Natural Resources

Butterfly Garden

Hidden Valley Lake Butterfly Garden

This plaque on the shore of Hidden Valley’s Paradise Lake marks the location of the Butterfly Garden. Volunteers first cleared a large lakeside area of invasive Asian honeysuckle. Children then helped fill the garden with plants that attract and nourish butterflies.

The endangered Monarch in particular, cannot survive without milkweed. Other butterfly-friendly plants include, sunflower, goldenrod and New England aster.


Deer Management

Beautiful shy deer in woods at Hidden Valley Lake
Shy Beauty – Hidden Valley Lake

The Hidden Valley Lake Property Owners Association conducts a deer culling bow hunt when necessary to manage the size of the herd within the community. According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (INDNR), HVL’s acreage should not support more than 56 deer. A 2010 fly-over deer count indicated over 300 deer within our boundaries and another 300 in the immediate surrounding area. Subsequently, the community voted to initiate a deer management program to preserve our woodlands and reduce deer/auto collisions. We are currently maintaining the herd at about 100 deer.

If the data from the annual helicopter deer count indicates a reduction is necessary, the POA petitions the INDNR for approval to cull during the next hunting season. Deer culling tags are issued to HVL POA-approved hunters, granting them permission to discharge a bow-type weapon and harvest deer within their assigned culling zones.

To Apply:

• Submit a Deer Culling Permit Application to the POA Office in person
• Pass the Archery Proficiency Test
• Prove successful completion of a federal or state Hunter Safety Education Course
• If approved, display a Deer Culling Tag
• Submit an HVL POA Deer Cull Report for each harvested animal
• View the January 2106 Deer Count Report.


Storm Water Management

Hidden Valley Lake Spillway

A major focus in our community is our 150-acre lake. Families enjoy swimming at the beach and relaxing on their pontoon boats. Fishermen compete in organized tournaments or just spend peaceful hours casting for bass. Ducks, geese, herons, and even eagles frequent the waters providing excellent birdwatching opportunities. Residents hike across the dam, and photographers capture images of sunsets over the lake.

All of these activities rely on clean, healthy water, and all of us have the responsibility to maintain and improve water quality. At HVL, we are committed to reducing or eliminating sources of water pollution. We have implemented programs to improve the quality of stormwater that runs off our land and paved surfaces. There are numerous POA projects in process to reduce the amount and types of pollutants that enter our lakes and streams. But we can’t do it alone. Every resident can help. Find out:

• How landscaping, vehicle maintenance, and pet care practices impact water quality
• How HVL property management rules help reduce sedimentation and trash pollution
• The projects we are working on to improve our woodlands and water quality
• Our management plans and compliance documents

View the Clean Water Management Act.
For more information, see Natural Resources Articles.


Adult Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

Ash Trees: EAB Update – Spring 2017

Tree Removal Contractors and Certified Arborists


Water Quality

Keeping you safe in our lakes

Did you know that HVL staff members monitor our lake and ponds throughout the summer to make sure that levels of E. coli are within acceptable limits? Readings for all 6 of the small ponds and for 4 spots in the main lake (including the beach and dock areas) were all satisfactory at the end of May.

If the tests ever indicate a problem, we will let you know via email and Facebook, so make sure you are signed up to Keep in Touch to receive HVL announcements.

View the latest Water Quality Report.