3/6/16 Site Selection Meeting – Sites Available

Oh the excitement at the annual campsite selection meetings….

The new 2016 camping season set to open April 1st this year.  Please remember you must have your 2016 annual Heritage Lake POA Maintenance & Siltation Assement fee ($237) paid before you will be allowed to camp this season.

Now for the excitement….our campsite selection meeting will be at the HL Clubhouse/Office on 3/6/16 at 1PM, as usual.  I have been supplied a site map showing the available sites for this camping season.  Sites marked in yellow will be available for this season at the selection meeting.  Please click on link below to see map of sites available.

HLC 2016 open sites-selection mtg

There are several sites that have been occupied for some time that are available this year.  You may want to consider making a move!

We’ll see you at the selection meeting this Sunday!

 

First official 2016 HL Campground meeting…

Greetings fellow Heritage Lake Campground Seasonal Campers!  I was encouraged at our annual January preseason campground meeting, to revive the HL Campground Blog.  Brings to mind a famous saying from one of America’s favorite past time movie…”if you build it they will come.”  I’m hoping maybe this year….if I blog it they will read/follow!

So, with a room of about 25 attendees, our first official 2016 HL Campground meeting was held at the HL Clubhouse today at 1PM.  It’s always an enjoyable meeting getting to see camping friends after 3 months of winter hibernation.  Getting to catch up with friends and find out how all their families are doing.  It’s also great relief when there’s no bad news shared about any of our fellow campers!

There was a whole new crew of officers heading up the table this year.  Jason Wile – President, Rebecca Warrick – Vice President, Jason Plunkett – Secretary & Shane York – Treasurer.  On behalf of the former officers from the previous year, we wish you best of luck in your new positions you hold.

Our next gathering will be for the annual preseason campsite selection meeting to be held at the HL Clubhouse on Sunday, March 6 at 1PM.  This can be an exciting time…campers changing up campsites for bigger, better or more convenient sites.  This year there will be extra sites available to choose from for those that might be interested in making a change!  With eliminating the “guest campers” this year, only POA members will be allowed to seasonal camp in the HL Campground.  The rule was changed during the last camping season due to lack of sites available for fellow campers being able to have family members rent sites especially during holidays when the campgrounds would be packed to the gills!  When the state regulated there could only be one camper allowed per site, some of our big families could no longer have their families staying with them and there were no available sites since they were filled with seasonal “guest campers”.  There were also complaints at the HLPOA office from POA members (non-seasonal campers) wanting to occasionally camp, or had visitng family or friends needing a site, that wasn’t able to get a site. The 8 “guest campers” sites from last season will be available at the selection meeting.  If there is a list of sites available, I will try to share them prior to the selection meeting 3/6/16.

If I have further information to share about the selection meeting, list of sites available, etc., I will “keep you posted”, so please check back.  Better yet, follow the blog and it you will be notified with new posts!  Until then, wishing you great weeks ahead and stay safe!

WOW…what a great 4th of July weekend!!!

What a great weekend!  Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  The campground was busting at the seams…so to speak.  It was obvious when you walked through the “full” campground that everyone was having a good time this past weekend!  The weather was great…except for our early Sunday morning rainstorm.😦 But after that great entertainment brought in Saturday night most probably didn’t even hear it come in unless you were one of the tent campers…then you probably “felt” it.

I want to say a BIG thank you to Debbie Palmer, & others that assisted her efforts, for recruiting donations to hire the Chasers Band out of Indianapolis.  Unfortunately since we have limited ability to raise money for campground activities, we now have to rely on donations to fund bands for the holidays.  So anyone that’s interested in donating to the campground entertainment fund make sure you get w/Debbie Palmer, hoping to be able to hire for Labor Day weekend.  Do not recall her lot # but she’s on the north corner lot by the shelter house.  Thanks again Debbie for all your efforts.  And speaking of the band….everyone really enjoyed them!

Then we had the annual Heritage Lake fireworks celebration.  Spectacular!  They were a little late getting started but once they got it going…OOOO’s..&..AAAHHHH’s echoed across the lake coming from boat to boat.  Thanks to all of those that work so hard all year long in planning, fundraising & orchestrating such a show.  I’m sure they’re already starting on 2015!

I bet there were a lot of tired, sunburned folks trying to resume their normal life, routine today!  And the holiday foods…don’t know about you, but I seemed to “stuff” myself way more than I should have.  Now trying to get back on track in many ways.  Sure hope you all had as much fun this weekend as we did!  But if you were at our little summer paradise aka Heritage Lake Campground….I KNOW YOU DID!

