Five Fire-Free Reasons to Buy at Fishhawk Lake!

 

In light of the recent fires in many areas of Oregon, it is even more important to some to find a safe haven that wasn’t affected by the fires and a healthy place to find retreat from it.

Whether you are looking for full time or a vacation place to have as a sanctuary, here are five good reasons to put Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community on your radar:.

  • Firewise Accredited Communitywhat it is: Firewise USA® is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community.

We have been part of this program for several years. What that means is that we all work together to rid our community of any hazards that could cause potential fires, like invasive weeds that are easily inflammable, removing dangerous limbs, etc. that hang over our homes/properties that could cause a fire to spread, cleaning our roofs and gutters just to name a few tasks that save our lake community from potential dangers. Our local Firewise Coordinator, Kathy Cardona,

also teaches firepit training to members of our lake community before they can use their firepits. If building a new firepit, the location has to be approved by her as well and any new member must go through the training before lighting a fire!

 

  • Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District (MBRFPD) located just five miles away, we work in supporting them and following the guidelines they set forth during the driest seasons of the year by placing No Fires Today! signs around the community as well as volunteering in both fire and EMS to create a symbiotic and healthy community that stays fire free. MBRFPD has placed more fire hydrants in our Fishhawk Lake community than are even necessary and we have a firetruck located in the small fire station right inside the community both as a result of our ongoing mutually supportive and longstanding relationship.
  • Volunteerisma very important piece to the puzzle of staying educated about how to keep our Fishhawk Lake community thriving, by being or becoming a volunteer for our local rural fire, rescue, and EMS, which not only helps keep insurance costs down, but is monumentally rewarding in giving back to our rural community at large! Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District is always open to seeking out and welcoming new volunteers!! (Resident Volunteer Application link)
  • Emergency Preparedness-Purpose: The Emergency Preparedness Committee shall help the community prepare for and respond effectively to emergency situations that may arise in our community [Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community]. Working in conjunction with MBRFPD, we have plans in place for several potential disasters. There are many parts to this that are coming to fruition with this newer program. Here are a few:
  1. a) Organize, train and manage an Incident Management Team and First Responder network throughout the community to respond to emergency incidents in the community.
  2. b) Conduct formal and informal educational programs in the community that encourage residents to acquire continuing education in first aid, CPR, pet safety, and other emergency preparedness topics.

c)Participate in emergency preparedness plans of Clatsop and Columbia Counties and the State of Oregon and other local communities.

  • In the coastal range and on a lake!-With what just occurred in our beautiful state of Oregon because of devastating fires, I was deeply grateful every single day for the fact that we were untouched by forest fires in our Fishhawk Lake community. Wafting smoke came our way, but otherwise, many found this to be a much cleaner, fresher airspace and safer an area to be staying/living in than several towns in Oregon, both rural and urban. We have counted ourselves lucky to have a moister atmosphere and were heralded with rain sooner than some of the other areas around our state.

View of our gorgeous lake and surrounding area! Photo by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

Just five reasons why I love the Fishhawk Lake and surrounding  community and have lived here since 2003!!!

 

Fishhawk Lake Community Lodge Photo by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

If this piques your interest in real estate on or near Fishhawk Lake, please give me a call: Gayle Rich-Boxman (503)755-2905, REALTOR® John L Scott Mkt Ctr or e-mail me at: richbox@centurytel.net 

 

Buyer builds rowboat in Bedroom at Fishhawk Lake!

Fishhawk Lake-Building a Boat in Your Bedroom-Not for the Faint of Art

See, there’s this GUY. And he and his wife bought a  lakefront cabin. On  Fishhawk LakeFrom me. Not a big cabin mind you, but one with two small bedrooms and a converted garage. Which became their master. But not for long. He put two kayaks on the wall in there. Two that he built in six weeks while on sabbatical. Great looking wall art!

But, that wasn’t enough.

He had to build a rowboat, a Wineglass Wherry (called such because of its shape). And the sucker’s pretty dang big. So–the master bedroom has now become a B&B…a Bed&Boat room!

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Pygmy RowBoat in the beginning stages

Pygmy RowBoat in the beginning stages

It’s looking beautiful and he talks about it as if it’s a new love affair…he caresses her gently, explaining what he’s done so far to shape her up for the upcoming spring and summer when she will be gliding along the shorelines of Fishhawk Lake in all of her glory.

 

Knowing nothing about building boats, he is a patient teacher, explaining the steps and the missteps (the wrong formula for a sealer and a call to Pygmy Boats who are only too happy to help!)

Mike Johnson Row boat construction 3 2015-01-01 14.30.13 (1)

 

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He is only somewhat proud of building two kayaks in six weeks, as this one will take longer, but from what he is saying, he will spend the time to perfect the boat-building process

 

Rowing Skiff

 

from what he’s learned by building those.

Me, I’m just thrilled to know that he has a lakefront cabin big enough to build a row boat in, and that his accomodating wife is willing to sleep somewhere else until it’s completed–not for the “faint of art”!

UPDATE!

Mike took it on its maiden voyage and I was invited to be there for it.

First day on Fishhawk Lake with Mike's newly bulit rowboat!

First day on Fishhawk Lake with Mike’s newly bulit rowboat!

Originally posted on ActiveRain 2015 by Gayle Rich-Boxman.