Lake of the Woods (LOW) is a private, planned residential community of single-family homes located in the northeastern tip of Orange County, Virginia.
The main entrance to LOW is on Virginia Route 3, 15 miles west of I-95 and 18 miles east of Virginia Route 29, about halfway between the cities of Fredericksburg and Culpeper. It is approximately 70 miles south of Washington, D.C., 60 miles north of Richmond, and 26 miles northeast of the town of Orange, which is the county seat. Civil War battlefields and other historic sites are in the vicinity.
LOW was developed in 1967 by Virginia Wildlife Clubs, a subsidiary of U.S. Land, Inc., and subsequently bought and developed by Boise Cascade Corporation. The Lake of the Woods Association, Inc. (LOWA) assumed ownership and control in 1972. LOW has since evolved into a community of permanent year-round residents, seasonal residents, and weekenders. A broad range of recreational, cultural, social, community service, and other activities are offered.
The LOW community covers approximately 2,600 acres with 4,260 lots (850 with lake frontage) distributed among 16 sections (many named after well-known southern plantations). The community has more than 41 miles of paved private roads.
As a private, gated community, LOWA provides contract security services 24 hours a day year-round. Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., provides round-the-clock fire and medical transport services for LOW and northeastern Orange County, and is based inside LOW.
Lakes and Dams
Lake of the Woods has two lakes - the Main Lake and Keaton’s Lake—two dams, and a front entrance pond. The Main Lake covers 500 acres and is fed by Flat Run and numerous springs. Veterans Memorial Dam, spanning 1,400 feet along the northwest edge of the Main Lake, was built in 1968. This lake has two marinas, seven lake access areas, and eight sand beaches.
Keaton’s Lake, also known as the Fishing Lake, is a 35-acre impoundment, at the northeast corner of the community close to Route 3 created by damming Keaton’s Run. The dam at this lake is known as Keaton’s Run Dam. The lake has one public launch area and one sand beach.
The small entrance pond with a fountain at the front gate serves as a sediment retention basin and provides an excellent location for the annual Children’s Fishing Tournament.
Founded primarily as a residential and recreational community, LOW offers nearly limitless opportunities for social/recreational activities and programs for members and their families.
These activities include swimming and boating on the two lakes, a USGA golf course with Pro Shop and Fareways Snack Bar, an Equestrian Center, two outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, Campground, a Clubhouse with food service and space for social and community and club events, Community Center with teen/youth and preschool facilities, and numerous parks with ball fields (three youth soccer fields and a lighted baseball/softball field), basketball courts, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, and walking/fitness trails.
Every lot owner is a member of the Lake of the Woods Association, Inc. (LOWA), a homeowners’ association governed by Virginia law and a seven member, volunteer Board of Directors (BOD) elected at large from among the LOWA membership. Each lot is entitled to one vote in all elections. The BOD functions very much like a town council, and is charged with the development of an annual budget and policies and strategies responsive to the changing needs of a growing community. Twenty advisory Committees staffed by volunteers from among the membership support the work of the BOD.
Board meetings are held on the first Saturday of every month except September. Both BOD meetings and Committee meetings are open to all property owners and tenants. An annual BOD election and Annual Meeting of the Membership is held on Labor Day.
Covenants, By-laws, and Regulations provide an orderly structure for the proper operation of the Association. LOWA members pay an annual assessment set bythe BOD, which finances the operation and maintenance of all facilities and services, and partially subsidizes amenity operations. As required by the Restrictive Covenants, this assessment must be paid by May 1, the beginning of our fiscal year. Upon payment of the annual assessment, lot owners are issued identification cards, which are needed for registration of vehicles and boats, access to amenities or other use of LOWA property, and entry at the front gate in place of a vehicle barcode.
A commercial security services contractor provides security to the LOW community 24 hours a day. The company provides such services as controlling entrance access, enforcing speed limits, providing seasonal boat patrols on both lakes, investigating member complaints, and providing assistance to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies. Members should be aware that the LOWA Security contractor’s primary responsibilities are those assigned to it by the Association as conservators of the peace, and do not include law enforcement or criminal investigations, which are the responsibility of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Monthly security reports are presented to the LOWA Board of Directors and General Manager, published in Lake Currents, and forwarded to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office by the Chief of Security to share inforation and help monitor trends or changes in community activity.
Neighborhood Watch Program
LOWA has an active Neighborhood Watch (NW) Program consisting of volunteers who perform the duties of NW Coordinator, neighborhood Block Captains and NW Participants. The NW Coordinator reports directly to the LOWA GM and meets weekly with the GM, President of LOWA Board of Directors, Chief of LOWA Security and LOWA Director for Facilities and Maintenance to communicate resident concerns involving security and safety of the community. The NW Coordinator is also responsible for direct coordination with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as well as membership and liaison with the Safety & Security (SSC) and Legal and Compliance (LCC) Committees. The LOWA NW Program is registered with the National Sheriff’s Association. The purpose of the LOWA NW Program is to provide additional eyes and ears within the community to REPORT suspicious activities and supplement LOWA Security, LOWA Management and local law enforcement in crime prevention! Should individuals require more information on the NW Program or wish to sign up as a Participant please contact the LOWA General Manager's Administrative Assistant at 972-2214 or email Jim Hutchison