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We are always looking for new members. Give us a call anytime or just stop by. (574) 772.7761

Community Center
6996 South SR 10
Knox, IN 46534


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Prairie Trails Club Form


THE PRAIRIE TRAILS CLUB – Help support the development & maintenance of the NJ Erie Trail and other Strake County trails. Click on the link below to print a copy of the membership form.  

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For additional information, please go to www.prairietrailsclub.org to stay updated with the latest news and information.

Environmental Weekend – Sept 15

The County Environmental Clean-up is scheduled for September 15, 2018

In the past, the County has accepted Tires, Appliances and Electronics (TV’s and Computers) on the Friday of Clean-up Weekend from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and they accepted Tires, Appliances and Electronics (TV’s and Computers), Household Hazardous Wastes and Expired Medications from 8:30 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. A $25 fee was charged for each TV dropped off. NO narcotics or controlled meds were accepted.


BLPOA SOCIAL COMMITTEE – Events that are currently scheduled for 2018:

ü  Welcome Back! Saturday May 19th Complimentary Coffee and Donuts during the membership and golf cart registrations   9:00 am – Noon

ü  Pizza Night – May 19th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

ü  Ice Cream – Saturday June 9th during the membership and golf cart registrations   9:00 am – Noon

ü  Popcorn - June 23rd during the membership and golf cart registrations   9:00 am – Noon

ü  PO Bicycle Ride - July 14th; 8:00 am start from the Property Owners Building

ü  Soup Social & Fall-tastic Yard Contest – Saturday October 20th  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Contact Mary Topelian (361-290-2457 / mjtopelian@att.net) with questions, for additional information or to volunteer to help.


Payments may be made at the BLPOA Community Center on the following Saturdays between 9am to 12:00 noon as follows or you can mail into the P.O. Box on form:

May 19

June 9

June 23

Fees include Membership - $40.00 (must be member to have garbage pick-up).  Fee for garbage is $95.00 for first home and $75.00 for additional home(s) or property.

Membership fees are for a fiscal year which starts July 1 of a given year and June 30 of the following year. 

ALL DUES MUST BE PAID BY JUNE 30, 2018 to avoid garbage pick-up termination.  If terminated a $40.00 reinstatement fee will be charged.

Annual Meeting Scheduled for July 7th

The Annual Bass Lake Property Owners Association (BLPOA) Meeting and election of officers will be Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 9:00AM at the BLPOA Community Center.  MEMBER DUES MUST BE PAID BY JULY 1, 2018 IN ORDER TO VOTE.  Membership cards will not be available at the Annual meeting.

The regularly scheduled BLPOA meetings will be held at 9:00 AM on the following Saturdays:  February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, August 18, October 6, and November 3.  Additional meetings may be scheduled. All meetings are held at the BLPOA Community Center.


THE BASS LAKE FESTIVAL – will be held again during the last full weekend in July; July 27, 28 & 29, 2018.  The committee is dedicated to the Mission of the Festival: To showcase the beauty and diversity of the lake, promote local businesses, provide family entertainment and build community spirit within and outside Starke County. Check the festival website www.basslakefest.com regularly to stay updated with the latest news and information.

 Also included on the website are entry forms for the various events and activities to be held which may be downloaded and mailed to:

¨      Bass Lake Festival Association, Inc., P.O. Box 455, Knox, IN  46534.

Volunteers are always needed, and the committee can use your help no matter how large or small.  Please contact Tabitha Dillner for further information:

Tabitha Dillner / President Bass Lake Festival Association



A Boater’s Education and safety Class is being offered by the DNR on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM for any BLPOA member, family and friend at the BLPOA Community Center. Lunch is provided. Online pre-registration is requested in mid-May and can be done at:



This class is supported and sponsored by the BLPOA.  Please contact Board Member Aileen Collura (708 912-4038 / Aileen.Collura@yahoo.com) for additional information and/or questions.


THE ADOPT-A-BUOY_PROGRAM was set up to add buoys to areas of the
lake to give our members more shoreline protection, but it needs your
cooperation to be successful. If you are an adopt-a-buoy volunteer, PLEASE
After inspection,
please make sure you place the buoy out approximately 350 feet from YOUR
shoreline. At the end of summer take it out of the water and store it for the
season. Remember - if you adopt a buoy, ‘you put it in, you take it
Please contact Daphne Hackler/ ( dbhackler@hotmail.com ) of any buoy
information changes using the form sent out. Contact Daphne if you would
like to have another form sent to you.

