Leelanau County Board of Commissioners meeting and support for septic ordinance

Dear Lake Association Member: An issue that will affect the water quality of our lake and the watershed is coming before the Leelanau County Commissioners. The Executive Board of Commissioners Meeting of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 9:00 am in the Meeting Room of the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay, Michigan. The issue is whether or not to institute a county-wide Point of Sale (POS) Septic Inspection Ordinance. The ordinance would cover the properties that transfer ownership and would mandate that the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department would be required... Read more

North & South Lake Leelanau Shoreline Surveys

It has been over 20 years since the Lake Leelanau Lake Association has conducted shoreline surveys. The size of the lakes (41 miles of shoreline) and cost have been a barrier to repeating these surveys. The advent of drone technology has once again made it possible for LLLA to repeat this work in a cost effective manner. Our contractor, ZeroGravity, will start shoreline drone surveys this week. The surveys will last about two or three weeks, depending on weather. If you see an drone flying in your area, be aware that is its purpose. We hope to gain information on... Read more

Annual Meeting – July 26th at 6:30pm

The Lake Leelanau Lake Association will be hosting its Annual Meeting at the Leland Lodge on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. All members and non-members are welcome. Come hear about what the Lake Association has done this year to improve the quality of the lake. We will have our business meeting and two speakers who will discuss the swimmer’s itch project and issues of water quality. All committee board members will be available to take your questions ranging from water quality, fishing. water safety, membership, and communication. Appetizers will be provided with a cash bar. 2017 Annual Meeting... Read more

Merganser “Round-up” In Progress.

On June 13th Lake Leelanau Lake Association’s swimmers itch contractor Freshwater Solutions (FS), captured and removed 41 common merganser broods from North Lake Leelanau.  Read about the details in this report.  Merganser Trapping Report   No more were observed by FS on North Lake June 15th.   If you observe any more merganser broods please report them to Wayne Swallow at leelanaubound@gmail.com.  Report the number (hen and chicks), date, and location (an address or physical feature – i.e. Wardens Point). Read more

Communications Chair Needed

Since joining this organization and becoming communications chair over two years ago I have been pleased to make new friends and eager to help spread the word of all the good work done by LLLA.  Today, however, I am writing to let you know that, due to increased outside commitments, I will need to pass the baton to someone else.  As we move forward with finding a replacement, I will be involved in helping make the transition easier. The communications chair needs to be conversant with WordPress and needs to know how to edit and put together a newsletter.  Duties... Read more

Ice Fishing Safety

The last time there was thawing weather in northern Michigan, I spotted some individuals out on Boardman Lake. One must remember that ice can wear thin where there is a river running through. Did they think about that? Ice fishing can be fun but also a risky and a very dangerous endeavor. Ever since I was a child, I remember walking on the ice with my father holding the ice spud and checking every few feet. This is the right way to walk across the ice. Ice cannot be assumed to be safe; it wears thin wherever there are some springs... Read more