Become an Educated
& Practicing Lake
Watershed Steward

Devils Lake is a 680-acre freshwater lake connected to the Pacific Ocean by the D River - referred to as the shortest river in the world. See Photo or State Park photo
Susie Fischer at Regatta Park in
support of a watercraft rinse station.

Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails in Devils Lake should not be transported to other water bodies.

4/15/10 - ODFW rolls out new pressure washers to blast invasive species.
It's definitely one of the world's most awesome squirt guns. And if you're towing your boat to Henry Hagg Lake, you might get to see the rollout of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's GHO Series Hydroblaster.

Oregon State Marine Board portable boat pressure washer
First solar powered wash station at Pritchard Creek on the Snake River and plans for additional units -

• 3/1/12 -
Enter the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Oregon Coast Complex Photo Contest for International Migratory Bird Day - May 12 - for entry form and rules see -
• 2/3/12 - DASH (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting) has been a technique used to remove and suppress invasive plants, since the Mid 70's. Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting to be looked at again by DLWID. Possibility of removing invasive species and maintaining a level of good vegetation with roots to stabilize and prevent lake bottom nutrients from entering the water column – and provide wildlife habitat. See Suction Harvest page.
• 2/3/12 - The federal government's Center for Disease Control (uses the term "CyanoHABS" on their website for cyanobacteria. Download CDC cyanobacteria pdf. Four DLWID board members voted to use just HABS and limit use of the word "cyanobacteria (aka blue green algae)" on signs posted around Devils Lake. This changes the DLWID signs used in previous years. Cyanobacteria are bacteria not really algae and come in a variety of colors. One DLWID board member voted against the terminology. The State of Oregon printed a new flyer that uses "Harmful Algae" and has a triangular sign that states "cyanobacteria." and is used throughout the state so if you are an out of town tourist you may recognize the sign.
•2/3/12 - Defining the word "Pollution" as it relates to the lake. Nutrients, fertilizer, motor oil and gasoline, pet waste, etc. can be part of the discussion.
• 1/28/11 - City of Lincoln City Walking and Biking Plan open house. Lake route proposed on map - encouraged to avoid riparian and habitat routes.
• 10/11 - Al Rice, wood duck box promoter and outstanding program presenter, passed away. Al willingly shared his knowledge about wood ducks, hoodies, eagles, bird box videos, etc. with school children, groups and individuals. He helped host a large group of Salem kayakers to Devils Lake for many years during International Migratory Bird Day in May.
• 2/14/11 - Sewer LID (Local Improvement District) consultant
funds approved by Lincoln City City Council. Funds will return to the city if the LID is successful. DLWID chair Brian Green led the LID startup in his West Devils Lake neighborhood. Street paving included.
• 2/11/11 - America's Great Outdoors - U.S. President Obama and REI president and CEO Sally Jewell speech from the White House.
• 1/11 - Rainfall for 2010 highest since Sheridan Jones began recording in 1984 - almost 100 inches. That is 22.06 inches more than the average rainfall recorded from 1984 to 2001. Weather is a factor for cyanobacteria blooms.
• 1/11 - High E. coli counts at Thompson Creek may be due to dogs per an analysis sent to a lab by DLWID.
• 1/11 - Calcium levels in Devils Lake mentioned by DLWID board member Randy Weldon in conjunction with concerns about possible quagga mussel invasion.
• 1/6/11 - The proposed Devils Lake Plan by DLWID is now available in pdf and Word format.
• 1/11 - Coho Salmon - Why did the salmon cross the road?
• 1/11 - County seeks solution to flooding of East Devils Lake Road - read Newport News Times article

