Eastwood Lake and Park Rules

2018 Lake Forest Association Rules And Information For Eastwood Lake and Park

Use of the Park: Eastwood Lake and Park are privately owned and operated by the Lake Forest Association (LFA).  They are open only to fully paid members of the LFA and accompanied guests.   All member activities at Eastwood Lake and Park are conducted at your own risk.  This includes, but is not limited to: swimming, boating, fishing, general use of Eastwood Lake, beach, play grounds, fields and parking area.

The LFA Board reserves the right to suspend or revoke lake, park and voting privileges of any member who violates LFA rules listed below and/or does not cooperate with staff instructions.

 In case of emergency: call 911. 
Park Address:  2029 S. Lakeshore Road, Chapel Hill

Park Hours: Eastwood Lake Park is open to members and guests only from dawn to dusk.

Prohibited Areas: The areas listed below are potentially hazardous. They are not open to anyone, at any time, including members or their pets  Only authorized persons are allowed in these areas:

• forebay pond and grounds located on the corner of North and South Lakeshore Drives
• all wetland and wooded areas around Eastwood Lake
• dam near the beach shed, as well as the rocky slope behind it

Security: The gate keypad code is available to paid members only. Keep it confidential. Do not disclose the code to anyone except licensed drivers in your immediate family. The new lock combination will be sent to all members current on their dues in May.

Staff and Staff Hours:  Eastwood Park is staffed from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  All members and guests must be signed in with LFA staff upon arrival.

LFA staff are present to help with park management, assist members, keep the park clean and provisioned and serve as monitor of safe practices by all park members and guests.  LFA staff are not lifeguards or babysitters.  

For the 2018 season, Eastwood Lake Park will have staff on duty:

• Memorial Day Weekend, (Friday, May 25- Monday, May 28) during these hours: 4-8pm on Friday, 10am-7pm Saturdays, Sunday and Monday
• daily from Thursday, June 7 until Monday, August 27, from 10am-7pm
• Labor Day weekend (Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3) during these hours: 4-8pm on Friday, 10am-7pm Saturdays, Sunday and Monday

NOTE:  The last staffed day of the season is Labor Day, Monday, September 3.

This staff schedule may be adjusted as deemed necessary by the LFA Board for reasons related to weather and staff availability.  Audrey Green serves as Park Seasonal Program Director. Park@LakeForestAssociation.org.  You can also reach her at 919 624-5465.

Children: Children under 12 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.  Adult caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior and safety, even when LFA staff is on duty. Non-swimmers must be accompanied in the water and within arms reach of a responsible adult at all times.

Guests: Any guests of LFA members must be accompanied by their host and must follow all rules of the LFA.

Groups:  Any group of 15 or more at Eastwood Lake Park, must first be approved by the LFA.   Members requesting a large group gathering at the park , must first complete and a submit request at least two weeks prior to the gathering. http://lakeforestassociation.org/lfa-documents/

Prohibited:  Smoking is not allowed on any LFA property.  No glass containers. No fireworks, firearms, or air pistols.  No bicycles and motorized vehicles on the grass area of the Park.  No offensive language, inappropriate behavior or dress.  No amplifiers or speakers are allowed in the park without prior approval.  No fires allowed anywhere of LFA property.

Lake Hazards: The Lake, with a size of 48 acres, has varying depths with drop-offs within and outside of the roped area, some to more than 16 feet. Visibility in the Lake, even in shallow areas, is poor. There are many underwater hazards in the lake, including standpipes, rocks, stumps, cinderblocks and pipes.  No jumping or diving from the retaining walls along the beach.

Floating Docks: No horseplay, running, or pushing people off of docks.  No swimming under docks.  Flips and diving from the docks are prohibited. Keep an eye out for other swimmers at the docks.

Boats: Watercraft must be removed from the Park when not in active use, or securely stored on a rented rack. Boats are not permitted inside roped swim area, near the floating docks when swimmers are present, or on floating docks. No gas powered or other internal combustion motors are allowed.  Battery-powered electric trolling motors are OK, subject to size limitations.

Boat racks:  Racks are available to LFA members for an annual rental fee.  Contact Scott Reifsnyder (Boats@LakeForestAssociation.org) for information on availability and storage regulations.

Parking: Please walk, boat, bike, or carpool to reduce traffic.  No vehicles beyond the upper parking area except for drop off.  Vehicles with handicap accessible parking placards may park in the designated area. If the driver is not the individual in need of accessible parking, please return the vehicle to the upper parking area after drop off.

Fishing: Catch and release is preferred for all fish. Please refer to fishing policy on the LFA website and posted on the lake bulletin board if you wish to fish.  Only paid members with lake privileges and their accompanied guests may fish in Eastwood Lake.  This applies to all parts of the Lake.

Dogs: ALL DOGS must be on leash AT ALL TIMES (whether staff are on duty or not) unless in the boat launch area (at water’s edge near the boat racks) where dogs may access the lake for swimming.   NO DOGS are permitted on the sandy beach or on floating docks AT ANY TIME.   Pet owners are responsible for pick up and proper disposal of all dog waste.   Mutt mitt dispensers can be found on park grounds.   Members are responsible for their dogs and their behavior at all times.

Weather: In the event of an electrical storm, all swimmers must exit the water and leave the waterfront at staff direction. If 30 minutes has passed without any further lightening, thunder or heavy rain, then the staff may resume duty. Otherwise, the staff may leave the park for the day.  In the event of frozen conditions, NO ONE is permitted to walk, skate, slide or ski on the lake surface when frozen.

Care of Lake Reminder: Please remember not to dump any contents of household aquariums into Lake, including plants or animals.  If you have used your boat in other bodies of water, please rinse it before using it again in the Lake.  The introduction of foreign plants, fish, or algae could be very destructive to our lake’s ecosystem.

Water Quality: Water quality tests are conducted in May, July, and September.  For information about the water testing schedule and how to interpret results visit the LFA website, and check the LFA park bulletin board. To protect yourself from lake-borne bacteria, please also be alert to news reports of sewage spills, especially into Booker or Cedar Fork creeks.  Practice safe hygiene, rinsing off after spending time in the lake and promptly drying the ears.

Version date:  6/29/18