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

Download information about USFS Watercraft Permitting here.

Pere Marquette Riverside Property Owners can access the USFS forms for watercraft permits online here.

Board of Directors

Kim L. Gary


Mike Mervenne

Vice President

Mike Oostmeyer


Nancy Ryan

(Past President)

George Cannon III

Paul Bigford

Marty Corson

Tom Johnson

Dan Greene


Dick Young

(Director Emeritus)

Bob Fairman

(Director Emeritus)


John P. Gorys
(Director Emeritus)


David McIntire

(Ex Officio)  

Dick Schwikert
(Ex Officio)


Diana Venema
(Recording Secretary)


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Little Manistee

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President's Letter

April 30, 2020


Dear Members,

While 2020 started out quiet and enjoyable with its mild weather, then came something called Covid-19. This has changed life in American like we have not seen in any current generations. As I look back to early March, I cannot believe how much we have learned about this deadly virus, yet how much we still do not know. I sincerely hope you and your family are fared well and are staying safe and adopting the new normal.

Your Association had a very productive year in 2019. We supported financially:

  • the Hazardous Waste Cleanup in the Fall.

  • Boy Scout Cleanup held in early August.

  • Forged a partnership with the USFS on “Tuesday Nights with a Ranger” presentations to the community held in the summer.

  • Pledged a grant to NCCIAMA on a river signage an invasive species program.

One of our primary focus’s is and has been the issue of Riparian owner rights. We have continued our work with the Michigan Lake and Stream Association. Our guest speaker at the Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon held last July, Cliff Bloom gave us more insight on how we can work with them on this important topic.

The Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon last year if you recall, held outside at Palo Verde, was meet with a down pour of rain our area had not seen in years. The board has decided to move this years annual meeting inside and back to the Amvets Club on July 18, 2020.

Please make sure you check out our web page:  Password: lcrpoa2020.  The site has quite a bit of information you may find useful, including our LCRPOA Provider list, Conservation Easement info, Property ID form for Sheriff’s office and a bit of history of our organization.

Our association remains strong, both financially and membership. We ended the year with over $13,000 to continue our work and have over 180 regular members and 14 Life members. We also had a change in leadership with our very esteemed and dedicated President: Nancy Ryan who turned the torch to me. Nancy lead our group for over 8 years working tirelessly for the us and the river she loves. Thank you, Nancy, for everything, now you can continue watching the river go by knowing you were instrumental in helping keep its beauty for all of us to enjoy.

As always, we appreciate your continued support and welcome your suggestions or thoughts on what we can do to continue to serve you, the Riverside Property Owners of Lake County.



Kim L Gary


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