The Brickyard Creek Community Handbook has been prepared by The Vision Committee to provide BYC Residents and or guests with a comprehensive guide to life and living here at Brickyard Creek. Contained in the handbook are foundational documents describing the vision for, and the values of, our community, the expectations that we share about what it means to be a member or guest of our community, our structure of governance and leadership, responsibilities of our Resident Manager and The Association to owners, important policies, a directory of services, descriptions of our community partners, and material depicting and describing life, living, learning, and fun at Brickyard Creek. This is a living document. Updates will be provided at the annual meeting and will be available for downloading and printing on the BYC Community website.
The Vision Committee
The Vision Committee welcomes your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and questions. Please feel free to contact any Vision Committee Member.
Vision Committee members are:
- Kay Biga
- John Daly
- Bob Davidson
- Jeffery Garrett
- Daniel Hanson
- Dale Klubertanz
- Peter Tropman
- Identity Statement, Motto, and History
Identity Statement, Motto, and History
Brickyard Creek (BYC) is an environmental residential community on the shores of Lake Superior dedicated to active stewardship and tranquility. BYC is focused on:
Approved by Vision Committee 7/9/11; Presented to BYC Board 8/11
Brickyard Creek (BYC) Vision
The BYC Vision is our Philosophy Statement. It communicates a shared purpose and direction for the continuous improvement of this boreal forest environment and the collective stewardship mission of the residential community.
This community is committed to maintaining this unique environment, promoting responsible educated citizens, sustaining a network of partnerships (with the broader community) and creating a legacy of responsible stewardship for all who share in the experience we call Brickyard Creek.
The original concept for the development of the woodland homes remains a key part of the resident’s collective conscience. This is where “cabins are of the land not on the land”. The proximity to the Big Water of Gitchie Gummie (Lake Superior) allows each of us to witness the beauty and the power of nature while we contemplate our individual significance as well as our role and our shared responsibilities in this woodland community.
Our sense of stewardship seeks to promote preservation, protection and restoration of the wildlife and natural plant communities along with the creek, watershed and lake resources that move through and around us at BYC.
The investment of the residents goes far beyond the financial tangible commitments. The residents also invest in a host of intangibles including healthy living, recreation, life-long learning opportunities, solitude, tranquility and emotional safety.
Evidence of this community’s success will be documented in two ways:
- Residents collective commitment to a shared purpose and direction for BYC.
- Established expectations are aligned to the vision and supported by the residents, the seasonal guests and external partners.
These expectations serve as the focus for the continuous improvement efforts and the on-going assessment of stewardship effectiveness.
The BYC Vision Statement is meant to be an internal voice of accountability and a rationale for all of our actions. It acts as a guide to the BYC Board of Directors and the various subcommittees in the allocation of time and resources (human, material, and fiscal.)
In the Beginning
Bob Davidson, Principal Manager
Profile reprinted from the Regional Bayfield Conservancy Newsletter
Written by Dennis McCann
Bob Davidson, the principal manager behind Brickyard Creek, laughs at the suggestion the “forest cabin community founded on active stewardship” just might give developers a good name. That, he said, citing over-developed tourist destinations like Door County, the Wisconsin Dells and even the North Shore, would be asking a lot. Still, Davidson makes clear his pride in the development of some 70 cottages in a wooded setting two miles north of Bayfield for the manner in which it settles into the landscape with minimal intrusion.
While providing cottage owners with a true North Woods experience, the community also works to preserve native plants and trees and disturb the native environment as little as possible. Brickyard Creek has developed an extensive labyrinth of walking trails, has brought in students from Northland College’s Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute to work with plants and lead “learning walks” and otherwise strives to make Brickyard Creek the “low-impact cottage neighborhood” Davidson and partner David Culberson, who met in the Caribbean while working on an eco-tour resort, had envisioned. Writing in the Boreal Forest Citizen, the community’s newsletter, Culberson noted the lake, the woods, wildflowers and hiking trails and told owners, “You were all attracted to something here, and it wasn’t just our good looks.” Davidson said what he is most proud of is that so many cottage owners have bought into the concept as well. “If you can be a developer and make money and also be proud of what you are doing,” he said, “you’re doing a pretty good thing.”
“There has to be, and there will be, development but it can be in the right place…and fit in.” Brickyard Creek’s reasons for supporting the preservation efforts of the Bayfield Regional Conservancy are just as obvious as it would seem, Davidson said. “We can only do a little part in our community, but BYC has the potential to do (preservation) on a much larger basis.”
In the Beginning
By Dave Culberson
The following two essays, authored by Dave Culberson, are excellent discussions of the foundational principles which guided Bob Davidson, Dave Culberson, and John Boll as they developed the Brickyard Creek Community.
The Original Brickyard Creek Vision
An April 2011 letter to Jeff Garrett from Dave Culberson
Thanks for asking me to give you some insight on the original Brickyard Creek Vision. It is always good to occasionally take stock of where you are, how you got there, and where you are going. It has been almost 15 years since Bob and I started thinking about what to do with this property. It didn’t take long to develop the vision. That part was easy. However, the learning process of trying to fit this vision into a northern climate and the effects of the mercurial nature of development were a different story. Bob is probably too old to remember much of this and there are things I don’t really care to remember. That said, this is what I have to contribute. It is more of a development philosophy than a history of Brickyard.
Having a vision for a development is important. It gives the developers and the ultimate homeowners a passion for their investment. Too many projects lack vision. They are simply copies of mass produced projects and lack character and identity. No single development can or should be everything to everyone. Whatever attraction existed that helped form the vision and create the neighborhood needs to be preserved. We have all seen places around the world where over-development or changes in buyer demographics destroys the very thing that brought people to its location in the first place. These are examples of a lost vision or, more often, lack of understanding the vision.
Brickyard was envisioned as a model of environmental sustainability. The density driven model didn’t work for us then and the world is now learning that these types of models don’t work in areas where nature is the attraction. We needed to create a model based on exclusivity and preservation. We wanted to set the bar for other developers and local government by creating a model that was environmentally thoughtful, economically profitable, and totally livable. Part of this seems to have worked. Ultimately, and with tremendous help from the home owners, placing a cottage style resort in an outstanding natural environment and implementing preservation and restoration concepts as part of everyday life, Brickyard has become a good example of how humans and nature can easily co-mingle, with no short or long-term damage to either. You might even say that both have benefited from this co-existence.
Brickyard has become a leading example environmental co-operation. This is a concept that I was working on before we created Brickyard and one that I continue to work on with a 12,000 acre island in Mexico that is home to the world’s largest congregation of whale sharks and is the Atlantic’s and Gulf of Mexico’s most important nesting area for the Carey (Hawks Bill) turtle. It also has over 540 species of birds and some of the most endangered plant species in Mexico and the Caribbean. I am implementing several Brickyard Creek concepts to help create a new resort destination model, one that relies entirely on nature-based travel. No golf courses, no multi-story buildings, a 350 foot setback from all beach front, and total development impact of less than 10% of the land. Just as with Brickyard Creek, on a smaller scale, this very large version will have one main amenity – Mother Nature. Hopefully, and critical for its success, the investors and homeowners will involve themselves with environmental awareness the same way you have at Brickyard Creek.
Taking these concepts a step further, one could argue that the conventional application of environmental preservation removes humanity from nature. We can put a fence around a forest and call it preservation, while it is still being heavily impacted by the surrounding community. We can read books on the subject and feel good, or visit natural protected areas for a few hours, and governments can offer broad policies that help protect the environment. But we cannot teach and we cannot learn about the importance of our natural environments unless we personalize the experience. With thoughtful design and building practices firmly in place, one has to touch, smell, taste, and live with their natural surroundings in order to learn how to respect it. Brickyard is a perfect example of this concept. As this type of environmental understanding and hands-on education continues to grow around the world there will be less need for “preservation”.
When project construction is complete developers usually move on, leaving the neighborhood in the hands of the owner’s association. Brickyard Creek owners have done a wonderful job expanding the original concept by implementing many successful partnerships with local NGOs and government agencies and promoting environmental awareness through on-site programs and newsletters. This is a time consuming process and difficult for developers to implement. As developers, Bob and I are very grateful that you have created this kind of pride in our neighborhood by continuing with and expanding upon the original vision.
As Brickyard continues to grow and as individual ownership of cottages changes and a new generation of “Brickguardians” moves in, it is even more important to understand and adhere to the original vision. In order understand the details needed to preserve the original vision Brickyard owners simply need to look around. The template is everywhere. Ask your neighbors why they own part of Brickyard. Walk the nature trails. Count the number of plants and animals you see that you would never see in a less natural environment? Why is a boreal forest thriving throughout a developed property? Could conventionally designed homes provide the same light footprint that allows the natural environment to literally live within inches of your doorstep?
Assuming Brickyard Creek owners plan to preserve this vision, there is a potentially superb challenge for this stewardship, a challenge that could place Brickyard in the front of the pack on a national level.
We have created an environmentally sustainable development but complete sustainability also involves social and economic sustainability. It could be easily argued that Brickyard, because it is primarily a second home community, meets anybody’s definition of economic sustainability. Brickyard requires much less public infrastructure and services than it contributes to the community through taxes and tourism dollars. Social sustainability involves relationships and networks that facilitate collective action. It is the glue that holds communities together. It influences individuals within the community and can ultimately influence government policy and social programs. Most importantly, it is not limited to material scarcity.
Brickyard cannot be viewed as its own “stand alone” community. Where does the community end – at the entrance? Or does it include the immediate area or the entire region? The community exists as far as its sphere of influence. In this case it includes not only the local area (Bayfield, Redcliff) but reaches as far as every one of you keeps your primary residence. Human capital is an important part of sustainability. Use your knowledge and skills to help teach other people and communities how to live with and respect their natural environments.
With all of the necessary tools in place, the Brickyard community could package its model of sustainability into a concise message and export it or pieces of it throughout its sphere of influence. You have a great story that needs to be heard so that other communities and developments might follow your example.
A Short History of Brickyard Creek
Featured in the Boreal Forest Citizen Fall/Winter 2006/7 Vol. 1
Sitting very comfortably in the trade winds at my Caribbean home, I was struggling to envision the North woods. Bob, who was on St. John to work with me on an eco-tour resort, was describing land he had been purchasing near Bayfield. All I really knew from my geography books was that Bayfield was somewhere near the tundra, or on Lake Superior, or something like that. As Bob talked, I was picturing the quintessential small cottage nestled beneath the canopy of giant pines, surrounded with wild flowers, bear, and wolves – kind of like Little Red Riding Hood’s place. I was also wondering why most of his working trips to the tropics were in the winter. I didn’t give the North woods much thought after that, happy to be living in a place that never, in the darkest night in the middle of winter, saw a temperature reading below 63 F. – ever. Little did I know that two kids later, and with a lot of pressure from my now ex- wife, I would be moving back to America, where, after 15 years in the Caribbean, I landed in Northern Virginia with boxes of flip-flops and other useless tropical artifacts.
