Answers to some frequently asked questions for residents or prospective residents of Lakeshore Woods.
Development and tree surveys
Lakeshore Woods was surveyed by Holland Engineering, and designated in two halves – the west parcel under Pigeon Creek L.L.C., and the east parcel under Little Pigeon L.L.C.
The survey plan can be downloaded as a PDF here:
In an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the development, a tree survey was also commissioned to detail some prominent trees that are to be preserved, particularly in the green space buffer area.
The tree survey can be downloaded as a PDF here:
Residents of Lakeshore Woods do not have deeded access to Lake Michigan and may not make use of private properties, access trails, or Camp Blodgett property to access the shore.
However, the beautiful Ottawa County park Kirk Park is a bit over one mile away from Lakeshore Woods and entry is free for pedestrian traffic all year. (Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Day passes and annual passes are available)
Other nearby beach access includes:
- Olive Shores, 2.8 miles south (Ottawa county park)
- Windnest Park, 3.7 miles south (Port Sheldon township park)
- Rosy Mound Natural Area, 5 miles north (Ottawa county park)
- Grand Haven State Park, 8.4 miles north (Michigan state park)
Boundaries, Greenspace, and Easements
Per the plat survey above, the Lakeshore Woods subdivision extends from the northeast corner where Pierce Street meets 168th Avenue, down to the southwest seen at the bottom-left in this screenshot:
The neighborhood greenspace includes 5 “parks” comprising undeveloped land interior to the development, as well as land around west, north, and east perimeter edges, totaling over 20 acres.
Special easement rules in Section 14.2 of the Covenants and Restrictions apply to properties along the south edge of the neighborhood, which feature greenspace buffer. This buffer belongs to the individual property owners, and is not part of the common “parks” areas.
To the west there is an easement with Consumers Energy, who manages the corridor for power line maintenance. A copy of the easement is linked here:
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What are the details of the local municipality?
And where do I vote?
Neighborhood mailing addresses are listed as West Olive, MI 49460 by the US postal service.
Lakeshore Woods residents belong to Precinct 3 of Grand Haven Township in Ottawa County.
Access a sample ballot by entering your information on the Michigan SOS website:
Our polling location is open 7am to 8pm for voting on November 6, 2018 and is located here: Lakeshore Baptist Church 17306 Church Hill St Grand Haven, MI 49417
|Jurisdiction||Grand Haven Township|
|County Comm. District||9th District|
|State House District||89th District|
|State Senate District||30th District|
|US Congress District||2nd District|
|School District||Grand Haven Area Public Schools|
|Intermediate School District||Ottawa Area ISD|
|Library District||Loutit District Library|
|Court of Appeals||3rd District|
|Circuit Court||20th District|
|Probate Court||Ottawa County Probate Court|
|District Court||58th District|
Who's in charge around here?
For the latest updates regarding the neighborhood Homeowners Association (HOA) please see the Association news category.
Municipal water is provided by Grand Haven Township. Water distribution for the area is provided by two systems: the North Ottawa Water System (NOWS) and the Grand Rapids water treatment plant. Lakeshore Woods receives its water from the Grand Rapids plant. For more information, see the Grand Haven Township water distribution page.
The township issues water bills quarterly. Payments may be made by several means:
- Mail payment to the township administrative offices: Grand Haven Township Administrative Offices 13300 168th Ave Grand Haven, MI 49417
- Drop off payment at the above address during office hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (check the website for a Grand Haven Township holiday schedule)
- Drop off payment 24/7 in the drop box in the parking entrance at the above address.
- Make a one-time payment online: http://ght.org/payments (redirects to AccessMyGov.com) Click the Utility Billing Payments link in the sidebar to begin.
- Make recurring utility bill payments automatically: https://client.pointandpay.net/recurring/GrandHavenCharter First, register with Point & Pay on the site, and then set up your payment info and bill info. Use the Auto Pay tab to set up recurring payments.
Electricity is provided through buried cable by Consumers Energy.
