Runyan Lake Inc.

The lake association for the entire community of Runyan Lake
located in Tyrone Township, Livingston County, Michigan.

 

 

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What gives Runyan Lake Inc. the authority to assess dues?

What are the functions of the different home owners associations for Runyan Lake?

Are all Runyan Lake properties members of all the associations?

Does Runyan Lake Inc. have bylaws and objectives?

Does Runyan Lake Inc. publish financial records?

What communications does Runyan Lake Inc. provide to its members?

What are the annual membership dues for the lake associations?

Do properties in this area have city water and city sewer?

Does the lake community have social activities?

What does “lake management” mean?

When is weed control treatment applied?

What is the fish population of the lake?

What is the size and depth of the lake?

Is there public access for boating on Runyan Lake?

Can my son or daughter or uncle or cousin or friend or other put their boat or jetski on Runyan Lake for the weekend?

How do I contact the lake associations?

In early spring, and again in the summer, I see swarms of black bugs that look like mosquitoes but they don't bite - What are they?

I see a lot of dead fish in late May and early June - Why?

What causes the foam, or suds, I see along my shoreline periodically?

How come I sometimes get itchy or develop a rash after swimming in the lake?

I need a boat sticker - How do I get one?

I need access to the RLI boat ramp - who do I call?

I don't use the RLI boat ramp.  Do I still need an RLI boat sticker?

Can the Sheriff or DNR access Runyan Lake and issue tickets?  Isn't Runyan Lake a private lake?

I have a complaint or concern about boating safety.  Who do I call?

I have a complaint or concern about road conditions.  Who do I call?

I need more information, or I have a question you have not covered - How do I contact you?

 

 

What gives Runyan Lake Inc. the authority to assess dues?

Runyan Lake Inc. is what is often termed a "strong" association, authorized and incorporated under Michigan Public Act 127 of 1929 (the Summer Resort Corporation Act), and Michigan Public Act 44 of 2006.  The history of incorporation and property inclusion can be found in the preamble of our Bylaws.  

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What are the functions of the different home owners associations for Runyan Lake?

Perhaps the easiest way to explain this is to think of RLI as a lake association, and RLHAI and RLPPOA associations as neighborhood associations.  Runyan Lake, Inc. (RLI) is a lake association with responsibility for management of the lake, the boat ramp, and the island.  Runyan Lake Heights Association Inc. (RLHAI) is a neighborhood association with responsibility for the private roads and park areas within Runyan Lake Heights.  Runyan Lake Point Property Owners Association Inc. (RLPPOA) is a neighborhood association with responsibility for the private roads and park areas within Runyan Lake Point.  More information about RLHAI and RLPPOA can be found using the "Other Associations" button on the navigation bar.

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Are all Runyan Lake properties members of all the associations?

No.  All properties are members of Runyan Lake, Inc., which is a lake association.  Additionally, properties in the Runyan Lake Heights territory are also members of Runyan Lake Heights Association, Inc. (RLHAI), a neighborhood association, and properties on Runyan Lake Point and Spring Street are also members of Runyan Lake Point Property Owners Association, Inc. (RLPPOA), also a neighborhood association.  Properties within the Runyan Lake East development are also members of the Runyan Lake East Condominium Association.

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Does the lake association have bylaws and objectives?

Please click on Bylaws and Vision and Mission for Runyan Lake, Inc. information.

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Does the lake association publish financial records?

Financial information is published twice each year as part of our newsletters, and is reviewed in detail during our Fall and Spring Annual Meetings.  Please click on Minutes & Newsletters and open a newsletter to obtain the Runyan Lake, Inc. financial report.  If you need additional information or have questions please contact us.

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What communications does the lake association provide to its members?

Newsletters and meeting notices are distributed to members by e-mail wherever possible, or by regular mail if members specifically express that preference.  Additional information and any announcements or requests of immediate or urgent nature are communicated by e-mail only.  You can sign up for email communications here.  Newsletters, meeting notices, and most communications can also be found here on our website.

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What are the annual membership dues for the lake associations?

Each association sets its own membership dues annually.  Please refer to our About Us! page to contact the associations for additional information.  Recent historical RLI dues can be found here.

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Do properties in this area have city water and city sewer?

Each home has its own private well water supply.  The entire RLI community is served by the Livingston Regional Sewer System.  For details please refer to the Sewer System page.  For connection status and cost information please contact Tyrone Township or the Livingston County Drain Commission using our Other Contacts page.

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Does the lake community have social activities?

Please refer to our Dates & Events page for all dates of meetings and other events hosted by Runyan Lake, Inc.

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What does “lake management” mean?

Runyan Lake, Inc. is responsible for the lake in terms of water quality monitoring and weed control, owns the private boat ramp for use by riparian members, and owns and maintains the small island.

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When is weed control treatment applied?

Annually, beginning in the spring, when the water temperature reaches ~65ºF.  More details are available on the Weed Control page.

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What is the fish population of the lake?

