Covering some 400 acres and fed by the Portage Rivers, Bear Creek and natural springs, Portage Lake enjoys an abundant supply of fresh water. Two thirds of its shoreline is undeveloped, providing habitat for a variety of wildlife. Fish include large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappy, bluegill, perch and others. Pontoon and fishing boats predominate on the lake, but there’s also plenty of room for water skiing or jet boating. Those with canoes and kayaks enjoy exploring both the lake and its tributaries. In fact, Portage Lake is the start of one of our state historic water trails! The resort actively supports our lake association, Friends of Portage Lake, and makes a significant contribution to a special assessment for invasive weed control.
There’s so much more to do outdoors than just enjoy the lake! Golfers use the water tower field as a practice driving range before visiting one of the 8 area golf courses. On a still evening, Remote Control Aircraft hobbyists show off their skills. It’s a dog-walker heaven; our paved streets and off-road trails are also great for bikers, joggers and walkers. Gardeners enjoy the use of our garden spaces; we even give you a free spring roto-tilling. Picnic tables and campfire rings dot our lakefront common areas. For the winter hardy, the Resort is great for ice fishing and cross country skiing too.
Our social calendar offers a variety of group activities, from card games and dominoes to knitters, and quilters, to exercise groups and planned social outings. Special events dot the calendar, while weekly potlucks and coffee hours allow informal visiting and great food. Summer is especially busy, with hymn sings, community picnics, and pancake breakfasts among many choices. See our Activities Calendar and Resort Report newsletter for current listings.
The Carers & Sharers is the residents’ official non-profit group. Their mission is to create a closer community, promote social activities, further benevolent work, and host fundraisers to support charitable programs throughout the community. Volunteers serve on the board, work on various committees, support resort activities and local charities, and raise funds by serving pancake breakfasts on summer holidays.
The Friends of Portage Lake is tasked with invasive weed control efforts on the lake. Members pay an annual membership fee and select representatives to a board that oversees the invasive weed control program. Educational programs, a newsletter, and various activities are organized for lake residents.
We’re proud of our 10,000 sq. ft. facility, which serves as our community “living room.” Opened in 2011, the clubhouse offers many amenities:
Outside, a lovely porch overlooks the lake and marina, and a performance deck is the site of summer concerts. Seasonally, a party tent serves as a picnic shelter for larger groups.