Association Rules

"Always wear your badge!"


Bear Creek Lakes is a preferred community due to the high level of commitment and effort expended to maintain its natural beauty and its many amenities. Endeavoring to protect our investments and our environment, the community has adopted a set of rules pertaining to the use of these amenities and our community. Please take a few moments to read through and become familiar with them.


As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Board of Directors.


Are you planning to build on or modify your property in Bear Creek Lakes?

What are the rules?

There are three sets of rules that generally apply to your project:

  • Bear Creek Lakes Civic Association (BCLCA) rules as detailed in the Rule Book 

  • Restrictions set forth in the deed to your property

  • Penn Forest Township (PFT) building and zoning codes

  • You must find a deed that details all the restrictions on your property, such as the setbacks from the roads, rear yard, side yard and waterfront. If you do not have this particular deed, you can get a copy at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

  • Call or visit the PFT municipal building for more information on their building and zoning rules.

Depending on the individual case, the PFT rules can be more or less restrictive than BCLCA rules, or the deed covenants can prevent certain types of modification. In order to prevent wasted fees or effort, we urge you to investigate all applicable rules.

In all deed covenants of BCL, it is required that the member first obtain written permission from the Bear Creek Lakes Board of Directors before beginning any work projects.

If you have additional questions, please call the office 570-325-3334 and they will forward your question

to the BCLCA Board.