Rules & Regulations

As a gated community, Lakeside values the safety and health and wellness of our guests and residents. Below is a subset of our updated Rules & Regulations. Click here to view complete Lakeside Association Rules and Regulations. 

Admission & Parking

A gate ticket and auto pass are required to enter Lakeside from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Your ticket entitles you to free participation in a wide range of programs, including shows in Hoover Auditorium, religious services, educational lectures, cultural arts events and recreational activities. Click here to learn more about the value of your pass.

There are variety of ticketing options to choose from, depending on how long you’re visiting Lakeside. Keep in mind, children ages four and under and guests 90 and older have free entry. For more information about admission rates, visit the Admission & Parking Fees page.

Parking is limited on the grounds. To help with congestion and continue our high safety standards on the grounds, we offer three different parking passes. For more information, visit the Admission & Parking Fees page linked above.

Tobacco-Free Community

For the health and wellness of our guests and residents, Lakeside Chautauqua is a tobacco-free community. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products are prohibited on the grounds, with the exception of privately-owned properties. All cottage rentals are smoke-free.

The policy supports Lakeside’s long-range Strategic Plan, providing an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment for all guests and residents, as well as fulfilling our obligation to protect the health of all guests and residents. Please help Lakeside achieve its goal. Together, we can ensure that this is truly a place that nurtures mind, body and spirit.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is not tolerated on the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua. Alcohol and/or narcotics are not permitted on any Lakeside property. Those found under the influence or in the possession are subject to complete prosecution.

Alcohol Policy

For the safety of our guests and residents, Lakeside Chautauqua is an alcohol-free community. The consumption of alcoholic beverages outside the private dwellings of lessees/privately-owned cottages is prohibited. The policy supports Lakeside’s long-range Strategic Plan, providing an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment for all guests and residents, as well as fulfilling our obligation to protect the health of all guests and residents.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are from 11:30 p.m.-8 a.m. Monday-Saturday and Saturday from 11 p.m.- noon Sunday. Noise or conduct of any kind that would disturb slumber is not permitted during this time.


Pets, including dogs and cats, must be under leash or confined to the homeowner’s or renter’s premises at all times. This is to protect guests and other household pets from physical harm and to prevent damage to private property.

Dogs or any other animals, even on a leash, are prohibited on the dock and in all playground areas. Walkers of pets on a leash must cleanup after their pets. No barnyard animals, fowl or exotic animals as pets are allowed in Lakeside.

Please use the ‘Mutt Mitt’ dispensers located at convenient locations throughout the grounds, including the lakefront and Kenton Row (Central Park), the Beebe Memorial along the lakefront, Second Street and Central Park entrance, Perry Park and the vicinity of Maple Avenue and Seventh Street. Only service dogs are permitted in Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn. Only some cottage rentals allow pets. Contact your rental agent for pet information.

Note that during normal waterfront operating hours, dogs are not permitted to swim in the designated swimming areas, or where sailboats are launched. Dogs are permitted to swim only when the waterfront closes, with a reminder that no dogs are permitted to walk on the dock at any time.

Boats & Trailers

All boats and trailers are prohibited on the Lakeside grounds. There is no available space for boat and trailer storage. Contact Lakeside-Marblehead Storage at 419-798-2444, which offers daily, weekly or monthly rates for Lakeside guests.

Traffic Rules

Street and road signs are posted for the protection of all guests at Lakeside Chautauqua. Lakeside streets are subject to the same traffic rules as motor vehicles in the State of Ohio. Danbury Township Police and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department enforce the driving laws and street regulations. The speed limit for all of Lakeside is not to exceed 15 mph. Please do not block driveways or park on double yellow line areas.


Bicyclists are subject to the same traffic rules as motor vehicles in the State of Ohio and on the streets of Lakeside Chautauqua. Bicycles are to obey the one-way streets and traffic signs. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way. Bicycle helmets are strongly encouraged.

Bicycles are prohibited along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile (lakefront path), nature/walking trail, within all parks, the Memorial Garden, on the dock or Pavilion and within Walnut Plaza (Walnut Avenue between Second and Third Streets).

Remember to lock bikes and report missing items immediately to Lakeside Chautauqua Safety Services Department (Security) at 419-635-6030.

Golf Carts

Only golf carts that meet Lakeside Chautauqua’s golf cart standards shall operate on the streets of Lakeside.

All golf carts are required to have a Lakeside golf cart registration sticker. In order to obtain a sticker, the cart must meet all the standards and be inspected by the Lakeside Chautauqua Safety Services Department (Security) before the pass is issued. Golf cart standards include: active horn, headlights, turn signals, brake lights, tail lights, safety glass, brakes and seat belts. Inspection forms are available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave. Once the golf cart has passed inspection, a Golf Cart Pass must be purchased. Golf carts are only licensed by the season and must pass a Lakeside Chautauqua Safety Services inspection. Download the 2021 Golf Cart Inspection Form.

Motorized Vehicle Policy

A two or three wheeled vehicle with any kind of a motor is not allowed in Lakeside unless it is being used by an owner who has a documented physical impairment that requires transportation.

Bicycles, Skateboards, Skates, and Similar Devices

To ensure the safety of pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, skates, and other similar devices are prohibited in the following areas:

  • Lakeside Business District (Third Street on the South, Central Avenue on the East, Maple Avenue on the West and Lakefront on the North).
  • Along long Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile (lakefront path)
  • Nature/walking trails
  • Within all parks (including shuffleboard, pickleball & tennis courts)
  • Memorial Garden
  • The dock and Pavilion
  • Walnut Plaza (Walnut Avenue between Second and Third Streets)
  • On all sidewalks

Lakefront Swimming

Lakefront swimming is confined to and permitted in designated areas around the dock. Flotation devices are permitted in restricted areas. There are no lifeguards on duty and all swimming is at own risk.

Tree Advisory Committee

The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors recognizes that trees, and the tree canopy on the grounds, are vital and valuable assets. The Board intends to nurture and protect those assets, now and in the future.

As an important step in achieving this goal, the Board has established the Lakeside Chautauqua Tree Advisory Committee. View the Tree Advisory Committee Resolution.