(send us an email if your question is not found below)
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.
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.
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.
Does the lake association have bylaws and objectives?
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.
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.
What are the annual membership dues for the lake associations?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the size and depth of the lake?
Runyan Lake is approximately 180 acres in area, with a maximum depth of 55 feet.
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.
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.
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.
I see a lot of dead fish in late May and early June - Why?
We found a few possible explanations from the DNR:
More information about fish deaths and disease can be found at the MDNR Fish Disease webpage.
What causes the foam,
or suds, I see along my shoreline periodically?
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.
How come I sometimes get itchy or
develop a rash after swimming in the lake?
I need access to the boat ramp - who do I call?
I need a boat
sticker - How do I get one?
To obtain a boat sticker email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
I have a complaint
or concern about road conditions. Who do
I need more information, or I have a question you have not covered - How do I contact you?
Runyan Lake Inc.
PO Box 105
Fenton, MI 48430-0105, USA
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