In consideration for receiving permission to camp at or visit Lake Heron Retreat, you hereby agree to the WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT and agree to follow the campground rules.

General Rules

  • For overnight guests,
    • Check-in time is after 2 pm, but no later than 8 pm.
    • Check-out time is 1 pm unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • For Day Pass guests and visitors,
    • Check-in time is after 9 am.
    • Check-out time is no later than 7 pm on the same day. Visitors may not stay after their host has checked out.
  • Quiet time is 9 pm to 9 am. During that time, keep dogs, children, and radios quiet, and do not run generators.
  • Damages
    • You are responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing property that you damage, which will be charged to your credit card on file.
    • No cutting of live trees; do not place nails or staples into trees; do not damage other vegetation.
    • Do not cut or use any sharp objects on the picnic tables or benches. Tables should be wiped off when finished. Do not place a camp stove on the picnic tables. Do not put hot items directly onto picnic tables. (Plastic tables melt, and wood tables singe.) Table replacement cost is $250.
  • Smoking is permitted only at your campsite, and butts must be disposed of properly. Butts on the ground is considered littering!
  • Alcohol is permitted, in moderation, but only at your campsite. Drunken and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Do not bathe or wash dishes in the lake.
  • No driving on trails.
  • All campsites: Clean up the site before you depart. (The next guest will be arriving shortly.)
  • Trash should be bagged and placed in dumpster at end of Erie Road, across the road from the barn.
tent and camper at RV campsites

Safety First!

  • No projectile weapons, including but not limited to rifles, pistols, BB/pellet guns, bows & arrows, crossbows, slingshots, etc.
  • No hunting, shooting, or target practice.
  • No fireworks, explosives, or other incendiary devices are permitted.
  • No chainsaws.
  • No motorized recreational vehicles (gas or electric), such as ATVs or dirtbikes.
butterfly on flowers

Firewood Rules

  • Firewood bundles are available for purchase.
  • Fallen dead branches may be used for firewood. There are plenty!
  • Outside firewood is not permitted, to discourage the movement of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly.
  • And, if you are coming from another county under Spotted Lanternfly quarantine, please "Look Before You Leave." Inspect your vehicles, trailers, or any outdoor items before you move within or out of the quarantine. Perry County is under quarantine.

Fishing Rules

  • Single fishing hooks must have the barbs crushed.
  • Hook removal:
    • Hold fish by the mouth, rather than the body or gills, which may harm the fish.
    • Remove hooks that have been swallowed using a hemostat or needle nose pliers. Try to avoid hurting the fish. If the hook cannot be removed easily, cut the line and release the fish.
  • Don't put it on a stringer and then decide to let it go later.
  • If a Largemouth Bass or Catfish appears to be injured (bleeding) it must be purchased.
  • No fishing from the docks when others are swimming nearby.
  • Do not leave fishing line, lures, etc. on the ground, in the boats, or in water (clean up your trash).
  • Largemouth Bass and Catfish are "catch and release". They may be purchased. See "Extras" on the reservation website. Bluegills may be kept.
  • Fish waste should not be thrown into the lake. Take it far into the woods.
  • Don't put fish on a stringer and then decide to let it go later.
trophy largemouth bass

Swimming Rules

  • Parents/guardians must take responsibility for ALL children wading and swimming. They must have constant supervision, and any younger than 12 years old or who cannot swim must wear a flotation device!
  • Owners do not accept liability for injuries or death which results from wading, swimming, or boating.
  • No rowdy behavior on docks or swim platform. Absolutely no diving or jumping from the docks. Swimming platforms may be used by anyone. Please share.
youth group swimming

Pets / Animals Rules

Pets must be on a leash. Droppings on paths or areas where others walk must be cleaned up. Pets must be friendly, well behaved, and not be a nuisance to others. Pets must not be aggressive toward people or other pets.

dogs on leashes

RV Sites & Comfort Station Rules

  • Keep your campsite clean and neat.
  • Leave toilets and showers clean for the next person. If rugs are wet after using showers, they may be hung outside over the railing to dry. Showers are coin (quarters) operated.
Lake Heron banner and comfort station