• 7/9/10 - OSU Sea Grant - Devils Lake boat tour
with OSU professor Dr. Sam Chan, OSU's Tania Siemens, OSU interns Amanda Slade and Sue Xiong, DLWID manager Paul Robertson, DLWID's Seth Lenaerts, and PADL rep. Collected samples of lake water and species. OSU team met people from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Missouri and Nevada at Regatta Park - good citizen environmental scientists location.
• 7/7/10 - New Shoreline Planting Guide
by Tetra Tech for DLWID - download pdf
• 7/1/10 - Lincoln City and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Agreement for Golf Course Water would provide 0.5 cubic feet per second of the City's existing senior certificated municipal water right in Rock Creek for irrigation of the golf course. Implementation is subject to the Oregon Department of Water Resources approving an additional point of diversion downstream in Devils Lake for withdrawal of this water. DLWID board voted 4 to 1 in favor.
read City handout
• 6/13/10 - Lincoln City Parks & Recreation Department will host its first Devils Lake Open Water Swims event.
These races will traverse a diamond-shaped course with water that is usually between 68 and 71 degrees. Wet suits will be allowed. Also, the first annual Devils Lake Stand Up Paddle Race will begin at noon. The format will be a 1,500-meter, diamond shaped course, and will be open to all. and
• 6/9/10 - "Rain Garden" eight-hour workshop at the Newport Public Library - attended by City of Lincoln City Public Works (5), DLWID manager Paul Robertson, DLWID's Seth Lenaerts, and PADL rep. Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District's Stacy Polkowske helped coordinate with OSU Extension leaders Robert Emanuel and Derek Godwin.
• "Schooling Salmon" - Regatta Park is the permanent home for 70 brightly colored cedar fish
painted by Oceanlake 3rd grade students and the Taft Cultural Night children.
• 5/24/10 - Chinook Winds Golf Course water from Rock Creek -
City Council approved an agreement with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz on use of water rights to withdraw untreated water from Rock Creek. Devils Lake Water Improvement District and Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council approval sought. Water Board needs to approve.

More News...

Boathouses, Boat Lifts & Docks

Click here for more information about
Best Management Practices
Better boat docks for salmon

DLWID Boathouse & Dock Survey

PADL members returned about 62 surveys – other lakefront residents returned 74 surveys for a total of 136 surveys so far.
1. Slideshow download pdf
2. Proposed changes download pdf
3. Survey download pdf
Thank you for your help. If you have questions, please call 994-5330.

Survey results. download Excel file


Grass Carp (White Amur)

Devils Lake has Grass Carp as a biological control for aquatic vegetation. You can see several in an aquarium at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Possession of Grass Carp is prohibited. For more info see restoration. For a brief description see Grass_Carp For stocking information see University of Florida link

Invasives Species
Why Should I Care?

• OPB program "The Silent Invasion"
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)
Oregon Field Guide
• Oregon Invasive Species Council -

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
• New Zealand Mudsnail -West Denver Trout Unlimited -
• OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center exhibit "Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers"

• Portland State U

• Knotweed - Invasive species alert, do not cut, notify Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District's at
• OSU Zebra and quagga mussel calcium study
• Invasive species. read more


With so much going on in the Devils Lake watershed, PADL has written several letters.
1. D River Open Space proposed plans
2. Chinook Winds Golf Course expansion at the north end of Devils Lake
3. Wetland fill and erosion prevention alert
4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funding support at the federal level. The Rock Creek dam project received their funds.
5. West Devils Lake near the LDS church proposed development

Watercraft Rinse Station
Fund Raising Event
Devils Lake Kayak Mini-Regatta

                2006 winner  
If you are interested in participating or helping with a watercraft wash station fund raising event in the future, please contact PADL. see kayak
   Wash Station manual from Maine and L.L. Bean - one tool to prevent the spread of invasive species. Notify PADL if you know of funding sources to construct a boat wash station. download pdf
   Read about Diamond Lake, Oregon. Visitors suspected of towing a hot boat will be steered toward a new portable pressure-washing system for a little pre-launch cleaning.

   Lake Tahoe's invasive weeds are being controlled through an intensive management program including mechanical harvest techniques, boater education and required boat inspections at boat launch sites. Lake Tahoe has several boat wash stations at boat ramps.

Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (IAVMP) Blue Lake, Fairview, OR
By the Portland State University Center for Lakes and Reservoirs. Please read for background info about lakes. download pdf
-Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation
-Washington Department of Ecology
Click search, select WWW and type in Integrated Aquatic Vegetatio Management Plan for info about plans.

Community programs

Community-school partnerships
- For Kids

Open Spaces
Other Lakes
Quest -
The next edition of the Oregon Coast Quests Book will be
out in June 2009, and will include the D River Invasive Species Quest
once again. Explore Lincoln County. The books are $6 at the Lincoln City Community Center.