It wasn’t too long before Bob invited me to Bayfield to help him figure out what to do with all of those “North woods” properties he had purchased. I was looking forward to seeing this part of the world for the first time, but I was worried about the cold. Not having experienced winter in America for 15 years, I bought boots and a coat and headed to Minneapolis, where I was picked up at the heated airport in a heated car, parked in a heated garage and walked into a heated house. That was easy. The next day we started driving to Bayfield. I had always thought April was a relatively warm month. Not here. We stopped on the way and replaced my new boots and coat with newer boots and a warmer coat.
We drove through Duluth, where I got my first view of the largest lake in the world. There was ice in it. We traveled through a few small villages that seemed ready to be swallowed by either Lake Superior or the North woods, depending on which side of the highway you were on, and finally got to Bayfield. The trip left me a little puzzled. Some things were missing from my long held vision of the North woods. I turned to Bob and asked where all of the bear were.
They are still sleeping.
Where are the wild flowers?
It’s too early in the year.
Where is Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s cottage?
I don’t know.
After a brief tour of Madeline Island and the Bayfield area, I started the first of a hundred walks through the Brickyard Creek forest. I’m glad I bought the new boots. Fortunately, spring turned to summer and I started to feel right at home – with the mosquitoes; though they were thicker and more persistent here than I had ever seen in the Caribbean. I guess when you only have three or four months to do your thing; you are certainly going to be hell bound for glory to do it. I had a great time exploring the forest alone, and was only chased out twice, once by a mother bear, and the other time by a mother partridge.
Bob had just finished a marina – almost, and he had put up a new industrial looking building where the employees of the National Park Service were happily going about their business of maintaining the nearby islands – well, that’s not quite true either, they didn’t seem happy. The land around the marina was at issue. What could be done with it? Should anything be done with it? It didn’t take a seasoned developer or a highly educated environmentalist to see that this land was obviously very unique. Lots of wild flowers, lots of bear, a great tree canopy – well, except for the meadow. A past associate of Bob’s had prematurely cut two large swaths through the forest south of the creek assuming, I guess, that he would need a storage area for all of the boats in the new marina. We later cleared all of the felled trees and decided to call our new open space, “The Meadow”. It seemed that the easiest thing to do with Brickyard would be to sub-divide the whole thing. The lakeshore lots would sell, but what about second and third tier lots. And what would happen to the trees and the wildlife in a conventional sub- division? As I spent more and more time walking the land, I kept coming back to the vision I had had when first hearing about this property. Though the “cottage” idea had not hit home yet, I did see several areas where, if properly sited, a cottage could be built to look as though it was born there.
Unsure what to do, I decided to travel around the region to see what other developments in the North woods looked like. Throughout Northern Wisconsin and the North Shore of Minnesota I saw the standard fare of town homes, strip centers, and the ubiquitous plastic sided suburban homes sitting proudly just inches from the closest roadway. I was afraid that my vision of the quintessential “Cottage in the North woods” was busted.
Back in Bayfield, I suggested to Bob that we might have an opportunity to develop a world class “Cottage” resort on the land behind the marina. With some arm-twisting and after a lot of explanation, he agreed. The planning of Brickyard Creek had officially started. After a lot of tweaking, the “Cottage Resort” idea evolved into a low-impact cottage neighborhood to be marketed as second (or third) homes. We were starting to get pretty excited about this project. We imported some of the concepts from our past eco resort project, invented a few more, hired an architect who was well versed in vernacular design, printed up some nice brochures, and waited for the buyers. Nothing happened. The locals and the people who were hanging around the new Marina thought we were nuts. I remember a conversation I had with one of them. It went something like this -
We are going to build “turn of the century” style cottages in the forest behind the marina. What about the mosquitoes?
We will clear an area just large enough for the footprint of the cottage and chip up the felled trees to create nature trails to the beach. What about the mosquitoes?
We will create a set of legal documents that will allow for the forest surrounding each cottage to be preserved an even enhanced. We won’t allow lawns, clear cutting, traditionally designed foundations, or any other environmentally destructive convention. What about the mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes? We will use bacillus thuringinsis. What’s that? It is a soil bacterium that kills mosquito larvae naturally. What will the bats eat?
Things were pretty slow around here in the beginning. We had no buyers, but we did have a lot of head-scratching tire kickers who, once they learned about this crazy scheme, would go home to pack up their family and friends and bring them along just to see the circus. Encouraged, we decided to build a model cottage. We built a Creekside design just across the creek from the marina. We didn’t have a bridge so I placed a couple of logs over the creek for access to the model from our office at the marina. My contention was that anybody who couldn’t cross the creek on the logs without falling in shouldn’t own a cottage in the North woods. Bob didn’t agree. So, armed with a brand new vehicular bridge and our brand new Creekside Cottage, we prepared for the onslaught of eager buyers. Nothing happened.
One could have assumed that we were definitely way out on the fringe if compared to conventional projects. As I look back I am starting to realize that not only were we no where near the fringe, we weren’t even on the same planet. We didn’t clear lots. We only cut roads that were needed to access the few cottage sites we were offering for sale at the time. We planted native prairie grass in the meadow. We created several hundred feet of wood- chipped nature trails. We hoped that our prospective buyers would get to see a bear while looking at cottage sites and not run all the way home to Minneapolis. We actually condominiumized the cottages so that the land around the cottages would be protected through recorded restrictions. We designed a pier system that kept the cottages above the land so the foundations would not alter existing drainage patterns. We voluntarily reduced our allowed densities. We frowned upon turning the forest into a park- like setting. Trees that fell in the forest stay to add nutrients for the next generation. We didn’t even have a sign. Bob once commented to me that, “We are the best secret project in the state”.
We were stuck scratching our heads and wondering what else we could do to make this thing work. It is difficult to walk a prospective buyer onto a heavily wooded cottage site and show them the exact spot where their kitchen sink will be located. Not that we didn’t know where it was to be located, we did; or I did (Bob was still a bit behind the eight ball). It’s just that most people cannot envision a cottage when a cottage isn’t there. Bob asked me what we should do. After considerable thought, I concluded that I didn’t know. While still scratching, and to our surprise, a few very brave buyers started showing up and signing up for cottages. We were finally able to build a microcosm of the proposed project, which made envisioning cottages, and sales, a lot easier.
A few of you bought into this concept early on. Some have just recently come aboard. But you were all obviously attracted to something here, and it wasn’t just our good looks. After all, even though we are developers, we refused to be looked upon as sex symbols. Whatever the attraction – the Lake, the meadow, the wildlife, the creek, the trails, the speed bump – let’s hope that we can preserve it far into the future so that our children and their children will be able to spend time at Brickyard Creek and enjoy the same things we have had the great opportunity to experience.
- Dave Culberson
- Common Expectations
These Common Expectations/Rules and Regulations apply to Roys Point Boulevard, Brickyard Creek Road, and all other roads, cottages and home sites, and grounds of Brickyard Creek (including BYC I, BYC II and BYC III). The Roys Point Marina is governed by separate rules and regulations.
These Common Expectations/Rules and Regulations are intended to assist cottage and homeowners, renters and guests to live in harmony with each other and preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Brickyard Creek area. Interpretation and enforcement of these Common Expectations/Rules and Regulations is the responsibility of the Brickyard Creek Associations* or the Brickyard Creek Architectural Control Committee (ACC).
Cottage owners, homeowners, renters, and guests are required to observe these Common Expectations/Rules and Regulations. Any incidents of non-compliance should be reported to the Associations, which shall be authorized to enforce these Common Expectations/Rules and Regulations according to applicable laws. The greater Brickyard Creek Community is a sophisticated combination of several interrelated entities, including three condominium associations (The Associations), Roys Point Shores Lake Shore Lots, Brickyard Creek III Lake Shore Lots, an Umbrella Association, Architectural Control Committees, and the ordinances of the County of Bayfield and towns of Bayfield and Russell. Due to the complexity of the rules associated with these multiple entities, it is essential that there exist one focal point individual to receive any and all inquiries, questions, or reports of violations. If issues or questions arise, please contact:
Jeffery Garrett, Brickyard Creek Manager
Phone – 715-781-3958
Email – Jeffery.BYC@gmail.com
Cottage owners and homeowners are responsible to share these Common Expectations/Rules and Regulations with their personal guests and/or their rental guests.
*Currently the Brickyard Creek Umbrella Association, Inc. and Brickyard Creek Expandable Condominium Association, Inc.
- Automobiles, pick-up trucks, and SUV’s may be parked by cottage owners, homeowners, renters and guests in the parking areas set aside for their cottages and homes.
- Renters and guests are restricted to two vehicles per cottage.
- No trucks of any kind (other than pick-up trucks) may be parked in such parking areas except for construction and delivery purposes.
- No boats, campers, mobile homes, recreational vehicles and equipment, snowmobiles, trailers or trucks may be parked or stored on the roads, common grounds or parking areas of Brickyard Creek. Such vehicles and equipment may only be parked or stored in the Roys Point Marina parking areas with a permit from the marina manager.
- Wood for burning in fireplaces is to be stacked neatly and stored out of the direct sight of front entries or the trails. Wood sheds may be used if approved by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC).
3. RV Use
- No motorized recreational vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, off-road dirt bikes, mobile homes, etc. of any kind may be stored or used on the roads, grounds or parking areas of Brickyard Creek.
4. Speed Limits
- All posted speed limits on Brickyard Creek roads shall be observed by cottage owners, homeowners, renters, and guests.
- Domestic pets, such as dogs and cats, may be kept by owners or guests provided the pets are up to date on vaccinations.
- Pets are not allowed in rental units.
- All pets must be leashed or under owner’s control at all times.
- Responsible owners will clean up pet ‘droppings’ left in pedestrian areas such as trail, lawns, by the gazebo, and the beach area.
- Renters are not allowed to bring their pets.
- Owners will minimize nuisances such as continuous barking especially during ‘quiet hours’ (see item 12).
- Kennels and other storages structures are not allowed
- No commercial uses of animals (e.g. breeding) are permitted.
6. Signage/Landscape Objects
- No commercial signage of any kind is allowed in Brickyard Creek except for signs installed by the Associations, cottage identification signs, and real estate sales signs approved by the Associations.
- The use of yard art items on the common grounds of BYC is not allowed.
7. Refuse and Trash
- No refuse or trash shall be stored outside of cottages or homes by owners, renters or guests.
- Refuse and trash shall only be deposited in dumpsters set aside for use by Brickyard Creek owners, renters and guests in the marina area.
8. Exterior Modifications
- No exterior modifications to cottages, homes or adjacent parking areas shall be made without the approval of the Associations as reviewed and accepted by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC).
