ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION – New folks at the helm

Nov 1, 2023 | Communities, Lake Arrowhead

Mike Pate (left), the new ALA general manager, was warmly welcomed by directors Denise Loxton, Alan Kaitz, Bud Macer and Eran Heissler. (Photos by Mary-Justine Lanyon)

By Mary-Justine Lanyon


Mike Pate, the newly hired general manager of the Arrowhead Lake Association, was warmly welcomed by the directors and members at the Oct. 28 meeting.

Denise Loxton was elected vice president and Alan Kaitz was elected president.

Denise Loxton was elected vice president and Alan Kaitz was elected president.

“We went through an extensive search,” said Alan Kaitz, who has served as treasurer of ALA for the past five years and was elected president for the coming year at the Saturday meeting. “We had almost 300 candidates apply for the position. I think we made an excellent choice. I think he will serve you, the members, extremely well.”

Pate thanked the association for the honor of serving as their general manager. “We have a good team, a good staff,” he said. “There are large challenges ahead. I think we can improve our efficiencies. I see a lot of deferred maintenance.

“I’m excited to serve here. Looking at the mission statement, I see my call is to do what is best for the lake and the members. I’ve lived here 23 years and have enjoyed Lake Arrowhead.” He added he will do everything possible to “preserve, protect and promote it.”

Rick Reisenhofer, the Lake Safety supervisor, gave a comprehensive update on lake safety. His goal, he said, was to explain to the members what Lake Safety does.

He gave details on the lake safety patrol, the shore patrol, the launch ramp and gas dock, the decontamination service ALA offers and the newly formed auxiliary.

As more and more boats get swamped and sink, Reisenhofer said, his team has gotten more skilled at hazmat containment. “We are the first responders on the lake for hazmat,” he said, showing a couple of photos of the team at work, placing booms to contain oil spilled from boats that had sunk.

“Our primary purpose,” he noted, “is to correct any unsafe activity that might result in injury or property damage.” He added they work closed with the sheriff’s department, County Fire and LACSD to protect members and the public from injury, crimes and property loss.

“We’re proud we have a good relationship with these agencies,” he said.

Members of the shore patrol walk the trails, vet the members. They can see violations up close to docks and the shoreline in a way the patrol in boats cannot. “They are our liaisons with the members,” Reisenhofer said.

At the launch ramp, the crew inspects boats for quagga mussels and other materials that need to be cleaned off prior to putting boats on the lake. They also make sure boats are properly registered and owners are licensed.

Four team members have gone through the California Fish and Wildlife training for invasive species inspections. ALA has a strict banding policy. “This is a great program,” Reisenhofer said. “We do not allow you to launch your boat without a band on it even if it is clean, drained and spotless.” The band indicates that, when the boat came off the lake, it was inspected and found to be free of any invasive species.

The gas dock is open 364 days a year; Christmas is the only day it is closed.

The auxiliary program stemmed from an idea proposed by a member. These volunteers are walking the trail anyway so, while out there, they interact with members and look for areas in need of remediation.

The primary focus of Lake Safety, Reisenhofer said, is aquatic safety education. “We give out mostly warnings,” he said. “Only a small number result in violations.”

In addition to Kaitz being elected president for the coming year, Director Denise Loxton was elected vice president and Jim Hannon, who was unable to attend the meeting, was elected secretary-treasurer.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Arrowhead Boat Yard
rim bowling center generic 7 11 22 web
audio in english
audio en español

December activities at Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club

Earlier this year the Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club received an AED device, thanks to the efforts of County Supervisor Dawn Rowe and the late Tom Kyle, who was the club’s activities director. An AED, or automated external defibrillator, can determine and respond...

Contest to light up Crestline

Contest to light up Crestline

By RHEA-FRANCES TETELEY Staff Writer   The Crestlights home and business holiday lighting contest is entering its fifth year. This contest is designed to recognize those who make the Crestline community sparkle with holiday joy and lift the spirits of those who...

‘A Few of My Favorite Things’

‘A Few of My Favorite Things’

At the Mountain Christian Fellowship’s women’s Christmas tea on Dec. 1, Karen Alexander will share her expertise in decorating a home for Christmas: “A Few of My Favorite Things.” Alexander’s style can be described as simple but elegant. She has a way of choosing...