Shoreline Stabilization
Wake Boat Rules

of Devils Lake

Blue Green Thumb
Do your part to
Enhance Watershed
Water Quality -
Stewardship Gardening
NOAA Sea Grant Colleges
Washington State University
Oregon State University

Devils Lake Radio 1610 AM
"The Devils Lake Water Improvement District is now hosting a low powered radio station courtesy Oregon Sea Grant and OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. This radio station transmitting on 1610 AM from Regatta Grounds Park in Lincoln City can be heard throughout the park and across the lake to East Devils Lake State Park. Tune in to hear a recorded message about Invasive Species by some of our own Lincoln County School District students. Also be sure to tune in regularly for additional broadcasts. This project was facilitated by the WISE teachers (Watershed and Invasive Species Education) campaign. Special thanks also go to the City of Lincoln City as well for installation and the housing of the station." per DLWID
Listen Invasive Species.wav
   Thanks to Dr. Sam Chan with Oregon State University Sea Grant for proposing the station after speaking about invasive species at the 2008 PADL annual meeting.
   Turn up the volume for car radios.
2010 Proposed Septic System Inspection and Revitilization Program - See DLWID info
- March 1, 2010 city meeting - see septic page
- March 8, 2010 Lincoln City City Council agenda item: Inspection of Septic Systems - City Councilor Ellingson moved to have city attorney write an ordinance using DLWID and city meeting proposal. City to study how to implement - how much staff time, etc. City manager busy with budget next 4-6 weeks, etc. - so will be some time before revisited.
Read The News Guard article - 3/8
Read The News Guard article
Read Newport News Times article
- First Revised Resolution

Blue Green Thumb website
Watercraft Rinse Station - Donations can be made to PADL
PO Box 36, Lincoln City, OR 97367
Whole Lake Circulation and SolarBees

Calendar 2012

International Migratory Bird Day will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Created in 1993, the event is now hosted at over 500 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere, reaching hundreds of thousands of youth and adults. As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, the annual bird conservation theme will focus on 20 ways people may help preserve birds every day. The theme is highlighted in the 2012 art created by Rafael Lopez. The lively piece reflects the joy, curiosity, and beauty of birds, while sharing the importance of community in bird conservation.

Enter the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Oregon Coast Complex Photo Contest - for entry form and rules see -

May 12 - International Migratory Bird Day 2012 (IMBD)
Theme: Connecting People to Bird Conservation
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Now a program of Environment for the Americas (EFTA).


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Partners - PADL works with other agencies and organizations.

(aka blue green algae)

See the Devils Lake Water Improvement District's Water Quality page

Recreational guidance levels for microcystin:
State of Washington - 6ppb
State of Vermont - 6ppb
State of Oregon - 8ppb

ppb - parts per billion

Protecting children and elderly
Oregon’s guidance value of 8ppb for microcystin was derived using 20 kg as the default child body weight.
Posting is intended to provide the public with information that indicates a public health hazard might exist. A further notice should warn that children, individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, and the elderly (and pets) are considered susceptible populations.

Click here for information about algae.
• North American Lake Management Society blue-green algae pages -

• 8/10/06 - Per PADL's request DLWID posted the Oregon Department of Human Services' blue-green algae health concerns information sheet at: Regatta, Holmes, Campground, Sand Point & Brown Bear.
Please read the state's blue-green algae health concerns download pdf.
State's blue-green algae advisories
Oregon Department of Human Services - Cyanobacteria advisories
• DLWID contacted Lake Oswego and received pictures of a boat built to skim the water for debris, but not algae. An aquatic weed harvester is used. Alum is used to help deter algae.
Washington State Department of Health - Cyanobacteria were previously grouped with algae but are now classified as bacteria after analysis of cell structure and cell division. They differ from other bacteria in that they contain photosynthetic pigments similar to those found in algae and plants. Although they are predominantly photosynthetic (light-dependent) organisms, they are also capable of using organic compounds as a source of energy. Some cyanobacteria have a specialized structure called a heterocyst that can fix molecular nitrogen. The ability to fix nitrogen gives these species a competitive advantage over other algae. Many cyanobacteria have gas vacuoles that allow them to remain in suspension and migrate to surface waters where there is plenty of light for photosynthesis. On the surface, colonies may clump together and form a scum which can cause water quality problems in lakes.
CDC Harmful Algae Bloom-related Illness and Surveillance System (HABISS), a database that includes toxicity and public health information.