- When making approved modifications, owners are to obtain the necessary building permits.
- All parking areas shall be gravel or other materials approved by the Associations.
- Woodchips are to be used for walkways to the cottage unless approved by the association.
9. Exterior Items
- By law, owners of cottages in BYC have the right to attach an antenna or satellite dish to the exterior of their cottages, but not on adjacent common grounds. The BYC Architectural Control Committee (ACC) retains the legal right to determine the size, audio and most importantly, the location of such devices on cottages to diminish unsightly protrusions from the rooftops of cottages in BYC. Accordingly, the owners must seek written approval from the ACC before installing such devices on their cottages.
- Owners are not allowed to do any trimming, pruning nor removal of trees in order to improve the reception of the devices on the adjacent common grounds.
- Owners are strongly encouraged to use alternative devices such as the underground cable systems so as to be sensitive to neighboring cottages and the forest aesthetics that makes BYC so special.
10. Feeding Wildlife
- Providing food is discouraged because of risks to the wildlife. (Wildlife become dependent on human feeders then may suffer if feeders are not maintained. The concentration of many animals together at feeding stations spreads diseases. Additionally, feeding stations attract unintended wildlife ranging from mice to skunks to bears with much potential to damage your cabin and the people using it. If owners choose to feed birds, please be conscientious in maintaining the continuity of food.)
- Bird feeders should be placed away from the cottage but not so far as to intrude into common ground spaces.
- Never provide salt licks or food for deer because of the risks of spreading chronic wasting disease. Attracting deer leads to collateral damage to our Canadian yews, white cedars, and pine seedlings.
11. Exterior Lighting
- No exterior lighting may be attached to any cottage, homes or adjacent parking areas or grounds without the approval of the Associations.
- Motion detector security lighting is permitted but is to be used with sensitivity to neighboring cottages, wildlife and the forest aesthetics.
- The modest use of solar lights for safety along the cottage pathway is allowed with limitations as to the number and brightness.
- Owners are to be sensitive in promoting the natural character of the forest by avoiding showy light displays and brightly lit up entrances.
12. Trees and Vegetation
- Changes to any Brickyard Creek grounds or vegetation shall be made only with the approval of the BYC Grounds Committee.
- Trees shall be removed or planted only with the approval of the BYC Grounds Committee.
- The Grounds Committee will approve the planting of only native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees on the common grounds. (Please refer to the following documents for clarification – the Hazardous Tree Guidelines and the Native Tree/ Guidelines for BYC Grounds and Landscaping.)
- Wildflowers shall not be removed from the Brickyard Creek Grounds.
- Grass mowing is not allowed on the common grounds without the approval of the BYC Grounds Committee.
13. Quiet Hours
- Cottage owners, home owners, renters and guests shall observe quiet hours from 10pm to 8am daily and shall not engage in activities during these hours that would disturb the peace and tranquility of Brickyard Creek.
14. Fires and Chimney Safety
- Activities that may create a fire hazard are strictly prohibited in Brickyard Creek.
- Open fires (fire pits) and the use of chiminea (clay pot fireplace) are prohibited.
- Charcoal grills on enclosed porches are prohibited.
- Charcoal grills in rental units are prohibited.
- Rental cottages with wood burning fireplaces must provide an ember box.
- Cottages and homes with wood-burning fireplaces shall have their chimneys inspected (and swept if necessary) every year.
- Firecrackers, sparklers, or any type of fireworks are prohibited.
- Cottage owners shall provide the Associations with proof of casualty and liability insurance on an annual basis.
Penalties and Protocol for Violation of BYC Common Expectations
1. BYC Manager informs Board of Directors Chair
2. Word of Warning – BYC manager sends a friendly letter to the resident on behalf of the board.
3. Second Notice – again neighborly and only threaten fine if violation poses a danger to the community
4. Third Letter – The final letter will add a fine of $50 a week and invite the resident to a hearing before BOD, where resolution should be negotiated, if possible
5. Hearing – if the resident persuades the board that the violation will be rectified the fine could be waived
6. As a final resort for egregious violations the BOD may try to place a lien on the property
Adopted in 2005; Updated August 2014
- Brickyard Creek Governance
Brickyard Creek Governance
Organizational and Legal Framework
The Brickyard Creek Community consists of: Roy’s Point Shores Lakeshore Lots (9 home sites); Brickyard Creek I (47 cottages); Brickyard Creek II (28 cottages); Brickyard Creek III Lakeshore Lots (5 home sites) ; Brickyard Creek III (13 cottages); Roy’s Point Boulevard, Brickyard Creek (Class II Trout Stream); Interior Roads, Secondary Roads, Bridge, and Nature Trails; the Common Property (Woods, Meadow, etc.); Roy’s Point Marina, Lake Superior Beach and Picnic Area, and The National Park Service Facility and Dockage.
There exists three Brickyard Creek Condominium Associations. These three Associations own and are responsible for maintaining and repairing the Common Properties, including interior roads, driveways, meadows, ponds, wells and of course, the forests that surround the Brickyard Creek cottages. The Associations have the power to assess members to fund such activities. The Associations also are responsible for governing the affairs of the Brickyard Creek Condominium Community.
In addition to the Three Condominium Associations there exists an Umbrella Association. The purpose of the Umbrella Association is to own, operate, maintain and repair off-site facilities and amenities, including but not limited to Roys Point Blvd, the Brickyard Creek bridge, nature trails, Roys Point beach and gazebo areas. Owners of Brickyard Creek cottages and Brickyard lakeshore lots are automatically members of the Umbrella Association. The Association also has the power to assess its members to fund activities.
For purposes of governing the Brickyard Creek Community, the four Associations operate as one entity, meeting as a common Board of Directors, developing and managing a common assessment scheme, budget and holding common annual board of directors and membership meetings. The President of the three Condominium Associations and the President of the Umbrella Association serve as Co-Chairs of the unified board. In addition to the above referenced ability to assess their members, the combined Associations are responsible for promulgating and administering rules and regulations for their respective properties consistent with the Brickyard Creek Community’s goal of protecting and preserving our rustic, natural setting.
Currently the Board of Directors is composed of the following members:
2015 – Brad Wiersum, Kay Biga (Vice Chair), Christopher Owen (Treasurer)
2016 – Jeffery Garrett, Doug Cybela, Dale Klubertanz
2017 – Terry Gibson (Chair), Lin Bick, Peter Tropman
The Board of Directors has authorized the creation of three standing committees with the following responsibilities and membership:
1. Finance Committee
Responsible for development of a recommended annual budget and assessment; planning for the short and long term viability of the Associations and their ability to finance their mandated responsibilities. Current members include: Christopher Owen (Chair), Kay Biga and Jeffery Garrett.
2. Vision Committee
The Vision Committee was created by the Board in 2010 with the responsibility to be the keepers and nurturers of the Vision that the BYC developers had for an environmentally sensitive community. The Committee has made a commitment to:
- Develop a Vision Statement, Mission and Goals to guide all aspects of the BYC Community;
- Recognize the various changes facing BYC which affect achievement of the Vision and goals – current and future;
- Engage the members of the BYC Associations in a sustained dialogue about the uniqueness of the BYC natural environment; and,
- Continue to build a sense of community; a sense of belonging among the neighbors of BYC.
Currently, the members of the committee are: John Daly (Convener), Bob Davidson, Kay Biga, Jeffery Garrett, Daniel Hanson, Dale Klubertanz and Peter Tropman.
3. Grounds Committee
Our Brickyard Creek Community is a special place to each one of us. As an association, we have collectively committed to become environmental stewards and practice a philosophy of enhancing and sustaining the uniqueness of this special place. The Grounds Committee continually strives to be the foundation for stewardship here at BYC and in partnership with the larger community of Bayfield.
Members of this important committee have a multiple role and responsibility – to preserve, restore and enhance the common grounds of the BYC Community. Current members include: Dale Klubertanz (Chair), Jeff and Joyce Austin, John Daly, Bob Davidson, Connie McCullough, Deede Smith, Merrie Stolpestad and Karen Wiersum.
4. Architectural Control Committees
There exists a Brickyard Creek Condominium Association Architectural Control Committee and a Roys Point Shores Architectural Control Committee. The Main purpose of the Committees is to receive, review, and approve or disapprove plans and specifications that are mandated to be submitted to the Committees before the commencement of construction of improvements on condo sites and lake shore lots to assure harmony with external design in relation to surrounding structures and topography. At this time discussions about restructuring the membership and processes of Architectural Control Committee are occurring. Until those decisions are finalized and communicated, members considering modification to their cottages and surrounding property need to contact our managers, Jeffery Garrett and Bob Davidson, to discuss and share their plans prior to proceeding.
- Operational Procedures
Role of Brickyard Creek Manager
The Brickyard Creek Manager is the “hands-on, go-to” person for management of all issues related to administration, operations and maintenance of BYC Condominium Association and Umbrella Association and the common property thereof. The BYC manager facilitates communications between property owners, the board of directors, board committees, contractors and suppliers to the association. If you have a question, concern or issue regarding administration, operations or maintenance at BYC your first call should be to the BYC Manager.
Jeffery Garrett, Brickyard Creek Manager Voice: 715-781-3958 Email: Jeffery.BYC@gmail.com
BYC Manager Responsibilities:
- Provides all bookkeeping services for both Condominium and Umbrella Associations
- Primary contact for the association
- Coordinates communication between the Board of Directors, committee members, and owners
- Builds and maintains relationships with the greater Red Cliff and Bayfield communities
- Assist in providing first responder actions as needed
- Collects proof of insurance from property owners
- Collects proof of cleaning from residents with a wood burning fireplace
Oversees and Manages Operations:
- Well water safety inspection
- Repair and maintenance of well lines and well pumps
- Manages hazardous trees in coordination with the grounds committee
- Coordinates trash and recycling pick-up
- Ensures trash area and roadways remain free of litter
- Maintains all signage in Brickyard Creek
- Maintains hiking trail throughout the property
- Develops and executes long-term plan for road and driveway maintenance
- Coordinates snow removal
- Brush pick-up
- Conducts frequent and routine walk-around to monitor cottages, lakeshore homes, and common areas
- Builds and maintains relationships with Red Cliff Police and Bayfield County Sheriff
- Responsible for the enforcement of Common Expectations
Responsibility of the Association:
To the cottage owner:
- Maintenance of infrastructure including roads, culverts, and driveways
- Maintenance of hiking trails Maintenance of entry area Hazardous trees
- Maintenance of faulty well pump or well line
- Well shocking if tested unsafe
- Snowplowing roads and driveways
To the lakeshore owner:
- Maintenance of roads
- Maintenance of hiking trails
- Maintenance of entry area
- Snowplowing roads and driveways
Holding Tanks and Sewerage System Operation and Maintenance
For all properties in the Brickyard Creek Community the pump out and maintenance of each cottage’s or house’s holding tank is the sole responsibility of the property owner.
