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Highland Lake Community Regulations and Rules
Spring is in the air and now is the time to refresh or acquaint yourself with Highland Lakes rules and regulations. The document contains information regarding Parks and Access lanes, boat policies, raft rules, fishing, roads, garage sales and much more. Please click here.
Hartnett Park Boat Ramp
Hello Highland Lake Community,
Hartnett Park, the property just west of the inlet off of Washington, is currently underdeveloped. The area over the years has been cleared of small trees and brush, then overgrown and cleared again. A small 9/11 memorial is on the location. The shoreline has a soil retention system that was put in about 2010. In order to address the requests of homeowners that have larger boats and those that need to have launching services (other residents with larger boats, Lake County Health Dept and vendors that provide lake treatments), we are proposing to build a boat launching ramp and a seasonal dock. Currently the launching area is at Downey Park and the boat launching vehicles are damaging the beach area and park entrance. Additionally, the beach area is too shallow to properly launch a boat. None of the parks and access areas have boat launching capacity that will work as good as a ramp at Hartnett. Our insurance company indicated this would have no effect on our coverage. The budget this year could handle the construction costs as we did not treat for Eurasian Water Milfoil. Donations will be requested of large boat owners to cover the cost. The HLPOA Board has not approved at this time storage or non-seasonal usage such as boats being put in and out of the lake daily. Limited access will be provided through the neighboring property and will be restricted through a locked gate. The HLPOA Board can limit the usage of this ramp and thus the number of larger boats on the lake.
The application with the Army Core of Engineers has been submitted. The HLPOA Board is planning to review moving forward with getting a building permit and possible construction at the September 20th meeting (7 PM at AVON and Via Zoom). We would like your comments and to provide detailed information. If you have questions you can share them at the meeting or putting a comment on the Facebook posting on the Ramp.
HLPOA Wedsite: http://www.hlcommunitysite.com/
Highland Lake Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hlpoa
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Monthly Board Meeting
Our monthly board meeting will be this Monday September at 7:00 pm. Topics: boat ramp at Hartnett Park, lily pads, Zebra mussels. We will be meeting at our usual location at Avon Township building on Washington Street. We will also be on Zoom. All our welcome. Our meeting usually last 1 hour.
Catch of the Day!
One of the Leafblad cousins, Evan S., caught a 50" muskie on our little lake this weekend! Evan was using a Tandem Willow Leaf spinner. The muskie was released as required by our lake rules. They are catch and release only.
Carp Fest Continues
Meet the Candidates
Highland Lake residents question the candidates running for Avon Township Supervisor about our path, the assessor’s office, who will plow our snow in the future, and more! Township elections are April 6th, with early voting March 22 – April 3. Click here to see the answers to those questions recently submitted to the Avon Township Supervisor Candidates Michele Bauman and Terry Wilke.
Neighbors Report Suspicious Phone Calls
Hello Highland Lake Community,
The HLPOA board has been made aware of suspicious phone calls that are targeting our community.
The caller is a man that introduces himself as a board member. He is NOT a member of the board.
If you have any information on these calls, or the caller, please contact your board members. HLPOA website board member contact list
If this person contacts you and you feel threatened call the police immediately.
Homeowners Monthly Board Meeting
Our monthly Board meeting will be this Monday, February 15th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting thru Zoom online. If you would like to log on and view the meeting the details are below. We always appreciate your input but discussion will only be open to the board members. Please have your questions or concerns voiced at the beginning of the meeting. If you are unable to make the online meeting feel free to contact any of the board members with your comments or concerns. You may also leave comments on our Facebook page.
Meeting ID: 767 1526 1927 Password HLPOA123
If you have problems logging in call 847-922-5572.
Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Update: The 2021 Fishing Derby was a great success. Weather was ideal and we had great participation. $540.00 was raised by the event and will go to fish stocking.
Matteo was our trophy winner and resides on the south side of the lake.
He caught a 19" walleye and a 23" pike.
Highland Lakes Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Let's get ready to win the Stanley Cup of ice fishing!
Our annual ice fishing derby is January 30th, 1 day only!
You may start as early as you like and the trophy will be awarded at 4PM on the ice to the
angler with the largest catch.
This years fee of $10 per participant will go to our fish stocking fund.
Fees will be collected on the ice by Ron and Jim. Please have cash ready.
Herbicide Treatment of the Lake
McCloud will be doing a herbicide treatment on June 12th 2020. There are no swimming restrictions. We are only treating about 10% of the lake as we are doing spot treatments that target the Eurasion Water Milfoil. These areas were selected based on the lake scans and rake sampling of the areas to confirm the presence of EWM. There are small red buoys on the lake that mark the general areas of treatment. You are able to use the lake water to water your lawns but you should wait 3 days after treatment before using on any of your flowering plants.
Carp Fest 2020
This years Carp Fest will look a little different. Our fishing dates are May 14th to the 24th. We will also have two measuring dates for the carp. May 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Downey Park and again on May 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Downey Park. We will have a garbage bin available at the park for you to dispose of your caught carp. This year there will be no lunch at the park on Memorial Day like we have in the past. There also will be no prizes other than bragging rights for the most carp caught and the longest carp. So time to break out your fishing poles and load them up with your favorite carp bait. Please register at:
If you are new to the Highland Lake Community you might not know that we have been holding our annual Carp Fest for over 27 years. It has become a wonderful family tradition to fish for carp in mid May ending on Memorial Day with a picnic and games in Downey Park. To keep the carp species in check we encourage you to Catch and Cook or Catch and Dispose. We know many will be disappointed with this years lack of festivities but we all hope for a better event next year. Thanks to Ron J. and Mark R. for hosting this event for the past 20 years or so. Good luck and let's knock down the carp population.
UPDATE: Fishing has been slow but here are a couple of catches.
Eagle Sighting at Downey Park
On Monday April 20th 2020 an eagle was spotted in a tree at Downey Park. John S. was able to capture these patriotic bird. Also the wood ducks are back and were spotted by Maggie. If you have some amazing photos of more wildlife on Highland Lake be sure to share them with us.
Highland Lake Ice Fishing Derby
This years Fishing Derby was a great success. We had around 12 anglers and a few visitors. The weather was in the 30's and the ice was thick. The fish starting biting early Saturday morning when Ron M. landing a 36" Northern Pike. That early morning catch set the bar high for the other fishermen. We saw plenty of other big ones when Ron J. caught a 32" Northern Pike. Both catches were released. The variety of fish landed consisted of crappy, walleye, small mouth bass and even a large mouth bass. Over $140.00 was raised for our Fish Stocking fund. The event ended on Sunday with homemade chili for the participants and a trophy presentation. This years trophy went on the mantel of the Mittlestaedt family for Ron's 36" Pike.
We hope to see more participants next year!