Over the years, Lakewood Mobile Home Court has become a special place for families and friends to gather during the summer months. Many residents have seen their children grow up here and now are seeing their grandchildren enjoy the beautiful tranquility of Barton Lake Communities.
Bob and June Herber opened Lakewood Mobile Home Court, Inc. in 1961, Bob a local contractor and June a county nurse. Shortly after opening Lakewood, the Herbers petitioned the state to have the name Indiana Hog Lake changed to Barton Lake, named after Barton Collins, the original lake owner. Later, Michigan residents petitioned Michigan Hog Lake be changed to Michiana Lake. In 1967, the 96 mobile home court was expanded to 126.
Four years later, the Herbers excavated two new channels one on Barton Lake and one on Michiana Lake. Also opening that year was a small grocery store in the park, selling everything from bread and milk to penny candy (a children's favorite.) In 1990, Lakewood Mobile Home Court welcomed permanent homeowners to the court, when a cornfield was turned into several more back site lots overlooking Michiana Lake.
In 1993, Kevin Herber, son of Bob and June Herber, became the owner of Lakewood Mobile Home Court. Currently, Lakewood consists of over 193 wooded, back, and lakefront lots.
Homeowners vacationing at Lakewood Mobile Home Court say, "Lakewood is like having a private lake home with a lot less work. My grandchildren love the beach and swimming off the pontoon."
In the spring of 2004, Kevin opened Collin's Bay RV/Park Model Community located on the west side of Barton Lake. Barton Collins, original lake owner, called his favorite part of the lake "Collin's Bay."
This historical brick schoolhouse located on State Road 120 was built in 1877 in memory of Barton Collins. It's a short distance from Collin's Bay. Collin's Bay features 38 waterfront lots and 22 wooded back sites.
The Herbers are committed to maintaining Barton Lake Communities through personal service and individual attention. Recently, Collin's Bay wildlife and the Herbers have been highlighted in The Blue Heron Quarterly Newsletter. Come see why so many feel privileged to make Barton Lake their summer home.