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WHAT OWNERS ARE SAYING
Lakewoods Village is Southern Oregon's best-kept secret.
OWNER SINCE 2011
We wanted a place where we could all be together and enjoy the beautiful surroundings Lakewoods Village has to offer.
For our family, Lakewoods Village has been the perfect gathering location to take advantage of all the outdoor activities Southern Oregon has to offer.
OWNER SINCE 2006
OWNER SINCE 2016
NOT ALL BACKYARDS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Nestled in the middle of two national forest systems within the Southern Oregon Cascades, Lakewoods Villiage is the ultimate getaway. This secluded, luxurious community is brimming with activities for any outdoor lover or adventurer. The Southern Oregon Cascades mystical landscape offers you something truly breathtaking throughout all four seasons.
All landholdings and existing properties are sold and owned by private owners. Currently, 54 of the 115 landholdings have had homes built.
Lakewoods Village is currently run by the Lakewoods Owners Association, Inc, an Oregon non-profit corporation. The purpose of the Association is to serve as a means through which the Members may take action with regard to the administration, management, and operation of the planned community. The affairs of the Association are managed by a 3-person Board of Directors of owners selected from among the Members. The beautiful rustic chalet and cabin styling of Lakewoods Village is maintained by a member Architectural Review Committee.
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The chalet style of Lakewoods Village is a triumphant ascent to the elegant mountain mansion, that began in the 19th century. The chalet derives its beauty from the surrounding nature. Instead of simply fitting into the landscape by necessity, the dwellings draw it in. The Architecutal Review Commitee (ARC) is dedicated to ensuring the style of each home maintains this consistancy. Each home reflects natual colors that blend with the landcape, all capped with a rusted metal roof appearance.
Lakewoods Village Fire Department
The Lakewoods Village Fire Station is annexed into the neighboring Keno Fire District. This annexation brings EMS and Fire Services to the subdivision. Construction of the Keno Fire Department Station #4 at Lakewoods Village was completed in late summer of 2005. Aside from housing emergency vehicles, the station also features a small office, training area, kitchen, restroom, and even laundry facilities for firefighters and volunteers.
Lakewoods Village Volunteer Firefighter Program
Homeowners are encouraged to complete the necessary training to become a Volunteer Firefighter for the community. Fire training is held at Station #4 in Lakewoods Village. If you’re more interested in emergency medical training than fire training, there is an opportunity for you as well. Owners will be notified when training sessions occur. Contact email@example.com for additional information.
LAKEWOODS VILLAGE HISTORY
This small piece of mountain vacation paradise tucked into Southern Oregon's Cascade Range has a history that speaks of nearby Indian paths, the U.S. Cavalry, railroad tycoons, miners, loggers and cowboys, of famous pioneer trails, lakes, streams, mountains, warm summers and winter snows, tall timber, grizzly bears and wolves, fish and eagles, a U.S. President and a homesteading entrepreneur he never met.
Just four miles from a railroad survey camp at Lake of the Woods in the Cascade Mountains lay a homestead ripe for the plucking of a 19-year-old from Dodge Center, Minnesota…Clayton Edmond Burton. Civilization, such as it was, lay on opposite sides of the summit. It was a one-day’s wagon ride to the East to reach the old lumber and cow town of Klamath Falls or the more “urban” city of Ashland, to the South.
It was 1903, and Clayton had come to the area, summoned by Brother LeRoy Burton, who had filed an earlier homestead on Jenny Creek, closer to the Klamath River. Clayton, like LeRoy, was somewhat of a loner. He had come west when another brother and sister had decided to leave the family home in Dodge Center and make their fortunes ranching in the Spokane, Washington area. Clayton hired on as a stock wrangler for the trip, but after a brief stay in Spokane where he tried his hand at western logging, he heeded LeRoy’s call to come homestead in the area.
His two horses served as the power for dragging huge Shasta red cedar, sugar, and white pine logs to the mill. He added chickens, then hurriedly built a chicken coop to keep his new, unwanted companions, a small pack of timber wolves that also smelled opportunity, away from his sources of meat and eggs. According to descendants, the pack often followed Clayton into the still-untamed wilderness as he went about his work or guided big game hunters who came up Dead Indian Road from Ashland in search of trophy bear, deer, and elk.
