There is zero doubt that residents of East Central Alabama and West Georgia love their lake. Lake Wedowee has been called one of the cleanest lakes in the state, and that speaks directly to the people who call this area home.
Each year, a group of volunteers meet at the Highway 48 bridge in front of Wedowee Marine South for a three-day cleanup of Lake Wedowee, led by the Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association and Alabama Power. This year, those dates will stretch from Wednesday, October 24 through Friday, October 26, from 8 A.M. until 1 P.M. central time.
"Renew our Rivers" has expanded over the years, as the number of volunteers has grown. Some residents even donate food and boats to aid in the efforts. Each year, local restaurants and grocery stores have provided lunch to volunteers, and locals have loaned their boats to the LWPOA to transport volunteers around the lake and to haul the collected trash.
Over the years, volunteers have collected everything from soda bottles and fast food sacks, to tires and bowling balls (yes, they actually float). Most of the trash collected has come from highway drivers and passengers who litter, however, the amount of trash has decreased each year.
If you are interested in volunteering in this year's "Renew our Rivers" cleanup, LWPOA will meet each day at the Highway 48 ramp, in front of Wedowee Marine South, at 8 A.M. central time. The LWPOA recommends wearing an old t-shirt, long pants, and boots, but also advises to check the weather each day and to dress accordingly. If you would like to provide lunch for volunteers, or to donate your boat for the cleanup, contact Sheila Smith, or Marlon and Betty Glover, their contact information is available on LakeWedoweePOA.com/our-mission. If you loan your boat to "Renew Our Rivers" for lake cleanup, the LWPOA will clean your boat prior to return.
“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” — Victoria Erickson
Can y’all believe another lake season has come to an end? I can’t. It seems every year the season gets shorter and shorter. One of the best highlights of the season was Fireworks at Flat Rock. It was great to see so many people come together for a common purpose. It took a lot of work and money to pull off that event and we can’t wait to see what happens next year!
With summer over, lots of people have packed it in when it comes to the lake, but let me tell you...the fall is an amazing time to enjoy Lake Wedowee, especially when the lake level doesn’t drop to quick. The fall is a calmer laid back scene with fewer boats on the water... less noise and for sure less fireworks! (I mean really what is it with people on the lake LOVING to shoot fireworks! Regardless, we made it through another summer with a lifetime of memories and fishtales that will grow larger than life.
We still have a few months left to enjoy 2018, and then we have fantastic plans in the works for 2019. We hope you enjoy our look back on some special moments from Lake Wedowee this season and be sure to join us again real soon!
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Enjoy Life! Kelly
Inside This Issue
BY Jeremy Wortham
First off, this is not something to panic about, but something to be aware and cautious of.
You’re probably thinking, “here we go again. It’s another one of those gator stories”.
We’ve all heard the stories about alligators on Lake Wedowee, but whether you believe those stories or not is a discussion to be had for another day. But let me tell you about the crocodiles.
Yes, you read right… crocodiles!
Lake Wedowee is full of them. They cover miles of the lake, from the shorelines to the depths. At some point you may have spotted one or even several on the lake but may have never gave it much thought or attention. You may have spotted one floating down the river. You also probably crossed one or drove over one in the bends. And every once in a while you may see a good Samaritan wrestling to rope one so that it could be towed and tied off at the waters
While you’re enjoying your time at the lake, you need to be looking for these crocodiles ( or hazards ) that may exist. They come in all shapes and sizes and will show no mercy. Crocodiles are any potential water hazard. Some of the more common hazards are:
FLOATING DEBRIS; It’s common to see trees that may have blown over get washed down stream with other debris. Sometimes these bigger objects lurk just below the surface making them appear to be smaller than they are. So always scan the water ahead to ensure you don’t drive over a log or Crocodiles. Always be on the look out forFloating debris can be a hazard for boat motors and towables. Parts of Lake Wedowee have tree tops also known as stickups. Many are below the waters surface when the water is at full pool.
As the water level drops this fall, pay particular attention for stickups…pull a towable over something that could puncture your tube or even rider.
SHALLOW POINTS; there’s shallow points on the lake with some being marked by hazard buoys. You can find these shallow points in the bends of the lake but fair warning they can make their presence known in a split second on the depth finder.
OTHER BOATERS; Alabama requires state residents to take and pass a boating test prior to being able to operate a vessel or watercraft but doesn’t require out of state residents to have a boaters license to navigate a vessel on the water. I’m not saying that non licensed drivers are unsafer but it could raise the question on boating knowledge. Boats not using navigation lights while driving or anchored, boats using docking lights for running lights, boats crossing the wrong direction when meeting head on, among other things. Over the last year and a half there’s been 3 boating accidents on Lake Wedowee with 1 being alcohol related. That’s 3 boating accidents that were reported.
NO PFD’s; I was swimming at the lake one day this summer and I was swimming no more than 20 feet away from the boat when I had found myself exhausted in that short distance. This was unusual because I’ve been swimming regularly for the last 21 years and never had this problem. We tend to forget that at any given moment we can exceed our physical abilities such as how far we can swim or tread water, the possibilities of our bodies becoming fatigued and shutting down from exhaustion, cramping, black outs, heart attacks, and any other medical condition or natural event that could leave us vulnerable to a potential drowning. Over the last year and a half there’s been 7 drownings on Lake Wedowee. I encourage everyone to consider wearing a floatation device when entering the water. It’s better to have it on and not need it than need it and not have it on.