- Policies and Guidelines for Living at Brickyard Creek
Policies and Guidelines for Living at Brickyard Creek
Common Use and Planting in the Brickyard Creek Boreal Forest
Overview: The boreal forests of the Bayfield peninsula are very unique. The boreal forest along Brickyard Creek where we have chosen to build our cabins is the result of thousands of years of community building among the native trees and plants that have come to make their homes here long ago in northernmost Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Superior. As an extension of the most southern range of the Canadian boreal forest, this native forest community has been developed through the interplay of mutually beneficial species of trees, plants, animal, insects and microorganisms in response to particular soil and climate conditions. The Bayfield County boreal forest follows the clay soils of the original larger glacial lake and the Lake Superior microclimate. These native plant community members have come to depend upon each other for a strategic balance and on a process keeping the forest healthy and free of invasive non-native plants.
By building our homes in this forest, we have become participants in the interaction and management of this forest community. To do so is to work together as stewards in nurturing the healthy life of the forest, watershed and lake environment. To do otherwise, is to disrupt the native forest community’s harmony and serve to stress its integrity and survival.
Each BYC owner has been attracted to these special native qualities in building their own homes in the boreal forest. By becoming a member of BYC community each owner has accepted an essential covenant, an agreement to sustain the health and integrity of the boreal forest and its watershed as being not just “on the land” but “of the land” in holding this forest community in common.
Although each of us own only our cabin and its “footprint”, with the rest of the forest held in common, the association has recognized since its formation that individual cottage owners might have the desire to manage the appearance of their common-ground sites around their cabins. The following consists of approved guidelines and resources originally compiled by the grounds committee and approved by the Board of Directors in 2002 with further updates and approval by the Board of Directors in May 2010.
Transplanting: Please do not dig up wildflowers, shrubs or trees from the woods nor the common grounds. Many wildflowers, shrubs and trees do not transplant well and you could seriously disrupt or destroy them by digging. Let’s leave them where they are for everyone to enjoy. This includes the picking of flower bouquets.
Planting and Landscaping: Any improvements or changes that you want to make to the common ground area around your cabin must maintain the natural and native makeup and appearance of our boreal forest environment and must be approved by the committee. Please submit a sketch and narrative of your plans by email or mail to the contact person on the Grounds Committee, Dale Klubertanz. Use only native plants and trees for landscaping; this document has an approved reference list of native flowers, shrubs and trees. In addition to this list, please feel free to contact individuals (Note: see list in the following pages) with the expertise to advise you on the enhancement of your common ground area. In recent years, the Grounds Committee has established an on-going relationship with environmental experts who provide on-site consultation. These resource people include Sara Bolles of Northern Native Plantscapes and the interns of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) at Northland College.
The members of the Grounds Committee are also available to help you with any of your questions.
Grounds Committee Members
Jeff and Joyce Austin, John Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bob Davidson, Dale Klubertanz (Chair;
email@example.com), Connie McCullough, Deede Smith*, Merrie Stolpestad*, Karen Wiersum
BYC as a Residential and Environmental Community
Brickyard Creek was created as a residential cabin community with an underlying vision that it would be built and maintained with lowest impact on the forest, creek and lake environment and sustained through a practice of protection and restoration of the native plant communities and the Brickyard Creek watershed. The community strives to sustain this combination of residential and environmental character in the light of human activities and commercial features such as providing opportunities to renters and timesharing. It also endeavors to manage, protect and restore the native forest, watershed and lake resources it enjoys.
The members of the Brickyard Creek Association and the Brickyard Creek Development Group have worked to ensure this vision through active involvement in education programming, environmental practices coupled with community and policy development. It has been determined that Brickyard Creek will be managed as a “native plant” community and that the community will work to minimize the environmental impact of residential community and the various impacts of the rental activities. For these purposes, the following resources have been provided for native plant and trees along with a group of policies and rules.
Non-Plant Items Suitable for Use
- Rocks: Sandstone, Granite, Basalt
- Tree stumps and branches
- Wood Chips and rock walkways
The roads, cabin sites and traffic provide opportunities for lots of invasive species to take root at Brickyard Creek. These roads and sites are disturbances in the boreal forest and because the wind and our vehicles bring in exotic species to these disturbed areas, invasive species will continue to find their way into the forest and roadsides. The most aggressive species will likely take over as there are no natural means such as fires to check them. The roads and sites will continue to provide sun light and access to these species and encourage their growth.
The best way to manage invasive species is to learn how to identify them from native species, to know their growing habits and to learn safe and effective ways to combat them. Plants such as Burdock can be managed by knowing that they are biennials and can be eradicated by digging them up and are effectively controlled by clipping them off at the flowering stage so they do not reproduce before each plant dies on it’s own.
The use of chemicals requires attention to safety for people, creatures and the environment. The brand name “Round-up” or its active ingredient “Glyphosate” requires a knowledge of safeguards and proper use to ensure effectiveness and to avoid harming yourself, others or wildlife. A video created by BYC and SOEI is available from the grounds committee, which illustrates the safe use of Glyphosate.
Native Trees and Plants
Plant only trees and plants that belong to the Wisconsin boreal forest plant community. Plants that are most native to this ecosystem (ecotypes) will naturally do well and find a balance in relationship to the other native plants and to the growing conditions relative to soil, moisture, temperature and light that exists at BYC. Planting non-native plants or hybrids (exotics) and cultivars can threaten the other native plants and trees or place the non-native plant at risk by setting it in plant community to which it does not belong or growing conditions that are incompatible. Non-natives can also become aggressive and invade the forest community without natural checks and balances. Plants do best if they are purchased locally or in similar climates so they are hearty and suitable to the climate.
A full list of native plants that make up the boreal forests of Bayfield County can be found on line at http://www.botany.wisc.edu/wisflora/ , then “search” by Habitat . On the page listing Habitat Descriptions, pull down the menu to “boreal forest” and search again and it will take you to a page with the list of plants from this plant community. You can also “browse” by common name on the first page and then check to see if the species fits into the boreal forest community.
The following is a partial list of many native plants that grow well in BYC. The best way to introduce wildflowers is to buy plants from local native plant nurseries (Note: see list in the following pages). Growing plants from seed is difficult and slow.Native Flowers
Flowers: Shade and Semi-Shade
- Ferns – Lady, Sensitive, Maidenhair, Oak – wet
- Trillium – white – spring – tolerate wet soil
- Aster – Many varieties of Aster –heart leaved, large leaved, flat topped, purple stemmed
- Cardinal Flower – red – late summer – roots should be very wet
- Bloodroot – white – spring
- Jacob’s Ladder – blue – spring
- Virginia Bluebells – blue – summer
- Woodland Phlox – pale lavender – spring
- Dutchman’s Breeches – white – spring
- Swamp Buttercups – bright yellow – summer – wet – aggressive
- Solomon’s Seal – spring – white
- Wild Geranium – pink – spring – dry
- Bunchberry – red berries – ground cover
- Columbine – red and yellow – spring – deciduous woods
- Thimbleberry – tall – edible fruit
- Wood Anemone – small & delicate – white – spring – dry shade
- Jack in the Pulpit – spring
- Wild Ginger – ground cover
- Blue Flag Iris – wet – purple summer
- Touch Me-Not – orange seed pods in fall
- Marsh Marigold – yellow – spring – wet shade
- Hepatica – dry shade – blue – spring
- Tall Bellflower – blue – summer – wet shade
- Blue Cohosh – yellow – spring – blue berries – wet deciduous woods – tall
- Clintonia – yellow flower followed by blue berry – poisonous
Flowers: Full Sun
- Wild Lupine – purple – summer – dry soil even sand (what you see along the roads is not wild)
- Fireweed – magenta – summer – aggressive – dry
- Yarrow – white – summer – tolerate dry soil
- Black Eyed Susan – tolerate very dry soil – yellow with black center – summer to fall
- Columbine – red & yellow – spring
- Aster – Lots of varieties of Asters, especially Big Leaf Aster
- Pearly Everlasting – white – summer – nice dried flowers
- Coneflowers – several varieties – white, yellow, purple, green – summer – tall
- Canada Anemone – white – wet meadows – spring & summer
- Joe Pye Weed – pink – summer – wet – tall
- Thimbleweed – white – dry – summer
- Monarda – purple – summer
- Blue Vervain – blue – spring – tall – tolerates wet soil
- Milkweed – attracts butterflies
- Chokeberry – need moist soil (not glossy black chokeberry)
- Red Twig Dogwood – good winter color – wet or medium wet soil
- Grey Dogwood – wet
- Viburnum – “Arrowwood” or “Nannyberry” – good fall color – berries
- Canada Yew – low spreading evergreen
- Bush Honeysuckle – spring flowers
- Winterberry – wet
Shrubs: Edge of Woods or Full Sun
- All shade shrubs
- Wild blackberry and raspberry
- Sumac – red berries – good fall color
- Wild roses – various varieties
- Elderberry – edible fruit – spring white flower
- American Hazelnut
- Blueberries – sandy soil
“A society grows great when old men/women plant trees
whose shade they know they shall never see.”
Trees: Native to the Boreal Forest
- Balsam Fir (Dominant)
- Canada Plum
- White Spruce (Dominant)
- Mountain Ash
- White Pine
- White (Paper) Birch
- Mountain Maple
- White Cedar
- Tag Alder
- Eastern Hemlock
- Red Oak
- Big Leaf Poplar
- Red Maple
- Balsam Poplar
- Sugar Maple
- Red Pine
- Yellow Birch
- Trembling Aspen
Trees: Some Common Trees Not Native to the Boreal Forest (NOT INCLUSIVE)
- Colorodo Blue Spruce
- Australian & Scotch Pine
- Norway & Black Hills Spruce
- Willow Trees
- Douglas Fir (California)
- Crab Apple & Fruit Trees
- Japanese Whitespire Birch
- Honeylocust Trees
- Fraser Fir
Dale Klubertanz – BYC neighbor & chair of the Grounds Committee
Dale can provide resources for native plant material and assist you with native plant ideas and design. He is licensed to purchase trees at wholesale and can help residents select, order and plant trees near you cabin.
Consultation and Planting
Northern Native Plantscapes in Cable, WI
Sarah can provide design and planting services for native landscapes.
Sarah Boles | (715) 794-2548 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) at Northland College
Students can work with residents to design and plant native plants.
Mike Gardner | (715) 682-1481 | email@example.com
Native Plants and Wildflowers
Greenhouse featuring native plants for woodlands
Becky Brown | (715) 373-0214
Michelle Rundeen | (715) 563-0323
Great Lakes Nursery Co.
