Amenities and Services

Buhl Lake: The lake is about 120 acres and ranges in depth from 15 – 30 feet. Average temperature in the summer months is around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Fishermen and water sports enthusiasts share the lake, with no wake allowed between 8:30 PM and 10:00 AM.  Although the lake has no public access, all Michigan laws are observed. 


LAPOA BOATING Rules approved 5-3-2014


Wave/ Wake Boats: Although Buhl Lake is an “all sports lake,” it is relatively small and the large waves produced by wave boats have the potential of causing immense  damage to shorelines and other watercraft. If wave boats are used on our lake they must reduce speed within 300’ of a shoreline; have no ballast; avoid turning in tight circles; and avoid disturbing the shorelines.

Parks and Boat Launch: Each of the six subdivisions around Buhl Lake has a neighborhood park, most with picnic tables and play equipment. Our main park also features  a basketball court, a fishing dock, a roped off lake swim area with raft, as well as our office, pavilion and pool. The boat launch and dock are located a short walk North of the main park. The Boat Launch Dock is scheduled to be installed as soon as the ice has melted (no later than May 1st) and is to be removed after Oct 15th. Other docks are scheduled to be installed by May 15th and removed after Sept 15th. Cars and boat trailers may be left off the side of the road on the common property near the boat launch or at the main park while members are out enjoying the lake. Parking at the boat launch must not interfere with the Fire Lane or the boat launch. Police will be called and violators’ vehicles will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense. Members’ boats used for their own personal enjoyment may be moored at the community parks for no more than 72 hours in any seven day period. Large boats must be secured bow and stern (anchored) to prevent the boat from swinging into other watercraft. Boats owners’ contact information must be easily visible. Boats may not interfere with the boat launch or prevent other members from enjoying the parks. Boats may not be left at the boat launch dock.

Pavilion: Members in good standing may rent our pavilion and/or Office Building for events.  See Pavilion-Office Rental Agreement.

Roads: The roads in Lake Arrowhead are owned and maintained by the Association.  All state traffic laws apply! For the safety of all, please abide by our 25 MPH Speed Limit. In Winter, priority is given to plowing Arapaho, the mailbox area,  bus stop-equipment garage area, and then roads from the inner circle outward.  During the warm weather, the dirt roads are graded and brine is applied  to reduce dust. This continuous attention to the roads normally keeps them in great shape. In the winter,  It also means that there can be NO PARKING ON THE ROADS!  ATV and snowmobile riders use our roads so please watch out for them. They too must obey the 25 MPH road speed limit. We encourage recreational vehicle riders to avoid cars by using our many trails. Heavy vehicles are prohibited from traveling on Arapahoe. To enter Lake Arrowhead, heavy trucks should take Spring Gay Road to Aranac Trail as the alternate route. Heavy Vehicle RouteHeavy Vehicle Route

Guest Parking: Limited, short term guest parking is available at the large park and in designated areas near the Maintenance Building during the winter. We ask that you no longer park near the mailboxes as vehicles left there make it difficult to keep the area clear of snow.

Mailboxes: Permanent residents of Lake Arrowhead who are in good standing may rent a mailbox  by calling the LAPOA Office at 231-585-7411 and by submitting the following form: Mailbox Application.  Kindly empty your mailbox regularly especially during the days leading up to the Holidays. Our parcel boxes fill fast and we need them to be available for other deliveries. If you no longer use your LAPOA mailbox please return your keys to the LAPOA Office. You can simply place keys in an envelope with your name and phone number, the mailbox number, and your new mailing address.  Place it in the LAPOA drop box at the Mailbox Building.  If you are owed a returned key deposit, one will be mailed to you.

Phone Services: Some wireless phones do work in Lake Arrowhead, ATT probably  works the bestFor land-lines, Lake Arrowhead is part of Pigeon Phone Company:(1-800-292-0614).

