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About RLC

Reynolds Lakes Corporation* is a non-profit organization whose members are homeowners on Reynolds Lakes located in Van Buren County Michigan. The organization works to protect and enhance the water quality, water safety, land values and common interests of property owners on Reynolds Lake.  

Please join us in protecting and preserving this valuable natural resource. Contact a member of the Board to join the RLC Association.

Reynolds Lakes is made up of Upper and Lower Reynolds Lakes as seen in this aerial photograph.

* The State of Michigan Department of Commerce certified "REYNOLDS LAKES CORPORATION" on June 19, 1974.   The purpose for which the corporation is organized is as follows:  "FOR THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE ECOLOGY OF REYNOLDS LAKES AND FOR THE BEAUTIFICATION AND MUTUAL ENJOYMENT OF REYNOLDS LAKES, IN BEHALF OF ALL PERSONS LIVING ON AND/OR NEAR REYNOLDS LAKES."



Historical Perspective of Reynolds Lakes

At one time, possibly in the year 1500, Lake Cora, Upper Reynolds and Lower Reynolds, as it was known in 1926, was all one lake.  Also, the reason we have hills and bluffs now is that the lake was very deep at that time.  This land was purchased from the Pottawatomie Indians by the Government, possibly for food and a portion of the land to live on.  This was in 1812, or after a war at that time.  There is a very cold stream that runs north through the center of the lake, underground.  My Grandfather tells of catching Trout and Walleyes out of it.  It is very clear there and my sisters and I swam across the Lake many times and saw it.  We could look down in it and there was no moss or weeds growing in it. 

 There is a small piece of land on the west side of Upper Reynolds that could never be sold as it was willed to a Polly Cross, June 1, 1857.  This item goes on into the 20’s and 30’s, as far as my family knew.

 There was a Maiden lived in a shack where Bertha Kruzich’s property is (current lot #20), whom we called the “Dog Lady”.  Once she caught a muskie near the channel as big as L.  The story and pictures were in the Lawrence Paper.  She said she hit it over the head with an oar.  I have a picture of her, it was about 34 years ago.

 These five men purchased all this land around these lakes from the U.S. Government.  The date was April 1, 1837.  They were:   JOSIAH R. DORR, HATCH FITZGERALD, JOHN A. WELLS, THOMAS FITZGERALD & JUNIUS HOPKINS.   These men were from Detroit, New York, Texas and Davenport, Iowa.  George S. Reynolds purchased his property, Sept. 29, 1835, now known as Andy Jurczak’s farm.  William Jennings owned 15 acres (near current lots 35 & 36), purchased June 1885 on the north side of Reynolds Lake.  His brother Jefferson owned property on the east and south end of Lake George, that is known as Lake Cora.  The Pottawatomie Indians were headquarters in Hartford, but had spread all over this area.


History written by Ila Schmitt,  Ocean View Resort  (Lot 25&26, Upper Reynolds Lake) - date unknown.