Dam Funding Update

We followed up with Fremont Township regarding federal funding for our dam project and the latest update is that the FY22 Appropriation vote may not happen until March.  We’ve been told the dam project will most likely get postponed until 2023, even if funds were to be approved this spring since there’s been a delay.  This might be best, considering the work being done on Gilmer, Midlothian, and Sylvan Dr South next year.

We’ll continue to provide updates as we get them, but as of right now it looks like we’ll have a lake this year.

Gilmer/Midlothian Construction Project

Alicia Dodd had a pre-construction meeting for the Gilmer/Midlothian widening that is finally happening! It was bid out and some preliminary work will be started this fall.   This fall, utility locations will be modified, storm sewer will be added along Gilmer/S Sylvan, and a temporary entrance will be created at South Sylvan.   South Sylvan/Gilmer will be closed for approx. two weeks this fall, and Midlothian/South Sylvan will be closed for three weeks next summer.  Some tree removal in right of way will likely start this fall. 

Lake County will have a website and an email list to keep residents informed.  They will send out postcards with website info.  


The Gilmer/Midlothian intersection will remain open during the project.    South Sylvan reconstruction is planned for Phase 6 of the project, which likely means next summer.  

Oktoberfest – Oct 9th

The official date for Oktoberfest is Saturday, Oct 9th. We will have live music, world famous Sylvan Lake beer brats (patent pending), a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, kid’s games, adult games, hayrides, bonfire, and the infamous Garden Club bake sale. Live music performed by The Band Crossroads at 6pm. Bonfire at dusk, and a portable restroom on site.

We’re a Golf Cart Community!

At a board meeting a few months ago, we learned that police in neighboring sub-divisions had started ticketing people riding golf carts on the streets. Apparently, Lake County does not have an ordinance that allows golf carts on sub-division roads, but there was an option to allow this in Sylvan Lake if we were to become a Golf Cart Community. The board reached out to Alicia Dodd, Fremont Township Highway Commissioner, and asked if this was a possibility and what requirements were needed. The board discussed the requirements and decided it was worthwhile to pursue, since we have several members that use golf carts in Sylvan Lake.

The ordinance requirements were submitted by Fremont Township and approved by Lake County, and the Golf Cart Community signs have been installed at both our entrances. Sylvan Lake South is excluded because golf carts are not allowed on state roads (Gilmer and Midlothian).

Our members are now allowed to use golf carts within our subdivision as long as they adhere to the approved ordinance.

For a list of these requirements, please see page 3 of the enacted ordinance located on our website.

Golf Cart Community Ordinance

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Sunday, Aug 29

Beach check-in at 2pm

Boats can be made out of cardboard, tape and any kind of decoration that doesn’t add buoyancy. Grab your cardboard boxes and start building!

Check your boat in at 2pm on Sunday, August 29th. Launches start at 2:15.

Life jackets are required.

Carp-o-Rama on Memorial Day Weekend

The air and the water are starting to warm up and the activity in the water is beginning to ramp up. This can only mean one thing, Carp-o-Rama!

Fishing will start this Friday at 4:00 p.m. and will continue until the weigh-in on Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the beach.

To start the event, we will have kids prizes and a quick demonstration near the dam at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. 

Also, new this year we will have awards for the largest carp and most carp caught for both the adults and the kid’s division (15 and younger). As always, you will receive cash for each carp caught if you are not one of the elite winners. So get your pole, net, and can of corn ready to tackle some of the biggest fish in Sylvan Lake for Memorial Day weekend. Good luck and Carpe diem!

Spring Cleanup Day!

Date: Saturday, May 22 and rain date, Sunday, May 23

Time: 9:00 am until noon

Lunch: Noon at the beach

Thank you for volunteering to captain an area or to simply help at a park or easement near you. However, we are still in need of volunteers at the following locations:

  • Schwerman Park, Captains Renee Del Missier/Jeri Swanson: General clean up, spread dirt and reseed grassy areas, and plant trees.
  • Schwerman Park Benches, Captains Paul Stempian/Jeff Brashear: Dismantle and rebuild benches
  • Playground Equipment, Captains Bob Mihel/Scott Hanson: Updating hardware
  • Beach Triangle, Captains Fran & Dan Pacheco:  mulch spreading, weeding 
  • Beach, Captain Pete Lund: Sand spreading and piers installation 
  • Maple Park, Captain Mark Anderson: General cleanup of branches and leaves
  • Bjorklund Park, Captain Andi Dickinson: General cleanup and mulch spreading
  • Beach Rock Shoreline, Captain Logan Bellinder: Retrieving rocks from water to reinstall 
  • Buena Terrace, Captain Mara Campbell: General cleanup 
  • Wildflower Terrace, Captain Linda Mihel: General cleanup and weeding
  • Famous Pillars Entryway of Crescent Road, Captains Connor & Natalie O’Brien: General cleanup and spread mulch

Captains needed:

  • Highland Entrance: General cleanup
  • Point Comfort Park: General cleanup

*If you have branches for the Township to pick up on May 24, please neatly stack the cut branch edge at the curbside for ease of pick up and loading. There will be no leaf pick up by the Township, Groot must be used.

*Neighbors Al and Patti Burmeister will drive around handing out water bottles!

*Hey Kids, you can earn double volunteer hours. Please contact Jeri Swanson for details.

  • Ravinia: Erosion Management project is completed, many areas have been seeded. 
  • No work to be done at this time due to new plantings. Please stay off of seed blanketing. 
  • Fenceline on North Sylvan: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date
  • Juneau Terrace: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date
  • Briar Terrace: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date

What do I need to bring with me:

Shovels, work gloves, rakes, pruners, wheelbarrel, chainsaw

Lunch Details: Volunteers needed to cook and serve lunch at the Beach. The Borst family is organizing the food, drinks, and setup. Dan Washburn is cooking and will need a partner. Cooks/Servers will be wearing masks and gloves.

Please call Jeri Swanson @ 847-507-2760 if you have any questions or if you wish to volunteer. Thank you!