Lake Ponderosa

Lake Ponderosa is a beautiful, private residential lake along Diamond Trail, just three miles west of Montezuma.  The 440- acres of wooded landscape and seven miles of shoreline offer a beautiful setting for the 700 households that call Lake Ponderosa home.  For over 45 years, the lake has offered a variety of water sporting activities, including fishing and boating.  The Lake Association sponsors the area’s Fourth of July fireworks display, as well as fishing derbies, ice cream socials, and the annual tour of homes.  Residents are very much a part of the Montezuma community, whether they live at the lake year-round, or just come for the summer.

Lake Ponderosa was built in the 1960's by the Ahrens family.  Three generations of the Ahrens family have worked at the lake, maintaining the water, roads and water/sewer infrastructure.  The family also operates Ponderosa Utilities.  To contact the utility office, call 641.623.3009 or email

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Quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger at Pirates of Ponderosa, a resturant and bar located at entrance #2 (199 Marina Drive) on the east side of the lake.  Pirates is family oriented featuring a playset, sand volleyball court, games, open air dining and live entertainment on many weekends!  Call 641.623.1313 for more information.  

Lake Association

The Lake Ponderosa Association was formed with the idea of improving the quality of life at the lake for all of us. A board of ten directors, including nine elected and a representative of the Ahrens family governs the association.  The LPA board meets the second  THURSDAY of each month at 7:00 PM in Jan. Mar. April, May, June, July, Aug. Sept. & Oct. Meetings are held at the association building.  The Association also publishes The Anchor, a quarterly newsletter which you can view by clicking here.

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Lake Ponderosa Real Estate

If you are interested in purchasing property at Lake Ponderosa, please contact any of our local Montezuma realtors.

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