FAQ
This web page serves as a handy reference for our Eagle Lake community, to provide answers to the questions heard most often from new lake neighbors and even some long time homeowners.  If you cannot find the information you need, please send an email to our Information Desk by using our Contact Us page.  We will respond to you with an answer, and possibly add your question to this FAQ page to help future site visitors.

 
About Community Events
  • What are the rules for the cardboard boat race?
    • THE ENTIRE BOAT MUST BE BUILT FROM CARDBOARD AND DUCT TAPE.  No glues, epoxy, nails, caulk, etc.  Paint may be used for decorative purposes only, no waterproofing type paints, no wood, metal, styrofoam, inflatables or other materials that would aid in buoyancy or add to the rigidness of the cardboard.  This applies to keels, transom, ribs, hulls, etc.
    • Boats must be propelled by paddles, oars or hands only.
    • The crew must get IN the boat, not on the boat.  No surfboards allowed.
    • The boat’s passenger area must not be enclosed above the occupant’s shoulders; escape is important if the ship goes down at sea.
    • Crew MUST wear life vests.
    • During the race, the crew must be IN the boat—not towing, holding it between your legs, swimming alongside or allowing life vest to provide floatation for the vessel.
    • Contestants are expected to ‘maintain the decorum and dignity of a yachtsman’ and not behave like pirates.  Remember, this is all for fun!
    • Boat design is left to the builder’s imagination.  Creativity is encouraged and costumes are allowed.  The judges decide on the interpretation of the rules.  No bribing the judges.  We are working on disposing the boats once the race is over.
  • Will we have a fireworks display this year?
    Yes.  The Eagle Lake Improvement Association will once again serve as the coordinating sponsor for the annual fireworks display.  We are pleased to announce that this year's event will be held on Saturday, July 7th, beginning at around 8:45pm (or as soon as conditions allow).  With a rain date of Sunday, July 8th, we suggest having flexible weekend travel plans because you don't want to miss this year's show.
  • What are the rules for the annual photo contest?
    CATEGORIES:  Eagle Lake Nature (animals/plants/birds, etc), Eagle Lake People/Water Activities, and Eagle Lake Water Scenes
     
    ELIGIBILITY:  The contest is open to any child or adult living in the Town of Dover, including both year-round and summer/vacation-home residents.  A person can enter one photograph in each category for a total of three entries.  All photographs must be taken by the person entering them!
     
    SIZE:  8 x 10” enlargements (up to 8 ½ x 11”) are preferred and recommended, but 5 x 7” or 4 x 6” prints will be accepted.
     
    SPECIFICS:  Photographs can be color or non-color.  No borders of any kind.  No captions.  Photographs must be mounted using rubber cement or spray adhesive to an 11 x 14” tag or poster board.  Winners must supply JPEG files for future promotions in print, website content, and social media.

About The Association
  • Do I have to live on the lake to become a member?
    No.  You do not have to live directly on Eagle Lake or be a property owner to join the Eagle Lake Improvement Association.  Any individual who owns or has an interest in property adjacent to or within one mile of Eagle Lake, or who for at least one month each year resides on or within one mile of Eagle Lake, is eligible to become a member of ELIA.
  • How much are the annual dues, and are they tax deductible?
    The basic membership dues are $15 per household, paid annually.  This voluntary contribution helps support the many programs, activities, and events which are coordinated by ELIA each year.  Additional contributions are gladly accepted.  With our designation as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, your generous donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

About The Lake
  • When can I have my pier in the lake?
    Per section 12.08.010 of the Eagle Lake Use Regulations:  Every person maintaining a pier, wharf, boat lift, or other structure or device in the waters of Eagle Lake shall remove the same on or before November 1st of each year and shall not again place it in the waters of Eagle Lake prior to March 1st of each year.  This section shall not apply to piers exceeding nine tons in weight.
  • Who is responsible for weed cutting?
    The Eagle Lake Management District has primary responsibility for the weed cutting.  From early June through late August, workers hired by ELMD work weekdays to harvest plants and remove the cuttings.  Two weed harvesters and a transporter owned and operated by the district are utilized in this effort.