March / April 2023 News

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Wherever you go and whatever you do may the luck of the Irish be with you!

In this addition:

Ice Thickness Varies, Board Positions Revised, Mountain Lion Attacks, No Checks Accepted After July 1st, Dumpster Locks During Cycle, Last Chance to enter the boat rack lottery, Activate Your AppFolio Portal Today.

Spring is Coming

The practice of advancing clocks during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time.

Date: Sun, Mar 12, 2023 – Sun, Nov 5, 2023

Event Length: 240 Day

Observed for: 114 years

Mountain Lion Attacks On The Rise In Our Area!

Mountain lions are ambush predators who prefer to lie in wait on a ledge or tree limb, or under a deck and wait for whatever passes. (these photos are CPW capturing a lion from under a deck in CLCC on Feb 9th) Mule Deer are their most common prey but they are opportunistic and will take whatever comes their way. They are considered one of the apex predators in North America.

We recently had an attack reported in our community. This incident occurred mid-morning when one might think the risk of attack would be low. Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges everyone to not feed any wildlife, including birds. The seed that drops from the feeder causes small animals such as squirrels, rabbits, and even foxes to congregate in that area, in turn creating the perfect hunting ground for mountain lions. Mountain lions tend to stay in areas where their prey is plentiful. We all love seeing our foxes, but remember that feeding them is not only illegal it's also dangerous for them. Mountain lions are excellent trackers and drawing our foxes constantly to the same location heightens their risk of attack.

Link below has SkyHi article from 1/27 with more local information.

More Mountain Lion Information


New additions to our Board of Directors

We have two great new board members joining our Board of Directors, Jana Miller, and Brian Owens. They will fulfill the remaining terms left by Mark Woltkamp and Scott Wilson who left the board at the end of 2022. Jana and Brian have been consistent volunteers for CLCC for years and in fact, both served as founders of the Fire Fund raising over $60,000 for our neighbors who lost their homes and for CLCC equipment lost from the Troublesome Fire. Brian brings board experience, knowledge of CLCC, and skill in technology and websites which is much needed. Jana is multi-talented with skills in organizing, problem-solving tough issues, and personnel and management of large organizations. Please congratulate them as we are lucky to have such talented homeowners volunteer their time to make our community a great place.

Architectural review applications

All applications for ARC review need to be submitted through your portal on Appfolio. We are working on streamlining the amount of information received and the time it takes to insure that your request is reviewed and completed in a timely and correct manner. Payments for permit and trash fees also need to be paid through your portal. This takes effect immediately.

No Checks

Remember July 1st is the deadline!

As of July 1st, 2023 our office will no longer be able to process paper checks. Feel free to contact the office if you need assistance activating your AppFolio portal.


 AppFolio is the new management portal for CLCC that was implemented last July. Thank you to the approximately 80% of owners that have already set up an account. AppFolio is a one stop place for all CLCC information. On AppFolio you will find Board minutes, financial statements, owner regulations, a calendar of events, the balance of your personal account, and architectural review and building permit information and forms. Starting July 1, 2023, all payments to CLCC for HOA dues, fines, permit fees, etc. will need to be made via AppFolio. In December, your Board President, GM, Bookkeeper and I performed a safety and security review of CLCC’s financial assets. One area that was identified as needing improvement to keep our financial assets secure was the use of paper checks. Paper checks are easily stolen, misdirected or lost. They represent a source of risk to both owners and the HOA. Therefore, the Board decided that it would be prudent to no longer accept paper checks for payments to CLCC after July 1. If you need help setting up your AppFolio account, please contact the CLCC Office. They will be happy to assist you in getting your account ready for this change.


Dumpster Locks During Cycles!

A locking device has been installed at the dumpster in order to elevate the issues caused by interrupted ram cycles.

The ram cycle runs for between 2-3 minutes at a time. Only when the cycle is complete will the lock release, allowing you access to safely dispose of your trash.

These measures have been installed for proper automatic operation and community safety.

Never leave trash bags on the ground! Bears will be waking up soon, and will be hungry!


     Wilson is the name of our 2nd hand front loader that we had purchased with donated Fire Fund monies when our equipment all perished in the Troublesome Fire. He has served us well by re-establishing culverts that were buried for years, cleaning ditches for run-off, cleaning snow, and moving materials for Slash and Trash...and more! This year we have spent much time and money repairing this piece of equipment as the tasks required of this piece of equipment are exceeding its capabilities. For projects in our community, we need a reliable front-end loader that has the ability to maintain our roads both winter and summer as well as other chore work in the community year around. We are in the process of looking to trade Wilson in while he lives and will need to add funds as larger front-end loaders usually costs between $50,000 and $100,000 for a used but solidly maintained piece of equipment. 


Melting Snow, Take It Slow!

With spring melt right around the corner, it’s a good time to remind everyone that road conditions will vary. Warmer daytime temperatures will leave several inches of slush on our roads. Constant traffic causes berms of slush to form that may freeze when the nighttime temperatures drop. We are well aware of this yearly issue, and keep up with it as best we can. Please remember to use extra caution and slower speeds, especially during this transition time. 

