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Welcome to Langdon Lake
Langdon Lake is located in the beautiful Tollgate, Oregon mountain area.
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Cabin Water Leak Lessons Learned
As was predicted, the plumbing at some cabins started having issues after temps went from negative 4 degrees to plus 40 degrees all within 7 day's time. I received a call from a member on the south side of the lake stating that he did not have water. Inspection of the South cistern showed it to be empty. Somewhere on the south side of the lake there was a major water leak caused by a broken cabin pipe. Major leak enough to drain over 8000 gallons from the entire water system.

After a long process of isolating main line valves and cabin valves, the leak was finally identified as a broken pump filter inside of a cabin garage. The owner rushed to his cabin to check for water damage within that day. Luckily, most of the water drained into the ground and not inside the cabin.

Later, we both looked at the broken fixture caused by the negative degree temperatures. It is safe to say, every part of the pump and plumbing was adequately insulated and with heat tape EXCEPT the pump's filter. This is good proof that serious cold temperatures will "take no prisoners" when it comes to cabin plumbing. Lesson learned.

It is always best to over do it when you winterize your cabin at Langdon Lake.

Jerry Smith
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Unusually Cold at the Lake
Take note that we are having untypically cold temperatures in November at the lake. We have had at least 2 nights where the mercury dipped into the negative digits. With only 3 inches of snow on the ground, this could be an issue for anything in (or under) your cabin that holds water including pipes, toilets, pea-traps, etc.

At this writing I have heard of 2 cabins having leaks and/or broken plumbing.

If you did not winterize your cabin beforehand, you should probably try to inspect it as soon as possible. Initially check for water pressure at the faucet closest to your main supply line. If no pressure, you may need to place some source of heat in your crawl space to thaw out the plumbing. After pipes are thawed, go back and listen for breaks or look for spraying water in the crawl space. I have mentioned this before: it only takes one cabin with a sufficient leak to drain the entire water system.

For any help or suggestions feel free to call me.

Jerry Smith, Caretaker
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**Gate remotes now available**
Dear Members,

If you are in need of a main gate remote, please contact me and I will place one on reserve. I have a limited amount, so first come..first served.

Thanks!
Jerry Smith
LLA CareTaker

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Fish Arrival/ Huckleberry Trail
Over 1200 rainbow trout will be arriving at the lake this Thursday (6/11) They will all be in the 8-10 inch range and looking for something to eat. Bring your poles up this weekend, the fishing should be great! Top spots on the lake for catching fish are usually by the dam, off of the boat launch dock, and down in the spillway of Lookingglass Creek.

Bringing your hiking shoes as well: Tollgate Historical Society's "Huckleberry Trail" is slowly being rebuilt. There is a sizeable section now open for hikers and horseback riders. Enjoy the scenery as you make your way through the newly thinned forest area. Start of the trail is located on the dirt road just past the horse corrals. Look for the "Huckleberry Trail" sign and a small rock cairn.

Jerry Smith
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Spring-time Vehicle Access
The ducks have arrived back at the lake and turkeys can be heard in the surrounding woods. Conditions are finally starting to change to a warmer climate.

At this writing, access for vehicles to cabins is limited. Call me for details to see if your cabin is ready for driving in. I expect that things will change dramatically in this next week as we are suppose to see sunny skies and above 50 degrees for many days in a row.

Same with the lake...we are right at the fringe of seeing open water. Just a few hot days will accomplish this. Bring your fishing pole the next time you come...I'm sure the hold-over fish are good and hungry!

Let me know if I can answer any other questions

Jerry Smith
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