Welcome to Lacamas Shores

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A Short History of Lacamas Shores

In 1883 Henry Pittock needed a consistent source of paper for his newspaper, the Oregonian. He founded the LaCamas Colony Corporation, buying 2600 acres of land around Lacamas Lake to develop the town mill. Damming LaCamas Creek at the lower end of Round Lake caused the two lakes to merge providing electricity for the mill. Mill owners eventually donated 312 acres of their property for Lacamas Park.

Mr. Pittock built two homes on the north side of the Lacamas Lake and one on the south side. One of the north-side homes, the Pittock-Leadbetter house, built for his son Frederick and wife Bertha Leadbetter Pittock, remains, across the lake from Lacamas Shores and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In the 1970s the Leadbetter family sold 250 acres of Lacamas Lake land to a logging company after the City of Camas and Clark County declined to buy it from them. Developer Tom Shipler bought the land in 1977 and proceeded to log it, much to the dismay of many local residents who had referred to the area as “the Black Forest” because of its large tree coverage. Shipler and his partner Adolph Hertrich of Vanport Manufacturing, developed Lacamas Shores, in the late 1980s. The development originally contained 250 lots (now 253 to include 4 new lots along Michaelbrook Lane and the removal of one lot on El Rey). Shipler also donated 30 acres to Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation for the Heritage trail along Lacamas Lake.

After the loss of the lake’s trees and the development of Lacamas Shores, local activists begin to closely monitor development within the city and influenced Camas leaders to protect remaining open space. In the 1990s, city leaders began purchasing greenspaces for the first time.

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Community Resources

The city of Camas was officially incorporated in 1906 and is named after the Camas lily, a bulb plant favored by the local Chinook tribes. Camas is a growing city with a population of 20,907 (2013) and estimated population growth to 46,460 in the next 20 years.

Downtown Camas is picturesque with a variety of shops and restaurants. Explore the links below to find out what's happening in downtown Camas and become familiar with city services and schools.

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Don't let your guard down just because we live in one of the safest neighborhoods in the area. Be a good neighbor - when you're out and about, keep an eye on neighbors' homes and property. Tell them and the police about anything that makes you uneasy or suspicious.

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Know Your Neighbors

Moving into a new neighborhood can be a busy and stressful experience leaving no time to meet the neighbors. Knowing your neighbors provides a safer and friendlier community where we all look out for each other. A call or email to our official greeter, Rita Haller, is a great start to making new friends. Below are some other suggestions for meeting your neighbors.

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  • Take a walk in the neighborhood and introduce yourself to other walkers you meet.
  • Check online and the VIEWS newsletter for upcoming social functions such as a Lacamas Shores progressive party. Or schedule your own housewarming party and invite your close neighbors.
  • Volunteer to help at a neighborhood event.
  • If you have children, introduce yourself to neighbors you see at the school bus stop or in our common area playground.

Lacamas Shores is a friendly place and we want our new neighbors to feel welcome.

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What is an HOA?

An HOA or Homeowner Association is a non-profit corporation registered with the State and managed by a duly elected Board of Directors. Its purpose is to maintain all common areas and to govern the community in accordance with the provision of the legal documents: CC&R's, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation.

The governing legal documents for Lacamas Shores may be viewed online within the Association page of this site. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the homeowners association. Membership is both automatic and mandatory.

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There are 254 homes/lots in Lacamas Shores and all homeowners pay a yearly fee as part of their membership in the HOA. The board allocates the funds for maintenance, upkeep, repairs, renovations and improvements to common grounds and property as well as a reserve fund as mandated by Washington State.

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What makes Lacamas Shores Special

Lacamas Shores is a social, vibrant, neighborhood with friendly neighbors and lots of activities. The 4th of July Celebration is the largest event hosted by the HOA each year for all residents.

Summer is a great time for enjoying our common area. Homowners may reserve the area for private parties with extra perks of tables and grilling stations as well as space for games.

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Lacamas Shores residents enjoy a private boat dock and boat trailer parking close by. There is also a Canoe/Kayak club with boats available for members use.

There is a well used walking tail along Lacamas Lake. Regular walking groups are happy to introduce the many different walking trails close by our neighborhood.

ENJOY!