Mark your calendars:  the monthly campground meeting is coming up on 7/19 at 10am at the Shelter House.  We are looking to fill a board member position as well as the Treasurer’s position (must be a campground board member).  Please spread the word & we’ll see you at the meeting!  Until then…..happy camping!!!

Camping Season IS here!

Well it was a busy Memorial Day wknd at the campground!  The weather was GREAT!  It’s about time, we’ve had so much cold, rainy days kicking off our 2014 camping season😦   So we were due for a really good wknd & better yet an extended holiday wknd!Campground 7-12 (5)🙂

The campground was bursting with lots of young campers.  It’s great to see more kids riding around & playing together this year!  Thankfully we have had new young families join our little community this year.  I know the few kids we have had welcome the new friends they are making this season!

By the way if you haven’t checked out the new website that Charles & Jinger (campground managers) created yet…here’s a link to do so now!  http://heritagelakecampground.webs.com/  If you’re a Facebook person, they also created a Facebook page..ck it out & Like the page!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heritage-Lake-Campground/419616524841642

FYI…some of our campers have decided to organize together & take donations through out the season for entertainment funding to get bands for 4th of July wknd & Labor Day wknd.  Donations are strictly voluntary, but if you would like to enjoy having a band on mentioned holiday wknds this is your opportunity to help out.  If you would like to donate to the entertainment fund, you should see Debra Palmer, Mary Lou Palmer or Charles & Jinger will make sure to get it to the right person as well.

The weather prediction for the wknd is sunny & hot….great for “boating”.                That’s where we’ll be!!! Hope you have a great wknd!

 

More sun….no more rain, PLEASE!!!

2014 HL Campground camping season has began…our seasonal campers have been straggling in.  This last weekend, the campground was pretty active with folks trying to get their sites back in order after the electrical crew had been in during the off season & installed new 50amp metered service to all the sites.  Things are kind of a mess but Charles & Jinjer (cmpgrnd mgrs) are doing their best, weather permitting, to fill sink holes, tractor tracks, etc. In fact, some campers are addressing issues at their sites themselves.  The great thing…No more blowing fuses or having to turn off something to plug in something else…YIPPEE!!! Ladies…you can run those blow dryers or curling irons without fear, all while brewing coffee, or running the water heater on electric, or any type of electric appliance.  Next hurdle….adjusting to the monthly bill for electric.  An added expense this season, but well worth the expanded, DEPENDABLE service!  Thanks Blake & HLPOA for the needed improvement!

The campground is 93% full going into our 3rd wk of the season!  NOTE:  Our first campground meeting for the season is this Saturday 4/19 at 10am in the Shelter House.  We have been told that Blake Price (HL Property Mgr.) will be in attendance for this meeting to speak about the new electric service & how billing is going to work.  Campers….you want to have a say on what’s going on with our little community (campground), it’s important that you sacrifice about an hour a MONTH.  Meetings are always the 3rd Saturday of each month (unless otherwise posted) at 10am in the Shelter House.  Have questions or concerns….be there, be informed!

Good news….LP tank exchange will soon be offered at the campground in both 20gal & 30gal tanks.  It should be up & running at least by May 2nd.  Our prices will be cheaper than surrounding retailers & generally at other tank exchanges the 20gal tank actually only contains 13gal…ours will contain 18gal!!! So more bang for your buck & cheaper to boot!  We’re so excited to have that added convenience.  This will be discussed at the meeting also.  The tank exchange service should be a good fund raising opportunity for the campground especially when word gets out around the lake!

In closing, I want to wish all my readers a blessed Easter or Passover.  I hope you have a great holiday with family & friends.

 

2014 Camping Season….here we come!

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Welcome to 2014 HL Campground Season

Welcome to 2014 HL Campground Season

As they are trying to beat the deadline for April 4th, opening day for this year’s camping season, the electric crew is hard at work!  Please remember to stay clear as to not make their job any harder in meeting that goal!

Hoping Mother Nature is kind to us for moving in…NO RAIN or SNOW PLEASE!!! It should be a busy, messy (due to the weather & all the excavating for the new electric service), confusing, exciting, frustrating…but mostly just ready to get into the “summer” swing of the camping/lake life again!  The winter has been cruel in so many ways, to so many people throughout the US, everyone is just sick of it & wishes it would MOVE ON!