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Boat Rack Lottery Deadline Reminder, March 15th, 2023

Final deadline coming up soon to enter for the boat rack lottery. Link below for entry.

Boat Rack Lottery Link

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Letting us know what's going on can be helpful, but if it's action you want, there is a procedure to follow.

You can find the proper form on the home page of our website under Complaint/Violations Process tab. A quick link is provided below. Please look it over and remember without the identity of the offender, specific detail and proof of violation there is little action that can be taken.

Complaints from the community or staff must be filed within 7 days of the occurrence or observation of a violation.

1. Details must lead to the identification of the Violator(s) in order to process the complaint. 

2. Pictures and or witnesses must confirm the violation

3. Addresses and or ID of the violating vehicle(s) from which the violators are connected must be provided.

4. Do not engage violators for your and their own safety.

5. The complainant will remain anonymous.

Complaint Form Link

Owner 101

As part of our mandated commitment to educating our owners on our community, we will begin to place an article in every newsletter that will help you know more about CLCC.

Fire Hydrants:

Some of you may have noticed there are different fire hydrants throughout the community. The small “black” ones are not hydrants but are utilized for cleaning or “flushing” the system. Therefore, do not be alarmed if these hydrants get covered by snow. The fire department flushes the system in the springtime after the snow melts as part of a maintenance program. The “red’ smaller hydrants are older hydrants but are fully functional. CLCC is working with the water department to obtain larger flags to make them easier to identify and locate. The taller hydrants are newer and also are fully functional. The cost to replace one hydrant is about $10,000, which is why we have two different sizes.

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Zebra mussel ALERT!

Keep watercraft CLEAN, DRAINED and DRY

Below are CPWs rules and/or recommendations. CLCC will follow all CPW rules in order to keep our beloved lake safe, and reserves the right to inspect boats and/or require proof of inspections per CPW rules. 

  • If you take your watercraft of any kind to ANY other lake in Colorado or out of state, inspect your boat for zebra mussels before entering Columbine!
  • Zebra mussels can live 5-7 days out of water; their larvae can live up to 21 days

Colorado is a mandatory Aquatic Nuisance Stamp (ANS) state for Motorcraft and Sailboats but not for paddleboards, kayaks or canoes.

Private lakes are not exempt: Inspection and a stamp IS required on private lakes.

CPW has deemed fishing boats and mini-pontoons with electric troller motors as well as sailboats to be at a higher risk and therefore have higher-level rules. Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards pose a lower risk but are not immune!

For our neighbors who never take their watercraft of any kind out of Columbine Lake the odds at this point are low for infection, but if friends or family bring their craft up for the weekend please share your knowledge of Mussels with them to insure that our Treasure remains pristine.

  • Ice thickness varies.
  • Recreating on the ice is always at your own risk.

Thin Ice

Thin Ice! Exercise Caution!

Due to early heavy snowfall, this season acting as an insulator, and environmental factors, our lake ice thickness may not be the same as in years past. With spring fast approaching please use extreme caution when recreating on our lake.


Meet your Neighbors!

Community is paramount for us at our beautiful Columbine Lake. As we are larger than the town of Grand Lake yet denser with houses close to one another, parking is limited, and a lot of foot and dog traffic on busy roads. It’s important to respect one another as we host guests, families, and renters over our busy warm months. Please share your contact information with your neighbors so they can contact you in case of an emergency or in the event of an issue. Know we have quiet hours from 10 pm-8 am

Help wanted


Social Chairperson.

We need a community member to volunteer to chair the 4th of July picnic and Pancake Breakfast community events this summer. The role includes soliciting other community volunteers, organizing the 4th of July Parade or any other ancillary events that are desired, organizing the event, assigning volunteers to work stations from set-up to clean up etc. . There are templates for lay-outs, supplies lists and best practices from years past to help organize the events. Please send an email to to express your interest by May 10, 2023.

Tree Mitigation

 It’s that time of year again. Many trees have been impacted by the smoke, mistletoe, deep dry cold conditions, shock from topping near power lines, etc. in the months over winter and since the last tree review.

Please plan to take your dead trees down and utilize the free county sites as well as our Slash in Trash in July. Remember to reserve tree removal contractors, as you KNOW schedules fill fast!

Resources on the website. 


C = Courteous

= Low Speeds

C = Conscientious

C = Compliance with Regulations

Columbine Lake 1991

Aerial of Columbine Lake August 1991

Emergency and Important Numbers

Grand County Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970-725-3343

Grand Lake Fire Dept. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970-627-8428

Grand County Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970-725-3347

Town of Grand Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970-627-3435

Middle Park Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . 970-887-5800

Three Lakes Water & San . . . . . . . . . . . 970-627-3544

Columbine Lake Water District . . . . . . . .970-627-3683

Mountain Parks Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . .970-887-3378

Colorado Parks & Wildlife. . . . . . . . . . . 970-725-6200

Clubhouse Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

4pm - 8pm

Saturday 12pm - 8pm 

Sunday 10am - 6pm

Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Lap Swim - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 9am-12pm, 

Sunday 9am-10am


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