Hamilton Lake Association


2017 Membership form is located on the Membership page.

Welcome to Hamilton Lake

What follows is underwater video shot by Scott Banfield on Hamilton Lake, April 22, 2017.  Water temperature was 58 degrees. 

2017 Poker Run

 We on the board are glad that you are reading our newsletter, but it contained information that was missing or incorrect.  The 2017 Poker Run is not on the fourth Saturday in July, but the last Saturday in July, the 29th.  Hope to see you there.  HLA Board.


March, 2017: Lake Board Report for 2016

The Hamilton Lake Association Board is made up of volunteers from each section of the lake, fifteen in all.  Their goal is simply to keep the lake in the best possible condition for residents, visitors, boaters, swimmers and fishermen. 

Easily the single biggest effort concerns control of aquatic weeds, particularly of the non-native variety, such as Eurasian milfoil.  Costs for this effort run to the tens of thousands of dollars annually, and so the Board works constantly to maintain and increase membership in the association and to do all it can to raise funds.

In addition to membership dues and donations, one major fund raiser has been the annual poker run in July (see note above), which provides a fun day for participants and raises substantial funds each year for the HLA's annual expenditures.

Members of the Hamilton Lake community are always welcome to attend monthly board meetings which run on the second Tuesday of the month from April to October at the Hamilton Town Hall at 7:00.  Plan to attend and learn more about YOUR Hamilton Lake Association and its Board of Director


Minutes of the Board of Directors

October 11, 2016

The following gathered at 6:00 p.m. for a board meeting and dinner at the Acapulco Restaurant on October 11, 2016: Dave & Cindy Castor, Clint & Brandi Nester along with their children Tate & Palmer, Dennis & Mary Germann, Ron & Carol Jean Abraham, Ginny & Tom DeBrunner, Tonya Peters & Stan Atha, Jim & Cathy Wagenknecht, Peggy & Paul Hayden, Janet Albright, and Linda Skelly.  Ten board members and ten guests were in attendance.


Minutes of the September 13, 2016 meeting were approved as e-mailed.  A motion for approval was made by Ron Abraham and seconded by Tonya Peters.  Motion carried. 

Treasurer’s Report: The monthly income was $14,372.00, monthly expenses $6,400.00. Bank balance as of 9/30/16 was $277,798.00.  The invoice for a new boat motor has been paid.  Dennis also provided a comparison report of income, expenses, and net cash each year for 2014, 2015, y-t-d 2016, and estimate for 2017.  Dennis reported that Star Financial Bank is closing the Hamilton branch and that he would recommend transferring HLA accounts to Farmers State Bank located here in town.  A motion to do so was made by Jim Wagenknecht and seconded by Peggy Hayden.  Motion carried.  It was also mentioned that the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a presentation by Kerry Sprunger, Executive Vice President, and Chief Loan Officer of Farmers State Bank on Monday, October 17.  Mr. Sprunger will be discussing the current state of banking in Hamilton.  He will also share the history of FSB and where they are headed.

Membership: Crystal Bay and Crystal Cove held its annual meeting with 45 people in attendance.  They voted and approved to collect funds as an association and will turn in the assessed weed spray dues for each lot to the HLA.  Crystal Cove paid to have every lot re-surveyed.

 Legislative and Council Coordination:

  •           Steuben County Lakes Council: Jim Wagenknecht sent an e-mail on October 9, 2016 reporting on the SCLC meeting.  Items discussed were: The “Soundings” publication.  Janet submitted an article for Hamilton Lake.  33 planes flew in for the Lake James Annual Fly-In.  Dredging is taking place at Lake James, Clear Lake, and Jimmerson Lake.  Discussion regarding a new septic system for Pokagon Inn.  High levels of e-coli were discussed at West Otter Lake.  Ball Lake is working with Scott Banfield and the state on their e-coli problems.  There was discussion about how to insure the bass boats are not cross contaminating the lakes by bringing evasive weeds on their boats and motors from other lakes.  Jim also attended the Water Quality meeting.  Most discussion was on the 2017 budget.  There was also talk on the existing test sites and adding new sites on the lakes.  Jim talked to Scott Banfield concerning the August Black Creek testing.  The e-coli count was 256.  State maximum is 235.  Scott still needs to send HLA a bill for the extra tests taken at the Schmucker sites. 

