4-Island Lake is a 37.5 acre lake located along the Oak Tree Golf Course. The lake is stocked for fishing enthusiasts. Swimming and boating (sail, canoes, catamarans, kayaks/paddleboards, row boats, and electric boats not in excess of 3 horsepower or 43 pounds thrust, and the propeller is adequately screened) are permitted after registering the boat at the Whiting Center. This recreation area takes pride in its launch ramps, fishing docs, volleyball court, playground, picnic area, and newly renovated bathrooms. The islands are considered a bird sanctuary and are closed January 1st-May 23rd.
Cub Lake is a 9.75 acre lake is centrally located off Bear Valley Road with easy access for events. It offers picturesque picnic areas, walking paths, an outdoor basketball court, playground area, a dock for fishing and model boats, and bathrooms. There are 5 reservable party areas for members and their guests. Adjacent to the park is a leash free dog park. During the summer months, Cub Lake offers “Moonlight Theater” after dark.
Cub Lake: To start not earlier than two hours before sunrise and to end not later than two hours after sunset.
Four-Island Lake: To start not earlier than one half hour before sunrise and end not later than one half hour after sunset.
If interested in more detailed water quality data, please go to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XlJ4UIlFF9qFVaevzmxpQZJ1E_AkAyLd?usp=sharing
4/27/2021 - Lake Restoration Efforts
Lake Restoration in Bear Valley
Attention Residents! The BVSA Board contracted with SOLitude Lake Management to repair and restore our lakes. During the next month you will see workers applying Phoslock® to Four Island and Cub Lakes, as well as Jack’s Hole and the Seven-Hole Pond. This Phoslock® application will sink to the bottom and bind to the phosphorus that is saturating the lakes’ sediment. The excess phosphorus has accumulated since the lakes were created and is a key element responsible for the toxic cyanobacterial bloom last summer and the fish-die-off two years ago which led to lake closures. Phoslock®, along with control of additional nutrients in run-off such as fertilizer, effluent, Roundup, detergents and manure, will keep our lakes open. The application is non-toxic. Please continue enjoying recreational activities in the lake. There are no negative effects on humans, fish, or wildlife. Phoslock® is even applied to drinking water reservoirs. LQAC has posted frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the webpage and are happy to answer any additional questions; please email email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ’s
How does Phoslock work?
Phosphates in the lake water and soil feed the algae responsible for toxic blooms. The algae are also responsible for using the oxygen in the lake and causing fish die offs. Phoslock is a safe non-toxic clay that is applied to the bottom of the lake. It settles to the lake bed and blankets the soil, absorbing phosphates in the soil and water. Any phosphates that enter the lakes through runoff should also bind to the Phoslock.
Will Phoslock application produce any health and safety issues?
Phoslock is used on drinking water reservoirs. It does not harm humans, pets, fish, or wildlife. Swimmers and anglers can use the lakes, even during application.
Will fish have trouble spawning if the Phoslock layer is on the bottom?
No. Fish can move the layer of Phoslock on the bottom of the lakes and create nesting areas.
Where would the Phoslock be applied? What happens if the layer gets disturbed, like near the shoreline?
Phoslock would be applied to the entire lake. The thin layer of Phoslock over the bottom of the lake may be disturbed by swimmers or anglers over time but will not reduce the effectiveness. Phoslock will continue to absorb phosphates until the binding sites are full.
Can Phoslock be applied incrementally so the burden of the cost can be spread over time?
Application of Phoslock will be most effective if applied in a single dose and bulk costs are significantly lower than purchasing small amounts over time.
It already looks as though algae are growing, what if we have an algae bloom?
If there is an algae bloom, an algaecide will need to be applied to kill the algae before Phoslock can be applied, increasing the cost.
After initial application, how long will the Phoslock continue to work?
It stops working when the product is saturated with phosphate. SOLitude Lake Management is 100% sure that the treatment dosage will reduce current phosphorus and that phosphorus CANNOT unbind. Future problems would be limited to additional phosphates entering the lake.
What if more nutrients come into the lake from runoff?
The Phoslock will bind to additional phosphates entering the lakes until it is saturated. It would take years of additional phosphate to reach the lake levels before treatment with Phoslock.
What if we do nothing?
If we do nothing, the algae blooms, fish die-offs and production of cyanobacterial toxin will continue to cycle each year. The lake will be unsafe for recreational use. We will lose the investment we have made in fish stocking ($20,000 + all previous years) and we will have to pay to refill the lake water. The clean-up of a toxic lake is far more costly than the application to correct the problem.
Additional info and questions can be emailed to the LQAC email at firstname.lastname@example.org