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Frequently Asked Questions
 
 

 
 

 
Amenities
  • Which amenities are open to the public?
     
    The golf course and restaurant are open to the public.  The beach, swimming pool, hot tub and tennis courts are for the use of HOA members and accompanied guests only.  All dues and fees must be current for members and their guests to enjoy the use of the beach, pool, hot tub and tennis courts.  All dues and fees must be current for members and their guests to receive the reduced green fees at the golf course.
     
     
  • Is a membership card required to use member’s only facilities?
     
    Yes.  Please show your membership card and sign in at the Golf Shop before entering the pool and the hot tub areas and when signing in to play tennis.  On busy weekends and holidays, you may be required to show your membership card to use the private beach.
     
     
  • Where do I get my membership card?
     
    HOA membership cards can be picked up in the Golf Shop.  Please have your lot number and photo ID available.  All HOA and Amenities fees must be paid in order to receive your membership card.
     
     
  • When are the pool and hot tub open?

    The pool and hot tub are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
     
    The pool and hot tub are now closed for 2014.  See you in Summer 2015! 
     
    Don't forget your HOA membership card is required as use of the pool and hot tub are limited to HOA/POA members only.
     
  • How many guests can I bring to use the pool and hot tub?
     
    A reasonable number of guests are allowed to use the pool and hot tub.  A member with a valid membership card must accompany all guests.
     
     
  • How do I reserve a tennis court?

    Tennis courts are available on a first come first “serve” basis.  Please check in at the golf shop as the tennis courts are for use only by HOA members and their guests.  Two tennis courts are available and they are not lighted – daylight use only.
     
     
  • Does Bear Lake West have a Pickleball Court?
    The lower tennis court now has a Pickleball court and net in place.  Please check in with your membership card at the golf shop prior to playing.  Court is available on a first-come first-serve basis.  What is Pickleball?  Learn more here.
     
     

Amenities - Golf
  • What hours are the golf course and pro shop open?

    Golf course hours change with the number of daylight hours.  Please check the list of Upcoming Events on the Home page for current first tee and last cart out times.
     
     
     
  • Can I book a tee time online?
     
    Yes.  Please click this link to book your tee time electronically. 
     
     

Amenities - Restaurant
  • Do you have to be a member of Bear Lake West HOA to eat at Cooper’s?

    No.  Cooper’s restaurant and sports bar are open to the public.
     
  • Are Cooper's Restaurant and Sports Bar open year round?

    Yes.  Call 208-945-2222 for winter hours. 
     
     
  • What are Cooper’s Restaurant and Sports Bar Summer hours?
     
    Restaurant -
     
    Summer Hours:
                            Monday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm
                            Friday – Saturday 11 am – 10 pm
                            Sunday 8:30 am – 9 pm
     
    Sports Bar -
     
                Summer Hours:
                            Monday – Thursday 11 am – 10 pm
                            Friday - Saturday 11 am – 12 am (or later)
                            Sunday 8:30 am – 10 pm
     
     
     
     
     
  • What are Cooper's Restaurant and Sports Bar Winter Hours?
     
     
    Cooper's Winter Hours begin September 27th, 2014. 
     
     
    Restaurant -
     
    Winter Hours:
                            Monday – Thursday   4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
                            Friday – Saturday   12 pm  - 9 pm   
                            Sunday   9:30 am - 8:30 pm
     
    Sports Bar -
     
    Winter Hours:
                            Monday – Thursday   4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
                            Friday - Saturday   12 pm  -  11 pm
                            Sunday   9:30 am - 8:30 pm
     
     
     
  • Are reservations recommended for Cooper’s?
     
    Reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays in the summer.  Please call Cooper’s at 208-945-2222 for reservations.
     
     
  • What is the schedule for live music at Cooper’s?
     

    Please visit this link to see Cooper’s 2013 summer live music schedule.
     
    Call 208-945-2222 for winter live music events.
     
     
     
     

Compliance
  • Where can I find the CC&Rs and other governing documents for Bear Lake West HOA?
    The CC&Rs and other governing documents related to Bear Lake West HOA can be found on the website under the "HOA and County Documents" tab on the left-hand side of the website.
  • I am planning a remodel or new construction on my property in Bear Lake West HOA. What do I do?
    When making changes to existing buildings or for new construction an Appendix A form must be completed and submitted to the HOA for approval.  This approval is the first step in the process.  The Appendix A form can be found on the website under the "HOA and County Documents" tab on the left-hand side of the web site.  
     
    Additional construction information can be found in the Bear Lake West CC&Rs as well.  The CC&Rs can also be found under the "HOA and County Documents" tab.
     