Boating Rules

  • Anyone under age 16 and all non-swimmers must wear a life jacket. Buoyant cushions are provided for each boat.
  • No standing or rowdy behavior in the boats.
  • Dock boats at the docks only. Passengers may not board or disembark along the shoreline. Do not run any boat up onto the concrete area, as this severely damages the bottom of the boat!
  • Keep peddleboats out of shallow water and water lilies. They get wrapped around the paddles.
  • All boats must be returned clean. Wipe out dirt from the peddle boats. Cleaning charges will be assessed if boats are damaged or not clean when returned.
  • Dogs are not allowed in peddleboats.
  • Owners will not accept liability for injuries or death which results from wading, swimming, or boating.
boys wearing lifevests in canoes

Cabins/Pavilion Rules

  • Cabins:
    • No cooking, smoking, candles, or pets inside of cabin.
    • No food is allowed in the loft.
    • Cabin & porch should be swept before leaving.
    • Keep privy clean. Don’t throw anything down the privy except toilet paper.
  • Erie Pavilion:
    • Keep road access open.
    • No parking or camping on the dam.
    • Stay off of back slope of dam.
    • Keep privy clean. Don’t throw anything down the privy except toilet paper.
Mohawk cabin

Tables and Fire Rings Rules

  • If you move the picnic tables, put them back before you leave.
  • Do not move the fire rings; fires may only be in campfire rings.
  • Put out your campfire before you leave. Do not leave fires unattended.
  • Do not pour water on fires, it will crack the concrete base.
  • Do not put plastic, glass, or metal in the fire pits. Put it in the trash.
  • No bonfires.
campsite with picnic table and fire ring

Horse and Buggy Rules

  • Horses should be kept in a wooded area.
  • Any manure in areas where people walk should be cleaned up and thrown into the woods, well away from the picnic/camping areas.
  • Horses should not be watered at the edge of lake, due to trampling the banks. Use a bucket to carry water to the horses.
horse and buggy

Guests of Registered Campers Rules

  • A registered camper may have up to four guests/visitors per day, per campsite.
  • Guests must park in the designated "guest parking."
  • Guests may not bring pets.
  • Guests may visit between 9 am and 7 pm, but no later than after the host has checked out
  • The registered camper should pay online for guests via https://resnexus.com/l/iWNKZf or email [email protected] with their reservation number, name and address of each guest, and the date they will be visiting. There is a $5 fee per person, charged to the registered-camper’s credit card on file.
guest name tag

Day Pass Rules

  • Includes shared use of the RV-area dock. You may swim, hike, bike, and/or picnic. You can rent a boat, launch your own boat, or fish from shore.
  • Day Pass guests' earliest check-in is 9 am and latest check-out is 7 pm on the same day.
  • Day Pass guests must park in the designated “guest parking” up the hill from the RV-area dock.
  • Day Pass guests do not have a campsite or fire ring, and may not stay overnight.
  • Bathrooms and showers are available above the RV campsites at the comfort station.
  • No campfires or grills are permitted. All trash must be packed out, and may be discarded in the dumpster.
  • Note that the RV-area dock is a shared area; please be considerate of other guests.

Golf Carts Rules

  • Proof of valid golf-cart-specific liability insurance must be provided, with limits of $100,000/300,000 Bodily Injury and $50,000 Property Damage. Email a certificate of insurance to [email protected].
  • 5 MPH speed limits are to be followed at all times; must have working headlights and taillights – lights must be on at dusk
  • Non-electric carts are not to be driven between 8 pm and 9 am.
  • Allow only the number of passengers that seating permits – no riding on the back standing up
golf cart

Cancellation Rules

  • If notice is received at least 14 days prior to arrival: A gift certificate will be issued valid for a period of one year, less a handling fee of $20. Fees charged by a 3rd party service (Spot2Nite, Airbnb, The Dyrt, etc.) are non-refundable and not included in the Lake Heron gift certificate.
  • For less than 14 days’ notice: No refund.