Lake Tyee - A Recreation Community
Find yourself here!
Nestled in the North Cascade Mountains, near the border between the United States
and Canada, lies a serene lake resting in the shadow of snow-capped Mt. Baker.
Lake Tyee, one of the best kept secrets of the Pacific Northwest.
A place where family and friends gather and lasting memories are made.
From the Lake:
Have you wondered?
We've had a few questions about the circles of vegetation out in the lake. They are weeds. Our lake is still healthy and they would need to be much worse before it would be considered otherwise.
For the last few years we have been tracking the size of the weed clusters and they are getting larger and more pronounced.
We are currently looking into advice and options about removing / controlling them before they get unmanageable. We have reached out to the WA state Ecology department for advice on how best to deal with them.
From the office
Fire and Lake Tyee
It’s August now and typically the hottest, driest time of year. We may get brief relief from passing storms, but temperatures tend to stay on the warmer side.
The warm temperatures and infrequent storms dry our area out quickly and increases the risk of fires substantially. Adding to this problem is Covid preventing people from coming to the lake so they can take care of their yards.
Maintenance is working hard keeping the community areas mowed and watered the best they can. We need everyone’s help, to keep the weeds and grass trimmed on the individual lots to help prevent a fire.
Other recommendations to help prevent fires include:
- Clear the leaves and debris from gutters, eaves, porches, and decks.
- Move combustible materials as far away from your structures as possible.
- Don’t use shoddy electrical cords or daisy chain extension cords.
- Do not smoke near materials that can catch on fire and never throw out a lit cigarette.
We are asking, anyone here with a mower or weed eater to keep your grass trimmed and keep the weeds down. Also, if you can help our neighbors that can’t be here, with their yards, please do.
For those that can’t be here, we have a couple of lawn care business contacts, that have been recommended to us, that you can reach out to for that service. They are:
Everyone, please ensure your yard is mowed and the weeds are cut back. If you can’t do the work yourself make arrangements with a friend or neighbors to do that for you or hire a lawncare business to handle it.
Our properties are nestled in a forest which is beautiful but a perfect fuel source for a wildfire. Please do your part, lets keep everyone and our park safe!
Everything we can do to prevent fires during this time is helpful. Thank you
As a reminder, the following was the notice from Skagit County of the modified burn ban that went into effect on July 24th, 2020
Burn Ban takes effect July 24 for all of Skagit County
A modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County will go into effect at noon Friday, July 24, and continue until further notice. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing permits are suspended.
Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 feet in diameter and two feet high remain allowed within enclosures and when safety precautions are followed. Recreational or cooking fires can consist only of charcoal, seasoned firewood or propane-fueled firepits and must meet the following requirements:
- Enclosures must be AT LEAST 14 inches high, no wider than 3 feet, and made of cement blocks, stones or #10 gauge steel
- Burned material must be kept BELOW the top of the enclosure
- ALWAYS have a charged garden hose OR two 5-gallon buckets of water OR a 5-gallon Class A fire extinguisher and shovel present
- Fires MUST BE 15 feet from combustibles, standing timber or overhanging tree branches
- Someone 16 years old or older must ALWAYS be present to monitor and/or extinguish the fire
If you are within the city limits of any of the incorporated cities or towns, check with your city fire department for current burning restrictions.
This ban does not pertain to agricultural burning permitted through the Northwest Clean Air Agency or silvicultural burning permitted through Washington State Department of Natural Resources. For information on active permits, contact those agencies directly.
If you have any questions about open burning in Skagit County please contact the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-416-1840, or our website at www.skagitcounty.net/firemarshal.
Douglas "Doc" Risedorf
(1955 - 2020)
Dear friends and neighbors of Lake Tyee,
I’m deeply saddened to inform you that last night, our friend, my friend, and a longtime coworker Douglas (Doc) Risedorf, passed away (1955 – 2020).
Small in stature but a giant in personality, Doc was a staple of Lake Tyee. He came to the park in 2002 and began working here in 2011. When I first met him, he introduced himself as Doc “Mr. Tyee”. I laughed then and he made me laugh time and again, yet I came to understand that he really was kind of Mr. Tyee. He loved Tyee, he loved the people and he loved the plants. His greatest joy was seeing the kids play at the pools and playgrounds and his greatest pride was the landscaping here at the lake.
His legacy at the lake will live on as we all enjoy the countless trees and flowers he planted and the rules he helped to in-grain in all of us to keep us from being hurt. Doc made an impact on the lives of so many, he lived to help others and protect them. He was quick to offer either his help or anything he had, to someone he felt might need it. He would even help you figure out what really happens at area 51 if you had the time.
Extremely loyal, giving, caring and a true friend would be the way I would describe Doc. I / we will miss him terribly.
May he rest in peace.