Proposed RV Park Hearing

A proposed RV Park in Milton Township is scheduled for a special public hearing to be held at the old Milton Township Hall on July 14th at 7:00 p.m.

The RV park is planned on Miller Rd, at the south end of Torch Lake.  Eighty plus units are planned. Some concerns citizens may have would be noise, light pollution and traffic, both on land and water.  Additional concerns would be environmental such as waste processing, storm water, etc.

Those interested may wish to attend.  As an alternative to attending the meeting, written comments can be sent to Milton Township Planning Commission,

PO Box 309, Kewadin, or delivered to the Township Hall.

At this time ESLA is not taking an official position on this development.  Our intent is to inform our members.

Thank you,


Paddle Antrim

Paddle Antrim is working with the Village of Elk Rapids on design improvements for Rotary Park, including a universal kayak launch. A preliminary design is complete and they are interested in getting public input to help shape improvements at the park.

Paddle Antrim is hosting an open house on July 9th at Rotary Park from 6-8pm to see the design and talk with the Village, design engineer, and Paddle Antrim staff. Information can also be found online For those that cannot make the open house, the design is on display at the Elk Rapids Village Hall until July 24th. They are interested in hearing from as many folks as possible to make the best design for the community.

Thanks for your consideration and for sharing this with other interested community members.

Lakeshore Resident Poll

The Antrim Conservation District is seeking thoughts and opinions from waterfront property owners. Please complete this survey if you are willing to share more about your lifestyle along the lake and your impressions about the health of the lakes sometime in the future. Filling out this survey will enter you into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to the Terrain restaurant in Bellaire. Note, these meetings will not proceed until the State of Michigan has deemed it safe to gather in groups of 10 or more.
Healthy Lakes Survey

Swimmers Itch Reporting

If you experience swimmer’s itch, please report your experience by clicking on the tab below and following the links. This information will help ESLA make better informed decisions in combating the problem.

FWS Prevention 2020

Elk-Skegemog Lake Association

Current Events & Meeting Schedule

ESLA Board of Director Meeting Dates

Annual Meeting Canceled Due to COVID-19

“It’s A Shore Thing” Calendar

All meetings canceled due to COVID-19 until further notice.

May 22, 2020 | Watershed Academy – Eli Baker 

June 25, 2020 | Annual Meeting: Swimmers Itch Update – Ron Reimink

July 24, 2020 | DNR Fisheries – Up-date – Heather Hettinger

August 28, 2020 | Healthy Lakes Landscaping – Heidi Schaffer

September 25, 2020 | Hike at Maple Bay – GTRLC

Flushing the Future – The Challenge of Failing Septic Systems

The premiere showing at the Leelanau Clean Water Symposium. In this 16-minute documentary, we talk with nationally recognized wastewater experts, human health professionals and policy experts to discover the water quality risks posed by failing and broken septic system.
Joe VanderMeulen, M.S., Ph.D.
Science Journalism / Videography

Invasive Species Michigan Law 2019

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To comply with the law and prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, boaters should:

  1. CLEAN boats, trailers and equipment.
  2. DRAIN live wells, bilges and all water.
  3. DRY boats and equipment.
  4. DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash.

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Current News

Here is a picture I took from our yard.  Around 9 pm I took my camera outside to see if there would be any good sunset pics. No joy on that but as I watched the sun go down behind dense clouds I noticed there was a front with thunder and lightning moving in from the west across the lake. So I switched modes and got my lightning trigger attached to the camera (first time I have ever used it). This was the most interesting catch. It is kind of amazing that a little electronic device can actually anticipate (sometimes) a lightning strike.

Dean W. Ginther

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