Lakes Letter – June 7, 2018

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Welcome to Lakes of Fire! | Ticketing Basics | What’s Happening This Year | What to Bring and What Not to Bring | Lucky Lake Weather | The 10 Principles | Driving and Tent Safety

Welcome to Lakes of Fire!

Firebreathing Devil - Photo: Christopher MoellerTake a deep breath, we’re here for you!  Read this blast, read the Survival Guide and the WhatWhereWhen event guide (linked below) for starters.  Our best advice is to come without a lot of expectations – Lakes is different from festivals, different from other burns like Burning Man, and will even be different from last year.

Remember that you aren’t a consumer or voyeur – you are a fellow creator of this experience, and everyone you meet is, too. As long as you respect the consent of others, you are welcome here, and you get to choose when, where, and how you decide to participate.

Ticketing Basics

  • Gate stop sign - Photo: SkennedyYou must have a valid, unexpired government-issued photo ID that matches your name and birthdate on the will call list at Gate to gain entry. Upon verifying both photo ID and name on the will call list, you will be wrist-banded. Keep your wristband on throughout Lakes of Fire.
  • You do not need to print anything out regarding your ticket besides identification. Your name will be on the will call list.
  • There will be absolutely no ticket sales at the Gate…as in zero. No ticket? No entry. No exceptions.
  • Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All parents and guardians are required to register each minor in their care at the Gate Station.
  • Participants at Lakes of Fire who are 21 years and up will receive a wristband identifying them as such. You may not gift alcohol to those under 21!

What’s Happening This Year

Our official event guide PDF is now available! Black and White copies will be made available during the event in a limited capacity (as always) at Greeters and the Nexus in order to not waste paper. Share with your mates!
The schedule in the WhatWhereWhen is divided from the event descriptions in order to save space.
Download your own copy of the event map PDF! Check our our News Post about the WhatWhereWhen if you are having trouble and need other sizes or colors.
Also, Reuben took it upon himself to update his gift to attendees – a Lakes of Fire online app (for iOS only) that has event information, the map,  and the WWW available.  Once you use it, the information is available offline on your phone, saving you data charges or signal issues.  Thanks, Reuben! (Next year, he has plans to include Android!)

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

unpacked van - Photo: SkennedyBring:

  • Your valid, unexpired government-issued photo ID that matches your name and birthdate on the will call list
  • To promote inclusivity and access for all persons, Lakes of Fire permits animals qualifying as “Service Animals” as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to accompany a disabled owner. If a participant wishes to bring a qualifying ADA Service Animal to Lakes of Fire, we ask that you contact ADAanimals@lakesoffire.org to pre-register your animal so that we can best accommodate your circumstances and simplify the entry process
  • Food, drinks (there is free potable water on site) and personal supplies for your entire stay at Lakes Of Fire
  • A jug to fill up with drinking water
  • Cash for ice and firewood, if desired
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • A couple rolls of Toilet Paper (single ply)
  • Strong trash bags to take your refuse home
  • Clothes and sleeping gear for warm weather, cold weather, and wet weather

Remember, you can’t run to the store and then return, so bring everything you need for your entire stay. Stock up on your important items!

** Keep in mind, all vehicles are subject to search. **
Items that are not permitted at Lakes Of Fire:

  • Firewood (except sold by the landowner) is not allowed.
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons
  • Chinese lanterns
  • Handheld lasers
  • Trampolines
  • Illegal substances
  • Drones, except for the Effigy drone.
  • If a participant wishes to bring a qualifying ADA Service Animal to Lakes of Fire, we ask that you contact ADAanimals@lakesoffire.org to pre-register your animal so that we can best accommodate your circumstances and simplify the entry process. We urge you to pre-register your animal to ensure timely Gate approval.
    All other animals, including pets and emotional support animals, are prohibited and will be turned away at the Gate without admission.

Lucky Lake Weather

If the weather holds it will be a reasonable temp with occasional showers. That said, it’s Michigan so prepare for anything!

Lakes Weather chart

The 10 Principles

Principle signs - Photo: SkennedyLakes of Fire is built upon the 10 principles.  Please familiarize yourself with them before arriving.

Burning Man’s late co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.

Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Driving and Tent Safety

Reminder: State Police have a hard-on for ravers and hippies. Pack well – a disaster in your back seat invites suspicion. Liquor and smokes bought out of state can get you in trouble, tax wise.

The closer we get to Electric Forest, the more “rewarding” ordinary stops get for them, and if your vehicle is easily profiled as a “partier”, it could cost you.
We know you want to get to the lake ASAP, but a speeding ticket will suck twice as badly when you have somewhere to be.

And don’t forget, if you get anxiety just thinking of swarming police on the freeways… Michigan is absolutely lovely this time of year. Go scenic.

dditionally, some burners recommend using the Waze app for directions and reporting of emergencies and officers along the way.

Finally… The police aren’t idiots living in 1990. They know what Facebook is. Be smart, we don’t want to miss out on your company!

Leaving your camp with valuables unattended or your items visible in your car while parked leaves you vulnerable to theft. While there is less of this at an event like Lakes of Fire, it does happen.

We encourage you to get to know your neighbors and keep an eye on each other’s camps for unusual activity. We also suggest you tuck away valuables like wallets and cameras out of site from an open tent flap. If you don’t think you’ll need it for most of the weekend, why not put it in your trunk?

Before you put a foot into your car to start your drive to LOF, make sure everyone in your car confirms they purchased a ticket and that they have their government issued ID to ensure their car gets through the gate.

The long-time gate rule is that if one person in the car does not have ID/ticket (mostly ticket), we reject the entire car.

The entire car must leave the property for a hour or more to make sure that anyone who is not properly ticketed/ID has a safe way to get home or contact friends – most importantly, not left stranded at the rest stop or local Walmart while their friends go back to the gate, which has happened at least twice.


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We at Info_bot would like to say that it has been a pleasure to serve you this year and every year. You are part of an incredible community of makers and lovers.

Thank you for helping by bringing your best selves, both online and in person.  We love you to pieces.  If you think you have the temperament and mastery of language to help moderate our online community, please contact us!


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