Hazardous Trees Policy
The Brickyard Creek Communities have been subdivided by condominium plats under Wisconsin Statutes. This means that each cottage Owner owns his/her cottage structure and the ground underlying the footprint of the cottage. The Condominium Association owns all of the remaining land in the condominium plat, which is designated “Common Property.” Each BYC cottage owner has an undivided interest in the Common Property by virtue of owning a cottage in the condominium. The purpose of the Hazardous Tree Policy is to clarify the responsibilities of the BYC Owner and to define the steps from assessment to removal of hazardous trees in the Common Property.
Definition of a Hazardous Tree
Although the definition of a hazardous tree is subjective by nature, a hazardous tree can be defined as a tree that is (i) dead or diseased and (ii) poses an immediate hazard or threat to a cottage, people, vehicles in their designated parking places, roads and nature trails in the Common Property.
An Owner of a cottage does not have the right to build structures or change the character of Common Property without the consent of the BYC Architectural Control Committee and the BYC Grounds Committee. This includes the cutting or pruning of trees and the planting of or removal of other vegetation in the Common Property.
Assessment to Removal
It is the responsibility of the cottage owner to periodically inspect trees adjacent to his/her cottage to make a preliminary decision whether they constitute a hazard to their property or person. Once a decision has been made, the owner should tag the tree with a red ribbon and notify the BYC Manager of the existence of the hazardous tree. Such notification shall be by telephone, email or mail, depending upon the urgency of the situation. The BYC Manager will in turn notify the arborist and the chairperson of the Grounds Committee of the concern and pending action. It shall then be the responsibility of the BYC Manager to have the tree assessed by the arborist who will determine if it creates a hazard, and if so, cause the tree to be cut and removed in a prompt manner or suggest alternative action(s) to save the tree. (In those rare occasions where the threat of damage or injury is imminent in the judgment of the Owner, the Owner may cause the tree to be removed by contacting the association’s identified arborist directly for a remedy.)
The Grounds Committee in collaboration and a trained arborist will complete on a regular basis a Hazardous Tree Assessment to determine the existence and location of dead and diseased trees. These trees shall be left or cut in the discretion of the Grounds Committee. Bird and small critters will tell you that all dead trees are not necessarily bad trees. If cut, the trees should be left where felled or removed from the Common Property in the discretion of the Grounds Committee, it being understood that the over-riding philosophy of Brickyard Creek is to leave downed trees on the forest floor whenever possible to maintain a natural habitat for the animals and plant life.
Arborist Disclaimer: Trees can be managed but they cannot be controlled. To live near trees is to accept some degree of risk.
Approved and Recommended Trees, Shrubs, and Plants – BYC Grounds Committee
Sanitation and Recycling
The BYC Community is committed to the responsible disposal of garbage, including recycling. Association-provided dumpsters are located on the south side of Roy’s Point Boulevard, just east of Brickyard Creek Road. The dumpsters are for exclusive use of BYC residents and guests. Waste management is a significant portion of the association’s annual budget and therefore important that every effort is made to efficiently prepare items for disposal. Currently, summer pick-up for the trash dumpster is twice a week and recycling is once a week. In the off-season the trash is emptied every other week and the recycling once a month. Here are some guidelines for use of the dumpsters:
Paper and cardboard, metals, glass, and plastics are all accepted in the recycling dumpster. Please break-down all boxes to maximize space. Thank you!
Every-day household trash is accepted in the garbage dumpster. Construction material and waste, such as insulation, is not allowed. In addition, boat covering or other marina trash is not allowed. Roy’s Point Marina has dumpsters for boat material on the South side of their parking lot.
Opportunistic and intelligent, bears are common in our boreal forest. If the dumpster is not properly closed, bears will get in the trash. It is essential to use all three clips provided to properly close the dumpster and lock it down. If a bear is allowed to even reach in the dumpster and pull out trash bags they can become a problem bear. In addition, having the dumpsters properly closed will also help to keep out other smaller animals. Locking down the dumpster is both a safety and monetary issue. The clean-up can be extensive. Please read www.bearsmart.com for further information and tips.
The rental management company will remove both garbage and recycling after departure.
Park Service dumpsters are located next to their entrance and are for their exclusive use.
Brush Management and Brush Pick-Up Policy
The BYC Grounds Committee has been asked to create a policy and procedure for the disposal of brush and forest waste. It will be electronically distributed to the owners upon its completion. In the meantime, contact Dale Klubertanz, Grounds Committee Chair, if you have questions about what is appropriate, or not appropriate, for removal.
Contact Jeffery Garrett to make arrangements for pick-up of small amounts of small limb and other forest debris that may have fallen around your cabin.
Keeping Your Cottage Open in the Winter
The best way to avoid winter problems is to drain and shut down your cottage during the winter months. For those of you who do not plan to use your cottage during the winter, or plain to use it sparingly, we recommend draining and shutting down your cottage. For those of you who wish to keep your cottage open, and for those owners who rent their cottages during the winter months, we highly recommend that you contract with a care-taking service that is familiar with the unique characteristics of a Brickyard Creek cottage.
There are alternatives to shutting your cottage down for the entire winter. You may decide to enjoy the use of your cottage through New Year’s and close your cottage during the coldest months of January and February. Or you might close down and open your cottage periodically during the winter months. The costs of having a professional close and open your cottage are not prohibitive, i.e., approximately $80 per occurrence. This alternative may provide a sensible balance between use and the associated costs during winter months.
If you choose to keep your cottage open during the winter months, we reiterate our strong recommendation that you enter into a maintenance contract with a qualified local service or individual. We must remember that we are dealing with infrequently occupied cottages located in the north woods and maintaining interior heat at about 55 degrees, not a full time residence that is kept at 70 degrees. The maintenance contract should address general conditions such as storm cleanup, exterior repair, mechanical systems and interior repair, and, most importantly, frequent cold-weather inspections. Mike Wright’s company, Woodland Home Services, LLC, works closely with the Brickyard Creek Development team, is the Homeowners Association Property Management contractor, and currently provides care-taking and maintenance services to more than half of the cottages at Brickyard Creek. You can reach Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (715) 209-6415.
Published Brickyard Creek Cold Weather Departure Checklist
Even though our cottages are heated and insulated, environmental impact concerns and construction techniques used to accommodate those concerns give rise to the need for all cottage owners to take extra care during extreme cold conditions. Accordingly, if you wish to keep your cottage open during the entire winter months, it is absolutely essential that you or your representative strictly adhere to every item on the cold weather checklist. The checklist is a compilation of very useful recommendations borne from years of experience. EACH ITEM ON THE LIST IS IMPORTANT OR IT WOULDN’T BE THERE. SHOULD YOU HAVE A MAINTENANCE PERSON ATTENDING TO YOUR COTTAGE, THE CHECKLIST WILL BE A ROADMAP FOR HIS INSPECTIONS.
New Designs and Technology
As developers, we constantly continue to research new designs and materials that come into the marketplace. We have found three new preventative maintenance design and repair items for utilization at Brickyard Creek. We are incorporating these new procedures into new construction. Although implementation of one or more of these procedures may not be necessary provided that you strictly adhere to the procedures in the cold-weather checklist, you may wish to investigate their use in your cottage.
Before describing these new procedures, some background will be helpful. There are two areas in the cottage that are most vulnerable to water freeze-ups in the winter. The first is at the point where the water line comes out of the ground from the well into the cottage (the “Well Line”). The second is where the water line that furnishes water to the kitchen sink comes from the utility room and ultimately down through the outside wall in front of the wall insulation (the “Kitchen Line”). A Well Line problem should not be a factor in cottages that have bunkers. The Kitchen Line problem can affect cottages with or without bunkers. Interior water lines should not be a problem unless the cottage is not closed down and is left without heat.
With this background in mind, Well Line problems can be alleviated or solved by a new product manufactured by HEATLINE Corporation, a Canadian company. This product consists of an internal heating element that is flexible, fits into the Well Line (like a catheter), typically for a distance of 15 feet and plugs into an electrical outlet. This product has proven enormously successful in the Canadian Provinces and in Alaska where temperatures exceed our low temperatures by a wide margin. The Kitchen Line problem can be alleviated or solved by abandoning the present copper lines that are in the outside wall and running new lines inside the cottage through the cabinets. The exposure of the new copper lines will be minimal, mostly hidden by the refrigerator and cabinetry. Costs are approximately $500 for each procedure. If you wish for more information or are interested in one or more of the procedures, we recommend that you contact Mike Wright at (715) 209-6415. Mike is the only certified installer of Heatline products in Bayfield County, and he knows several plumbers who can bid for the Kitchen Line work.
The third upgrade you may want to consider for your cottage involves floor insulation. The newest cottages at Brickyard Creek utilize Icynene foam insulation, as opposed to the traditional fiberglass batten insulation. The Icycnene product is a far superior insulator, as it stops all air movement and it does not allow heat to radiate from the floor to the exposed underside of the cottage. Radiating heat is what attracts animals, many of which are small enough to squeeze through a hole left in the wire mesh by the cable guy or the fireplace installer. These animals, usually mice or squirrels, can do a tremendous amount of damage to insulation and electrical wiring. Additionally, bears and large raccoons can rip the wire mesh right out, and proceed to hibernate in the floor.
The Icynene foam is guaranteed by the installer to prevent this. For more information on Icynene insulation for your cottage, call Mike Wright at (715) 209-6415 or email him at email@example.com.
Conclusion for all Brickyard Creek Cottage Owners
Whether your plans are to keep the cottage open or shut for the winter, each cottage owner needs to maintain the mechanical systems that are part of the cottage. Because few of the owners live in their cottage full-time this is easily forgotten. Every cottage relies on a mechanical system to help prevent winter-time damage. Mechanical systems can and do eventually break down. A critical part of making sure your cottage functions properly over Lake Superior’s harsh winters is preventive maintenance. The cost of this is very small compared with the consequences.
Fall Checklist for all Brickyard Creek Cottage Owners
Check beneath the cottage for any possible screen and insulation damage by large critters.
Check to see that your Heat Line is plugged in. The Heat Line is the well line heater located in the mechanical closet. It is recommended that it be unplugged during the spring and summer because of possible shorting when lightning is near.
For those cottages with a forced air furnace or a boiler system, have those systems serviced each fall. Modern systems have become computerized and are complex. Servicing needs to be done by a professional.
For those cottages with a heater in the floor system, check to see that the heater is operating. These are the more recently built cottages without a broiler, furnace, or bunker. The heaters are accessible from an access panel in the mechanical closet. They are similar to the “toe-kick heater” in your kitchen and come on when the temperature drops.
For the cottages with bunkers, make sure the heater is operational.
Adopted in 2008; Updated 2012 and 2013
- Unit Owners
For the privacy of our community members, you can find our Unit Owner’s information here.
