I didn’t launch my boat this spring, do I need a tether/seal?2020-05-31T17:00:25+00:00

YES. Please email tloaboard@gmail.com and arrange a time for a board member to seal your boat to the trailer. By doing this it will make launching next year easier and quicker. If you don’t have a tether/seal on your boat when you go to launch you will have to wait the 10 day dry down period even if you say your boat sat at the lake all winter. This is the only way we can ensure not putting our lake at risk.

Can I launch my watercraft vehicle from my own lot?2020-05-31T16:59:44+00:00

NO. We are controlling access to protect the lake for everyone and appreciate all owners following the protocol.

Will this inspection protocol change?2020-05-31T16:59:10+00:00

YES. As the experience of other lakes with this effort shows, it will be an evolving process. The TLOA board will continue to improve the process, as well as communicate those changes with you.

When I request a time out of the normal Friday and Sunday 5-7 pm hours, am I guaranteed someone will meet me to launch/take out my boat?2020-05-31T16:58:07+00:00

NO, please remember we are all volunteers. Some have full time jobs and other commitments. The board will do their best to accommodate the boating needs of TLOA members and to arrange a time that will work for all parties. We appreciate your understanding.

What if I want to launch/take out my boat outside of the “normal boating season” that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day?2020-05-31T16:57:43+00:00

You will need to email tloaboard@gmail.com 48 hours in advance to set up a time for someone to meet you at the boat ramp to assist.

What is a tether/seal and can it be reused?2020-05-31T16:57:13+00:00

A tether is a numbered security seal that will connect your boat to your trailer. This insures us that the watercraft was not placed in another body of water. The tethers are one-time use only.

What if I don’t want to wait 10 days for the dry down period to happen?2020-05-31T16:56:37+00:00

You may go to a certified marina that specializes in the Hosty power washing and bring certification that you have had it done.

Do I need to go through the inspection protocol if I always leave my boat at Thomas Lakes?2020-05-31T16:56:04+00:00

YES, whenever you take your boat out of the water you will get a tether/seal. If that tether/seal has not been tampered with you will be able to re-launch without further inspection. If it has been tampered with, your boat will be inspected and a 10-day dry down period will be in effect.

Will my boat ramp key still work?2020-05-31T16:55:26+00:00

NO, only current board members will have keys to the boat ramp to ensure compliance with the new inspection protocol.

Can I take my boat out of the water any time I want?2020-05-31T16:54:52+00:00

NO, the ramp lock has been changed. Now you must follow the specified times allotted for launching or removing your boat from the water.

What if I need a repair on my boat? Do I still need a tether/seal?2020-05-31T16:53:42+00:00

YES, it’s the only way to ensure the watercraft hasn’t been used in another lake or river.

Is there a phone number I should call to launch my boat/jet ski in during the week?2020-05-31T16:53:15+00:00

NO, please email tloaboard@gmail.com 48 hours in advance to request launching your boat outside of the designated weekend times.

When will someone be at the boat dock to unlock the ramp for me to launch/pull out my boat?2020-05-31T16:52:46+00:00

Friday 5-7pm and Sunday 5-7pm during boating season (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Any other time please email tloaboard@gmail.com 48 hours in advance. All owners are encouraged to leave their watercraft in the lake during the season.

Does our lake, or other area lakes have zebra mussels now?2020-05-31T16:52:10+00:00

Thomas Lakes does NOT, however Omaha’s Lake Zorinsky, Omaha’s Lake Cunningham, Council Bluff’s Carter Lake, Lewis & Clark lake in northern Nebraska, as well as the Missouri River all have tested positive for zebra mussels. If your boat has been in any of these lakes, you’re at risk of infesting Thomas Lakes.

Why are we going to all this trouble now?2020-05-31T16:51:21+00:00

We’re behind other Nebraska lakes who have already taken these necessary steps. A zebra mussel infestation would devastate our lake, both from a recreation use and property value perspective. The only way to protect our community is to tightly control watercraft access to our waters. It is difficult, if not impossible to rid a lake of zebra mussels once an outbreak occurs, as has been the case in Omaha’s Lake Zorinsky.

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