FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers:

What is MID/TLMC doing to help houseboat permit holders prepare for the effects of this drought?
What does MID/TLMC recommend houseboat permit holders do at this time?
Will houseboat permit holders have to pay costs associated with their houseboat being pulled, stored and re-launched at some point when the lake levels rise back to acceptable levels?
Will houseboat owners be able to work on their houseboats while stored on MID property?
When will permit holders have to repay costs associated with the drought effort?
Will security be provided for my houseboat while stored on MID property?
What will permit holders need to do to get their houseboat pulled/cribbed/stored?
When will houseboat permit holders know if drought mooring lines will be built, allowing houseboats to stay on Lake McClure during very low lake levels?
Why do I have to sign a liability waiver or indemnification agreement to have my houseboat pulled or stay on the lake in drought mooring fields?
When are the liability waiver or indemnification agreements due to MID/TLMC?
If your houseboat is pulled and stored on MID property, will there be a choice of where it is stored?
When will information regarding the costs associated with this drought effort be available?
If your houseboat is pulled off of the lake, will you still have to pay annual permit and mooring fees?
Will TLMC pump your houseboat for free because you am being required to come off of the lake?
Will you have to be inspected prior to being re-launched on the lake?
What is the expectation for water levels on Lake McClure this summer?
Do you have information related to expected water levels, ramp ending elevations and when marinas may be moved?
Is there state/federal drought assistance available to assist houseboat permit holders?
How do I contact the houseboat repair yard to see if TLMC can perform work on my boat?
Will houseboats be allowed to remain moored on the McClure Point and Barrett Cove marinas when they are moved to a new drought location?
Who do I contact with additional questions?

What is MID/TLMC doing to help houseboat permit holders prepare for the effects of this drought?
MID/TLMC has developed a Drought Action Plan to help houseboat permit holders. Houseboat permit holders will receive an official Drought Action Plan communication in the form of a letter in the next few days via email and/or US Mail outlining the options of having your houseboat voluntarily pulled, cribbed and stored in MID land or staying on Lake McClure in mooring fields temporarily constructed for impending historically low water levels.

The Drought Action Plan official communication was emailed/mailed on May 22, 2014.
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What does MID/TLMC recommend houseboat permit holders do at this time?
Carefully and deliberately read the Drought Action Plan official communication when you receive it and act on your options by the required dates. It is imperative you understand the Drought Action Plan being planned and coordinated by MID/TLMC and you participate in one of the program components or act on your own to deal with the impending drought risks. We are providing drought options but ultimately it is your decision as to how you want to handle the drought situation as it relates to your houseboat.

MID/TLMC strongly encourages houseboat permit holders to contact MID staff immediately at (209) 354-2950, Option #6 and make arrangements to have their houseboats pulled from Lake McClure. Staff is working with a group of companies to coordinate this effort, which is anticipated to being on or before the 2nd week of June.

It is also highly recommended that houseboat owners contact their insurance company/agent in order to thoroughly understand their individual insurance policies as they relate to these drought circumstances and situations, including the applicability of provisions and coverage if the houseboat remains on the lake or is pulled to land storage. MID and TLMC encourages all houseboat owners to comprehensively understand their policies as well as the ‘hold harmless’ provisions of their mooring agreements on Lake McClure.
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Will houseboat permit holders have to pay costs associated with their houseboat being pulled, stored and re-launched at some point when the lake levels rise back to acceptable levels?
At this time, the costs associated with pulling, storing and re-launching houseboats as well as installing drought moorings that can be used at drought lake levels will be initially paid through and MID line of credit. However, every houseboat permit holder will be responsible for reimbursing MID their share of the Drought Action Plan cost. The total cost of the Drought Action Plan will be evenly divided by the number of houseboat permit holders. Permit holders will receive additional information regarding their share of the Drought Action Plan cost and billing procedures within the next few months.