Remember, crocodiles are out there, some easily noticeable while others are lurking in disguise. Think safety! Look for what’s out of place or has changed since you have last been on the lake because things are always constantly changing. Currents may flow faster at certain times of the day, water levels may be higher or lower, holiday traffic brings more boat traffic which results in over populated areas and increased size in waves, a child may not be properly wearing their life jacket, an oncoming boater may be driving carelessly or not paying attention, or maybe there’s an issue with your boat or equipment that’s not working properly that could have been brought to your attention if you did a walk through.
Hopefully you’ve had a wonderful year thus far and thanks for being apart of our home that we call Lake Wedowee.
I wonder if there’s a boat behind him. Use common sense when operating in unexpected weather conditions, such as using your navigation lights and slower speeds when its foggy.
Life Jackets must be zipped and buckled to be worn.
Are You Looking For Santa K?
For many, many years and trips back and forth from the North Pole visiting places where I could have stayed I kept coming back to Lake Wedowee. I always have the best time here with my crew from the far north region and decided to make this our annual stay over, during our off season. Fishing, sunshine, friendly people, hospitality on & on I could go but Lake Wedowee is the place to be.
A typical day for Santa K at Lake Wedowee...First I am awakened by my Elf Alarm. I jump up with glee for a new day on the lake. I normally will have my hot cocoa, (not too hot, shaken not stirred and strong with chocolate.) Today I have some of my elves helping me at the secret reindeer barn. We must replace some of the oatmeal and carrot feeders, which I need wood and nails for. I always stop at Wedowee Building Supply for everything to build with. Of course, I know everyone there from delivering toys when they were children. Most of them were on the nice list but, of course not all of them. HO HO HO Joe and all the boys are so helpful with advise and great prices. They even have a special parking place for my sleigh.
We are so anxious to get to work but, I haven’t had my special coffee and morning delights yet so, we are off to Miss Amber’s Main Street Coffee Shop for that. They are always open early and I know we can have goodies and lots of coffee and be on our way. I always love smiling faces and I know Miss Amber will give me that. Since this is a work day, we are packing our lunches so, we won’t have to stop. I’ve been there many times in the past and I love WM grocery. Santa’s favorite is always the homemade chicken pot pies...mmmm good! We load up with all we need, most importantly the cookies, (of course) and they have plenty to choose from!
When I was out on my boat the last time I almost ran out of gas so, I stopped at Wedowee Marina at 48 bridge to gas up. It was so easy to to get in and out. They have so many beautiful new boats to look at, I almost didn’t leave. Randy and his staff at all locations are easy to work with, they remain on my nice list, (at least for now.) HO HO HO
I want to especially thank Wedowee Life Magazine for all their help in telling me about this wonderful community and all the great people. They have been family for Santa K and the elves since all of them were kids and I delivered toys to them. I am so excited about living and playing at Lake Wedowee during my off season. Remember, if you see me on the water I will always have my Santa K hat on. Wave to me and if i can, I will stop and give you a special card, (just for you!) Well, it’s work time and it’s hot so, let us get hammering.
See you soon Santa K
A Front Porch Re-do For A Tiny Home
By: Mary Lee Caldwell
This newly designed front porch tells a story of what you will find on the inside of this tiny lake home. When walking up to this home, the front porch immediately catches your eye. You see pops of color, natural beauty, and vintage farmhouse sense of style, and this is just a taste of what you will find when you open the front door. Here are a few tips for your own front porch transformation: Pick a porch focal point: As you can see from the before and after photos, the centerpiece of this transformation is adding a new front door from Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors available locally at Millworks Specialties in Heflin. Changing out the bland existing door for a new upgrade with a pop of color provides a focal point for the porch that is welcoming and full of cheer.
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Big Style in Small Spaces with a Tiny Home Makeover
by Leisel Caldwell
Lake homes come in all sizes and price ranges, large custom-built homes, cabins, tiny homes, park model homes, RVs and campers. Our lake home is a park model home, we have owned for 13 years. We fell in love with our tiny home before tiny homes were cool! It has 1 bedroom, 1 bath, full kitchen, small living area and a large screened in porch.
After 13 years it was time for a tiny home makeover. The plan was to create a tranquil space, and multi-functional areas for entertaining and sleeping. This was a DIY project with my husband taking on the first step of converting the porch to a sunroom. The work included new windows being installed as well as beadboard and sheetrock walls, wood ceiling, and adding a heating and air unit. It was my turn next in picking out colors and painting. I picked out a neutral color pallet of burlap, tan and off whites and used painting techniques to create a unique look.
The focus then changed to furniture, space planning and sleeping areas. We needed to be frugal and use much of what we already owned. In our stash was an old futon frame and mattress.
The finishing touches to this part of our makeover are the art pieces for our newly renovated space. Jessica Bailey of Reclaimed Grace Art is a local artist with a lot of talent. She has a great flair for farmhouse chic, which is the look I was after for our tiny lake home. I called Jessica and ask her to look at our space. After our meeting, I commissioned her to do 4 pieces. She had them ready in approximately 4 weeks. Let me just say, she hit it out of the park matching my color pallet of drop cloth, burlap, brown and the beautiful blues. I could not be more pleased.
We have a way to go before we are finished with our tiny lake home makeover; the kitchen, the bathroom and bedroom. Stay tuned, same place, same magazine but not sure what issue!
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