Blue-green algae deterrent methods considered - SolarBee explored
4/6/06 - Joe Eilers spoke about deterring the growth of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
at the DLWD meeting. Ray Smith, Regional Manager of SolarBee, a Solar-Powered Circulator also spoke. see

CYANO-WATCH: The Devils Lake Water Improvement District is embarking on its fourth year of the CYANO-WATCH program. A three pronged approach, the Cyano-Watch program is designed to educate about (GREEN), caution (YELLOW) or restrict (RED) the use of Devils Lake. See the sample flyers that are posted during Phases I, II, and III of the program. This program has been developed based on Oregon DHS: Public Health Advisory Guidance for Toxigenic Cyanobacteria in Recreational Waters.
This year DLWID will be conducting routine toxicity monitoring in conjunction with the identification and enumeration done in years past. The season when cyanobacteria flourish is generally July - September, so lake users should be aware of precautions to be taken when bloom conditions exist. Always watch and stay clear of cyanoblooms or scummy water, keeping both children and pets safe.

It is important to note that cyanotoxins produced by cyanobacteria can remain in the water for up to two (2) weeks after a bloom has vanished.

Recreation and Cyanobacteria
Triathlon on Whidbey Island

4-6-09 Everett Herald by Gale Fiege
Bacteria bloom puts Goss Lake on Whidbey Island out of use
LANGLEY -- If the blue-green algaelike bloom on Goss Lake doesn't clear up soon, participants in the 13th annual Whidbey Island Triathlon and kids on vacation may have to swim somewhere else, come summer.
   Island County Public Health department officials have posted caution signs at Goss Lake since December, when the cyanobacteria first showed up. A test to identify the bloom and its toxicity several months ago revealed low levels of toxins.



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1/28/06 - The Oregon Coastal Program. The purpose of the program is to serve coastal communities by providing tools to identify priority habitats, conserve coastal habitats through voluntary locally-initiated conservation efforts; restore coastal habitats by working with partners on restoration projects; focus resources through conservation alliances, and educate others on coastal ecosystems.

"Connections is the most important concept to keep in mind when considering how a lake works. Because of connections, any change in one part of the lake's ecosystem affects the rest."
  "The word "eco" comes from the Greek word oikos meaning home. Your lake's ecosystem is home to many creatures... The lake's water, the land surrounding it, the plants, animals, and minerals, all waters draining into the lake as well as the natural processes... are all part of the lake ecosystem."
from "Your Lake and You!", 2001 North American Lake Management Society,

"A lake is the landscape's
most beautiful and
expressive feature.
It is earth's eye;
looking into which the
beholder measures the
depth of his own nature."

       Henry David Thoreau
                       in Walden

Calendar other - Volunteer opportunities may be available

• Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID)
  First Thursday of the month - 6:00 pm, Radio Shack building upstairs, 820 SE Hwy 101, Suite D
  (door off Jetty-one block off Hwy 101), P.O. Box 974, Lincoln City, OR 97367,
• City of Lincoln City, Councilor's agenda,
Trip Check
• Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau,
   - Spring and fall Kite Festivals are held at the D River Wayside
   - The Devils Lake Fishing Tournament is held on Father's Day weekend

• Lincoln County, Commissioner's agenda,
• Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
Second Thursday of the month at 7 pm in their offices at 23 North Coast Highway in Newport. download pdf
• West Devils Lake State Park,
   - West Devils Lake State Park offers kayak tours of the lake during the summer

• Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council - Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, usually meets the second Tuesday of the month - 6:30 pm, Speakers are often featured.
• Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University,
• North American Lake Management Society,


Newspapers & Magazines
The News Guard (Lincoln City)
News Times (Central Oregon Coast)
Oregon Coast Today (Lincoln-Tillamook County)
  Comprehensive schedule of events
Statesman Journal (Salem)
The Oregonian (Portland - Oregon State)

The Preservation Association of Devils Lake began in 1982

Lake photo by Susie Fischer
Grass carp photo - USGS Florida Integrated Science Center

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