On to important matters….I can’t express enough about being “connected” with the campground & knowing what’s going on…and participating.  If you don’t take the time to come to meetings, or to ask questions (campground board members..please), you are missing out on what might be very important information, as some have come to find out recently.  :-(  Make sure Charles & Jinjer Bragg (returning Campground Managers & on staff starting 4/1) have your current information:  mailing address, emergency contact info, phone numbers, email address(es), etc.  I can’t express enough about how important that is for emergency situations!  Cheryl Fry, blog manager, is also collecting information to compile a handout list for anyone that would like to share their info with fellow campers, strictly voluntarily.  Another way to be informed is join the blog.  I hope to be more frequent with my posts & pictures this season.  But I do need your help…feel free to submit special notes, dates, pictures that you want shared on the blog & I will get them on.  I have created a new email address strictly for contact with blog information sharing or if you need to ask me something:  heritagelakeblog@gmail.com

Well keeping it short…haha!  Hope we see you sometime during opening weekend..April 4th.

RESCHEDULE….Old Mother Nature fooled us!

Well…maybe we shouldn’t blame Mother Nature…maybe the Weather Person(s) that we decide to put so much faith into their predictions…LOL!  It was very disappointing that we cancelled our original HL Campground Site Selection meeting for 3/2/14, especially for the dismal “storm” that really never showed up!  However, we WILL be holding the (rescheduled) meeting this Sunday 3/9/17…same time….same place (1:00PM @ the HL Clubhouse)!  Hope to see lots of our campers there, New & Seasoned, alike.  Also, want to apologize to those that did not get the word about the cancellation.  This is why it is important to be electronically “connected” for ease of notification, as well as, staying current with what is happening!  Please remember to submit your email addresses at one of the meetings (which you can share on the meeting sign up sheets always present at EVERY meeting) or join the blog and I will try to keep you up to date as well as you can message me!    Thanks!    Cheryl Fry

Oh Boy…..let the selections begin!!!!

The 2014 Heritage Lake Campground campsite selection meeting is this Sunday 3/2/14 at 1PM at the HL Clubhouse (usual place). Since it’s not fair to list the available sites that will be up for grabs come Sunday, I can at least give you the amount available….16 sites! I am hoping next season I will be able to post them prior to selection so that campers will know ahead of time what’s available. But since we didn’t have emails for everyone to let them know they would be posted on this blog we couldn’t this year….so let’s encourage others to “get connected” to allow us all to be more informed! And just a reminder that you can follow the blog to get up to date postings anytime they’re posted! There will be an email & residence (if you want) address sign-up sheet at the meeting.

Good News: We have 4 new HLPOA camper families coming in this season too! Guess our little slice of heaven is starting to get noticed and hopefully more will want to join in and maybe even have a “waiting list”…wouldn’t that be great!

Just a short post, will post again after the selection meeting. Looking forward to seeing everyone…it’s been a horribly cold LONG winter & from the looks of it (MORE SNOW Sunday/Monday) it’s not over yet😦

HL Campground Rules for 2014

Hope you all are “weathering” the winter season so far!  I am sure you’re all busy with  the festive activities we all experience this time of year but wanted to make sure you are informed on upcoming 2014 camping season topics…so please mark your calendars for our annual HL Campground Winter Meeting.  It will be held on Sunday, January 26th at 1PM until ? at the HL POA Clubhouse.  We will advise on the new electricity billing & payment details during this meeting.  We will need to get a master email address list & update any other personal information that may have changed to make sure we keep everyone informed! Hope to see a good turn out!!  Wishing all of you & your families a “Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!!!”

I am posting the new HLPOA approved HL Camping Rules for 2014 below for your review.  I think they are to be mailed out with the paperwork for the 2014 camping season.

HERITAGE LAKE CAMPING RULES FOR 2014 (UPDATED 1/15/14)

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To make the campground facilities available to the greatest number of members, official rules and regulations are established by the Management and are posted in convenient places in the campground for your information and guidance.  In addition, the following conditions should be observed during your stay.

 

Classification of Campers:

 

Permanent Camper: Those campers who receive a lot for the camping season. Half season campers are those who receive their lot on or after the 4th of July weekend.

 

Sponsored Campers: Those campers who are guests of POA member and have been signed in by members.

 

Transient Campers – Those campers who are of a temporary nature, rentals may be daily, monthly or yearly if lots are available and the Committee approves.

