Crooked Lake Texas township Facebook page - We wanted everyone to know about the Crooked Lake Facebook page.  It is set up to allow you to view the site with out logging into Facebook.   Clicking here  will take you to the Facebook home page.  

This is the Web Site of the Homeowner's Association for the residents of the South West Michigan community of Texas Township, who own homes around Crooked Lake. This site contains information about our lake and Association Activities.

Crooked Lake Texas Association

Texas Township, Michigan

January 31, 2023

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF TEXAS NOTICE OF PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION FOR INPUT ON UPDATES TO CURRENT RIPARIAN ORDINANCES

Dear Resident(s):

Please take notice that the Charter Township of Texas Planning Department will conduct a public listening session on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of learning more about current riparian challenges and discussing the upcoming riparian ordinance update process. You can participate in-person at the Township Hall Board Room, or via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83276452765. The purpose of this meeting is simply to listen to your comments, concerns, suggestions, etc. We want your input to gain a better understanding of current riparian challenges from residents that these ordinances directly impact. Each resident will be given 3-minutes to speak during the listening session.

As you may be aware, the Township has been discussing the need for updates to the current ordinances since before the flooding in 2018, when groundwater and lake levels did not recede following rain events as they had in years past. Now that the Township is on the home stretch with final permitting and eventual construction of a long-term solution, the Township Board has directed the Planning Department and Planning Commission to resume work on updating current riparian ordinances to protect lakes, ponds, and streams within the Township, in addition to centralizing the ordinances for simplicity. On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Planning Commission reviewed a draft Riparian District Ordinance which included the creation of a new district, and centralization of current and newly proposed ordinances to protect lakes, ponds, and streams. Based on the feedback received from the public and subsequent conversations, the Planning Department has determined that additional feedback from current riparian lot residents is needed before the process of updating the ordinances can be resumed.

The Township has created a webpage for this project, which includes general information, a link to the Zoom meeting, a link to current riparian ordinances, a link to the current version of the draft Riparian District Ordinance initially reviewed during the June 14, 2022, Planning Commission Meeting, and contact information. You can access this webpage at www.texastownship.org/riparian-ordinance.

If you are unable to make it to the listening session, or prefer to provide your input in writing, please email planner@texastownship.org or mail/drop off a letter to Township Hall no later than end of day on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.


Sincerely,

John Lovely

Zoning Administrator

Michigan Boating Safety 

​All areas within 100 feet of the shore, any docks or platforms, swimmers and other boats is a “NO WAKE” area.  Please exercise caution when swimmers and / or other boats are using the Lake.

It is critically important that everyone who operates a boat on Crooked Lake have a working knowledge of Michigan Boating laws and how they apply to our lake. This is a link to the Michigan Boating Rules and Regulations Handbook. We have also included below a link to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Web site which includes additional details on boating rules and regulations.

Boat Safety / Michigan rules & Regulations -
Everyone operating a watercraft on Crooked Lake should be familiar with overall Watercraft safety and Michigan’s watercraft laws. A handbook detailing Michigan Boating Laws is available at
Michigan.gov 

Those laws include the following:

  • A person shall not operate a PWC on the waters of this state from sunset to 8:00 A.M local time. (no jet-skis after sunset)
  • A person of less than fourteen (14) years of age may not legally operate a PWC under any circumstances.
  • PWCs not cross within 150 feet behind another vessel, other than another PWC, unless at slow, no wake speed. 
  • A person operating a vessel shall operate it in a careful and prudent manner and at such a rate of speed so as not to unreasonably endanger the life or property of any person. A person shall not operate a vessel at a rate of speed greater than will permit them, in the exercise of reasonable care, to bring the vessel to stop within an assured clear distance ahead. 
  • All watercraft must operate at “No Wake Speed” when within 100 Ft of the shore, other boats,  docks, swimming platforms, etc. This includes the channel between the middle basin and the east basin (hidden cove)
  • Direction of travel is counterclockwise when circling the lake.
  • The area of the lake connecting the cove to the main area of the lake is a "NO WAKE ZONE". The Association marks that area with buoys in the Spring / Summer. It is important to remember this area is a "NO WAKE ZONE" at all times not only when the buoys are present.
  • CLTA highly encourage everyone operating a watercraft to take an online boating safety course:https://www.boat-ed.com/michigan/

Washing your Boat to prevent Invasive Species from entering the Lake - Anytime you use your boat on another lake it should be thoroughly cleaned before putting it back into Crooked Lake. Many lakes have been negatively impacted by invasive species such as zebra muscles. We all need to do everything possible to prevent invasive species from getting establish in our lake.


WEEK CONTROL ON CROOKED LAKE
The Crooked Lake weed control treatment Has been completed on May 31, 2023, with new guidelines.  

You can use lake water to water ornamentals and established turf starting June 4, 2023

You can use lake water to water domestic purposes and garden use starting June 6, 2023

You can use lake water to water new turf starting June 7, 2023

SPECIAL NOTICE

Crooked Lake Aeration System Permit –

Our aeration system requires a permit from Michigan EGLE to operate. The original permit has expired and an application for a new permit was submitted months ago. Unfortunately, EGLE is still reviewing our permit application and the system cannot run without the new permit. They have requested additional data that requires multiple samplings (not required for the initial / expired permit).  We will be collecting the last of those samples in September (it cannot be collected earlier). That should give us the required data. We will submit that data as soon as possible and have asked EGLE to expedite the review that data. We HOPE to get their decision regarding approving the permit in October (unfortunately not guaranteed). 


CLTA 2023 Annual Meeting

The 2023 Annual Membership Meeting will be held on: 
Time:  Wednesday May 31 at 7PM  
Location:  at the Texas Township Upstairs meeting room. 

The minutes from the meeting are being wrote and reviewed at this time.  We will post them in the near future,

Current News & Upcoming Events:


County Board Meeting to give final approval to flooding project roll.


The tentative date for this meeting is June 6 2023 at 7 PM. It has NOT yet been confirmed. Please check the meeting agenda on the County Governments web site to confirm it is on the June 6 agenda.

Upcoming events and comments discuss at the

2023 Crooked Lake Texas Association General Meeting

​From Vice President Lesa Newby


💙Thank you to all who came to the meeting last night in person or via zoom! Some key points:
🎆Fireworks are Sunday, July 2nd for the West Basin ”big lake” and Monday, July 3rd for the cove! 
🚤Boat parade is August 5th, starting at 5pm, to end with a gathering at the ramp site for a concert put on by Crazy Mic 🎸Parade theme to be announced in the near future! 😎
🌊Please be cognizant of your wake and if towing people, please be aware of your distance from shore. Please review rules of boating so we may have a safe and fun summer! 
🌱A very expensive weed treatment was applied May 31st, and we are remaining hopeful this will be sufficient for this summer. We appreciate everyone who kept the water undisturbed! 
📲Please text LAKE to 269.257.5154 to keep the most up to date on any lake happenings! 
💻We will keep Zoom as an option for upcoming meetings as this seems to be convenient for our members to join us from anywhere! 
😳Our ramp may be used for the long term fix dredging and may be shut down for some time, we will keep you all posted on that!
🐟If you would like to join a committee: Social/band committee, long term fix committee, Ramp committee or would like to simply volunteer for the CLTA, please contact this page by messenger or Lesa Newby. 
😁Thank you all for being excellent neighbors! We look forward to a great 2023 summer season!