MID/TLMC understands the financial hardship this drought may cause, therefore it is expected that permit holders will have payment options similar to the options provided for payment of annual mooring fees, (i.e. lump sum payment, monthly or quarterly payments, and/or some other equitable arrangement).
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Will houseboat owners be able to work on their houseboats while stored on MID property?
MID/TLMC will consider requests for work permits on a case by case basis. All existing rules, regulations and required fees will still apply to permits, if issued. Deciding what to do with the houseboats on the lake as the drought progresses is our first priority, consideration of work permits will be secondary – and may not occur until after all work to pull, crib and store the houseboats is completed. However, we will do our best to try to promptly address and accommodate work permit requests. If a work permit is denied, please understand it will likely be for environmental, safety or liability reasons.
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When will permit holders have to repay costs associated with the drought effort?
MID/TLMC understands the financial hardship that this drought may cause, therefore it is expected that permit holders will have payment options similar to the options provided for payment of annual mooring fees, (i.e. lump sum payment, monthly or quarterly payments, and/or some other equitable arrangement). MID and TLMC is committed to working cooperatively and creatively with houseboat permit holders on payment terms.
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Will security be provided for my houseboat while stored on MID property?
At the permit holders’ option and to help accommodate houseboaters in this time of drought, MID will allow the storage of houseboats on MID property until Lake McClure returns to more normal lake level conditions. MID understands the security concerns of houseboat owners, however, neither MID nor TLMC may be held responsible for damages caused to private and personal property while stored on MID property.
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What will permit holders need to do to get their houseboat pulled/cribbed/stored?
In addition to contacting staff to make arrangements to have their houseboats pulled from Lake McClure, permit holders will need to sign liability waivers and/or agreement(s) indemnifying MID, TLMC and hired contractors from damages that might occur while pulling, trailering, cribbing and storing their houseboat. It is also highly recommended that houseboat owners take whatever actions are necessary to prepare their houseboat in advance for pulling, cribbing and storage. Such actions include, but are not necessarily limited to securing or removing all personal property inside, outside or attached to the houseboat; pumping out water, sewage and fuel holding tanks (if possible); and removing any other items or object(s) that may add to the weight of the vessel.
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When will houseboat permit holders know if drought mooring lines will be built, allowing houseboats to stay on Lake McClure during very low lake levels?
MID has determined limited drought mooring line locations can be constructed. Please read your official communication letter for details on what this means for you. Those that may stay on the lake in drought mooring locations will be required to sign a liability waiver and indemnity agreement in favor of MID and TLMC and hired contractors.
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Why do I have to sign a liability waiver or indemnification agreement to have my houseboat pulled or stay on the lake in drought mooring fields?
It must be clearly understood that houseboat permit holders are private and personal property owners and are afforded the opportunity to moor their boats on Lake McClure within the rules, regulations and policies of both MID and TLMC. It is imperative the costs associated with this private recreation activity not result in fiscal impacts or increased liability to MID, TLMC or any of their other customers and ratepayers.
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When are the liability waiver or indemnification agreements due to MID/TLMC?
To voluntarily have your houseboat pulled/stored the signed liability waiver or indemnification agreement need to be delivered by June 3rd and to be allowed for consideration to stay on the lake the signed liability waiver or indemnification agreement must be delivered by June 9th.
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If your houseboat is pulled and stored on MID property, will there be a choice of where it is stored?
MID/TLMC has identified enough space to store all houseboats on MID property as follows: Barrett Cove South Ramp parking lot (~30 houseboats); Barrett Cove North Ramp parking lot (~50 houseboats); McClure Point un-gated spillway (~50 houseboats); and the Old McClure Point Boatyard (~60 houseboats). MID and TLMC retains the final decision regarding where houseboats will be stored. However, if houseboat repairs are needed, arrangements should be made as soon as possible to ensure a spot in the Old McClure Point Boatyard.
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When will information regarding the costs associated with this drought effort be available?
Because we expect many houseboaters will want to pull their houseboats from the lake, we are in the process of coordinating with contractors that will be available to pull houseboats to storage areas. The hope is to reduce the overall cost through efficiencies of scale. Overall costs can also be reduced by having your houseboat ready to be pulled at your scheduled time, and without any delay. As mentioned above, MID and TLMC understands the financial hardship this may cause, therefore we anticipate providing permit holders with payment options similar to the options provided for payment of annual mooring fees, (i.e. lump sum payment, monthly or quarterly payments, and/or some other equitable arrangement).
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If your houseboat is pulled off of the lake, will you still have to pay annual permit and mooring fees?
Yes. Mooring Fees are a revenue component of TLMC and serve to allow TLMC to remain in operation and provide all the services it currently provides including pump outs, transfer of pumped sewage to sewage treatment facilities, mooring/marina/dock/ operations & maintenance, providing fuel dock service, providing café and retail store operations, facility and personnel management, regulatory compliance, houseboat repair yard operations and maintenance and capital improvements as required/needed for all TLMC assets.
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Will TLMC pump your houseboat for free because you am being required to come off of the lake?
At this time, houseboats are not being required to be removed from Lake McClure, rather MID and TLMC is strongly making this recommendation. Although we will continue to work hard to develop options, the recommendation to pull houseboats from the lake may turn into a requirement in just a few short weeks. Permit holders will be informed if this recommendation changes. Permit holders may utilize free pump out services at Barrett Cove, but if the houseboat owner requests this service at their boat on the lake, the owner is responsible for the fees.
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Will you have to be inspected prior to being re-launched on the lake?
Consistent with current mooring agreement requirements, houseboats will need to be inspected if work is performed on the houseboat, if a six-year inspection is due, or if there is visible evidence of physical or structural deterioration that may affect your houseboats’ lake worthiness upon re-launch. However, because the houseboat will already be pulled and stored, we strongly recommend that the opportunity be taken to have a thorough inspection performed. It is in the best interest of all houseboat permit holders that all houseboat are in compliance with MID and TLMC requirements and remain lakeworthy.
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What is the expectation for water levels on Lake McClure this summer?
The lake is currently at elevation 715 feet. It is anticipated the lake will be at approximately 600 feet elevation by September 1, 2014, a drop of more than 100 feet. Absent storms and meaningful inflow to the lake in the fall or early winter, the lake elevation could drop to as low as 520 feet elevation by the end of 2014, a mere 13% capacity at approximately 13,000 AF.