Logs were turned to lumber for the nearby mines, ranches, farms, and homes springing up in the mountains, around Lake of the Woods, Howard Prairie, and other developing areas. As a central drop-off point, residents, and especially the workers at the nearby Great Northern Railway survey camp, left mail to be taken to the Rogue Valley or Klamath Falls or to be sent on to distant points. Clayton was still proving up his homestead claim, and the workload between logging and milling lumber, maintaining a drop-off point for mail, a rest station for travelers, and guiding hunters up Mt. Pitt (later Mt. McLaughlin), was taxing even to the young man.
Luella arrived and in 1909 they converted the chicken coop into a post office. Burton was named “postmaster,” and his sister “assistant postmaster.” It remained open just a short while, then the survey crews left as the Great Northern dropped plans to build a railroad through that part of the rugged Cascade Range, and the need for the post office dwindled, closing in 1911.
Other things changed during that period. Brother LeRoy left for Ashland to pursue a career in newspapers, eventually ending up as the owner of a weekly in Brookings, Oregon. The post office “building” that had started out as a chicken coop served second duty as a cookhouse where Luella prepared meals for the travelers and hunters who had engaged Burton to guide them.
It was the summer of 1910, while Luella worked in the kitchen for Clayton, that she met and soon after married frequent visitor Roscoe Applegate. Roscoe was a descendent of the founders of the historic 1847 Applegate Trail, the wagon road, whose roots can still be traced across the vast eastern Oregon desert. It turned out for some to be a safer alternative from Wyoming to Oregon than the original Oregon Trail.
Family being a major concern for many of the early settlers and their descendants, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Applegate moved next door to his parents, the Henry Applegates, along the lower reaches of the Dead Indian Road, leaving Clayton alone again except for the visitors, his animals, and the neighborhood wolf pack.
Clayton never lacked for things to do. The same year Luella married, Clayton joined forces with Wren Frain, a Shasta Indian who had ranched land along the Klamath River and north across what is now Oregon Highway 66, between Keno and Klamath Falls. They harvested the abundant wild wheat that grew among the volcanic rocks in the Buck Lake area about ten miles east of Clayton’s homestead. Finally, in 1913, Clayton Burton proved up his homestead claim, President Woodrow Wilson’s office sending approval that year. And four years later, Clayton was not alone anymore. In 1917, at the age 35, he married Annie Laura Nelson, daughter of the owner of the Nelson Ranch between Keno and Worden. Her father gave the couple a parcel of ranch land next to his place as a wedding present and Clayton left the homestead near Lake of the Woods.
Over the next six years, Clayton and Laura were blessed with the arrivals of two daughters and two sons. And for nearly half a century from the time he arrived, Burton explored, logged, ranched, hunted, trapped, and harvested wild wheat along the countryside and creeks from Mt. McLaughlin to the north, Topsy Reservoir to the south, and Round Lake between Keno and Klamath Falls to the east.
Clayton’s original homestead was eventually purchased by David Hammonds of Eagle Point, Oregon, and Norm Mathis of Palm Desert, California. Hammonds and Mathis had been friends since childhood, and they saw the possibilities in Clayton’s old 140-acre mill site. They aptly named it “Lakewoods Village,” sitting like an uncut jewel in the center of pristine national forest, surrounded by lakes, hiking trails, mountain views, and places to see and experience on all sides. Dead Indian Road had become Dead Indian Memorial Road, a direct route from the Rogue Valley, open in all seasons as easy access to the lakes, the Klamath Basin, the site of the old U.S. Cavalry post of Fort Klamath and Crater Lake National Park.
Dreamers like Clayton Burton, who discovered this remarkable location, minutes away from a half dozen lakes, and now less than an hour away from three major Southern Oregon communities, would probably agree with all of the above.
For information on the history of Southern Oregon, visit the Southern Oregon Historical Society.
