Protecting and Preserving

With more than 500 members and 50 volunteers, the Lake Leelanau Lake Association is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality and beauty of Lake Leelanau and its surrounding watershed for current and future generations.

Lake Leelanau and its 89,000-acre watershed are treasured for more than their magnificent vistas, pristine waters, thriving natural habitat, and delightful recreation. For many people, they represent a unique sanctuary from a troubled world and unforgettable memories of friends and family, past and future.

Since 1980, the volunteers and members who comprise the Lake Leelanau Lake Association have contributed their time, talents, and financial resources to protect and preserve this priceless heritage for current and future generations.

Our protection and preservation activities include water quality, lakeshore protection, boating safety, fishing, and swimmer’s itch. Currently, our single biggest expense and our primary focus is controlling the existential threat posed to the lake by aquatic weeds, specifically Eurasian Watermilfoil, the most invasive aquatic weed in North America.

If you’re already a member or a volunteer, we thank you for your generous contributions. If you’re not, we invite you to explore our website, sign up for our monthly ebulletin or to become a volunteer on the Contact Us page, or become a member on our Join/Donate page.

Boat Wash Stations

D RNarrowsBoatLaunch:136S.LakeLeelanauDrive,LakeLeelanau DNRWe s tBoatLaunch:4491S.LakeShoreDrive,Cedar
DNRBinghamBoatLaunch:7822E.BinghamRoad,TraverseCity Suelzer Park Boat Launch: 4343 N. Lake Leelanau Drive, Lake Leelanau

Clean, Drain, Dry

Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

CLEAN off visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud from all equipment.

DRAIN motor, bilge, livewell, and other water containing devices.

DRY everything for at least five days OR wipe with a towel before reuse.


DISPOSE of unwanted bait, worms, and fish parts in the trash.

It's the law:


launch or transport watercraft or trailers unless they are free of aquatic organisms, including plants.


transport a watercraft without removing all drain plugs and draining all water from bilges, ballast tanks, and livewells.


release bait into the water.

Violation of the law is a state civil infraction. Violators may be subject to fines.

Four complimentary boat cleaning stations are available at the following locations:

DNR Narrows Boat Launch: 136 S. Lake Leelanau Drive, Lake Leelanau

DNR West Boat Launch: 4491 S. Lake Shore Drive, Cedar

DNR Bingham Boat Launch: 7822 E. Bingham Road, Traverse City

Suelzer Park Boat Launch: 4343 N. Lake Leelanau Drive, Lake Leelanau

Think you have found an aquatic invasive species in Lake Leelanau?

Latest News

Meet Our Staff

Jul 10, 2024

Our programs are expanding with our ambitions to be stewards of Lake Leelanau. This week, we’re introducing you to our amazing staff. Get ready to meet the talented individuals who […]

Purple loosestrife in Lake Leelanau, Michigan.

Combating Purple Loosestrife in Lake Leelanau

Jun 24, 2024

Driving along the lake, you might soon notice a purple flower in bloom along Lake Leelanau’s shoreline and wetland areas. While beautiful, purple loosestrife is a dangerous invasive species threatening […]

Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) aquatic invasive species beneath Lake Leelanau's surface water.

Lake Leelanau AIS Prevention: How to Identify and Report AIS

Jun 12, 2024

One of the biggest but most important challenges in controlling aquatic invasive species (AIS) is getting to them before they get out of hand.  Removing AIS can be difficult when […]

Boat Cleaning Stations and Boat Wash FAQs

May 22, 2024

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM), can invade Lake Leelanau or be transported from Lake Leelanau to other waterways when they are carried in the bilge water […]

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Love Lake Leelanau

Lake Leelanau Lake Association is dedicated exclusively to protecting the clean water and physical beauty of Lake Leelanau for current and future generations.

For more than 40 years, the volunteer members of Lake Leelanau Lake Association have committed their time, talents, and resources to preserving and protecting the lake’s water quality, shoreline, ecology, and natural beauty.

The Association promotes the safe enjoyment of Lake Leelanau’s waters for boating, swimming, fishing, and other recreational activities. The Association’s programs benefit permanent and seasonal residents, visitors, businesses, and governmental units in Lake Leelanau’s 89,000-acre watershed.

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