Originally envisioned in 1961 as a weekend resort for the
St. Louis region, Lake Saint Louis was eventually developed
as a private, year-round lake community. The Covenants and
Restrictions for the Lake Saint Louis Community Association
(CA), which detailed the rules under which the community was
to be governed, as well as the rules for the association's
members, were adopted in 1967. Those were the rules for the
community until 1975 when the community was recognized by
the State of Missouri as the town of Harbor Town. In 1977
the town's name was changed to Lake Saint Louis. Currently,
Lake Saint Louis is recognized by the state as a Fourth Class
City. Lake Saint Louis' location, with I-70 and I-64 both
passing through the City, has resulted in rapid growth, and
the community has grown well outside the original boundaries
of the CA, which means that some residents are members of
the CA and have access to the CA's amenities, while those
not within the CA do not.
The dominating features in Lake Saint Louis are the two private
lakes which can only be accessed by CA members and their guests.
Each lake has specific rules limiting the size of boats, speeds
and engine horsepower allowed on the lake. The larger of the
lakes, Lake Saint Louis, allows for higher horsepower and
speeds and a wide variety of activities, including water-skiing,
tubing, sailing, fishing, and general boating. Lake Sainte
Louise, the smaller of the two lakes, has restrictions that
limit the activities on the lake unless authorized by the
CA, but you'll still find lots of fishing, paddling and sailing.
Both lakes host CA-owned marinas, which allow CA members to
rent dock space. Some of the marinas also include pavilions,
boat launch ramps, restrooms and a gas dock.
There is more to life in Lake Saint Louis than boating, however.
There are three golf courses in the community, including Lake
Forest County Club, a private 18-hole championship golf course
that has hosted a number of prestigious events. There are
also two par 3 courses, one of which is owned by the CA. CA
members may also take advantage of CA-owned beaches, pools
and tennis courts. The city is also home to multiple stables
and many parks.
The shopping and dining opportunities within Lake Saint Louis
have been growing dramatically over the past few years, with
large shopping areas including the Shoppes at Hawk Ridge and
The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis both hosting numerous national
and local retailers and restaurants. The oldest commercial
area in Lake Saint Louis can be found just north of I-70 on
Lake Saint Louis. There you'll find gas stations, local retailers
and restaurants as well.
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