Highland Lakes

Country Club and Community Association

FAQs

BADGE INFORMATION


When and where can I pick up badges?
Badges and permits are generally available starting in the second week of April for members who have paid their dues and assessments in full. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, and on Saturday, from 10 am to 1 pm. Please pay particular attention to the emergency information section on your Badge Pick-up Form. Having emergency contacts and telephone numbers on file at the Club Office makes it much easier to contact you in an emergency. Lastly, please take time to review the license plate numbers listed on your form. Your vehicles may have changed, and parking permits are valid only for those vehicles listed in the records at the Club Office. If you have replaced any vehicles, please bring copies of the appropriate vehicle registrations.

How can I get guest badges?
The number of guest badges available for purchase at the beaches are limited to ten (10) badges at Beach 1 and five (5) at all other beaches. Should you require additional badges, you must stop by the office at least two days in advance. Owners MUST present either their owner’s badge or membership card in order to purchase guest badges. Complimentary guest parking permits are available with the purchase of a GUEST BADGE. Guest badges are $1 per person.

How can I get involved in badge checking?
Chaired by Ursula Fahmy, the Badge Checking Committee is responsible for staffing our beaches each summer with volunteers that ensure only members are using the beaches, tennis courts, basketball courts, ball fields and picnic areas. The members pay for the maintenance of the facilities as well as the water quality of our lakes. It would be unfair to the members to allow non-paying folks to use these facilities. With seven beaches to staff, the job can be monumental, but at the beginning of every summer season, this committee recruits and mobilizes a dedicated group of volunteer members who want to preserve the investment they and their neighbors have made in their community… Just a few hours per week by many gets the job done!

 

HIGHLAND LAKES SWIMMING INFORMATION

Lifeguards and Safety
Please listen to the lifeguards. Each beach has a designated area for swimming. This is the area the lifeguards maintain. The area on the other side of the lane markers may not be safe for swimming or walking in the water. Please make sure when you pick a spot in the sand that your belongings (this includes chairs, blankets, coolers, umbrellas etc.) are not in front of the lifeguard stand. Our lifeguards perform a variety of tasks on our beaches. They are badge checkers, perform first aid when needed, sell day badges, and are responsible for keeping our beaches clean and safe. Every morning the beach is raked, the swimming areas, docks and are checked for hazards, and play equipment (if nay) are also checked for hazardous conditions.

Most importantly, the lifeguards watch the swimmers and help, if needed, to keep them safe. Every summer our lifeguards go into the water to assist children and other swimmers in distress.Since the guards are primarily concerned for your safety, some swimming areas may be closed due to a lack of coverage. Usually it is only for a short time, such as 30 minutes or so. It usually occurs because the lifeguards are having their 30-minute lunch break, there is something unsafe at the dock, or swim lessons are going on. Sometimes, to our members, it looks as if there are plenty of guards and there is no reason the area should be closed. If there are only two guards on a beach and the water is very busy, the guards are instructed to close the dock. On the larger beaches, we try to have one guard “free” to take care of all the extra jobs we are required to perform. Remember, please be patient. The dock will open after a short period of time.

Beach Closings
Information about beach closings and delayed openings, swim lesson changes, etc. is available via the Water Safety hotline at 973-764-7797.

Additional Beach Rules
• Swimming is permitted ONLY when a lifeguard is on duty, within the roped-in areas, and is done at the swimmer’s own risk.

• Lifeguards supervise the roped-in areas only.

• Directives from lifeguards must be followed at all times.

• An adult must accompany children requiring supervision.

• Swimmers must enter and leave the swimming area via the beach.

• Swimming is prohibited when thunder or lightning is present.

• Roughness, rowdiness, spitting, foul language, littering or other conduct affecting the safety and/or comfort of others is prohibited.

• Alcohol, glass containers, and pets (with the exception of dogs used for medical/physical assistance) are not permitted on the beach at any time.

• Please clear your cigarette butts from the sand at the beaches. It is not the responsibility of our Maintenance Staff or the lifeguards to pick up after you.