Each home is monitored by a smart meter, which provides helpful insight into your power consumption. After creating a website login for your Consumers Energy account, you can find an Energy Use Details page where you can view current and projected energy usage for your home, as well as charts and graphs of your energy use and local temperature.
You can even click to download an hour-by-hour report of your power consumption in CSV or XML format for use in spreadsheet programs. Navigate to the Energy Use Details → Energy Insights page of your account, and look at the bottom of the screen for the green “Download my data” button, which looks like this:
For those who are interested in sustainable energy options, see the Renewable Energy page for details, including the Solar Gardens program which allows you to purchase “SolarBlocks” of power up to 100% of your home’s usage. You can even receive solar energy credits on your bills!
Power outages, maps, and alerts
In your account settings, you can report an outage, as well as add contact info for automated emails, phone calls, or SMS text messages when outages occur. Power outages are a bit more common here than urban areas, so check out the Power outages news post for some background information.
Natural gas service is provided by Michigan Gas Utilities. You can create an account to manage billing and view gas usage.
You will also find the option to enroll in Budget Billing which provides you with a fixed rate throughout the year for a more consistent payment plan.
Trash and recycling service
Neighborhood group plan
To offer a low cost and reduce the number of providers coming through each week, the HOA has coordinated a special agreement with Republic Services for a single-payer account. If you are interested in the special price for trash and recycling (with optional yard waste pickup and other services) please contact the HOA treasurer for details, or fill out and remit this form:
Republic Services collects trash and recycling on Wednesday – please have your container at the road by 6am for pickup. Recycling collection is on a bi-weekly basis for 2019. Please review the pickup schedule for recycling here:
Phone, TV, and internet service
Who provides phone, TV, and internet service in Lakeshore Woods?
Landline phone service
Cell phone service
- Verizon Wireless (a tower is located adjacent to the neighborhood)
*These listings are provided as a convenience, and may not be an exhaustive list. The neighborhood does not endorse or represent any particular service provider.
Residential speed limits aren’t posted in most rural neighborhoods, but the Lakeshore Woods subdivision has a speed limit of 25 MPH.
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Recreation & Nearby Attractions
We’re fortunate to live adjacent to Hiawatha Forest, with 365 acres of undeveloped county park land. The park is accessible from small parking spaces on Fillmore Street and 168th Avenue, as well as via connecting footpaths leading from Hiawatha Drive and from our Lakeshore Woods green spaces.
- Off-trail hiking and cross-country skiing
- Firearm and archery deer hunting
- Dogs are allowed off-leash, year round in Open Space Lands
- Carry a leash with you and maintain voice control of your dog
- Please be aware that deer hunting (both gun and archery) is allowed at some Open Space Lands. Be mindful of the season when visiting with your pet. (see below)
- Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle
Hunters must follow Michigan DNR hunting regulations and Ottawa County Parks hunting policies. Since firearm/archery hunting of some species is allowed all year, families should use caution and may consider high-visibility clothing for themselves or their dogs. Safety is especially important during major hunting seasons, such as those listed in this calendar of upcoming dates:
Hunters must respect a 30-yard distance from property lines, and 450 feet distance from occupied buildings.
Palomita Nature Preserve
Just to the north of Lakeshore Woods is the Palomita Nature Reserve, with 40 acres of Great Lakes marsh ecosystem and 0.8 miles of connecting trails.
From the website,
This area along Little Pigeon Creek was once a popular staging site for huge flocks of passenger pigeon. The effects of overhunting and the timber industry led to the unfortunate extinction of this bird by the end of the 19th century. “Palomita” is Italian for “little pigeon.” This property was donated to the Land Conservancy by the Sebasitan family in 1995 to preserve the spectacular natural area for generations to come.
This area can be enjoyed from an overlook along Lakeshore Drive, or by foot along the south bank of Little Pigeon Creek.
Lakeshore Woods residents have spotted many species of wildlife here, including a mated pair of Bald Eagles atop the trees along the creek.
… Even more helpful information in the New Neighbors category!