Join Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association

ESLA’s only source of annual income is membership dues. Your dues allow ESLA’s volunteer board to pay for projects to protect and enhance the water quality, boating safety and enjoyment of Elk and Skegemog lakes and the Torch and Rapid rivers. Basic membership remains $25 per household, although many members pay $50 (captains), $75 (commodores), $100 (admirals) or more to support our shared precious resource and strengthen our collective voice as advocates for our waters.

JOINING IS EASY for first time or renewing members (more than 300 of our 550 members had not renewed as of June 30, 2020). Click the button above to JOIN ESLA TODAY!  Payment can be made by PayPal or credit card. We also recently sent a letter and envelope to recent members who haven’t paid 2020 dues. Use the envelope to mail a check. ESLA membership is open to all interested parties.

ESLA is a 501c3 certified not for profit organization!

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

More Info

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.

More Info
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

ESLA Committees

Environmental Protection

Researches issues and proposes ESLA positions and programs. Manages protection activities.

Finance Committee

Responsible for reviewing and providing guidance for all of the organization’s financial matters.

Government Relations

Organizes and Maintains ESLA representation with township, county, state and federal agencies.


Manages ESLA newsletter, website, email broadcasts, handbooks, membership directory etc.

Recreation & Safety

Develops programs for water and ice safety, boat and snowmobile safety, water level control.

Governance and Membership

Maintains oversight of all committees. Promotes membership and member services.