• New Jersey’s bathing beach regulations require that all children in diapers must wear plastic pants with snug fitting elastic waist and leg bands. Acceptable disposable swim pants are now available in the diaper aisle in grocery stores. Do not wash out soiled diapers in the bathing water.

• All boats must stay clear of the swimming areas. Boats may not drop-off or pick-up swimmers from within the roped swimming areas.

• Fishing is prohibited within designated areas at all beaches.

 

What are the beach hours?

The general schedule for beach hours is listed below. Changes are posted at the beaches.

Beach 1  9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Beach 2 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Beach 3 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Beach 4 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Beach 5 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Beach 6 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Beach 7 11:30 am – 6:30 pm
Swim Lanes at Clubhouse 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Where are the beaches located?
Beach 1 – Lake 1 – Park Area (Upper Highland Lake)
Beach 2 – Main Lake – Clubhouse
Beach 3 – Main Lake – Lookover Lane at Lakeside Drive East
Beach 4 – Main Lake – Lakeside Drive East near Island Drive
Beach 5 – Lake 4 – East Lakeshore Drive
Beach 6 – Indian Lake – West Lakeshore Drive Extension
Beach 7 – Lake 5 – Upper Highland Lakes Drive at Tranquilty Drive

 

HOUSEHOLD SANITATION SERVICES

How is Garbage Pickup Handled during the summer months?
Highland Lakes has a contract with Blue Diamond Disposal of Succasunna, NJ for ten weeks of Club-sponsored curbside service to members in good standing starting in the first week of July and continuing through the first week of September. Recycling services are not provided.

Individual Household Contracts

For sanitation services outside of the ten week summer garbage program, Blue Diamond Disposal (866-462-2300), Gaeta Recycling (973-278-6625) and Waste Management of Northwest New Jersey (800-633-9096) are providing weekly pick-up under individual contract.

Residential Recycling

Households may contract with their garbage service provider for recycling, use the Vernon Township Recycling Center (click here for hours of operation), or the facilities at the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority in Lafayette (click here for more information).

 

GOODWILL FUND INFORMATION

What is the Goodwill Fund?
The purpose of the Goodwill Fund is to promote fellowship among the members of the Highland Lakes community as well as to perpetuate our high standard of good will and charity. The Goodwill Fund has been established in order to provide financial assistance with the payment of current dues and assessments should a Highland Lakes Club member experience significant financial hardship due to a catastrophic event. Learn more.

HIGHLAND LAKES SECURITY INFORMATION
CALL “911” FOR EMERGENCIES!

The Highland Lakes Security direct phone number is 973-764-4266.

  • DRIVE SLOWLY ON ALL HIGHLAND LAKES ROADS: In order to protect our walkers, bikers, children playing, pets and other animals, please drive at a slow pace on all of the roadways within Highland Lakes.
  • KEEP ALL PETS ON LEASHES: For safety and consideration to others, while walking your pets, please keep them safely on their leash.
  • CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PETS: In order to help keep our community clean and beautiful, please clean up after your pets.
  • PLEASE PICK UP LITTER: When you are walking about throughout our community, carry a plastic garbage bag and pick up any litter you see. It will make you and the rest of your neighbors feel good.Highland Lakes Security would like to remind all members to provide their emergency contact information to the Club. This is to ensure that in case of any type of emergency you or your family members will be contacted as soon as possible. All emergency contact data can be dropped off at the Club Office during office hours.

Important snow and ice information
Vehicles will be towed during Snow and Ice Operations.As a result of some difficulties in past winters, the Voting Board adopted a revision to its rules governing parking on the private roads of Highland Lakes Country Club and Community Association during snow and ice operations. All members are urged to become familiar with the Rule below. It will be strictly enforced.Rule No. 16 of the Club’s Rules and Regulations, adopted April 22, 1994:

Whenever snow has fallen or roads become covered with ice and the accumulation is such that it covers the roadway, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on any roadway or portion thereof. This parking prohibition shall remain in effect after the precipitation has ceased until the roads have been plowed and/or sanded sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.Any unattended vehicle in violation of this Rule will be deemed to be parked without the consent of the Club and may be summonsed and towed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-56.6.

Your cooperation is needed to make the winter as easy as possible on your neighbors and the Club.

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