NOTE: The DNR does not control the shoreline buoys, but will assist us
whenever possible. Any persons using the lake for recreational purposes
should be aware they can be ticketed whenever or wherever the Officer
believes they are disobeying the law and rules of the lake, no matter where
the buoys are placed. Copies of the Rules of the Waters are available at the
Bass Lake Marina or on line at the DNR website.

The BLPOA Board of Directors


We continue to do what we can to keep our lake property protected. All volunteers donate their time, gas and cars to patrol our roads. We have several cars patrolling the Bass Lake area and making security checks on senior citizens living alone. Any suspicious activities are reported to the Sheriff’s Department. This is a year-round patrol that strives to keep your property safe while you are away. However, we are always looking for additional volunteer drivers, especially during the winter months.  If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please call Ron Vendl at 574-772-2580, or vendlr@yahoo.com for more information.

Neighborhood Watch meetings are usually held on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the BLPOA Community Center, unless that Monday is a holiday. Please see the website under Neighborhood Watch for this year’s meeting dates

Bass Lake Conservancy District

The Bass Lake Conservancy District (BLCD) owns and operates the sanitary sewer system that provides service to homes within the District.  It also manages the Lake Pump, and works together with the IDNR on matters concerning weed control.  The BLCD meets the third Monday of the month at the BLPOA Community Center.  Meetings begin promptly at 6:00 PM (CST).  Visit their website at www.BLCD-IND.ORG

FLUSH ONLY TOILET PAPER AND HUMAN WASTE.  In the past, the Conservancy District has had problems with inappropriate items being flushed into the system:  including diapers, depends, feminine products, cleansing wipes, and paper toweling.  The lift stations are unable to pump these items through the lines to the treatment plant.  As a result, pumps are clogged and damaged.  Please DO NOT dispose of any of these items in the toilet.  In many cases it is possible to identify where these items originate; and a homeowner may be held responsible for any damage/repairs to the pumping station as a result of this negligence. 

The BLCD’S sanitary system use ordinance PROHIBITS sump pumps and other clear water sources from being connected to the sanitary sewer system.  Homeowners who are found to have these illegal connections can be fined up to $1,500 per day.  Therefore, in order to protect the integrity of the BLCD sanitary sewer system, individual sewer connection inspections can be conducted by the BLCD at any time without any notice.

If you have any questions regarding the sanitary sewer system please call the Bass Lake Conservancy District at 574-772-2974.  For emergencies only,
call 574-806-1707.


The Bass Lake Property Owners Association wish to inform you of rules and regulations concerning the operation of golf carts at and near Bass Lake. These regulations are determined by the Starke County Commissioners ordinance 2013-1021. A full set of the regulations can be viewed by going to the web: starkecountysheriff.com, click on Reports and Permits, click on Golf Carts, click on Golf Cart Ordinance. You can also access the ordinance from the BLPOA Website(WWW.INBASSLAKE.COM) click on the Golf Cart Ord. Tab.

We are emphasizing only those that have been noted to be in violation:

1. Golf carts must have been granted a permit by the Starke Co. Sheriff’s Department and the permit posted in a clearly visible area on the golf cart. These permits are issued annually.

2. Operation is limited to county roads with a posted limit of 35 miles or less. Carts may NOT be driven on any state highway.


4. No person may operate a golf cart on any county road between sunset and sunrise unless the vehicle is equipped with two (2) operating headlights and two (2) operating brake lights visible from a distance of 500 feet.

5. Golf Carts shall yield the right-of-way to faster moving vehicles, and shall not obstruct the flow of traffic, pulling off to the right to allow faster moving vehicles to pass.

6. The number of persons traveling in a golf cart shall not exceed the number of adult persons for whom seating is provided in the vehicle.

Any act or omission constituting a violation of this ordinance, including any failure to comply with or to maintain compliance with any of its requirements, constitutes an ordinance violation. A person convicted of violating this ordinance shall be subject to a fine not to exceed TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00) per violation. Each day that any of the provisions of this ordinance is violated constitutes a separate offense and violators shall be fined an additional fine not to exceed $25.00 per day plus court costs.

These regulations will be enforced and we encourage you to educate your families and guests to avoid any violations.



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