Internet: Pigeon’s sister company, AVCI provides DSL. To subscribe see: AVCI. Satellite internet is also available from other companies.    Good News Lake Arrowhead! Limited free internet Wifi for our members has been set up in the pavilion-office area, the Campground, and by the Maintenance Bulding. No password is necessary. When you log on, you will be connected to the internet and to the LAPOA network. The name of the signal is:   LakeArrowheadWiFi   This is a public network for all members and their guests to access. No security, no encryption, but devices also cannot “see” each other so users cannot “attack” another user’s device, get data, etc. Access is granted once per day and speed is limited to 1 Mbps so that no one can “hog” the network.                              1. Coverage is  focused in the pool/office/pavilion/park and surrounding areas, the Campground, and the Maintenance Building areas.
2. Please carefully review the terms and conditions before clicking “continue” on the splash page.  There are several key details included of which all users should be aware.
3. The WiFi network is provided as a best effort “as-is” service.  We will do our best to keep the network up and operational.  If you are experiencing a problem accessing the network, please let Dwayne Crocker  know via Facebook/messenger or Next Door.  He is alerted remotely if the network goes down or is experiencing Internet connection problems, but sometimes it may take an affected user to notify him if he is not automatically alerted.

Electricity is supplied by Great Lakes Energy. You may call 1-800-485-2537 or use their website. Report Power Outages at 1-800-678-0411.  If you want to check on power outages, their website has a handy “Storm Central” page with a map of power outages.

Propane:The Association has a long-term tank lease agreement with Amerigas  for residents who want propane piped into their homes (Toll free: 866-453-4271). Rates for the year are normally locked in by August. Residents who prefer to have a “pig” can contact any of the local propane companies for prices and service. See our Propane Page on this website for current propane information. Currently natural gas is not available in Lake Arrowhead.

Trash Disposal: Members are asked to recycle to help protect our environment and to keep our disposal costs down. (See below for locations) A dumpster-compactor is available to members for the disposal of household trash. When using the dumpster the following procedure must be followed for the compacter to work:  Open door and insert trash, then press START button to start motor, then close door to activate compacting mechanism. Furniture, construction refuse, yard waste, and other large items may not be discarded at the dumpster or anywhere else on the common grounds. There are dumps in Gaylord and Waters for these types of materials. In August 2016, motion activated cameras were installed that enable us to provide evidence to police in cases of illegal dumping.  Each year Hayes Township has a “Clean-Up Day” when large items are accepted at the local dump for a few hours without charge. See our Meetings and Events page for details about this year’s Clean-Up Day.

Arrow Sanitation: 254 Little League Drive (Just E. of Gaylord, South off of M-32)    989-732-4243.

City Environmental Service, 11375 Sherman Rd in Waters. (Near intersection of Sherman Rd. and Kraus Rd.) From Waters, take Marlette Rd. East to Sherman Rd. Turn right. This business has a Frederick mailing address. 989-732-3553

Members are encouraged to utilize the convenient Otsego County Recycling Centers.  The closest Recycling Center is located on Hayes Tower Road just South of M-32. It is not well marked. Look for a chain link fenced area with two driveways. By recycling, you can help protect our environment and reduce the Association’s trash disposal costs.


Our Campground: The Lake Arrowhead Campground is for the exclusive use of Lake Arrowhead Property Owners who are in good standing, their families, and their guests.  Before sending in a reservation request,  contact Marcia Schick, the Campground Manager at 989-327-4596 to see if a campsite is available. Marcia does her best to accommodate campers,  but lot assignments are always at her discretionProperty owners must have their regular and special assessments paid in full before a campground lease will be approved. We do not accept credit/debit cards at the campground. Checks and cash are accepted. The property owner is required to sign the lease agreement for themselves and for their guests.    For the current lease agreement and Campground rules see: LACG_ Lease _and_Rules_2017 _Approved 12-2-2017_

There is currently a waiting list for Yearly Camping spots.  Sites will be assigned in the following order as vacancies arise to members  in good standing and whose assessments are paid: 1: David Moore. 2: Dean & Jennifer Beach. 3: Gary and Cindy Smith. 4: Gary Thurston. 5: Jim & Mary Fleming.

Campground Photos


 Our Pool

Medical Care: There is a walk-in clinic in Gaylord that is an affiliate of Otsego Memorial Hospital. The clinic is located at 1996 Waldon, just N of McCoy Rd. and E of S. Otsego. It is not a 24 hour facility.
See website:… for hours and services.
For more serious issues, an Emergency Room is located at Otsego Memorial Hospital, 825 N Center Ave., in Gaylord.

Otsego County Commission on Aging


Fire Danger Level

Burn Permits

Otsego County Bus Service.

Property owners and Healthy Lakes

Otsego County Soil and Conservation District

Invasive Phragmites   These have nearly been eliminated from Buhl Lake. Annual inspection of the lake and spraying to eradicate them continues.