     
  • Are dogs allowed to run loose in Bear Lake West?
    No.  Dogs are not allowed to run loose in Bear Lake West.  Dog(s) must be under the control of the owner at all times.  
     
    The HOA has restrictions, the County has an ordinance and the State of Idaho has statutes that apply to dogs.
     
    Please familiarize yourself with these as the life of your dog(s) could depend on it.

Fire, Fireworks, Firearms
  • Are fireworks allowed in Bear Lake West?
     
    Fireworks are NOT allowed in Bear Lake West subdivisions, beaches or common areas at anytime during the year.  A $500 fine is assessed for each occurrence.  Violators will be prosecuted for any and all violations.
     
     
  • Are open fires or fire pits allowed in Bear Lake West?
     
    Open fires, fire pits and any other type of open flame are NOT allowed in Bear Lake West subdivisions, beach or common areas.  Neither wood nor gas fires are allowed.  Open flames are a violation of the CC&R’s and can result in fines assessed to the homeowner violating the policy.  A $300 fine for each occurrence is in place.
     
     
     
  • Can I discharge my firearm in Bear Lake West?
     
    Discharge of firearms is not allowed in Bear Lake West subdivisions, beaches or common areas.  Target shooting and hunting are prohibited.
     
     

HOA Information
  • What is the relationship between Bear Lake West HOA and POA?
    The Bear Lake West HOA governs the main Bear Lake West subdivsion and Lakeside Estates Subdivision.  The Bear Lake West POA governs the Bear Lake West subdivisions in Plat B and Plat C up Loveland Lane.
     
    The Bear Lake West HOA and Bear Lake West POA are independent associations.  The two associations co-own the amenities facilities and assets:  clubhouse, golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and main beach access.  Both the HOA and POA board of directors have representatives that make up the Amenties Board.  The Amenities Board runs the business of the Amenities under the direction of the HOA and POA Boards.  
  • How do I determine if my property is in the Bear Lake West HOA or Bear Lake West POA?
    Bear Lake West HOA properties are located in the main Bear Lake West Subdivision and Lakeside Estates.  
    Bear Lake West POA properties are located up Loveland Lane.
    Click this link to see a map of Bear Lake West to determine which Association governs your property.
  • What is the physical address for the main entrance to Bear Lake West?
     
    155 North Highway 89
    Fish Haven, ID  83287
     
  • What is the mailing address for Bear Lake West HOA?
     
    Bear Lake West HOA
    PO Box 352
    Garden City, UT  84028
     
  • How do I get a mailbox in the Main Subdivision or Lakeside Estates?
    Mailboxes are for the use of owners located in the HOA only.  Due to limited availability the mailboxes in these locations are not available to property owners outside of the HOA.  A $24 annual mailbox fee is charged to owners with mailboxes.  This fee covers the care and maintenance of the mailboxes.  
     
    To see the instructions for obtaining a PO Box-Instructions
     
    To reserve a mailbox contact the HOA Secretary at secretary@bearlakewest.com
  • How do I turn in my mailbox key and get a refund of my mailbox fees?
    Please contact the HOA Secretary to make arrangements to discontinue use of a mailbox.  The mailbox fee will be refunded at a prorated amount of $2/month.  
  • I'm a New Owner - where do I find info about the HOA?
    Please visit the New Homeowners page on the website.  

Maintenance
  • Who is responsible for garbage collection at Bear Lake West?
     
    The County picks up the trash and is responsible for the maintenance of the dumpsters. 
     
    Homeowners are responsible for throwing only bagged household garbage into the dumpsters and closing the lids on the dumpsters.
     
     
  • Who is responsible for weeds?
    County Repsonsibility
     
    Bear Lake County's Roadside Vegetation Management Strategy
    Todd Transtrum
    Bear Lake County Weed Control
    (208) 221-0305
     
    Bear Lake County is  responsible for controlling the legally designated noxious weeds in their rights of
    way (areas between the county road surface and adjacent property).  The County weed department sprays
    these areas annually or as needed with selective broadleaf herbicides.  We also target many nuisance
    broadleaf weeds (not on Idaho’s noxious weed list) at the same time.
     
    The grass species are usually not targeted and left to grow on the roadside.  We desire grass primarily to
    help keep out broadleaf noxious weeds.  With the absence of grass, broadleaf weeds often thrive unabated
    in spite of aggressive herbicide treatment. 
     
     
    HOA Responsibility
     
    The HOA controls the weeds by the mailboxes, water buildings, dumpsters and the west side of the bike path.
     
