Arrowhead Is A Gorgeous Community In All Seasons
But, if you haven't been to Arrowhead Lake in the fall, you are really missing out. Here is a photo I took at the main lake when I was showing homes there this weekend.
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The North Lake Tells A Different Story
A drive by either of the two beaches on North Arrowhead Lake might be disappointing and even alarming to some. The water level is extremely low, with a few shallow pools of water here and there as the only evidence of it's past aquatic glory. Vegetation is starting to take hold in places and the area looks barren and bleak.
What's Going On?
An article in the Autumn 2008 Edition of Smoke Signals, Arrowhead Lake's community newspaper, has a detailed explanation of the recent issues plaguing the North Lake. Apparently there was some work on the dam that needed to be done. Specifically, the outlet structure, known as the North Lake Tower, had issues at the water line that required repair.
The Community obtained permit approval for this work in the fall of 2007 and began construction immediately. The water level of the lake was drawn down, leaving ponds of varying sizes in place in order to sustain the fish population while the work was being done. The Arrowhead Lake Board of Directors, according to the article, diligently sought advice from not only construction experts but also environmental experts, which included their lake management company and the process seems to have been very well planned and thought out.
Now We Wait For Snow
The article goes on to describe the trials and tribulations that were experienced during the process of repairing the Tower until the Department of Environmental Protection gave their blessing to refill the lake in April of 2008. The Homeowners' Association proceeded to do everything it could to fill the lake for the summer season, but fish spawning season and a rather dry stretch of weather hampered those efforts by making it impossible to draw water from the main lake to help bring the North Lake up to better levels.
With some significant precipitation this fall and a healthy range of snowfall this winter, the Arrowhead Lake community hopes that the North Arrowhead Lake will return to its normal water depth and once again offer its residents and guests "exceptional fishing and recreational activities."
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