RAMP KEYS AND
Please note the purpose of the watercraft sticker and boat key are to utilize our Village ramp only and suit no other purpose.
As a reminder, while the lake is public, our watercraft ramp is not. Attempting to put a watercraft in the lake via our ramp without a current Chippewa Lake Village access sticker, giving your key or opening the gate with your key for anyone else, loaning or giving your sticker or key to any other individual will result in revocation of ramp privileges and turning in your ramp key.
Please display your Watercraft Sticker at all times on the back of the transom above the water line, below the watercraft over line and to the right (starboard) side of the watercraft’s centerline as you stand in back of the watercraft looking at the transom. The watercraft sticker shall be in clear view without obstruction at all times.
Close and lock the Watercraft Ramp Gate immediately after passing through the gate. Your key cannot be taken out of the lock until the lock is closed or locked. Do not leave the gate open while you load or unload your watercraft from the trailer.
Cars/trucks with watercraft trailers may not be parked in the Lake (Beach) Access Parking Lot or in the Watercraft Launch area for any longer than 15 minutes.
Observed violations of the ordinance should be reported to a Committee Member and the Police.
LAKE ACCESS & PARKING PASSES
Lake Access (beach) passes also remain at their same cost of $35.00 which includes parking at Lake Access (beach) and all village parks.
BEACH PASS AND KEY RENEWAL
The Lake Access pass will allow you and your family (living at the same address) access to the sand area throughout the season. This pass also allows you to park in the lake access parking lot as well as any other village parking area.
Please hang your Lake Access Parking Pass on your rear view mirror at all times while parking at any Village parking lot.
You may bring guests with you. However, guests cannot purchase a Lake Access pass. The pass holder is responsible for their guest’s behavior.
The Park Attendants will have your Lake Access information available at the Lake Access area for confirmation. Registration (sign in) for residents and their guests is required at the entrance. Please note the Park Attendants will not be selling Lake Access passes.
The Village employs an outside agency to spray a mosquito mist throughout the Village during the summer. Information regarding the contents of the mist used can be found here.
Beach “Sand Wasps”
Aka BICYRTES QUADRIFASCIARUS
The sand wasps at the beach are beneficial insects and are benign if you
leave them alone. They help reduce this year’s explosion of nasty stink
bugs. There is no safe way to eliminate sand wasps.
What’s their real name? Actually this mouthful is a “four-tooth” species of
sand wasp. Their speciality is paralyzing and killing stink bugs for their
young. A generous number of them call Chippewa Lake beach, home.
Here is a list of interesting facts that you may not know about
- Their preferred prey is a little bug that smells bad when it gets
squished, otherwise known to us as a stink bug.
a. Did you also know that our area has recently experienced an
explosion in the number of the “Brown Marmorated Stink
Bugs”. The little critters are seemingly everywhere. Have you
seen one at your house?
- Unlike other species of wasps, sand wasps do not live together in
colonies and they are not “agressive” or “protective” of their hive. A
sand wasp typically will not sting anyone unless they are extremely
provoked, stepped on, etc.
- Sand wasps don’t live together like other wasps. Each sand wasp
has their own home or burrow in the sand. If you watch them closely
you will notice them digging into their burrows.
There will be a small hole and a little pile of sand around the hole. So
see if you can find one at the beach.
- Sand wasps also dart about in “straight” lines unlike regular wasps.
You would think they would crash into one another as they zing
around but that does not seem to happen.
- Another good thing for us humans is that a sand wasp does not like
people’s food. Your Kool Aid, Coke, Gatorade, ice cream bars,
sandwiches and other food does not interest a sand wasp at all.
- The Village has talked with a variety of bug experts and none of them
can recommend a safe insecticide or other reasonable measures we
could apply to the beach. Diatomatecous earth is also not
recommended by the experts because it could irritate the eyes, ears,
and throats of humans or pets who might use the beach.
So the conclusion, the best practice, or solution for Chippewa Lake Village
is to marvel at one of God’s amazing creations. Treat the little guys with
respect and they will not bother you. Enjoy summer, the beach and have
PARK ATTENDANTS ARE NOT LIFEGUARDS. NO LIFEGUARD IS ON DUTY AT THE LAKE ACCESS AREA AT ANY TIME. SWIMMING AT THE LAKE ACCESS AREA IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Permits are required to park at any of our village parks (Pochedley, Point Park and Bungalow Bay). This does not include the Lake Access parking lot. One parking pass per family will be allowed at no charge. Officers will begin ticketing parking violations after Memorial Day weekend if no parking pass is displayed.
STATE OF OHIO BOATING REGULATIONS
The State of Ohio requires all boats, canoes, and kayaks be registered.
In the event that water conditions are not acceptable for July 4 activities, the boat race, and ski show will be rescheduled to other dates. Registration information is available at the Natural Resources website, which is www.ohiodnr.com. This web site also gives you access to general boating rules and regulations.
OHIO BOATER’S EDUCATION LAW
The law requires boaters born on or after January 1, 1982, to successfully complete either a boating course or a proficiency exam in order to operate a boat powered by more than 10 horsepower.
For more information regarding watercraft, please visit http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov
The Medina County Park District regularly tests for cyanobacteria / harmful algal blooms, typically May through November. If water levels surpass the flood stage, the lake is closed until E. coli tests confirm conditions are safe.
The Park District has a website for lake conditions. Bookmark this page to find updates this summer from Medina County Parks. Scroll to the bottom for “Water Test Reports” and click for test results. https://medinacountyparks.com/chippewa-test-results
Any questions about the lake or water quality should be directed to the Medina County Park District. Press Releases are posted on the PARKS tab.
LAWN CARE AFFECTS THE LAKE
Storm drains found in our streets and yards empty into Chippewa Lake. So, when we fertilize our lawn we are also fertilizing the lake. While fertilizer is good for our lawn, it’s bad for our water. Fertilizer in our lake is one of the triggers that causes algae to grow. Scotts Miracle-Gro has removed phosphorus from its popular Turf Builder line of lawn fertilizer to help reduce the type of harmful algae blooms that have plagued waterways such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Lake Erie and our own Chippewa Lake. Scotts researchers learned that there is enough phosphorus in most soils to grow healthy turf, especially when grass clippings are left on lawns.
We are encouraging all home owners in the Chippewa Lake watershed to use phosphorus free fertilizers on their lawns. If you apply it yourself, look for phosphorus free fertilizers. You can be sure you are getting a zero-phosphorus product by checking the N-P-K nutrient mix on the bags. The “P” in the mix stands for the amount of phosphorus it contains. A phosphorus-free product would list this value as “0”
The following lawncare companies can provide zero phosphorus applications to lawns in the Chippewa Lake area.
Good Nature Lawn Care – 216-641 9800
Provides organic applications with only a trace amount of phosphorus.
Lamphear’s Lawn Care – 330-725-2102
Provides zero phosphorus applications.
Lucas Lawn Care – 330-723-3152
Provides zero phosphorus applications.
Brookside Lawn Service – 330-721-8873
Can provide zero phosphorus applications.
TruGreen Lawn Care – 330-461-5141
Can provide zero phosphorus applications.