About Loon Lake
All Loon Lake property owners would agree… Loon Lake is a very special place to live! For many of us buying property on Loon Lake was the realization of a dream. But beyond the fact that we have a lake right outside our front door, Loon Lake is a community of wonderful, fun-loving, caring people. Our board members have had the opportunity to talk with a lot of other lake association leaders, TWF (Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation) members, and DNR officials, both local and state level. During these conversations they are constantly amazed by what we do and what we have accomplished as a small association. In fact, they have confirmed, we not only have the highest membership to resident percentage (over 60%), but we are clearly the most active association within the TWF group of lakes. That says a great deal about the people who are dedicated and care about the present and future of Loon Lake. Just think of all the things we do and in a year’s time: A garage sale, fishing derby, can collections, fireworks, pancake breakfast, sailboat race, lighted boat parade, 5.5K run, kayak flotilla, golf outing, poker run, brat sale. And that’s just the obvious public events. Behind the scenes a long list of Board and Committee members and volunteers spend countless hours making sure this all happens. There are meetings, master plans, financial records and reports, newsletters published and e-mail blasts to keep members informed. We spray purple loosestrife, addle goose eggs and place buoys to help boaters protect our lake shores. We’ve acquire property for a conservancy to preserve the habitat and health of the lake. Several property owners have personally taken advantage of Healthy Shoreline grants to improve their property as well as the habitat of the lake. We even have a group that has privately come together to fund stocking and maintain the lake fishery. It literally adds up to not just hundreds, but thousands of volunteer hours. And it’s this spirit of volunteering and participation that makes Loon Lake a special place to live and play. Why do all these people give of their time and effort? The reasons are as varied as the number of people involved. But, as we have talked to volunteers, there is a common theme that comes up in almost every conversation. They’re all having FUN!! It’s spending time on the water, making new friends, seeing the smiles of residents, their children and grandchildren. And yes, it leaves you feeling good to know you are contributing to making and keeping Loon Lake special today and for the generations to come.
Bylaws- LLPOA By Laws_v.2019.08.24
LOON LAKE HISTORY
- First building at Loon Lake located on south shore was Hotel Resort
- In 1853 lake was approximate 700 acres
- In 1875 the lake level was lowered from 700 acres to 400 acres through the use of drainage ditches to satisfy the theories that malaria and other diseases originated from swamps. It became law that the county commissioners spend $10,000 for the purpose of drainage.
- Original Site of Old Settlers Day in 1904 at the Hotel Resort and Bath Houses with five cottages for rent.
- There was a steam powered boat that towed barges around lake accommodating two sets of square dancers.
- From 1924 until 1943 There was a shuffleboard court, bathing beach, Columbia City Men’s Club & Boathouse, and store cottage
- In 1943 hotel resort moved the old store cottage down the hill which became a grocery, bar, and gas station. To permit this move the lake first had to be lowered. Local farmers had the creek at the north end dug out to gain more tillable soil. As told by Cleon Fleck local farmers supplied free alcoholic beverages to the men digging the ditch and convinced them to dig it deeper. The situation wound up in court resulting in a judgment that Loon Lake was to remain at 220 acres.
- Drainage of the lake paved the way for more residential development. Roads were extended and new ones built. Some homes on Loon Lake today are on land that was once under water.
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