Old Business:

  1. Winter Committee Meetings: Janet will send an e-mail regarding committee meetings.

2   Permit for Treatment of Swan Eggs: Peggy Hayden reported that there are plans to apply for the permit.  She will    contact Dave Price.  Paul Hayden’s name is to be on the permit..  .

3.   Stan Atha is going to donate a shore station to the HLA next spring...

New Business:

  1. Possible donation from Woods Acres (originally Waste Watchers).  More detail forthcoming.
  2. Steuben County Community Foundation:  Janet Albright presented information about the SCCF Matching Funds Program.  She will e-mail additional information and ask for input.


A motion to adjourn was made by Dennis Germann and a second by Dave Castor.  Motion carried.



Linda Skelly




A Quick Note from President Janet Albright

Hi everyone,

The holiday weekend was a great start to the summer season :)

The buoys are out!  Thanks to the guys, who had the coldest day of the week, it seemed, to accomplish this necessary, expected, but sometimes, ignored and thankless part of our summer tasks.  We appreciate your hard work!

Both the geese and swan populations are down.  I've only counted five pairs of adult geese with a total of eleven goslings.  I've only seen one swan.  Thanks to the hard work of those involved.  It's not that lakers want to eliminate these birds from the lake; we just need to control the population for the safety and health of our swimmers, skiers, and water craft users.

Thanks to all board members who are distributing the flags.  Ron, sounds like you are taking this opportunity to check residents' addresses which helps Ginny update the database and keep it current.  Great idea!!!

Finally, thanks to Scott, Clint, Pat, and Dennis (and others who responded); they are checking the lake for weeds, making decisions according to our goals, and making sure our budget includes monies to keep the invasive weeds from taking over our lake.

Thanks again for all your hard work!!!

See you on June 9th for our next board meeting...  if not earlier, on or around our beautiful lake :)


2017 Weed Spray Invoice

Please complete the following:

·        Name _______________________________________________

·        Lake Address _______________________________________________

·        Mailing Address if different from Lake Address _____________________

·        If you own more than one lot and or home, please list addresses here:

·        ______________________________________________



#1 Lakefront Footage _________@ $2.35 per lakefront foot __________

#2 Weed Spray for Deeded Lake Access $50.00 (minimum)   __________

Flag available with payment of weed spray $10.00 _________________

Donation to Hamilton Lake Assoc._______________________________

(see newsletter for explanation)                    Total Paid ___________________


·        If you received this invoice and paid weed spray thru an Association (i.e. condominium, mobile home park or other), please e-mail the HLA this information listing your lake address and mailing address for our records.  Thank you.

Please return the completed invoice with payment to: 
Hamilton Lake Association
P.O. Box 515
Hamilton, IN 46742

If you received this billing in error, i.e. no longer own the property, please call and/or e-mail the HLA to correct this information.  Thank you for your assistance in keeping the HLA records up to date.Ginny DeBrunner 260-488-2394

e-mail: [email protected]

The Hamilton Lake Association is a 501.C3 not-for-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible.


UPDATE: Black Creek, The Final Picture

Donations to HLA can be mailed to P.O. 515, Hamilton, IN 46742

Four hundred feet of fieldstone was added to the outer banks of Black Creek by Bill Martins, Bob Snare, Al Byers, Dennis Germann and Steve Wood, with help from Reese Excavating.  Cost of this last project will run between $4500 and $5000.  As ALWAYS, donations are greatly appreciated by the Hamilton Lake Association.

 The top pictures here show the dredging pump at work at the mouth of Black Creek.  The bottom two show the holding facility for sediment immediately north of the Cold Springs Golf Course.

In addition to checking on the dredging project at the “Lake Events” page, check also the article on Hamilton Lake Pike on the “Science” page of our web site.

Northern Pike Sampling
Check the video at http://vimeo.com/channels/clearlakeindiana

See article on Mute Swans on Lake Science page

What to do about the large and increasing number of mute swans on Hamilton Lake.....