Lochmere has 3 Lakes Committees, each with responsibility for one of our neighborhood's beautiful lakes.
Please remember that the lakes were never designed for flood control, and cannot be lowered for storms. The lakes were built for recrational use and as repositories for stormwater runoff. Each homeowner living adjacent to the lakes are responsible for protecting their own properties.
If you are interested in joining the any of the lake committees, please contact one of the three chairs noted above.
Updates. Highlands Lake.
In 2015 we removed 3,000 cubic yards of silt and debris from the inlets to regain depth.
¨Lochmere Lake – In 2015 we replaced all of the bulkheads and docks at
the dam. In 2017 our goal is to remove 11,000 cubic yards of silt, deepening 5 coves, and restoring
navigation at the north end of the lake. Currently, the north end of the lake is unnavigable. Approval for the dredge has been granted. Hydraulic dredging began May, 2017. The dredging itself is expected to be completed by early July 2017.
¨Loch Lomond – Our 2017 goal is to dredge 11,000 cubic yards at the north end, remove the sediment
reef, remove inlet siltation, and restore proper depth.
Loch Lomond poses tremendous challenges in removing silt as there is no common area around the lake where we can dsipose of the silt. In addition, access for equipment is difficult without severley damaging the surrounding area. Mechanical dredging may be the only option. Continued research on solutions is still taking place.
All of the Lochmere Lakes got a thorough checkup in 2012. Foster Lake and Pond Management was hired to execute a detailed bathymetric study. You may have noticed their boat on the lakes using GPS and sonar to carefully map the lake bottoms and silt accumulation.
This is the most comprehensive assessment done in many years and will serve as an excellent check on our reserve study plans. Detailed maps were created to show water and silt depths for each lake/pond. These maps are now posted as attachments below. A bathymetry study was conducted in April 2017 on the north section of Lake Lochmere prior to dredging.
The LHOA Board is working with each Lakes Chairman and other volunteers to understand the situation and formulate any action plans needed.
Important reminders for using our lakes:
- Our Lakes are ONLY for the enjoyment of Lochmere residents and our accompanied guests; nonresidents are tresspassers and Cary Police (919.469.4012) can be called to enforce removal.
- Boating is only allowed on Lake Lochmere and you must obtain a permit to use your watercraft on the Lake. You need two stickers per boat (one on each side of the bow) and the cost is $5 per watercraft. These stickers can be obtained by contacting the HRW representative at the Lochmere Office 919-233-7640 during office hours at that site (502 Lochmere Dr.). Fees should be paid by check to Lochmere Association.
- Dogs should be kept leashed at all times during visits to all Lochmere common areas, including the lakes and lake trail. Please scoop and dispose of your pet's waste properly.
- Swimming, kayaking, and canoeing is not allowed in any of the lake spillways or downstream tributaries.
- The lakes are not lowered for flood mitigation. See Engineer Report below (attachement) as well as our Lakes Management Document too.
Please see the attachment below for a complete list of rules and regulations regarding boating and lake use. Also attached are the bathymetric maps.