Because of the projected historically low lake levels, houseboat owners may not have access to their houseboats if allowed to remain on the lake once the boat ramps are no longer useable. The McClure Point boat ramp ends at approximately 650 feet elevation (~first week of August), the Barrett Cove South Ramp ends at approximately 630 feet elevation (~late August), and the Barrett Cove North Ramp ends at approximately 600 feet (~mid-October, don’t count on the use of this ramp at this elevation as it has been years since the lake has been that low). MID reserves the right to close boat ramps above these elevations as may be necessary or appropriate for safety or other reasons.

Not to be alarmists but to be realists - given current conditions, and if California and our watershed experiences continued drought into 2015, boats that remain on Lake McClure could end up in the dead pool puddle or even dry land in the lake bed.
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Do you have information related to expected water levels, ramp ending elevations and when marinas may be moved?
Below is critical timing and lake information based upon the best information we have today. All of the information represents current best estimates and are subject to change based on changing factors including weather and water runoff forecasts. MID and TLMC reserve the right to close ramps prior to the levels/dates listed should there be a safety concern as these ramps end.

  • 715 feet elevation – May 21, 2014 we are estimating the lake is close to its peak elevation and levels will remain fairly consistent for another week or two, and then we will see a dramatic and steady, daily decline
  • 700 feet elevation – approximately (“~”) 2nd week of June
  • 690 feet elevation – approximately 3rd/4th week of June - Voluntary houseboat pulls will be scheduled to be in full swing in this time frame
  • 660 feet elevation – McClure Point Marina must be in its drought mooring location (~ third week of July)
  • 650 feet elevation – The McClure Point Boat Ramp ends (~ first week of August)
  • 630 feet elevation – The Barrett Cove South Boat Ramp ends and Barrett Cove Marina will be moved to its drought mooring location and will no longer be able to provide services. (~ late August)
  • 625.5 feet elevation – Existing Minimum Pool (115,000 AF) ~ August 20th
  • 604 feet elevation – Potential reduced Minimum Pool (85,000 AF) and generally the end of the Barrett Cove North Ramp as best we know from history (count on this at your own risk) ~ September 1st
  • 590-570 feet elevation – Approx lake elevations absent storm event runoff into Lake McClure existing regulatory flow requirements remain in effect below Minimum Pool ~ beginning in October 2014

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Is there state/federal drought assistance available to assist houseboat permit holders?
At this time, staff is only aware of a drought loan program administered by the state that may be available to help with the financial effects of this drought situation. Staff will continue to explore other options, but at this time we are unaware of any other grant funding. If members of the public are or become aware of such assistance, please contact staff and we will pursue it immediately.
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How do I contact the houseboat repair yard to see if TLMC can perform work on my boat?
Our Houseboat Repair Boatyard is filling up and if you are interested in taking advantage of some vacancy in the houseboat repair yard to have work done on your houseboat, please contact Todd Catt the McClure Point Boatyard (209) 354-2957 as soon as possible for an estimate and schedule. 
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Will houseboats be allowed to remain moored on the McClure Point and Barrett Cove marinas when they are moved to a new drought location?
Our initial hope was yes, but it appears that this may not be an option due to a variety of factors including wind loading, etc…
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If you have additional questions/answers that you think you will be helpful to the houseboat permit holder community, please submit your question to Jennifer Carter at jcarter@mercedid.org
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