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We LOVE our website and how it mightily serves the Ames Lake community.  Because the website needs routine maintenance and because we hope everyone takes time to give a little, we’re looking for someone–or sometwo–to be our technical partner and to keep myameslake.org bright and shiny.

Specifically, we need someone who is savvy with the popular “WordPress” platform, will update our WordPress version right away, will remedy some hiccups we’re having, and will watch over the website so it continues to run smoothly.

We are not looking for an editor or designer or someone to create content, but rather one to assist our communications team in knowing how to edit easily and work independently.  Your WordPress knowledge + our good dispositions could be the perfect pairing!

Call 425-754-0628 and be the chosen one.  Thanks!

Light up the Boats!


Everyone loves the anual Ames Lake Boat Parade!

Sunday, Dec. 14th, from 4 to 6 p.m.

We’ve all come indoors for the winter and it will be wonderful to see neighbors out on the lake with their boats colorfully lit up and everyone celebrating the season.  All boats can join in, no matter the size.  From 4 to 6 p.m., we’ll be bound by our enthusiasm for this wonderful community and the warmth of a shared, fa-la-la-la-laaaa-la-la-la-la winter day. 

Landlubbers are welcome to come outdoors to serenade all of the parade boats as they pass by.

See you then! 

Sheriff Thomas Visits Ames Lake






In July, your board ask your King County Sheriff, Captain Greg Thomas, to speak with our community and he graciously accepted.  During the “at the beach” meeting, Captain Thomas spent time both presenting new information and answering questions posed by the approximately 30 attending ALCC members. 

Beyond the excellent information from Capt. Thomas, here are a few notes we took:

-Make sure all ladders are stored where others can’t use them to enter your home. If they are stored outdoors, secure them with a lock.

-Garage doors without windows are best, as some bad guys will break the corner window and pull the release to enter your garage.

-If you invest in security cameras, ensure that the image quality is high so that the footage will be useful.  Yes, this will cost more.

-Never leave any keys, garage door opener, or other document with your home address in your vehicle when attending a long event such as the movies or sports events, as thieves know you’ll be gone for a few hours and they have time to break and enter your home before your return. The sheriff suggests taking your vehicle registration with you into the event.

-If you have sliding doors, check that it was installed correctly (many are not), that the correct slider is on the inside so that the outer slider can’t be popped out of it’s track easily.

-Longer screws in your exterior door casing is added security, and is something you can do yourself.

-Posting your vacation photos on Facebook or similar sites is an advertisement that you are out of town and you are vulnerable to break-ins.

-Skylights are “doors on the ceiling” and are used by burglars to gain entry.

-Noise emanating rom your home while you are away is good!

Sherrif Thomas provided this HOME SECURITY CHECKLIST.  You may find areas around your home that need improvement in order to help  minimize your family’s chances of being a crime victim.  Let’s do all we can!

Information to make note of:

You may email Greg Thomas at:  Greg.Thomas@kingcounty.gov

Email Dow Constantine (KC Executive) at: Dow.Constantine@kingcounty.gov

Sheriff office telephone #: 206-263-9133

Sheriff Thomas’ telephone #: 206-423-1485

Thank you for your time, Captain Thomas!

2014 Wildlife Hike to Carnation

 Photos from 2014 hike to Carnation

Blessed with a gorgeous, sunny morning, it was an awesome day of good-humored hiking. Tracey Emmanuel is filled with knowledge of the tree farm’s current and past logging activity, Ames Lake history, wildlife, and other tales.  We trekked, laughed, listened, learned, and leaned in just close enough to take in the stunning view of the Carnation valley.  A great lunch at Ixtapa was the perfect way to end the day.

Great news for you: If you couldn’t make it, Tracey has offered to take you and your group on a private hike.  Our advice is to get a group together and GO! 


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9:00 Cars to Carnation- Meet at beach to take cars so we can get back.

9:30 Meet at the beach and hike on!

Drizzle or sunshine, grab your sturdy shoes, backpack, bottle of water and come join the group hiking up and through the tree farm on Sept. 6th. ( About 1/2 day.) Tracy Emmanuel will lead us, enthusiastically sharing his knowledge of Ames Lake’s history, the tree farm, wildlife, and guiding us to stunning valley views.  

You can choose to pack a lunch and picnic in Tolt-McDonald Park at the trail’s end or walk into Carnation and lunch.

Bring the family and enjoy this annual, always popular event. Questions? Call the ALCC universal #- 206-337-9561



Garage Sale a Great Success!

Our ALCC annual garage sale was a terrific success and brought about $1000.00 to the ALCC.  

Special big thanks to Sharon Miller and her volunteers who ensured the event was well organized.

Having an annual event keeps it fresh in everyone’s mind as well as well as your contributions of good, salable items, aka “no junk”, makes a big difference.  It isn’t too early to set your gently used treasures aside for next July’s event. Thanks, everyone!

Ames Lake Artists Part of Snoqualmie Valley Arts Tour

Two of our Ames Lake Residents, Jim Wilcher, glass artist, and Ed Edelstein, painter, will be among many artists who will be opening their studios to guests for two days at this self-guided, free tour.  Click this link to find a map an artists list:  MAP OF ARTS TOUR

When- June 21 & 22        Hours- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meet artists in their studios, see the region’s galleries and art-friendly businesses while you enjoy the scenic byways of the Snoqualmie river Valley.  This is a unique opportunity to see the creative spaces that produce some of our area’s best art.

The tour lands on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year so you’ll have plenty of sunlight to see a wide variety of art.  Plein air painting, monumental stone carvings, unique metal sculptures–you will encounter a wide variety of quality work on the trail of discovery through our very picturesque rural landscape.




Workparty for Lot D

Please join the team and help improve lot D so those who live in the southwest quadrant–and anyone else, including those who like to take their dogs to the lake.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH  -  9 a.m.  - meet at LOT D.

Where is lot D?  Click here to see the map.

Water Testing the Lake

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Alicia and Ryan Tremblay are on the water and volunteering as Ames Lake participates in a special King County water testing program.

Beach Keys Still Available!

Our three key exchanges have past but you may still obtain a key using US Mail.

Click here for the form.  Print it and send it along with your payment and a SELF ADDRESSED TWO-STAMPED ENVELOPE so we can mail your key back to you.  You may include your old key, but remember to put two stamps on the envelope that you mail to us.

If you have lost your key or this is your first key, the deposit is $10.00.  Too, you’ll find a request for $15.00 yearly to help offset the cost of beach maintenance.  This was passed by those attending the annual meeting.

ALCC Address: 3647 E. Ames Lake Lane NE, Redmond, WA 98053