- Recommended Services and Resources
Recommended Services and ResourcesBrickyard Creek Manager
Email: Jeffery.BYC@gmail.comPublic Safety
Bayfield County Sheriff
Red Cliff Police
Mr. Chimney Sweep
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Electrical Services (Certified)
Heating Services (Certified)
One Guy and Sons
Home Service Providers
Woodland Home Services (Mike Wright)
Email – email@example.com
Per Mar Security Services
218-722-1630 (Duluth Office)
Stove and Upholstery Works
Steve and Karen Pierce
Plunkett’s Pest Control
Plumbing Services (Certified)
One Guy and Sons
Septic – Holding Tank Pumping
Birch Street Septic
Midland Services (LP Gas)
A Better View (Jeffery Garrett)
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Site Map, Story of Us, Publications, Stories
Site Map, Story of Us, Publications, and Stories
The Story of Us
The BYC Community Gatherings
Gathering: an assembly; to bring together a group of individuals for a common purpose.
The 4th Goal of the BYC Vision Committee is to . . . “continue to build a sense of community; a sense of belonging among the residents/neighbors of BYC.” A strategy to address this goal has been formal and informal “Gatherings”. These special events have become an expectation as seasonal events at BYC.
The number and theme of “Gatherings” may vary each year but they always focus on learning and sharing. Informal gatherings may occur with limited pre-announcements and coordination. Typically, the two formal “Gatherings” take place on the holiday weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The following is an outline of the most recent “gatherings” at BYC.
- August 2010: The Sawmill Community at Roys’ Point
- May 2011: Wine Tasting
- July 2011: Burrito Bash
- August 2011: Red Cliff People and Community
- September 2012: The Voyageur Event
Over the recent years, these “Gatherings” have focused on local history. In 2013, it is time to share our own stories.
Throughout this season: BYC Neighbors are encouraged to tell their story of coming to and living at BYC. We can strengthen our sense of community by sharing story of and vision for the past, present and future at BYC.
On Labor Day Weekend in August 2013: A formal event is planned – “The Story of Us/The Story of BYC”. Details will follow in the form of email communications and website postings.
Kicking Things Off: To jump-start the story telling tradition we have included a few ‘”coming to Brickyard” that various of our neighbors and their friends have been kind enough to share.
We would love to have more stories to include in the 2015 Handbook Update.
Publications About Us
We have great storytellers at Brickyard and we also have some great writers among us. Several publications of interest are available to read or download at http://brickyardcreek.com/publications/.
The History of Roy’s Point by Mary E Carlson
The Sawmill Community at Roy’s Point
Written by Mary E. Carlson, this informational book takes a look at the history of Roy’s Point and the logging industry in Northern Wisconsin at the turn of the century. Travel back in time to an era of bustling communities fueled by the growth of a country and an area rich in old growth timber.
Our Community News Letter – The Boreal Forest Citizen Dale Klubertanz, Editor Extraordinaire
Boreal Forest Citizen
Volume 1 No. 1 – Spring 2006
Volume 1 No. 2 – Fall/Winter 06/07
Volume 1 No. 3 – Spring Summer 200
- Who and Why We Partner
Who and Why We Partner
At Brickyard Creek we have a tradition of being an engaged partner with the greater Bayfield Community. We do this through formal partnerships between BYC and selected organizations. Informal partnerships also exist due to personal interest and volunteerism in organizations with which we share common goals for the Bayfield Community. Currently the Board has approved formal partnerships and financial contributions with two organizations and the Vision Committee is recommending informal support for four other community organizations.
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) is an outreach division of Northland College founded in 1972 and named after its famous alumnus, writer/wilderness advocate Sigurd F. Olson. SOEI has a mission to increase public understanding of the relationships between natural and cultural environments in the Lake Superior region and, along with college faculty, students and other partners, develop solutions to environmental challenges facing the North Country.
SOEI exists to serve the conservation needs of the region, to protect and preserve world-class resources that make the Lake Superior region wild and beautiful and unique. Further, their aim is to ensure that the next generations of conservationists have the skills they need to be effective.
Our partnership is mutually beneficial and strongly supports the BYC identity and vision. As home to an important boreal forest and creek on the shores of Lake Superior, BYC provides a real world experience for students and faculty while their expertise aids in the preservation, protection, and restoration of our surroundings.
Red Cliff Police
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is our closest neighbor. The Tribal Council has given permission to their police department to drive through Brickyard Creek property at our request. BYC is very fortunate to have this courtesy provided on our behalf. The Board now meets regularly with the Chief of the Red Cliff Police Department.
Recommended or Informal Partners
Apostle Islands Area Community Fund
Created in 2000, the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund (AIACF) supports area nonprofits through annual grant-making and provides individuals who love their community a way to give back. Currently, BYC neighbors Joan Cybela and Chere Gibson serve on the Board of Directors and in the past neighbor John Cory has served as Chairman of the Funds Board. Many BYC residents are regular contributors. For more information about the AIACF contact Joan, Chere or John, or visit the AIACF online at:
Bayfield Regional Conservancy
The Bayfield Regional Conservancy (BRC) preserves the special places you love in Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas and Sawyer Counties.
The BRC works with citizens, local government, private landowners, tribes and state and federal agencies to protect important habitats on Lake Superior, north woods forests, inland lakes, rivers, wetlands, and farmland.
A healthy environment is vital to healthy communities and nature inspires us and nourishes our soul. The BRC hopes you will visit some of these special places.
Close to home, the BRC has been the moving force behind the creation of the Houghton Falls site, and an active partner with the Red Cliff Tribe on the development of the Frog Bay Tribal Park. Bob Davidson has recently been tapped to be a board member of the Conservancy.
Bob Davidson has introduced us to Vicky Tribovich (we all know Rocky of course) and a program she has started which works with many Red Cliff youth to foster learning, development, and healing through equestrian husbandry and horsemanship. About it she writes:
“Unbridled Hope (UHEAL) was founded in the summer of 2009. It is a faith-based organization and focused on being environmentally sound and nature friendly. For years I would have adults call me about bringing their kids out to see and pet the horses. On occasion, I’d walk out the door of my home and see a few cars pulled over & taking pictures of my horses quietly grazing in the pasture. I realized that there was a calming and healing feeling with the horse. One day that will forever stay in my heart is that of a 16 yr old girl who was dealing with allot of issues in her life. I recall I was in the barn (my second home) grooming the horses & there she was, standing there watching the horses, particularly one of them that was lying down due to a sore leg. When I finished grooming, I noticed she was gone, I looked out into the pasture & there she was, lying down next to the horse with the sore leg, my heart was filled with such love and compassion. As I stood there and watched her gently stroke the horse’s mane, I knew that I needed to share this with others. I felt that God had blessed me with all of these magnificent animals and that they had the power to heal and have so much to give. So my journey began and Unbridled Hope Equine Assisted Learning Center was born!”
Unbridled Hope (UHEAL) is situated on 120 acres with 45 acres fenced in. Within the 45 acres, 15 acres are wooded. There is a man made pond in the pasture area created by my husband as a bird sanctuary. We believe that the “all natural” setting is perfect not only for the horses but for everyone to enjoy.
Unbridled Hope services include:
Read and Ride: An after school program focuses on kids that need a little extra help in reading and spelling. It is also beneficial for those that may need help with interpersonal skills or that may have autism. The outdoor learning environment is a perfect setting.
Art Therapy: Kids can actually paint on the horse. A sensory garden has been developed where young and old alike can come, relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. I look forward to sharing Unbridled Hope and what I have learned, with everyone. It’s all about the horse and the human relationship.
Therapeutic Riding: Children on the autism spectrum, ADHD, and many other physical and mental handicaps can learn to communicate verbally and physically with their horse. They learn to focus on something outside themselves.
Bob Davidson has recommended to the Vision Committee that Brickyard Creek Community establish a formal relationship with this organization. For more information, visit them on the web at Unbridledhope.net.
Wilderness Inquiry’s (WI) mission is to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through outdoor adventures. Through the medium of adventure travel, WI seeks to inspire personal growth, enhanced awareness of the environment, and community integration. WI adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities. In addition, WI conducts a number of specific programs designed to share the benefits of nature with youth, family, and people with disabilities.
Things to Do, Places to Go
Brickyard Creek and Bayfield County offer an endless array of ways to nurture the mind, body, and soul. What follows is a description of activities experienced, described, and recommended by your friends and neighbors at Brickyard. Please add to it and share a brief write-up with Jeffery Garrett. We will add to the list and include in the next edition.
Hiking at Brickyard Creek
The Brickyard Creek Community hosts a network of nature trails which offer our residents and guests access to Brickyard Creek and the surrounding boreal forest. Along the creek there are benches, listening points/spots, and signs identifying the boreal forest trees and other flora. In partnership with the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, an Interpretive Trail Guide has been prepared and will be available at the trail head kiosk. The guide is keyed to signage along the way and provides rich information about trees and vegetation in the forest.
This “system” consists of 1.2 miles of chipped trails but can be extended by walks along the gravel roads of brickyard into a several mile hike. The trail begins at the trail-head in the Marina parking lot. Just walk down the stairs and over a bridge into the boreal forest following the creek upstream. The trail goes both under and over Brickyard Creek Road and continues west.
There are currently five segments of the trail system.
The Brickyard Creek segment begins at the marina and ends at the top of the stairs connecting with the Old Rail Trail
The Old Rail Trail follows a railroad bed from BYC trail to Sophie Lane
The Gaylord Nelson connects Sophie Lane to Madeline Lane
The Aldo Leopold connects Madeline Lane to Old Rail Trail-head
The Sigurd Olson crosses the creek at the bridge from the BYC trail and, after a steep traverse out of the ravine, connects to Olivia Lane
The Culberson follows Roy’s Point Boulevard from Tucker Road to Brickyard Creek Road (a pleasant and safer alternative to walking down the road)
Signage for these segments will be appearing in the near future, and plans for expansion of the system are underway.
Hiking in the City of Bayfield
Brownstone Trail: 4.5 miles out and back (easy)
Directions: The Brownstone Trail begins near downtown Bayfield on South 3rd Street behind the DNR building (a block south of the lumber yard).
This trail follows an old railroad bed high above Lake Superior from Bayfield to the marinas in Pike’s Bay. This is an easy walk or bike ride that offers consistent views of the lake and the distant islands. A bypass around Blue Wing Bay takes you through an old apple orchid, across a road, and back to the railroad grade. The trail continues south through ample tree cover until it emerges onto a blacktopped road. At the uphill curve, a narrow footpath leads to the end of the trail at Pike’s Bay.
Highlights: Cliffs with views of Madeline and Long Islands, a former brownstone quarry, railroad history markers, an old apple orchid, and spectacular autumn colors. This trail is always a wonderful hike for guests of Bayfield.
Tip: bring along a book and pause to read high on the cliffs overlooking the lake.
The Big Ravine Trail: 2.5 miles round trip (rigorous)
Directions: From downtown Bayfield, follow 4th Street uphill to the Bayfield School. Turn left on Sweeny and park in the lot next to the baseball field. The trail begins behind the outfield fence (on the right).
