LAKE VIKING - GALLATIN, MISSOURI
Lake Viking is a private 630-acre man-made lake with excellent fishing, lots of wildlife, water sports, boating, skiing, swimming and a great place to live. It lies just an hour north of Kansas City and 2.5 miles east on Nickel Avenue, or east of St. Joseph an hour on U.S. Highway 36 then north on I-35 to Exit #68.
Lake Viking at a glance...
LOCATION: Daviess County, just off Highway 6, 3 miles west of Gallatin, Missouri. Ten miles east of Interstate 35. Easy access from I-35 and Highways 6, 13 and 69. One hour northeast of Kansas City and one hour east of St. Joseph.
OWNERSHIP: Lake Viking is owned entirely by private property owners. There is no commercial development company.
MEMBERSHIP: All property owners are a part of the Viking Valley Association and pay membership dues and assessments based on the number of lots owned. Dues are set by the Covenants and Restrictions. Assessments are approved annually by the membership.
MANAGEMENT: It is operated and managed by the Viking Valley Association, which is made up of all members in good standing. An elected board of directors establishes policy and directs the operation of the community. The association employs a full time lake manager and staff of clerical, maintenance and security personnel. Policy is controlled by existing covenants, restrictions and by-laws.
ACRES OF LAND: The entire community encompasses 2,300 acres of hilly, tree-covered land.
ACRES OF WATER: The lake itself is 630 acres of clean, clear water, the center of a large natural watershed. It is referred to as an "Ozark-type lake," surrounded by hills and many natural lake fingers or coves. The lake ranges to a depth of over 70 feet.
SHORE LINE: There are 19 miles of maintained shore line, most of which is protected by rock to eliminate erosion.
PRIVATE PROPERTY LOTS: There are approximately 1,800 active lot owners. The market for property is a traditional market where private owners offer their property for sale to prospective buyers, with or without the involvement of real estate brokers.
HOMES IN THE COMMUNITY: Homes may be built on any private lot in accordance with reasonable covenants, bylaws and building regulations in effect. There are approximately 500 homes in the community. Approximately two-thirds are lived in year-around, the balance are weekend and vacation residences. Homes range from modest bungalows and cabins to impressive, expansive, expensive homes. Attractive neighborhood areas are reserved for mobile homes.
COMMUNITY PROPERTY: The association owns and maintains considerable property around the lake for use by its members. Just inside our main gate is an attractive, large, rustic clubhouse for big and small functions. It is surrounded by a swimming pool, playground, picnic areas and a large sand beach. Three beach areas include large docks, swim platforms and restrooms. There are over a dozen "community areas" that touch the water and are equipped with picnic tables and grills. Some feature boat docks for member use.
CAMPGROUND FACILITIES: Many of our members enjoy their lots through the day and spend their nights in their own camping units in our two campgrounds. Parking pads, electricity and water are available along with shower and restroom facilities.
HARD-SURFACED ROADS: There are 27 miles of hard-surfaced roads maintained by our own road crew. We provide year-around maintenance including prompt snow removal.
WATER TREATMENT PLANT: Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Daviess County operates its own certified water treatment facility with the lake as its water source. This sophisticated system provides ample filtered, good-tasting water for the entire community. Water is available at every lot.
ELECTRICAL SERVICE: Electricity is provided through traditional metered service by Farmers Electric Cooperative. Electrical service is available at each lot.
FIRE SERVICE: The property is surrounded by a fire hydrant system and fire service is provided by a volunteer fire department with its own equipment. Gallatin and other community fire departments are quick to offer support.
BOATS AND DOCKS: There is a 24 foot length limit on boats. Members are limited to a total of three watercraft. Docks may be built on waterfront property.
FISHING: The State of Missouri Department of Conservation manages the fish population along with the Association. Good fishing abounds with bass, crappie, catfish and walleye. Ten-pound bass, twelve pound catfish are not uncommon. Walleye were stocked in the year 2000, size limitations apply.
3,000 FOOT AIRSTRIP: Some of our members fly in for their stay at the lake. A 3,000 foot lighted landing strip is maintained for their use. Airport lots are available for hangars and aircraft storage. Land vehicles and pedestrians may not use this area.
COMMERCIAL OPERATION: Lots have been designated for a variety of commercial enterprises to support the lake population. Currently there is a full-time professional real estate brokerage and a full-service marina for sales, service and storage.
CHURCH: The Lake Viking Church is non-denominational and is located at the east entrance to the lake. Everyone is welcome.
SECURITY: There are patrolmen on call at all times. The patrol car is equipped with a mobile phone.
CEMETERY: Cemetery plots may be purchased at the Association office or from cemetery committee members.