 

 

  1. To use the Heritage Lake Campground and its facilities you must have a current membership card and present it to the Campground Manager when registering except in the case of a camper who is a guest of a POA member.
  2. All campers must check in at the campground manager’s office to confirm their arrival and pay their camping fees and any storage fees that may be required.  If the office is closed upon your arrival, all fees shall be paid upon the manager’s return.
  3. There are no reservations for transient camping.  All sites are on a first come first serve basis.
  4. It shall be against all rules and regulations to locate any transient camper, tent, trailer, camping or to sleep in any unauthorized area.  There shall be no camping or sleeping in storage area.
  5. One family or one camping group shall be permitted to occupy one campsite in the campground.
    1. A camper under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied by an adult or receive prior special permission from the campground manager before camping.
    2. A family consists for the most part of parents, dependant children and other relatives.
  6. Guests may occupy a campsite only if one is available and it does not deprive a member of a campsite.  A guest may share a site with a member anytime, regular camping fees apply.
  7. Campground quiet hours will be observed from 12 Midnight thru 7:00 A.M., unless approved by campground manager.
  8. All gray water, as well as black water, must be emptied at the designated dump station.  The use of any form of drywell is strictly forbidden per the Indiana State Board of Health.  Violation of this rule could result in the forfeiture of your camping privileges.
  9. Washing dishes, clothes, or pets at the drinking fountains or in the bathhouse facilities is strictly prohibited.  Exception for animals to assist the visually and or hearing impaired.  No pets of any kind will be allowed in the bathhouse.
  10.  No playing in the bathhouse.
  11. Riding bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, etc. on walkways round the bathhouse is strictly prohibited.
  12. No one under 14 years of age will be allowed to operate a golf cart or similar, non-licensed vehicle unless supervised by an adult.
  13. Any lighting and displaying of aerial fireworks is strictly prohibited.
  14. Owners are responsible for their pets.
    1. Pets on your campsite must be kept on a leash or in cage.  If the pet is not caged or on a leash when on your campsite, then the pet must be attended to by a responsible person at all times.
    2. Pets off your campsite must be on a leash at all times.
    3. No pets will be allowed in or around the pavilion during campground activities, except for animals to assist the visually and/or hearing impaired.
    4. Pet owners are responsible for the clean up of pet waste.

 

 

  1. No weapons of any kind, including firearms, are to be displayed in the campground.
  2. When breaking camp the campsite must be left lean and orderly.  The water must be turned off at the hydrant, all trash and garbage must be deposited in the dumpsters. 
  3. Please observe the 5mph speed limit and the one way signs. Anyone caught speeding may lose their camping privileges.
  4.  All vehicles, RV’s, tents and boat trailers must be parked or located three (3) feet from any designated campground roadway.
  5. Violation of any of the Heritage Lake “Camping Rules” could result in the forfeiture of your camping privileges.
  6. The camper waives any claims against the owner (Heritage Lake Property Owners Association), its agent or employees for damage arising out of the use by the permitted or any member of his party of the campground facilities.  The owner (Heritage Lake Property Owners Association) makes no representations as to the suitability or safety of the campsite and is not responsible for the actions or control of other campers or person in the campground.
  7. When you are notified of receiving a permanent campsite, you should have your camper their lot on or before May 1st, or stand a chance in forfeiting that campsite and fee for the season. After acceptance to permanent camping, refunds will be granted only in the event of death and/or long term illness that results in the renter not being able to use the lot.  Granted refunds will be adjusted down from the fee paid based on weekly deductions until June 30th.  Absolutely no refunds will be granted after July 1st.
  8. Camping is not allowed prior to the first Friday in April.
  9. The camping season will open the first 1st Friday in April and end on the last Sunday in October.  The campground manager will be on site from the first Friday in April through the last weekend in October.  The campground will be locked for the season, however primitive camping may be allowed by the POA Manager through the end of November.
  10. All campers, trailers and boats must be removed from the campground or stored in accordance with the winter storage agreement.  Winter storage agreements can be obtained from the campground manager or the P.O.A. office by December 1st of the current year.  Unpaid fees will be attached to the Member’s Assessment when they are sent their current billing.
  11. Campsites are non-transferable. Sub-leasing is not allowed.
    1. Any person using the facility other than a permanent camper must be registered with the campground manager by the registered permanent camper in advance.  The person using the campsite will check in with the campground manager at time of their arrival.  When vacating your campsite during the camping season for vacation or other reasons for a period of time, you must notify the campground manager on how long you will be away.
    2. Any person using the facility other than a permanent camper must be registered with the campground manager by the registered permanent camper in advance.  The person using the campsite will check in with the campground manager at time of arrival.
  12. Limit of one tent or pop-up per campsite. 
  13. No guest recreational vehicle, boat, boat trailer or tent may be stored on your permanent campsite.
  14. A permanent camper is responsible for keeping their lot trimmed.  They must keep the campsite clean at all times.  If the camper does not meet these requirements, the lot will be maintained and a fee will be charged.  The fee will be paid at the appearance of the camper or attached to their POA fee.
  15. Any situation not covered in the permanent camping rules or Heritage Lake Camp rules will be decided by the campground committee, in accordance with the POA policy.
  16. Any shelter structure, screened or unscreened constructed on the campsite shall not exceed three hundred (300) square feet floor space and shall not have post stuck into the ground.  Assembly shall be or nuts/bolts and or screws to enable ease disassembly.  Roofs shall not cover the camper only the deck. Before any construction begins, the plans must be submitted to and approved by the campground committee.  Existing structures prior to 10/17/96 are unaffected by this rule.
  17. Decks and or porches for campers shall not be constructed with post in the ground. Existing decks and or porches prior to 10/17/96 are unaffected by this rule. No roofs shall be constructed shall be constructed over the camper, only the deck.
  18. All water and electrical lines from the RV to utility source must be buried to a sufficient level for mowing.
  19. POA assessment fees must be paid by April 1st of the current year in order to camp.
  20. A “Camper not in good standing” for the current season will be eligible for a campsite for the next camping season as a status of “First time camper”.
  21. All campground members are responsible for their guests and their adherence of enforcement to all campground rules at all times.
  22. Failure to comply with any of the rules or camping rules will result in your status as a “Camper not in good Standing”.
  23. The campground committee Reserves the Right to revoke the camping privileges of anyone who:
    1. Commits any act that endangers the health or safety of another guest.
    2. Commits any illegal act.
    3. Continuously fails to follow campground rules at the request of the campground committee.  The campground manager may revoke the camping privileges of any transient or guest camper at any time with consulting the committee.