A posted trail map is posted to plan your hike. The primary trail is a steady uphill hike along the edge of the big ravine to the orchid region of Bayfield. The path quickly enters a dense mixed forest with old growth hemlocks thriving on steep slopes of the ravine. The bypass on the overlook trail is worth the view of Lake Superior, Madeline Island and the Porcupine Mountains in the far distance. The trail ends near a farm house with an orchid. At this point, retrace your steps or choose from several loops shown on the sign post. Eventually, the various trails lead back to the main route and the parking lot at the school.
Highlights: The big ravine, old growth hemlock, outcroppings with views of Lake Superior, an orchid, a quiet pond, and solitude near town. You will get an aerobic workout on this hike.
Tip: This is a great trail to walk your dog(s) and snowshoe in the winter.
Hiking around Bayfield County
Friendly Valley Beach
Directions: Take Hwy. 13 South 10.3 miles to Friendly Valley Road. Turn left and park. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the parking lot.
Spend a day at this beautiful sandy beach bathing, walking, and picnicking. The beach is ‘bookended’ by the two mouths of the Onion River, and the walk is about 2.5 miles forth and back. Nice views of Bayfield, and the islands.
Houghton Falls Nature Preserve: 1.5 miles round trip (easy)
Directions: Drive 9 miles south of Bayfield on Hwy 13. Turn left on Houghton Falls Road and travel one-half mile east to Houghton Falls Nature Preserve parking lot.
What this hike lacks in distance it makes up in natural beauty. A narrow trail leads into a dense forest and a short walk to a riverbed area call Echo Dells. Complete with falls, pools, and gravel beds, this is an excellent place to pause and explore. Further on there is a bridge crossing and several paths that lead to Houghton Point. Take the trail on the right to walk through small stands of huge old growth red pines and hemlocks. The hike ends on a rock formation that protrudes out into Lake Superior. Return via the same route.
Highlights: Echo Dells, falls, and Lake Superior views
Tip: Houghton Point is a great place to picnic, swim, or read a book. In other words, this is a wonderful place to linger.
Jerry Jay Jolly Trail System: 6 miles of loop trails (moderate with rigorous sections)
Directions: From Bayfield, take Hwy 13 South one-half mile to County J. Turn right and go 1.3 miles to the 4-way stop. Continue straight on Star Route for 2.3 miles to the Jerry Jolly/Pike’s Creek parking lot on the left hand side of the road.
The trail-head offers a large map of the extensive network of trails that wind through over one thousand acres of Bayfield County Forest, the Nourse Sugarbush State Natural Area, and the Mt. Ashawabay Recreational Area. Please note that the map is orientated to the north, but you are facing south. The hike begins on a ski trail that begins level until taking a dramatic hill down to Pike’s Creek (please remember this steep climb is the only way back to your vehicle). The trail then follows the creek to a steel bridge that enjoys wonderful views downstream. Just beyond the bridge on the left side is a single track hiking path that follows the other side of the creek before ascending out of the deep ravine to rejoin the ski trail. The ski trails are well posted and mowed several times throughout the summer.
Highlights: Pike’s Creek, an extensive network of trails that connects with Mt. Ashawabay, wildlife, and solitude
Tip: Bring plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Long Lake Trail: 1.2 mile loop around Long Lake in the Chequamegon National Forest (easy)
Directions: From Bayfield, drive south on Hwy 13 through Washburn and an additional 2 miles to Wannabo Road. Turn right and drive 5.6 miles to the Long Lake picnic area. Note: Parking charge of $5 daily or $20 yearly (sticker available at the National Forest Office in Washburn).
This woodland trail begins at either end of the picnic area and closely follows the lake. Several benches with lake views provide a quiet place to relax. The trail is narrow in spots with a few roots and rocks, but overall, it is an easy and idyllic walk.
Highlights: picnic grounds, sandy beach, swimming, and Long Lake views
Tip: A great place to swim early in the season when the big lake is still too cold.
Meyers Beach Lakeshore Trail: 4 mile round trip to sea caves, 9 mile round trip to end of trail (strenuous hike that requires sturdy footwear)
Directions: Follow Hwy 13 North from Bayfield toward Cornucopia for 18 miles. Turn right on Meyers Beach Road (2 miles before Cornucopia) and park in the day use lot. Note: Parking charge of $3 daily or $15 yearly (stickers available at National Park Service building located on Washington avenue in downtown Bayfield).
The rugged narrow trail leads to rocky cliffs with stunning views of the mainland sea caves. Hiking to the overlooks requires crossing a dozen steams and ravines. A few of these are bridged, but most entail agile footwork to descend into and out of the creek beds. Be sure to peer into “the chasm” from the bridge area and then hike beyond the promontory for rewarding views of the caves, Eagle Island, and Minnesota’s Northshore. Note: while the views from this area are spectacular, it does demand attention to safety. Some of the ledges are undercut and unstable.
Highlights: hiking through a boreal forest, the mainland sea caves, peering over the high cliffs, and Lake Superior views. Watch for bears!!!
Tip: At 0.7 of a mile from the parking lot the trail crosses Mawikwe Road. This is a good spot to access Meyer’s beach (follow the narrow path towards the lake) for a swim or a shore lunch. Note: the beach extends all the way back to the parking lot if another route is desirable.
Lost Creek Falls (easy to rigorous)
Directions: This is a bit tricky to find, so it might be good to go with someone who has done it. But for the adventurous, go about 1.5 miles north of Cornucopia on Hwy 13. Turn left on Klemik Road which is a gravel road. Go roughly another mile and slow down, looking to the left for a blue metal gate 30-40 yards back into the brush. Park your car on the side of the road. Proceed past the gate and you are on your way. You will cross a bridge and, bye and bye, the fire lane will become a hiking path. As you begin to climb, look for a narrow fork to the right. That will take you to the base of the falls. If you miss that, it’s not a problem. The road takes you to the top of the falls. Just listen for it. Hike into a waterfall that you can trek across large rocks to walk under the waterfall. Well worth the price of admission
Easy to medium trail, but it gets muddy at spots. Flip flops are not recommended. Takes 45 minutes to 1 hour, one way.
Mt. Ashawabay Ski Area: distances vary (easy to rigorous)
Directions: Take Hwy 13 south of Bayfield 3 miles to Ski Hill Road. Turn right and continue to Mt. Ashawabay Recreational Area parking lot. This is also the summer home of the Big Top Chautauqua.
A range of hiking opportunities on cross-country trails around Mt. Ashawabay offer scenic hikes and a stunning view from the top of the hill. Please note that there are several hiking loops that can be planned at posted maps throughout the trail system. On the left side of the parking lot (behind the big top tent) are the Raven and Dear Path trails. These paths wind uphill through stands of large maple, birch and oak trees, eventually leading to the top of the ski hill and a spectacular view of the Apostle Islands and the surrounding countryside. To the right of the parking lot are the fairly level Sugarbush and Anchor trails that lead out to the Nourse Sugarbush State Natural Area. This section is known for amazing stands of old growth maple and hemlock. It also connects with the Jerry Jay Jolly Trail System.
Highlights: hike through an old growth hardwood forest, commanding views from the top of Mt. Ashawabay, a peek inside the sugar shack where maple syrup is produced, and the opportunity for long day hikes.
Tip: On a sunny autumn day pack locally produced Bayfield wine, cheese, bread, and fruit for an unforgettable picnic at the top of Mt. Ashawabay.
No hiking required. Off side of Siskiwit Falls Road, 0.25 miles east of Cornucopia between County Trunk C and Hwy 13.
Valhalla Trails: 7 trails of various lengths (moderate)
Directions: From Bayfield, travel south on Hwy 13 to County Road C in Washburn. Turn right and go eleven miles to the Valhalla parking lot on the left hand side of the road. Note: Parking charge of $5 daily or $20 yearly (stickers available at the National Forest Office in Washburn).
A cross-country ski map in the parking area will give you difficulty ratings and distances for both the Valkyrie and Teutonic trails systems. These are wide and hilly trails through the Chequamegon National Forest that offer an aerobic workout.
Highlights: extensive trail system, option to mountain bike or hike
Tip: Yearly sticker is good from April 1 to March 31
Other Things to Do in the Area
Apostle Highlands Golf Course
High on the hill overlooking the area. 18-hole course with driving range. Take Manypenny Avenue from downtown Bayfield to the golf course. Drive up there just for the view!
Legendary Waters Resort and Casino
Take a right out of the BYC driveway and drive into Red Cliff. Only about a mile from the cabin. Casino will be on your right. Brand new as of Sept. 2011. Beautiful interior with a great view of the lake.
Looking for fresh or smoked fish?
Try the Peterson Fisheries (just north of the BYC main entry), Bodin Fisheries and Bay Fisheries on Wilson Avenue near the marina in downtown Bayfield, or Newago Fish Store on Hwy 13 South as you leave Bayfield.
White Winter Winery
If you enjoy wine tasting, the White Winter Winery features mead (honey wine) and bracket (honey malt beverage) made with locally grown fruits. They are located in Iron River, Wisconsin. Just take Hwy 13 back through Bayfield and Washburn to Hwy 2. Turn right onto Hwy 2 and continue about 30 miles to Iron River. The winery is on your right as you leave Iron River.
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
A wonderful facility with exhibits and programs designed to tell the stories of the region’s cultural and natural history. It has a 5-story observation tower and a 0.75-mile walking trail through the grounds.
Enjoy local theater?
Try Stagenorth in Washburn. Presents local artists in productions year-round. Go to www.stagenorth.com to see what’s playing. Located one block toward the lake from Hwy 13 on Omaha Street.
Big Top Chautauqua
This tent theater features both local musical productions and famous touring musical acts. Go to www.bigtop.org to see their schedule. Their summer schedule runs from mid-June to early September. Take Hwy 13 6.5 miles south to the turnoff for Big Top.
See how fish are hatched and grown to supply local rivers and streams – take Hwy 13 south 6.2 miles – it will be on your right.
The Candy Shoppe in Bayfield near Andy’s IGA
It has an old-fashioned candy display, ice cream treats and wonderful cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls and wine bread! They open at 9:00am with fresh bakery items.
Fishing or Visiting the Islands – Black Warrior Charters
Brickyard Creek resident Tucker Culberson owns and operates Black Warrior Charters. He operates out of Roy’s Point Marina and will be more than glad to take you charter fishing (full or half day), or taxi you to any of the islands for a hike or camping trip. You can find him at the marina either on his boat or in his office on the top floor of the marina clubhouse. Call him at 612-708-1303 or on the web at http://blackwarriorcharters.com/.
Bayfield and the Apostles are one of the premiere destinations for ocean kayaking. Kayaking for the novice or the experienced kayakers is available. Easy trips to sea caves and ship wreck are offered along with major excursions to the islands.
