Lake Royale was formerly part of the Seven Paths farming community. In 1970, members of the American Realty Corporation started to purchase land. The land along the banks of Cypress Creek was cleared, a dam constructed, and thus the beginning of Lake Sagamore. In 1972, American Realty built the lodge and started selling lots on the west side. In 1977, Lake Sagamore was purchased by the National American Corporation (NACO) and the name was changed to Lake Royale. The back nine holes of the golf course were opened for play in 1987, while the front nine were completed in the spring of 1990. The Property Owners Association (POA) built their administration building at the entrance to the lake, shortly thereafter.
Lake Royale offers a year round recreation program, such as dances, dinners, children's activities and socials. Located on the waterfront, the clubhouse serves the community as a recreation center with a beach area, dock and picnic area. The pavilion (on the east side of the lake) has another beach, a sheltered picnic area, a miniature golf course, rest rooms, and a boat ramp. Other amenities include: a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, boating access, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and a privately owned 18 hole golf course with property owner privileges.
The Lake is man-made. Approximately 250’ above sea level, it consists of 345 acres, with a length of 3.25 miles and a maximum lake depth of 30’. The shoreline is about 13 miles long. The main road around the lake is Sagamore Drive, which is 9.75 miles. There are over 60 miles of roads, a 1,200 foot dam, and a 288 foot concrete spillway. The overall property of the community is about 3,000 acres which completely surrounds the lake. The lake is fed by Cypress Creek and numerous springs. Presently, there are over 1,000 residential structures, about 3,500 residential parcels and 2,500 camping parcels. It is not a retirement community, although a large percentage of the current population who are retired, will tell you it is an excellent choice.
The Covenants, By-Laws, Rules & Regulations and Ordinances can be obtained at the POA office. The lake is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the property owners. An Architectural Review Board, Finance Committee and Board of Adjustments are among the many support groups of the POA. Click on Boards & Committees, for more information.
To many, one of the most appealing features, of the community, is the Lake Royale Company Police which provides 24-hour law enforcement services to the community and a Security Department that provides 24-hour gate Security. In addition, there is a maintenance crew and janitorial crew (for the clubhouse, comfort stations, common areas, etc.). The annual association dues are presently $636.20 (fiscal year 2012-2013).