Documents and Forms

Downloadable Forms

These forms may be of use to our residents.

For Lakefront property owners:


Before installing a dock or doing any bank rehabilitation / bank protection, you must register for a permit with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  


For convenience, use this link to download the permit and instructions.


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

If you plan to build a new house or make alterations to an existing house or property, you should be aware of the rules governing these projects. This is a short summary of the main requirements, including directions for finding additional information.

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 (see page 19)

  • 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.

As an aid in planning your project, see the links below for the type of project you are considering.

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

to the BCLCA Board.

57 Pool Drive, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Office: 570-325-3334  Email:

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