Pre-Summer Newsletter

Summer Update

 Twain Harte Lake will open on Saturday, May 25th!  We hope you are ready for another awesome summer of swimming, beach time, Bingo, swim lessons, and enjoying all the traditional Twain Harte Lake activities you have come to know and love.  Here are the highlights:

Summer at the Lake

 Opening Day:  The Lake will open for the season on Saturday, May 25th at 9:00 am.  Hours of operation are 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.  The Gate House will be open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

 Annual Membership Meeting & BBQ:  Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday July 6th at Twain Harte Bible Church, 18995 Twain Harte Drive, @ 9:30 am. The Annual Membership BBQ will be held later that evening from 5-8 pm in the snack shack area. A fun BBQ menu will be offered with Beer & Wine available at a no host bar. Reserve your two free tickets by calling our office - 586-4449,  or emailing – thlake@sbcglobal.net, or signing up at gatehouse. Additional tickets are $10 per person. We hope you can join us!

 Bingo:  Bingo will start on Thursday, June 13th at 5:00 pm at the Snack Shack and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Tuesday, August 6th.  Thanks to Cameron McClean who will be Mr. Bingo again!  Bingo cards will be free again this year with a limit of 3 cards per player.  Fun prizes will be available for the winners.  Just show up, get your cards, and have fun!   

 Public Swim Lessons:  Our two week session of free swim lessons, open to the public, will be July 8 – 18th, Monday through Thursday from 9-10 am each morning. All swimming levels and abilities welcome. Signups begin on Monday July 8th at 9:00 am at the Gate House.

 Water Carnival:  Saturday August 3th. Sandcastle contests, swimming events and relays, face painting, games and more! Schedule of Events will be posted at gatehouse and on website (thlake.org)

 Star Shows: We plan to have two of our wonderful Star Shows planned for this summer, dates to be determined. Thank you to our fantastic hosts, Nancy and Dave Hoyt! These are held out on the Rock and start right at dusk. Bring a blanket and warm clothes. Dates will be posted at the gatehouse and on the website (thlake.org)

 Fishing:  The Lake has been stocked with trout again, offering fishing fun for all young people 16 years and under, after 6:00 pm off the dam.  Limit is 3 per person or 5 per family.

 Water Bikes & Paddle Boards:  We have our Water Bikes and Paddle boards for rent this year.  The cost is $10 per 30 minutes. A swim test is required for anyone under the age of 16 and all users must sign a Usage Agreement.  Additionally, an adult must give written permission for any minor child to use the bikes or paddle boards.  A short orientation is also required.  Information is available at the Gate House.

 Lifeguard Coverage:  Remember that lifeguard coverage is limited, particularly in early June and late August.  Watch for signs on lifeguard stands when lifeguards are not present.

 News from the Snack Shack:  The Snack Shack is getting ready for another great summer!  It will open, along with the Lake, on Saturday, May 26th.  Hours are generally 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, though hours may vary during the week when crowds are low. They will also be hosting 3 fantastic dinners with bands this summer, we have included a flier.  The snack shack will also be staying open late on the following Friday evenings: July 12, 26, and August 2, serving beer, wine and a full menu until 7 pm.

 Helping with the 4th of July Picnic and Water Carnival:  We are looking for volunteers to help with both of these activities.  If you are interested, please call Lauren at 209-586-4449 or send an email to thlake@sbcglobal.net. 

 Renters: Please help us to educate your renters on Lake Rules and Admission procedures. We have posted our “Renter Packet” on our webpage for you to download and print and have available at your cabin for your renters; or you can pick up a packet at the gatehouse this summer. The three main things to make sure your renters understand are: No outside food or drinks, no coolers or tents allowed, and how to check in at gatehouse under either the membership name or address. Renter fees remain at $6.00 per person, per day.

 News from the Board

Annual Meeting:  Mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting which will be held on Saturday, July 6th beginning at 9:30 am at the Twain Harte Bible Church, 18995 Twain Harte Drive, @ 9:30 am. 

Lake Improvement Projects: To improve water quality, we have had an aeration system installed in the lake. We have also contracted with a water treatment company out of Groveland, the Lake Doctors, for non-hazardous regular maintenance and treatments as needed. We have developed an area on the East end of the beach specifically for the safe launching and storage of the increasing number of kayaks and stand up paddle boards at the lake. All patrons will be asked to launch and store any and all larger watercraft and flotation devices in this area for the day.

Beach repairs from the past winter’s storms are completed. We have our full schedule of summer activities and are looking forward to another great season Twain Harte Lake.

 Hal Roper - THLA President