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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

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


Tim Henry

Bruce Young

Jeff Carter

Dick Young
(Director Emeritus)


Bob Fairman

(Director Emeritus)  

Dick Schwikert
(Ex Officio)



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President's Letter

April 01, 2022

Dear Members,

What an interesting time the last two years has been dealing with Covid. One thing it did was bring a lot of people north on vacation to enjoy our world on the clear rivers of Lake County. Fortunately, our association was able to meet in person regularly in 2021 and had a very productive year:

  • Continued our work with the Michigan Lake & Stream Association to raise awareness of our rivers statewide with legislators

  • A cover photo and main article on The Pere Marquette River in the Spring edition of the Michigan Riparian Magazine

  • Continued our work with the US Forest Service to enhance and replace the river signage to include mile markers

  • Extraordinarily successful Boy Scout River Clean up on Thursday August 4. Over 50 Scouts participated in a morning of clean up and were treated to a hot dog lunch. Many of them came up the day before for a troop camp over. We had two articles in the Lake County Star complete with many pictures.

Our annual members meeting was held on July 17 (After a 1-year break due to Covid) at the Baldwin Amvets Club. We had a great turnout of over sixty-five members to get an update of the association, hear from some highly informative speakers including Sheriff Martin, Jacob Lubera Range of US Forest Service, Vicki Sawicki of NCCISMA and Melissa DeSimone of Michigan Lakes and Streams.  Put on your calendars our next annual meeting on July 16 2022 at the Amvets Club.

Please make sure you check out our web site: Password: lcrpoa2022. 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 has dropped from 160 to 125, which includes 14 Life members. Our focus 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 around $10,000 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 join our board, as we proud to have three new members join the board in the last year.



Kim L Gary


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