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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Lake County Riverside Property Owners Association is to represent, promote and support the interests of property owners on the rivers and streams in Lake County in all matters affecting their rights of ownership, use and enjoyment of their property, recognizing that the rivers and streams are public domains open to many, often competing, users.  The following commitments of the association include, but are not limited to:


Ensure that properties and the rivers and streams remain safe and secure from user and/or environmental abuse.


To monitor, propose and actively promote local, state, and federal legislation and regulations that benefit property ownership as well as oppose any that would adversely affect property owners’ interests.


To initiate and support policies and procedures to protect and preserve the welfare, safety and ownership rights of property owners.

To communicate to and mobilize property owners to act/react where property rights are adversely affected.


To support and promote efforts by law enforcement agencies and others to assure safe, legal and civil use of our Lake County streams and rivers by recreational, commercial and other users; to maintain and enhance environmental quality of our natural resources and to protect and enforce property owners’ rights pertaining to trespass, property damage, theft and other rights.


To educate all users of the rivers and streams on acceptable rules of use and conduct.

Watercraft Permit Information

Watercraft permits are required for all watercraft using the Pere Marquette and Pine Rivers from the Friday before Memorial Day to the Monday of Labor Day.

You may obtain permits on-line at or by calling 1-877-444-6777 

Each property owner on the rivers will be mailed 2 permits for their use on a yearly basis from the US Forest Service shortly before Memorial Day.

Boy Scout Pere Marquette River Cleanup

The 2023 Annual cleanup will be held Thursday, August 3 

Download the LCRPOA River Clean Up Flyer here

Board of Directors

Kim L. Gary



Mike Oostmeyer


Nancy Ryan

(Past President)

George Cannon III

Paul Bigford

Tom Johnson

Dan Greene


Tim Henry

Bruce Young

Jeff Carter

Dick Young
(Director Emeritus)


Bob Fairman

(Director Emeritus)  

Dick Schwikert
(Ex Officio)



Pere Marquette



PM Middle Branch

Pere Marquette

Pere Marquette

Pere Marquette

PM Little South


PM Little South

Pere Marquette

Pere Marquette

Pere Marquette


Little Manistee

PM LittleSouth



May 20, June 17,

September 16, October 21

Annual Meeting: July 15- AMVETS Club

President's Letter

March 15, 2023


Dear Members,

Now that we are 2+ years out of Covid, things are starting to return to normal, or at least a new normal.  Our rivers in Lake County continue to draw many people from not only across our great state of Michigan, but I know of people who come from many states as far as California to enjoy what Lake County Rivers have to offer.

Our board of directors had a very busy and productive year in 2022.  We welcomed 2 new board members during the year: Bruce Young and Jeff Carter. Their last names may be familiar as both their fathers served on this board for many years.  We also welcome our new recording secretary: Kim Gunneman who along with her husband Dave are active members in the community.

We continue to work with the Michigan Lake & Stream Association to raise awareness of our rivers statewide with legislators, along with the US Forest Service in replacing some of the river signage to include mile markers.  A staple for almost 60 years, we held the Boy Scout River Clean up this past August.  Just under 50 scouts participated in a morning of clean up and were treated to a hot dog lunch, in addition to overnight camping.

We celebrated our 60th Anniversary at our annual members meeting was held on July 16 at the Baldwin Amvets Club. We had a great turnout of over sixty-five members to get an update of the association, hear from Dana Castle of the Michigan Natural Rivers section of the DNR.  A fisheries biologist, she spoke on zoning and the process for making improvements to your property.

Please make sure you check out our web site:  New this year, you NO LONGER need a password to access the member’s section.  The site has quite a bit of information you may find useful, including our new updated Provider List and a little bit of our history dating back to 1961.

Our association faced a little headwind due to Covid; our paid membership had dropped from 160 to 125, which includes 14 Life members. Our focus last year and this year is to regain our lost members and grow the association with informative and useful information for our property owners. Financially we continue to be strong with over $13,000 in the bank.

As always, we appreciate your continued support and welcome your suggestions or thoughts on what we can do to continue to serve you. We also welcome new board members to our board, as we had two new board members last year.



Kim L Gary


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