Frequently asked questions
Rights and Privacy at Lakewoods Village
We ask that property owners, their guests, and renters respect the rights and privacy of their fellow owners. This includes taking responsibility for understanding and adhering to the covenant and restrictions of Lakewoods Village and being good neighbors.
Lakewoods Owners Association, Inc.
Lakewoods Owners Association, Inc is an Oregon non-profit corporation (Association). As stated in Article III of our Bylaws; “The purpose of the Association is to serve as a means through which the Members may take action with regard to the administration, management, and operation of the planned community.” Property owners in Lakewoods Village are Members of the Association. The mailing address for Lakewoods Owners Association is: 7935 Snowpack Circle, Klamath Falls, OR, 97601.
Board of Directors
Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions (CC&R's)
To preserve and enhance property values and our pristine mountain environment we have adopted a set of Covenants and Restrictions (CC&R’s) under the Oregon Planned Community Act “to provide for the preservation and enhancement of the property values, amenities and opportunities in the Property and for the maintenance of the Property and improvements thereon, and to this end desires to subject the Property to the covenants, restrictions, easements, charges and liens hereinafter set forth, each and all of which is and are for the benefit of the Property and each owner of any lot thereof.” As such, all Members are expected to be aware of and abide by these CC&R’s. Excerpts from several of the most salient covenants and restrictions are highlighted below at the bottom of this FAQ. For the benefit and protection of the Association and of individual owners, the Board of Directors deemed it necessary to adopt an Enforcement Resolution for the handling of complaints and the enforcement of the CC&R’s.
Water service is provided to Lakewoods Village by the Lakewoods Water District, which is independently owned and operated. Lakewoods Village property owners are billed quarterly by the Water District. For more information contact the Lakewoods Water District at 541-826-2137 or PO Box 2648, White City, OR 97503. The water system includes two water storage tanks, with a combine capacity of 75,000+ gallons, capable of providing water to all homes and fire hydrants.
Electrical power is provided by Pacific Power and Lighting.
There are no natural gas pipelines servicing our area, however, individual propane gas tanks are an option for those that prefer gas appliances.
CenturyLink is the telephone service provider for Lakewoods Village. Fiber optic lines service our subdivision. Cell-phone usage in the neighborhood is available in some areas, but is spotty.
All lots require septic system approvals issued by Klamath County and property owners are responsible for maintaining their own septic systems.
Satellite TV systems are the way to go here. Depending on the location of your Lakewoods Village home, you may be able to receive local TV broadcasts from the Klamath Falls area. Many homeowners use streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, etc.
High-speed (DSL) internet service is available through your satellite service provider. CenturyLink offers DSL as well.
Trash removal service is available during the summer months only. The Association contracts with Waste Management to service our bear-proof dumpster located within Lakewoods Village. The location of the dumpster and the service dates are announced annually. The dumpster is provided for house waste only (i.e., no construction waste or large household items). Cardboard should be broken down if not taken to the country transfer center for recycling.
Fire Protection and Emergency Services
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Providence Medford Medical Center, Asante Ashland Community Hospital, and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls are all local hospitals providing medical services.
In addition to the major grocery stores and shopping malls located in Ashland, Klamath Falls and Medford, the general stores at Lake of the Woods Resort, (6 miles) and Howard Prairie Lake, (12 miles) carry a small selection of groceries and household supplies. Gasoline is also available at these locations most of the year.
Property Tax rates are set by Klamath County. Please check with the county assessor's office for the current assessment rate.
As stated in section 10.3 Insurance for Residences in the CC&R’s, each Member is required to insure their residence. We are within the Keno Rural Fire Protection District which is important information for your insurance agent. Check with your agent for a current quote.
Association Insurance Coverage
The Association maintains the following types of insurance coverage: 1) General Liability; 2) Directors & Office Liability; 3) Fidelity Bond/Crime; and 4) Property.
