LLLA Membership

10 Reasons to Join with a LLLA Membership

In 1980, the Lake Leelanau Lake Association (LLLA) began in response to community concerns about the nature of the dam and its effects on Lake Leelanau. Since that time, we have come a long way.  Today we are providing education, monitoring the water quality, monitoring and controlling invasive species and helping riparians be good stewards of the lake.

The Lake Leelanau Lake Association relies on the funding provided by a LLLA membership community to provide these services. If you are a member, thank you! If you are not a member, please consider joining. Read on to understand the top ten benefits of joining. LLLA Membership starts at only $25/year.

With your LLLA Membership, you:

1. Provide funding that will enable LLLA to operate its programs and services. The Lake Leelanau Lake Association’s team of staff and volunteers works tirelessly to protect Lake Leelanau from threats such as invasive Eurasian watermilfoil and other aquatic invasive species of concern. The cost to control invasive species is significant, and we can’t do it without your help.

LLLA Membership

2. Gain knowledge about water quality, lake levels, and the preservation of Lake Leelanau and the surrounding watershed. Lake Leelanau Lake Association's website contains a wealth of information.Did you know LLLA’s website hosts the only live data of lake levels from the three sensors monitoring the level of North Lake Leelanau and South Lake Leelanau—one at the dam in Leland, one at the narrows, and another at the south end of the lake?  

3. Learn about how to improve your shoreline. Schedule a free consultation with LLLA’s Shoreline Ambassadors to learn about how you can improve your shoreline to protect water quality and protect it from erosion.

Nancy Popa, LLLA President and Shoreline Ambassador, conducts a shoreline consultation at a Lake Leelanau waterfront property owner's shoreline.

4. Discover a niche for volunteering your time and talent. Find activities to meet new people while protecting the lake. 

5. Receive educational materials to learn more about the lake and how to help preserve it. For example, did you know the purple flower growing along Lake Leelanau’s shoreline and wetland areas, purple loosestrife, is outcompeting native plants, reducing critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures?

6. Fund boat cleaning stations. This is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of invasive species. By the end of 2023, LLLA will have four new boat cleaning stations in operation that require your support to operate.

LLLA volunteers use the Clean, Drain, Dry procedures to clean boats leaving Lake Leelanau.

7. Keep abreast of the current DNR and EGLE rules and regulations. Another reason to consider LLLA membership is that the Lake Leelanau Lake Association is well-versed in the permits and regulations for work on the lakeshore and can help you navigate them.

8. Increase your property values by protecting the water and lakeshore. High property values are linked to high water quality. Plain and simple.

9. Join a collective voice advocating for lake-related issues with local authorities. LLLA aims to be the voice for its members. As such, LLLA has made public comments on major projects on Lake Leelanau that could affect its health. Most recently, LLLA recorded the Centerville Township Planning Commission meeting that covered the expansion of the Northgate Leelanau Pines Campground and sent a summary of the situation to LLLA members.  

10. Gain voting rights to determine how the LLLA should work for you. Per our bylaws, only those with a LLLA membership who are lakefront property owners have the right to vote in LLLA elections to elect new board members. Join today to use your voice for how the lake association is managed.

Convinced? To join the Lake Leelanau Lake Association, sign up here: LLLA Membership Page.

Boat creates wake on Lake Leelanau, Michigan.
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