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.

Latest News

2024 Spring Virtual Auction

Announcing our fourth annual Spring Virtual Auction. This auction is our primary fundraiser that supports our work to preserve and protect Lake Leelanau.

Bidding starts April 15 and ends April 28, 2024 @ 9:00pm.

Among the items up for auction are a six-hour Lake Leelanau fishing charter, pontoon boat rentals, hosted wine tastings, a golf package for two, a Lake Michigan sailing cruise, a two-hour guitar concert, landscape design and materials, artwork, jewelry, and gift cards to many area establishments. Items range in value from $25 dining gift certificates to a one-week stay for eight at a Leland cottage worth $5,700. 

View our auction items and register to bid on our auction website. We appreciate your support!

Yellow Flag Iris

Apr 10, 2024

Invasive plants pose a significant threat to the environment and can have negative consequences for us as well. Yellow flag iris, though beautiful, is a blooming bully. It crowds out […]

Shoreline Plants: Prepping for Spring

Mar 27, 2024

It is officially Spring. It’s time to think about gardens. If you’re a riparian, now is a great time to plan your shoreline garden to protect your property from erosion […]

Become a Shoreland Steward: Schedule a Shoreline Consultation Today

Mar 13, 2024

Left to themselves, natural barriers form to protect shorelines from erosion and runoff. However, on our lake, many of these green buffer zones have been lost to lawns and impervious […]

Road Salts

Feb 14, 2024

Winter months in northern Michigan are (normally) piled high with snow and ice, and increasingly alongside that winter wonderland is a plethora of salt. Road salts keep our streets and […]

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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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