Klines Resort Amenities and Infrastructure

Portage Lake

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.

Lakefront & Marina

The Resort lakefront is for the use of all residents: playground, swimming area, marina, dock sites, picnic areas, campfire rings, and nature trails spread along our half mile shore. There are 224 licensed boat slips on seasonal docks. Many residents own their dock or share one with a neighbor. Others rent a boat slip from the Resort in the marina. A boat ramp and a fish cleaning house are available. For storage, residents may use our fenced storage area or rent a carport or mini-storage unit at reasonable rates.

Outdoor Recreation

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.

Recreational Facilities

  • 2 shuffleboard courts
  • 2 horseshoe pitches
  • 2 bocce ball courts
  • pickleball / basketball court
  • tennis court (with lines for 2 additional pickleball courts)
  • playground with jungle gym, slide, swings, etc.
  • swimming area with swim platform

Planned Activities

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.

Affiliated Groups

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:

  • Barrier-Free design, power entry doors, elevator
  • Library
  • Coffee Bar
  • Dining Room with seating for 124
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Coin Laundry
  • “Fireside Room” for games, crafts and clubs
  • Free wireless internet, guest computer terminal
  • 4 flat screen tv’s
  • Recreation room: ping pong, billiards, foos-ball, air hockey, piano
  • Exercise room: treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machine
  • Emergency storm shelter
  • Handicap accessible restrooms
  • Backup power generator, central air conditioning
  • Courtesy phone for free resident use

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.

Resort Infrastructure

  • Resort roads are paved, well maintained and well lit. Three snowplows and a salt spreader are available for our service crew in the winter.
  • Sidewalks, golf cart paths and walking paths exist throughout the community.
  • Office and maintenance areas are conveniently located near the entrance, as are the mailboxes and newspaper delivery tubes.
  • Mini-storage and RV/boat storage areas are available.
  • Drinking Water: Our class 1 drinking water system is supplied by four groundwater wells pumping to our modern well house, where it is treated before it is stored in our 100,000 gallon water tower. Five fire hydrants are dispersed in the residential areas of the community.
  • Wastewater: Two sanitary lift stations send wastewater to our treatment area, where it is processed in two sanitary lagoons before being released into a groundwater discharge area. Both water and sewer service are included in your rent.
  • Household trash disposal is provided in containers near the maintenance area, and is included in your rent. Recycling is offered for clean plastic, glass and metal containers, newspaper and cardboard. Composting is available for yard waste.
  • The tornado siren is tested and activated by the county to alert us to tornado warnings, and the lower level of the clubhouse is designed for storm shelter use.

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