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Annual Lake Lowering & Maintenance

On Tuesday, December 1, the water level of Lake Montclair will be lowered temporarily to permit maintenance of the downpipe structure grates and sluice gate. The community beaches and common property will be thoroughly cleaned, and sand on the beaches and swimming areas will be replenished as needed.

The lake will be lowered three feet and will be maintained at this lowered level for one week. After all required work is completed, the sluice gate will be closed and the water level will be left to return naturally to its regular level (188 feet above mean sea level). Rainfall and the flow of Powells Creek will determine how long the return to normal level will take.

Lakefront property owners should take actions necessary to protect their personal property. This includes, but is not limited to, adjusting pontoon retaining lines and properly securing or removing boats, canoes and kayaks.

During this time, lakefront property owners are encouraged to perform dock repairs, place rip rap, clean the exposed lake bottom along the shoreline, and perform other waterfront improvements. These efforts contribute significantly to the health and appearance of Lake Montclair.

Owners planning improvements to their docks or shorelines are advised to consult Community Guidelines, Article 5 prior to beginning work. Most exterior improvements require submittal of a Property Improvement Request (PIR). If you have any questions regarding which improvements require approval, contact Mary Demeter at or (703) 670-6187.

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