Fish populations in Runyan Lake include Bluegill/Sunfish, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Longnose Gar, Northern Pike,  Yellow Perch, and Walleye.  Please refer to our Fishing page for more information.

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What is the size and depth of the lake?

Runyan Lake is approximately 180 acres in area, with a maximum depth of 55 feet.

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Is there public access for boating on Runyan Lake?

Runyan Lake is a private lake, therefore there is no public access for boating on Runyan Lake.  Boating access is provided via the Runyan Lake, Inc. private boat ramp for riparian member use only.  Providing access by non-riparian members or the public to Runyan Lake across your property violates Michigan Riparian law and could result in criminal prosecution. 

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Can my son or daughter or uncle or cousin or friend or other put their boat or jetski on Runyan Lake for the weekend?

No.  Runyan Lake is a private lake.  Under Michigan Riparian Law and local Tyrone Township Zoning Ordinances, only watercraft titled to Runyan Lake property owners may be placed onto the lake.  Providing access by non-riparian members or the public to Runyan Lake across your property violates Michigan Riparian law and could result in criminal prosecution. 

 

How do I contact the lake associations?

Please refer to our RLI Contacts page for Runyan Lake, Inc. officers and trustees.  General inquiries should use our Email RLI form.  Realtors or others with specific property questions, please use our Realtor Request Form to request a complete package of information including overview and lake access privileges for any specific property in the Runyan Lake community.  To contact Runyan Lake Heights Association, Inc. (RLHAI) or Runyan Lake Point Property Owners Association, Inc. (RLPPOA) please refer to our Other Associations page.

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In the early spring, and again in the summer, I see swarms of black bugs that look like mosquitoes but they don't bite - What are they?

Non-biting midge flies or chironomids commonly occur in inland and coastal natural and man-made bodies of water. These midges are commonly known as “blind mosquitoes” because they are mosquito-like but do not bite. Midges are also called “fuzzy bills” because of the male’s bushy antennae.  These aquatic insects are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions. Chironomid midges are found in swift moving streams, deep slow moving rivers, stagnant ditches, and in lakes and ponds that are rich in decomposing organic matter. The presence of certain chironomid midges is often used as an indicator of water quality.  Most species of chironomid midges are highly desirable organisms in aquatic habitats. Midges are an important food source for fish and predatory aquatic insects. Larvae “clean” the aquatic environment by consuming and recycling organic debris.  For more detailed information about Midges, click HERE.

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I see a lot of dead fish in late May and early June - Why?

We found a few possible explanations from the DNR: 

(1) Spring Kill:  Spring kill occurs in lakes and rivers when fish survive the winter but die as the water warms rapidly in May and June. It rarely claims many fish and is usually over in a couple of weeks. Spring kill is almost always due to natural causes beyond our influence. The usual victims are large bluegills and crappies, and other fish which spawn in the spring such as perch, bass, pike and suckers.  See full article here. 

(2) The Wisconsin DNR notes:  Some early fish kills are being reported due to outbreaks of a bacteria called Columnaris, which is known to only infect fish and is not a health risk to humans. The bacteria is most prevalent after water temperatures reach 65 to 70 degrees from late May to late June. Bluegill, crappies, and yellow perch are most affected by the disease. Although Columnaris can appear to produce large scale fish losses in a matter of several days, it usually does not have a catastrophic impact on overall fish populations. Fish in lakes are susceptible due to fatigue from chasing food, being chased, and spring spawning.  Boat traffic also stresses the fish in early spring.  It is a natural occurrence and usually does not need attention.  This cause may or may not be applicable to Runyan Lake.

          More information about fish deaths and disease can be found at the MDNR Fish Disease webpage.

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What causes the foam, or suds, I see along my shoreline periodically?
The simple answer:  The foam on the surface of our lakes is natural and harmless.  It is created by a combination of natural organic compounds (such as decomposing plants and animals) in the water and mixing air with these compounds.  The mixing of the water is caused by wind and wave actions.  The foam will often collect on the downwind shore.

The technical answer:  The foaming of surface waters on lakes is not a new phenomenon and is a natural process. Foam is created when the surface tension of water (attraction of surface molecules for each other) is reduced and the air is mixed in, forming bubbles.  Man-made agents can also reduce surface tension.  All lakes contain organic matter, such as algae and plants, and when these decompose they release cellular products (surfactants) into the water, which lessons the surface tension.  When the wind blows, the waves on the lake agitate this surface agent, thus transforming it into sudsy white foam. Currents and boats also mix air with the organic compounds present in the lake to produce foam.  Natural foam has a somewhat earthy or fishy aroma and may have an off-white, tan, or brown color.  Detergent foam in contrast will have a noticeable perfume smell, and is usually whiter in color.
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How come I sometimes get itchy or develop a rash after swimming in the lake?
The itching or itchy rash is often referred to as swimmer's itch and is caused by a blood fluke (parasitic flatworm)
that normally lives in freshwater snails and sometimes on waterfowl.  The itching is caused when the fluke, while in the immature stage of its life cycle (cercaria), mistakes you for its primary host–waterfowl–and burrows into your skin.  Aside from the itching, it is harmless to humans.  You can usually prevent the itching by not swimming or walking in shallow areas which contain weeds, snails, and where you see ducks congregate.  It is recommended you rinse off and dry the skin after coming out of the water.  More information can be found at www.swimmersitch.org.
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I need access to the boat ramp - who do I call?
For riparian members, please call a trustee
with 24 hours (preferred) advance notice. There are no set hours for the boat ramp.  Appointments cannot be made online.  You may call any trustee, but please try to contact one of your area trustees first.  We ask for advance notice so we can coordinate several ramp use requests for similar times.  Please do not expect a trustee to drop what he/she is doing to immediately go to the boat ramp for you.  They have lives also!  Be courteous, be considerate, and plan ahead.  Of course we will work with you as best we can, especially under emergency situations.

