Thinking of moving to Lake St. Louis

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Potential Resident

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Nov 2, 2009
 
Hi, we are a family of 6 and are thinking of moving to LSL. Our thought process is that instead of having a home and a lake house somewhere else, we could move to LSL and have both in one. Not knowing anyone that lives in LSL, we were looking for some feedback on the following:

1)How is the lake for skiing, tubing, "cove-ing", etc.?(at first glance it seems a little muddy...)

2)Is the fishing any good?

3)Is a waterfront home the "only way to go?"

4)Are there too many "rules and regulations" concerning the lake, therefore hampering the "fun"?

5)From what I've seen from a lot of the private docks, they are not too impressive or well kept.(compared to other lakes) Why is that? Is boating not a priority.

6)Do people swim off their docks for fun, or is the lake too dirty?

7)Is is a "fun community" to live in, or is it very "clique-ish".

8)Is LSL Kid friendly, we have 2 teenagers and 2 pre-teens...

9)we are also golfers, how are the courses?

Any other information you could provide with regard to helping us make our decision to move (or not) would be appreciated. This is a big decision for us!

Thanks!
LiSa L

Old Monroe, MO

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Nov 2, 2009
 

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Lake St. Louis is a good place to live. The Lake is a privat elake, so your rights to use the lakes are depndant on where you live- you must live in the boundaries of the community association.

Living on the lake is great- but not really required to enjoy the lake. I think there is a waiting list for a boat slip- so if you want to keep a boat - you might want to check out that. There is a limit on the size of boats on the lake, as well as horsepower.

As for the muddy look. It is no more muddy than any other lake that is fed by a creek. If does get worse with heavy run-off after a storm.

Fishing is OK, not great.

There are lots of rules that come with the CA, but nothing worse than any other homeowners bylaws.

As for the not well kept docks, I don't really know what you mean. THey seem fine to me from the ones I;ve noticed from the water.

It is a kid-friendly town, but can be cliquish.

The golf courses are ok- The par 3 is for CA residents only. And average at best. THe 18 hole course is a private country club. Nice course, but not for the huge fees to join.

Other issues you may or may not already know about. The schools are good. Rated high for the state. But a couple others in the general area are rated just as good. Schools are a bit overcrowded due to uncontrolled growth in the housing market the past decade.

Police are good, not a lot of crime. But small crime has gone up since the Wal Mart opened a couple years ago.

Highway access is great. Just minutes from Cheterfield, and not a bad drive to St. Louis down hte new highway 40/ I64 corridor.

If you move to Lake St. Louis, you will love some of it, hate some of it. But less than a lot of other areas.

Hope this helps with your decision!
Potential Resident

Arnold, MO

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Nov 2, 2009
 
Thank you for your response LisaL.

I was also wondering if the Lake ever floods, or does it stay at the same level most of the time? and what other considerations are there for living on the lake...
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Nov 2, 2009
 
oh yea, and what is the hate part?
LiSa L

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Nov 2, 2009
 
The lakes won't flood. They are controlled for a maximum level by a dam. The sammler lake (Lake St. Louise) overfills to the big lake (Lake St. Louis).

The big lake was created by building a damn on the north-eastern end.

When the water level rises, the overflow spills back into Peruque Creek. Google maps shows this - the section near I-70 just east of Lakeside Drive.

And the hate part...... the cliquishness was what I was thinking of. Unless you like cliquishness!

You may want to check the website sccworlds.com . They have information about the Wentzville and Lake St. Louis area. You may find some information you can use there.
LiSa L

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Nov 2, 2009
 
This picture shows the spillway after a heavy rain. The lake stays at this level or lower year round.

http://icons-pe.wunderground.com/data/wximage...
Bass Master

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Nov 5, 2009
 

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Fishing is great - not OK!
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Arnold, MO

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Nov 7, 2009
 
Thank you LiSa L, you have been very helpful, now we just have to find the right house for us!
jpowers

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Nov 10, 2009
 
Regarding your question about lake activities -they are great. We have a waterski team for all ages and a swim team (at the Ca Pool) that is ranked #1 in St Charles County).
I have a pontoon boat and spend many weekend days with my family tied up to other boats in the coves.
Also we have a concerts on the lake in the summer which can be attended via boat or car.
It's a great community so come join us. Living on the lake is great, but you can easily get a boat slip (It took me a few months to get one).
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Nov 11, 2009
 
Thanks for your comments jpowers, that sounds great, we are now trying to find the perfect house for us, not easy so far.(we prefer a waterfront...)

