Everyone should be receiving their dues invoice in the USPS mail. Dues remain $30. You can pay your dues online here or via USPS mail. If you did not receive your invoice, please contact John Boersma at email@example.com or 708-932-5116.
Please leave your comments on this page regarding the application for a "marina". The hearing date is January 25 at 6pm at the Hamilton Township Hall. For more details see Keyholing Ordinance page.
An application for a Marina Permit at a property on Lake of The Woods has been filed with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) Water Resources Division (WRD). A public hearing WILL BE HELD at the Hamilton Township Hall, 52333 Territorial Road West, Decatur, Michigan 49045 at 6:30 PM on January 25, 2018. An informal question and answer period will begin at 6:00 PM. The purpose of this hearing is to secure the views of interested persons concerning the permit application. The application is attached and can also be found on the Lake Association website WWW.LAKEOFTHEWOODSMI.ORG Comments can also be left on the website.
The DEQ received the permit application on September 9, 2017. The application was for a permanent dock to provide dockage for 6 boat slips, one for each back lot owner of a shared 40-foot wide access parcel. On October 11, 2017 the DEQ issued a Public Notice. Hamilton Township was notified and subsequently denied the zoning as it violated the ordinance and the DEQ halted the application process. The applicant has now applied to Hamilton Township for a zoning board appeal hearing for the marina. That hearing will take place at 6:30 immediately following the DEQ hearing.
Anybody who would like to comment for or against this permit can speak at these meetings. Your Lake Association board agrees with the current denial of the permit application. This is an example keyholing or funneling which over the past few years, your board has been working to prevent through strengthened ordinance revisions in Hamilton and Decatur Townships Guarding against overcrowding of the lake and maintaining the quality of the lake are vitally important to all property owners. This is one of the core issues that prompted the association to begin this most important endeavor.
LOWIA, Board of Directors
From our FB page today:
Michele Schroeder Gateley
Yes it is! We watched an Eagle fishing on the lake this morning! I need a better camera to capture this. The phone just isn’t good enough for all the birds we’ve seen!
Sad to say, but its that time of year again when some of us head to where its warmer, and some of us do not come to the cottage that often in the winter months. SO PLEASE READ BELOW!!!
The Van Buren County Sheriffs website now has a link to add your house to their watch list.
Please note that this is for homes in areas regularly patrolled by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office. If you do not live in an area patrolled by Van Buren County Deputies, please contact your local police department to have your home placed on their watch list. This is an excellent program offered to us in Van Buren County for absolutely no charge. In the spring when your house is off the watch list, the sheriff will usually call you and tell you how many times your house was visited by them. You will be amazed when you hear how many visits they made to check on your house.
Here is the direct website. Just click here: http://www.vanburencountysheriff.com/10-24-2014watch.htm
Want to let all our members know whats happening on LOW. Again, the PNA fishing club out of South Bend Indiana has decided to stock our lake agin with walleye. This will be the second time in less than a year and half that PNA will be stocking our lake. Their club decided to spend half of the clubs budget on walleye for our lake. Yesterday (thursday) at around 3-4 pm 6-8 inch walleye, fall fingerlings went into LOW. Those size fingerlings have the best chance of surviving. Here are some recent stockings of walleye in our lake. October 2016, PNA stocked walleye (600), May 2017 DNR stocked walleye (16,000), October 2017, PNA stocked walleye (580). Lets all give the Michigan DNR and PNA club a very much appreciated THANK YOU.
PLM completed all the water quality sampling but does not have the results
yet. Their water quality person, usually compiles all the data in the fall and issues the reports around late November. In regards to the PLM weed survey,
the good news is that they did not find any milfoil. Next year they anticipate that the lake will need little in regards to milfoil and most of the focus will likely be on addressing Starry stonewort. We will post the fall report as soon as we receive it.