Safe Boating on Five Island Lake
With increased boat traffic on Five Island Lake this holiday weekend, boaters should be aware of the location of the dredge and dredge pipe.
The dredge is currently located in the north bay, adjacent to Duhigg Park.
At times, the dredge pipe will rise to the surface, according to dredge operator Tim Bunda. The 14-inch pipe extends from the dredge and runs north and west to the spill site. The pipe is marked with buoys.
Boaters and people on personal water craft should be aware of the location of the dredge pipe to avoid damage to their crafts. The buoys marking the location of the pipe resemble LP tanks used on gas grills. Buoys are being hung on the pipe to mark its location. Some buoys are bright green and orange, others having a brownish appearance (pictured at right).
The buoys marking the dredge pipe are in addition to hazard buoys in other parts of the lake.
If someone observes the dredge pipe floating during non-dredging hours, please call the Palo Alto County Communications Center at 852-2424.