 

 

  1. All golf carts, ATV’s etc. must have front & rear lights and use them from dawn until dusk
  2. All guests must register with the manager upon entering the campground
  3. Permanent campers agree and understand that they are responsible for paying for the electricity provided to their site.  The utility will invoice the Association for the total electricity used for all campsites; then the Association will invoice each camper monthly by the Association for the electric bill for their specific site.  The electric bill invoice must be paid within Fifteen (15) days from the date of the invoice.  If a camper does not pay the electric bill invoice within thirty (30) from the date of the invoice, the electricity to the site will be disconnected until the camper’s account is brought current.  In addition, the Association has the right to pursue collection and reimbursement from a camper for his site’s electric bills paid by the Association but then unreimbursed by the camper.  If collection action becomes necessary, the camper agrees that the Association is entitled to recover its legal fees, court costs, and other expenses resulting from the collection action.  The Association and the utility company are not responsible to any camper for any damage or loss caused by a disconnected electric line due to non-payment of the electric bill by the camper.

 

Approved by the Campground Committee 9/17/13 Approved by the POA Board 12/12/13

 

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Where Did the Summer Go?

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Seems like yesterday we were getting our campers ready for a wonderful summer filled with activities & good friendly weekend gatherings.  Then in almost the blink of an eye…we are starting to get our campers, sites & boats ready for what will seem like an endless cold miserable winter season.  I don’t know about you but I DON’T LIKE THE COLD!!!  The cold season seems to linger on & on longer than the warm season.  We have had some summer this year!  This had to be the best camping & boating season in some time.  Hopefully next summer will be more of the same!🙂   We were fortunate to find great Campground Managers to fill the sudden open position. Thank you Charles & Jinjer Bragg & your two adorable daughters for taking on the challenge.  Hopefully you plan to return for the 2014 season!!!   I for one have never seen the women’s restroom cleaner!

Expect changes when you return next spring…new electric is being installed during off season.  “Ladies, no longer should you have to unplug something to be able to run something else to keep from popping the breaker…yeah!!!”  But with new/better services one must pay the piper (so to speak)….monthly electrical bill.  And to me, that’s ok.  I would rather keep the seasonal rate down & pay electric (that I have control of).  This should work out in our favor because in the future when other improvements are needed, there should be room in the budget.

At the conclusion of the last monthly meeting September 21, the campground board voted on officer positions.  Your 2014 Campground Officers are:  Rob Morgan – President, Jason Plunkett – Vice President, Ben Hinshaw – Secretary & Ron Gates – Treasurer.  As requested by a camper at the meeting, I will be posting the 2014 campground rules here on the blog for your review/reference as soon as I receive them.

In closing a reminder:  there’s a pitch in bean dinner in the Shelter House October 5th.  There is a Halloween Celebration on Oct. 12:  Costume party with trick or treating for kids from 6pm-7pm, games and karaoke from 8pm-12am. Costume required to attend!