Choctaw Lake, OH General Information & FAQ ___________
NOTE: The following are general Questions and Answers that generally address many of the items a new resident may have about Choctaw Lake rules and regulations. They are not intended to be the sole and final source of information but intended as a guide. If there is any uncertainty on any issue contact should be made with the CLPOA lake office, and also consult the CLPOA governing documents.
CLPOA Rules & Regulations and Building Code documents are of primary importance.
A—London, OH 43140
Mail boxes located at several central locations around the lake
Q—Type of political structure?
A—Private community operating as Choctaw Lake Property Owners Association (CLPOA)
Q—CLPOA contact info?
A— Contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.
Q—CLPOA governing board?
A—See our complete list of board information and current board members on our Area Board Information page.
Q—CLPOA Dues and Assessments?
A—Dues and assessments are due March, June, September and December unless paid annually in March of each year. They are billed on the 1st of each quarter and due upon receipt. Current total is $1200/year.
A—CLPOA Lake Road Patrol
West Side Guard House (located at west entrance across from Lakeside Market (Marathon)
For information only: 740-852-2976
For Emergencies: Madison County Sheriff: 740-852-1212, or 911
CLPOA Boat Patrol: 740-506-7434 (Boating season only, generally on-duty during busy periods only)
Q—CLPOA roads and lake speed limits?
A—CLPOA owns and maintains all roads in the community. Roads are 25mph, lake is 35mph—-strictly enforced by CLPOA Road and Lake Patrol. CLPOA has its own road cruisers and lake patrol boat. Direction of travel on the lake is counter-clockwise when cruising the shoreline. Other boating activities such as skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing should be confined to the center portions of the lake.
A—Rumpke is service provider, pick-ups are Monday (except for Monday holidays then Tuesday)
Recycle and general trash containers supplied by Rumpke. Billings are quarterly.
819 Island Rd.
Circleville, OH 43113-9594
For service & billing: 800-828-8171
Q—Cable TV and internet provider?
A—Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable, now part of Charter Communications) is sole provider
Some homes utilize Dish or Direct TV service, or antennas
Spectrum, all inquiries including outages: 855-707-7328
A—Choctaw Utilities, Inc. (CUI) Independent utility owned by CLPOA
Water bills are paid quarterly to CUI
Choctaw Utilities, Inc.
Office: 2005 Itawamba Trl.
London, OH 43140
For Water Emergencies: Jim Moran, 740-837-0319
A—Madison County Sewer District #2 serves the CLPOA community with a central sewer system.
Sewer bills are paid monthly to Madison County Sewer District #2
Madison County Sewer & Water District
825 US Route 42 NE
London, OH 43140
For Sewer Emergencies: 740-845-1284
Q—Type of sewer system?
A—Each home is served by a sewage collection tank fitted with a grinder pump that ejects the waste
under pressure to the central sewer line. In some cases 2 homes are served by a common collection
tank (installed prior to 2013), all installation since 2013 are single collection tanks per home.
A—Ohio Edison Company (A First Energy Company)
PO Box 3687
Akron, OH 44309-3687
For Customer Service: 800-633-4766
For Emergency or Outages: 888-544-4877
Q—Natural gas supplier?
A—Madison Energy Cooperative Association (M.E.C.A.)
PO Box 35519
Canton, OH 44735
For Billing & Inquiries: 888-863-0032
A—State Registration. Current understanding is that even though Choctaw Lake is a private community the lake itself connects to state waterways both in and out, and as such is subject to OH regulations for registration of powered watercraft, sailboats, canoes and kayaks. Paddleboards appear to be exempt. While it has not been enforced by ODNR it would be prudent to seek proper registration. The nearest and most convenient ODNR station for this purpose is:
Springfield Watercraft Office
1976 Buck Creek Lane
Springfield, OH 45502
Choctaw Lake Requirements. All watercraft (boats, pontoons, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, etc) shall be registered at the Choctaw Lake office each year and will be issued 2 stickers for that boating season for each watercraft. These stickers change colors each year for identification by the boat patrol. The stickers are free, but are only issued to CLPOA members that are in good standing (current on all CLPOA dues and assessments). The boat stickers are available beginning the first of April each year. Watercraft not bearing the current season stickers are subject to fines and removal from lake use.
NOTE: This annual requirement also applies to miscellaneous vehicles (golf carts, ATV’s, and the like).
A—As with watercraft fishing on the water (from any type of boat, kayak, etc.) is subject to state regulations and is the responsibility of the property owner. It is our understanding that fishing from the shoreline (home owner owned private property and all CLPOA owned lake access points) is exempt from requiring a fishing license.
A—Daily catch limits of fish are as follows:
Large/Small Mouth Bass: Catch & release only Crappies: No minimum length, limit 10 per resident; guests are restricted to catch & release
Wipers: Catch & release only
Carp: No minimum length or limit; carp are an invasive species harmful to our lake water quality, and the habitat of the fish we desire; PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE CARP BACK INTO THE LAKE.
For all other types of fish caught, practice good judgment in conserving this valuable natural resource.
Q—Vehicle Registration and Stickers?
A—It is requested that all vehicles, except for special circumstances, be registered and that lake office and will be issued a Choctaw Lake sticker to be affixed to the left side of the back window. This aids the lake patrol in identifying non-lake residents as needed when in our community, and also at our beach which is private and for Choctaw Lake community members (and guests) only. It also aids our residents in identifying Choctaw Lake neighbors when out on the roadways outside our community should they possibly be in need of assistance. The stickers have a 3-year cycle and change color each cycle. 2016-2018 is blue, and new stickers will be issued again in in 2019 for the 2019-2021 cycle. The stickers are free and obtained at the CLPOA office.
A—Short answer on remodels permits are required for any roofing or siding work on the home, or any additions. Permits and/or approvals also required for any permanent things like a pergola that requires footings. New construction and any additions require permits, and must be approved by the Property Manager and the Building Committee. Complete details are spelled out in the CLPOA Building Code available on the CLPOA governing documents page. You should always consult with the CLPOA office and Property Manager before proceeding with any project on the outside of your current structure or anywhere on your property to help insure what you are planning is in compliance with all CLPOA requirements, and especially before you enter into any contracts with building contractors, landscapers, etc.