to regulate the level of water in our lakes.

The Lake Association will continue to regulate and monitor any encroachment of the water and water rights in Lobdell and Bennett Lakes, for which we worked to obtain and was paid for by residence, through the use of this dam.

It is so nice to have our lakes' water level so dependable when many beaches in Michigan are constantly battling receding shorelines. Owning our water and controlling our dam is a blessing brought about by a few peoples'  hard work and everyone's money. Thanks to those who worked so hard so that we all can enjoy!

Levels may be lowered as needed to prepare for the weed control applications.


Safety on the water should be a matter of great concern for all of us that navigate our waterways.  Sometimes it is helpful to review some of the safety rules and courtesies of the “seas”.

One violation that is seen very often on our lakes is the direction of the traffic flow.  The rule of navigation on inland lakes is to travel around the lake in a COUNTER-CLOCKWISE manner, especially close to the shoreline.  If we all travel in this direction we will avoid collisions and not have confusion as to who has the right of way.

Second, when boats are passing each other, especially in a narrow channel, the proper manner is port to port (left to left).

Third, pontoon boats have evolved into quite luxurious craft with many conveniences, one of which is docking lights.  As their name implies, DOCKING LIGHTS are for landing at the dock.  They are NOT to be used as headlights.  White lights on watercraft are to mark the highest part of the craft close to the stern, therefore, it confuses and blinds other boaters seeing the white lights so low and also blocking out the red and green running lights.  Please turn the docking lights off while navigating in the open water.

Respectfully submitted by Paul D. McEwen

The LBLA offers Boater's Safety Classes each year.  If you have questions on the procedures of operating a boat on the inland lakes, this may be a great class for you to learn the rules of safety on our inland lakes. Check the tab on the Home page of this LBLA site for time and place of this years Boaters' Safety Classes.

Eurasian Watermilfoil

Years ago, according to Lobdell - Bennett Lake Ecologist Douglas Pullman, this invasive plant  was a dominant pest on the lakes. It was so bad that the lakes' surface resembled a "parking lot". Does anyone remember those days? Fortunately, for the past few years, the weed has been, for the most part, under control.

However, Doug reported in the August, 2001 newsletter that it is returning to the lake, and is "spreading rapidly", but he hopes it will be controlled with weed treatment. Here's hoping!

Starry Hornwort

Extremely invasive species from Europe. One of the negative aspects of Starry is that it wipes out areas used as spawning beds, particularly those areas used by large pan fish and large mouth bass. This has taken over our lakes at an alarming rate, and as a consequence, fish populations have suffered. More information on this species is coming soon.

Bluegill Island Fishing Derby 2013

The children on Bluegill Island held a fishing derby on Sunday the 9th of June. Bill and Brenda Wineland organize this fun filled day for our children. Eighteen boys and girls fished for two hours and then had pizza and prizes.

TheSportsmanship Award went to Jase HerbletJase also won the Kidde Division with 25 bluegills at 4 3/4 lbs.
The Youth Division winner was John Summers with 25 fish at 4 3/4 lbs.

We would like to thank our sponsors for the prizes, pizza and bait.   They include:

                   Northshore Market,              Bennett Lake Party Store,             Old Hickory,  

                                Freeway Sports,                   KMart                    Dunhams.

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