Our next door neighbor to the north, on Hwy 13. Walk over, visit them on the web at http://www.livingadventure.com/summer/, or call 612-779-9503.
Trek and Trial
Located in Bayfield on the lakefront by the ferry. You can call them at 1-800-354-8735, or visit them on the web at http://www.trek-trail.com/apostle/dayTrips/seacaves2.html .
Check out the summer music scene in Bayfield. There is a series of free concerts on Tuesday evenings at the Gazebo and lakefront park. Bring a blanket, chair, picnic basket and enjoy. Or if you fancy something classical, a summer series of visiting artists is a regular event at several venues in Bayfield. Information on the free concert scene is available at the Visitors Center in Bayfield.
Each year a guide the many, many, many art galleries is published and available at the Visitors Center in Bayfield. Pick it up and have it handy for a rainy day –actually, it will take you several rainy days to hit them all!
“Corny” is the northernmost town in Wisconsin and one of the true treasures of Bayfield county. It may be small, but it is great. It is the home of Ehlers’s Store (“if we don’t have it, you don’t need it”), the Siskiwit Bay Beach, great lakefront shops, coffee shop, kayaking, and of course Corny Days. Oh, yes – Bob Davidson wanted me to mention that our sister community of Sawgrass is located there as well. Visit Cornucopia on the web at http://cornucopiawisconsin.net/.Want More ideas?This listing just scratches the surface of what Bayfield has to offer – but the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce has it all including a running calendar of upcoming events. Sign up for the weekly “Chamber Blast” e-mail (send a note to: email@example.com and ask to get on the list).
- Architectural Guidelines
Brickyard Creek Architectural Control Committee Guidelines
All building additions, modifications, and any change in landscape to any common area within the Brickyard Creek or Roy’s Point Shore Communities require approval of the Architectural Control Committee (ACC).
Common Area (Common Element) – All land outside of the immediate footprint of all cottages in BC I, II, and III is common area. All roads and trails within Brickyard Creek are common areas.
The ACC exists to ensure that any addition or modification to any Cottage, home, or common area is thoughtfully designed and built so that the Brickyard Community continues to enjoy the protection of its environment, individual privacy, visual buffers, and ultimately, property values.
The ACC looks at several elements that affect:
- Hydrology –The ACC takes into account any change in drainage patterns that could adversely affect existing vegetation, nearby property, and common areas.
- Vegetation – The ACC will take inventory of surrounding vegetation and how any proposed activity could adversely impact its immediate and long-term health. The ACC might allow for the removal of certain types of vegetation if the proposed modification cannot be otherwise completed. The ACC will make recommendations for alternative designs that might better protect the existing vegetation and/or insist that new tree species or ground cover be planted in order to provide visual buffers, if needed.
- Visual Impact – The ACC recommends that all proposed modifications be thoughtful with respect to their visual impact on neighbors and the Community. If proposed modifications create any visual impact on neighboring Cottages or homes or the community the ACC can recommend alternative designs or could advise types and sizes of trees or alternative materials that will be needed to maintain an existing or provide a new visual buffer.
- Architectural Integrity – The architectural style of Brickyard is based on the Arts and Crafts and Shingle Styles of architecture that were historically significant in the early twentieth century. Other styles of architecture, particularly styles allowed for lake shore home construction, have been approved. With any style of architecture the ACC will recommend that the home be architecturally pure to that particular style. Any Cottage addition or modification will need to address fenestration, symmetry, proportion, material choice, and colors. The goal of the ACC is to ensure that all man-made structures blend into the surrounding environment and do not create visual pollution. The ACC will encourage natural colors and materials. The ACC will discourage massive roof lines, non-buffered two or three story or long wall sections, additions that conflict with existing symmetry and additions that do not blend into the existing architecture or that look like an afterthought.
Owner Requirements for ACC Review:
The following items must be provided to the ACC along with the request for new construction, additions or modifications:
- Intention – Brief description of proposed activity and its purpose
- Photos of the impacted area
- Plan, Sketch or Schematic Drawings
- Footprint and Front, Side, Rear Elevations
- Material Selection
- Color Choice
- Construction schedule and logistics (material storage, erosion control, temporary worker parking, etc.)
- Compliance with all County and State permits and regulations.
- County Land Use – Required for new construction, any landing or deck larger than 40 sf., any structure or addition over 200 sf. (http://www.bayfieldcounty.org/faqs.asp#Q1)
- State UDC Permit – New construction and habitable additions and/or structural modifications. (https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/index/index/t/uniform_dwelling_ code)
- State UDC Inspections and more information – http://www.wispect.net/
- Any Cottage or lot owner who proposes any new construction, addition, or modification to their Cottage or lot needs to first contact the appointed Association representative, who will then contact the individual members of the ACC. Jeff Garrett is the current Association representative.
Voice: 715 781 3958
- The ACC will contact the Cottage or lot owner to discuss the proposed work and to set up a site meeting to inspect the site and to collect plans and photos.
- The owner must flag the proposed impacted area prior to the site meeting.
- The ACC will review the site and plans and other required documents and will take one of three actions:
- Deny approval of the proposed activity or suggest alternatives if the impact of the proposed work causes unacceptable degradation to the environment or the Community, based on the previously mentioned criteria.
- Approve the proposed work with modifications or conditions.
- Approve the proposed work as submitted.
- The ACC decision will be sent to the owner and the Association representative for their records.
- The ACC will do everything reasonable to work with the Cottage or lot owner in a timely and professional manner.
- If the submittal is approved the ACC will occasionally inspect the ongoing work to ensure that the builder or owner is in compliance with any ACC decision.
- Legal definitions and procedure with respect to the ACC can be found in the Brickyard Creek Home Owner Documents.
- Brickyard Creek Rental Policies
Brickyard Creek Rental Policies
THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE ROADWAYS IN BRICKYARD CREEK IS 15 MPH FOR QUIET AND SAFETY.
All guests must be registered. Each cottage is prepared to accommodate a maximum number of guests as deemed appropriate to the cottage style. A per diem charge is implemented to the maximum number of guests allowed. Adding more guests after registration is strictly prohibited.
Privacy of the Residential Community
The Brickyard Creek Cottages is a residential community of private residences with a small percentage of privately owned rental cottages. Individual owners and families come to enjoy the natural setting and quiet privacy of their cabin in the woods. Please respect the privacy of others by only using the nature trails or roads to explore the area. This includes the area along the lake, which is private and separate from the BYC cottage development. Please respect the solitude of Brickyard Creek Cottage Community. We ask that you refrain from loud noise and loud music. There is a noise ordinance in effect from 10:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m.
Children are always welcome, but please provide adult supervision to insure their safety and the privacy and solitude of the other cottages and guests.
Our Brickyard Creek Cottage owners have chosen to not allow guest pets – no exceptions! Please respect the owner’s requests. If there is evidence of a pet in the unit that you have occupied, there will be a $75.00 penalty automatically charged to your credit card (Winfield Policy).
All rental cottages are smoke-free, according to the State of WI smoking ban, including the decks and/or screen porches. You may smoke outside of your rental cottage. If you are found to have been smoking in a non-smoking cottage, you will be asked to leave and/or a penalty equal to a professional cleaning will be charged to your credit card. (Penality is Winfield Inn Policy).
BYC is campfire-free. Fires are not permitted anywhere on BYC properties. There is a community fire pit located near the Marina beach by the Gazebo, but you need to check with the Winfield Inn regarding fire conditions. Be particularly careful not to build roaring fires, to be alert to wind conditions and to make sure the fire is out when leaving the area. There is usually firewood available at that location. Please DO NOT pick up wood on the common grounds, private lots or along the trails.
Please use the gas grills on the walkways only, not on the decks! Ensure that the gas is turned off after using the gas grill and before leaving or retiring for the night. Charcoal grills are not allowed.
Do not remove hot ashes from the fireplace in units with wood-burning fireplaces. Ensure fire is out before leaving the unit and make arrangements with the Winfield to dispose of the ashes.
Guests are allotted space for two cars. RV’s, boats, snowmobiles, etc are not allowed to be parked for any length of time at your cottage. Arrangements can be made to park any other type of vehicles and/or excess cars at a provided space adjacent to the Marina for a small nightly fee by contacting the Roy’s Point Marina manager for space, or by making arrangements with the Winfield Inn.
The Brickyard Creek Association, residents and/or rental agents assume no responsibility for loss, theft or damage to personal belongings in or on the Brickyard Creek property.
The parking spaces at Roy’s Point Marina are for boaters renting the marina slips only. Please walk, using either the trail or road system, when visiting the beach at the marina. Please note that ATV’s and snowmobiles are not permitted on the roads at BYC.
The Brickyard Creek cottages were built in a beautiful wooded setting. During the construction of these cottages very few trees and natural plants were disturbed. In this respect, we ask that you refrain from picking or damaging any of the wildflowers in the Brickyard area.
Beach & Marina
The beach area next to the Marina is for guests use. Please DO NOT take chairs or furniture from the clubhouse down to the beach area. The Marina is a private marina and is not for the use of guests unless you have rented a slip. Please respect the privacy of the Marina’s guests.
Garbage and recycling can be disposed of at the Brickyard Creek dumpsters, located just past the intersection of Roy’s Point Boulevard and Brickyard Creek Road on the right side of the road (please see your BYC map). There are 2 dumpsters, one for garbage and one for recyclables. Please respect these dumpsters and do not put garbage in the recycle dumpster.
Damage Policy (Winfield Inn Policy)
All unit occupied by Winfield Inn must have a valid credit card number. If any damage is caused in the cottage you occupied, the cost to fix it will be charged to your credit card. If property in the house or on the grounds, belonging to your rental unit is found to have been stolen and/or damaged the appropriate charges to replace the object will be charged to your credit card. Please do not take blankets, dishes, or other household items to the beach or out of the cottage.
We ask that only registered guests to the cottage unit use the bath/shower facilities. All of the Brickyard Creek Cottages have holding tanks, not a sewer or septic system. Please don’t run water unnecessarily and do not flush any feminine products. When the tank is close to being full, an alarm will sound (to silence the alarm, push the “silence” button on the alarm box, located in the closet under the stairs). If that happens, please contact the Winfield Inn (or the Landon’s) during business hours and we will have it taken care of promptly. Thank you, we sincerely appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
The Winfield Inn, Landons & Brickyard Creek recycles! And to help in our efforts to be a “green” lodging facility, we ask that you use the recycling bin in your cottage for bottles, cans, plastic & glass. For Winfield Inn renters, there is a recycling dumpster next to the garbage dumpster for your use. PLEASE NOTE: This recycling dumpster is only for CANS, PLASTIC & GLASS. Please do not put your garbage or paper products in it. We thank you for your efforts! Every little bit counts!