To launch your boat the trustee will verify you are a riparian Member, your dues are current, you have signed the ramp liability waiver, your boat has valid Michigan registration, and you have a Runyan Lake Inc. boat sticker.  Your boat should be free of weeds, water, and bait fish from other lakes to prevent the introduction of invasive species into Runyan Lake. 

To remove your boat the trustee will verify you are a riparian Member, your dues are current, you have signed the ramp liability waiver, and you have a Runyan Lake Inc. boat sticker.  To minimize damage to the boat ramp, no power loading is permitted.  Please back your trailer into the water such that you can idle or float your boat onto the trailer.
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I need a boat sticker - How do I get one?
Per our bylaws, all boats on Runyan Lake are to be registered with RLI and display an annual boat sticker.  Your boat sticker demonstrates the boat is titled to a Runyan Lake riparian property owner, as required by state law and the RLI bylaws.  Boats not belonging to Runyan Lake riparians are prohibited from Runyan Lake by local township ordinance, by state law, and per your RLI bylaws.  Your boat sticker also provides a simple means of identification in case the watercraft is found adrift.  Each year a number of drifting watercraft are quickly returned to their owners because RLI can immediately identify and notify the owner. 

To obtain a boat sticker email us at runyanlakeinc@aol.com, or simply provide your information each year when you return your dues invoice.  Please provide your Michigan watercraft registration number (MC number, begins with MC xxxx XX), the type of watercraft (PWC, inboard/outboard, Peddleboat, ski boat, wakeboard boat, etc.), and a brief description (Mastercraft, Four Winns, Avalon, SeaDoo) so we can more easily identify the watercraft.  Keep in mind the watercraft must be titled to a Runyan Lake property owner to comply with State law. Once we have that information we will send you a boat sticker within a few days.  Thank you for your cooperation.
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I don't use the RLI boat ramp.  Do I still need an RLI boat sticker?
Yes.  Per our bylaws, all boats on Runyan Lake are to be registered with RLI and display an annual boat sticker.  Your boat sticker demonstrates the boat is titled to a Runyan Lake riparian property owner, as required by state law and the RLI bylaws.  Boats not belonging to Runyan Lake riparians are prohibited from Runyan Lake by local township ordinance, by state law, and per your RLI bylaws.  Your boat sticker also provides a simple means of identification in case the watercraft is found adrift.  Each year a number of drifting watercraft are quickly returned to their owners because RLI can immediately identify and notify the owner.  Even if you don't use the boat ramp please protect your lake, support your corporation and lake association, and comply with our bylaws by registering your boat with RLI.  It's simple.  Contact any RLI trustee, email us at runyanlakeinc@aol.com, or simply provide your information each year when you return your dues invoice.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Can the Sheriff or DNR access Runyan Lake and issue tickets?  Isn't Runyan Lake a private lake?
Yes, and Yes.  A private lake simply means there is no public land or public access site over which the public can access the lake.  Riparian law states a person cannot access a body of water over private property they do not own, unless they also have riparian rights to the same body of water.  All waters of the state of Michigan are under the jurisdiction of the state of Michigan.  The DNR and Sheriff may access Runyan Lake at any time, without notice, and may issue tickets or warnings to anyone violating Michigan Laws governing bodies of water and watercraft.
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I have a complaint or concern about road conditions.  Who do I call?
This depends on where the road is located.  If the road is within the Runyan Lake Heights area you need to contact the RLHAI because they own and maintain those private roads.  If the road is within the Runyan Lake Point area you need to contact the RLPPOA because they own and maintain those private roads.  f the road is within the Runyan Lake East area you need to contact the Runyan Lake East Condominium Association because they own and maintain those shared private driveways.  If the road is located anywhere else within Livingston County contact the Livingston County Road Commission.

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I have a complaint or concern about boating safety on Runyan Lake.  Who do I call?
As a community, we try to address general boating safety concerns when we can with our Members.  You can approach your neighbors and see if they will listen to your concerns, or you Email RLI or contact an RLI trustee for assistance.  However, in most cases, your best avenue is the contact the Livingston County Sheriff to express your concern directly.

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I need more information, or I have a question you have not covered - How do I contact you?

Please refer to our About Us! page to contact the association, or you may E-mail us.

 

 

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