    Email main@bearlakewest.com for additional information.
     
    Owner Responsibility
     
    Homeowners are responsible for the weeds are on their properties, and for eradicating Dyer's Woad and other noxious weeds on their properties.   The current list of Idaho Noxious Weeds can be found here with further details and pictures.  As of January 2015, the top weeds of concern in Bear Lake County are:  Dyer's WoadScotch Thistle,  Dalmation Toadflax and Whitetop (Hoary Cress).  Please take the time to identify these weeds of concern and eradicate them properly from your property.
     
    A list indicating which of the 65 noxious weeds are found in Bear Lake County is found here.
     

     
     
     
  • Who sprays for insects?
     
    The County sprays for insects with a focus on mosquitoes.
     
  • Who is responsible for snow removal/plowing?
     
    The county plows the roads and on asphalted roads only, they spread salt and/or cinders.  The Bear Lake County Snowplowing Policy can be found here.
     
    The HOA plows around the mailboxes, the Archway parking area, the garbage dumpsters and the water buildings throughout the winter. 
     
    The Amenities group is responsible for plowing the golf course and clubhouse parking lots. 
     
    Any other areas not plowed by the county, the HOA or Amenities are the responsibility of the homeowner.
     
     
     
  • Who is responsible for keeping the roads dustless?
     
    The County oils the roads in the beginning of summer to keep the dust down.  Homeowners can help keep dust down by driving their vehicles, including ATVs, at a dustless speed.
     
  • Who is responsible for maintaining the bike pathway?
     
    The county maintains the bike pathway.
     
     
  • Who maintains the gardens, beach, golf course and common areas?
     
    The HOA is responsible for the Archway grass and gardens including mowing planting, weeding and overall maintenance.
     
    The Amenities group maintains the clubhouse facilities, the golf course and the beach.
     

Maintenance - Garbage
  • Where do I dispose of garbage?
     
    The County dumpsters are intended for use by BLW homeowners for disposal of bagged household garbage only.  Large items and yard waste should be disposed of at the landfill.
     
  • Where are the nearest landfills located?
     
    Rich County, Utah Landfill Location: 

         Facility Location:
     
              Township 12N, Range 7E, Sections 15 and 16. 
     
    The site is approximately 1 mile west of Sage Creek Junction.  About 9 miles north of Randolph and about 15 miles   south west of Bear Lake. 
     
    For Allowed Waste, Hours of Operation, Usage Charges and Additional Information on the Rich County Landfill visit:
     
    http://www.richcountyut.org/waste.html
     
    Bear Lake County, Idaho Landfill Location:

            Facility Location:
     
                 175 Willowbrook Lane, Montpelier, ID 83254
     
    For Usage Charges, Hours of Operation and Additional Information on the Bear Lake County Landfill please call:  208-847-4259
     
     
  • Where can I dispose of yard waste?
     
    Yard wastes like tree limbs, weeds and grass clippings need to go to the landfill and not placed in the dumpsters.  Dumping yard waste in the dumpsters is not allowed because it does not leave adequate room for household garbage.  The summer months place a large demand on the available dumpsters.  Please use the dumpsters only for ordinary household waste and dispose of yard waste at the landfill.
  • Where can I take recyclables for recycling?
     
    Things that can be recycled, like cans, metal, paper, cardboard, batteries, tires and the like should be taken of to Hennings Salvage in Montpelier, ID or other appropriate recycler.  If you live in a community with recycling please take your recyclables home with you rather than dumping in the dumpster.
     
  • Where do I dispose of reusable items?
     
    Gently used items should be donated to a charitable organization or advertised online.  Please do not use the dumpster area as a Goodwill site by leaving items and hoping someone else can use them.  List the item on KSL Classifieds, Craigslist or donate the item to a charitable organization that accepts gently used items such as Deseret Industries, The Salvation Army, Friends of MS, etc.
     

Things To Do
  • Is there a calendar of events available for the Bear Lake Area?
    For a calendar of events in Bear Lake and surrounding areas please visit the Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau Events Calendar here.
  • Where can I find a fun checklist of fun activities to do at Bear Lake?
    Looking for a fun checklist to see how many activities you have done at Bear Lake?  Visit the Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau Checklist here.
  • Where can I find things to do at Bear Lake?
    Check out these links to find activites available in the Bear Lake area:
     

Web Cams
  • Are there any web sites with live shots of Bear Lake and surrounding areas?

    The following camera links show Bear Lake and the surrounding areas.  If you are aware of any other cameras with web access that can be shared please contact us.
     
    Bear Lake Weather
     
    Utah Idaho Border on US 89