I do have one question however, why do you tie your family up to other boats in the coves?:)
LiSa L

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Nov 11, 2009
 
Hey- I think I saw that family tied to a boat last summer! Was a strange site!(:
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Nov 13, 2009
 
I meant to say that we tie our boat up to others in the coves on weekends. It usually a good time.
Keith

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Dec 10, 2009
 
I have a few quesions regarding fishing and boating. I am a potential Home Buyer for the Lake St. Louis Area.

1) Can you tell me, are there crappie, cat-fish, and bass in the lake?

2) What months of the year makes up the fishing season that allows you to take your boat on the lake?

3) I am a single male, 31 years old, and my dad does not live with me, but dad is retired. Can he take a bout out on the lake without me being with him?

4) How do I know what houses are with-in the limits that grant you access to take a boat out on the lake?

5) Are pontune (spelling?) boats allowed?

6) What is the limit you can catch in one day and what are the minimume sizes to keep the fish instead of tossing them back out?

7) What are the fees associated with being able to fish on the lake?

8) How close can you get to the shoreline before getting a nasty look from a homeowner because he thinks you are too close to his backyard?

Thanks for the answers in advance. Keith
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Dec 10, 2009
 

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1) yes to all
2) year round if you can take the cold.
3) technically no,,,, but if you are a CA member and the boat is a CA registered boat it will not be a problem.
4) Ask your realtor,,, they MUST tell you.
5) yes up to 24 ft and 125 HP.
6) not sure
7) check out the CA website for all of the fees.$450 for everything (golf, pool, lake, beach, CA building) plus approx $190 for boat sticker.
8) depends on the neighbor.
We also have an Anglers Club that can give you many more details.
Good luck - it's a great place to live!
LiSaL

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Dec 10, 2009
 
Just be aware- the current fees for CA membership is $450 a year. They want to raise it to more than $750 by 2012. And membership is not optional if you live in hte CA controlled neighborhoods.

As for the nasty looks.... just don't dock on their docks, or shoreline and they really can't do anything- the lake is available to all member sin it's entirety.
jpowers

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Dec 10, 2009
 
the vote for the fee increase to $750 was shot down so they are staying at $450 for now.
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Dec 11, 2009
 
Thanks to all who have replied. Here is a question from someone not in the know...what is CA? Also, do you have the website available to the CA. Any chance you posting a link here to it.
jpowers wrote:
1) yes to all
2) year round if you can take the cold.
3) technically no,,,, but if you are a CA member and the boat is a CA registered boat it will not be a problem.
4) Ask your realtor,,, they MUST tell you.
5) yes up to 24 ft and 125 HP.
6) not sure
7) check out the CA website for all of the fees.$450 for everything (golf, pool, lake, beach, CA building) plus approx $190 for boat sticker.
8) depends on the neighbor.
We also have an Anglers Club that can give you many more details.
Good luck - it's a great place to live!
LiSaL

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Dec 11, 2009
 
The Ca is the Community Association- the oppressive - I mean group that controls everything here.

Here's the web address:

http://www.lslca.com/
Keith

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Dec 11, 2009
 
Thanks, I'll be sure to check this out. I wonder if there is a Zoning Map of some sort that shows a highlighted area of land surrounding the lake that shows and identifies the houses within the limits that grant you access to take a bout out on the lake. I wonder if their City Hall has one or if the HMA has one?
LiSaL wrote:
The Ca is the Community Association- the oppressive - I mean group that controls everything here.
Here's the web address:
http://www.lslca.com/
jpowers

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Dec 11, 2009
 
I am not aware of this map, but if you call a local realtor I'm sure they can help.

LisaL - why do you feel the CA is an oppressive group?

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