Lot Assessment/ HOA Fees
The Association Lot Assessment is currently $800 annually if paid by December 1 and $900 if paid after December 1. The Lot Assessment includes monies for general operating expenses, snow removal, and capital reserve expenditures such as road repair and maintenance during the fiscal year which runs from October 1 – September 30. The Lot Assessment is set by the Board and subject to change annually in order to maintain the common area improvements and provide necessary services to owners. The Association has adopted a Collection of Unpaid Assessments policy which outlines the steps the Board will take when owners do not pay their Lot Assessment on a timely basis. In addition to late charges and interest, unpaid assessments can result in the Association filing a lien against the owner’s property.
Vacating Lot Lines (combining adjoining lots)
Lakewoods Village was originally formed of 115 privately owned 1-acre parcels. Owners who have adjacent lots can choose to file a “Lot Line Vacation Application” that legally combine lots that can never be divided going forward and could not be sold separately. To do so requires submitting a petition to Klamath County and paying a filing fee and surveying fee to the County. If the petition is granted by the County, owners will be billed for and required to pay the Association only one Lot Assessment for these combined lots.
While our electrical power lines are underground, they connect to overhead lines near Lake of the Woods. If we lose power during storm, self-starting, propane gas-fired back-up generators can provide immediate power for lighting and heating needs for your home.
Lakewoods Village children can attend schools in Klamath Falls (http://www.kcsd.k12.or.us/departments.asp). Community Colleges include Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls and Rogue Community College in Medford. Local four-year university choices include Southern Oregon University (SOU) located in Ashland and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) in Klamath Falls.
Klamath County and Jackson County Road Departments keep Dead Indian Memorial Road and Highway 140 clear of snow. Clover Creek Road is also open year-round. The Association contracts with a private company to plow the interior roads of Lakewoods Village, which are publicly owned by Klamath County and maintained by the Association. Snow on individual driveways and properties should be removed (or arranged to be removed) by the property owner. Some property owners contract directly with the private company for this service.
Roads and Road Maintenance
The interior roads of Lakewoods Village are privately maintained public roads. While these interior roads are publicly owned by Klamath County, the Association is privately responsible for repairing and maintaining them. The Association has established and makes regular contributions to a Reserve Fund in order to ensure that adequate funds are available for road maintenance over time (e.g., sealing, seal coating, and ultimately asphalt overlay).
it is the owner’s responsibility to know policies, rules and regulations pertaining to the use of the privately maintained public roads within Lakewoods Village. Information for owners and their guests pertaining to riding ATV’s in Oregon can be found here (https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/ATV/Pages/ATV-overview.aspx).
Lakewoods Village living offers four seasons of beautiful variety! Summer high temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees cooler than those in the Rogue Valley with cool evening breezes. Winters are relatively mild with daytime highs in the 40's and lows seldom dipping below 20 degrees. Average snowfall is 3 to 6 feet; perfect for winter sports!
The Klamath County Sheriff's Department and the Oregon State Police patrol the area. Several private alarm companies can provide monitored burglar, smoke, fire and temperature alarm systems for your home. Many homeowners have also installed security cameras and trail cameras on their property.
There are eight community trails throughout Lakewoods Village for use by owners and their guests. These trails lead through the community and/or out of the community into the surrounding National Forest. These trails are designed for pedestrian, equestrian, and off-road vehicle use, to be used at one’s own risk in a safe, respectful, and community-friendly manner. It is an owners and their guests responsibility to know and understand National Forest rules and regulations. For more information, see sections 4.2.12 and 12.1 of the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions.
Information regarding OHV use on the national forests in Washington and Oregon can be found here (https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3799973.pdf).
Owners are permitted to use their homes as rental properties. It is the owner’s responsibility, however, to ensure that all renters abide by both Lakewoods Village’s CC&R’s and relevant state and county rules and regulations.
Lakewoods Owners Directory
The Association maintains and distributes electronically an owners’ directory. It is the responsibility of each owner to ensure that their current contact information (home address, phone number, e-mail address) is provided to the Association. This will then help ensure that all owners receive periodic communications from the Association including Board meeting notices and minutes, community events, Lot Assessment notices etc.
What about the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R's)?
Landscaping – Section 4.2.4: "All the Property will be left completely natural to be consistent with the adjoining National Forest. Any additional landscaping features are to be of similar nature to the natural settings, and must first be approved by the Architectural Committee."