This BUOY has left its mooring and is on the loose!  Please let Pat Pierce at elklake1@charter.know if you spot it.  It will be recovered and returned to its proper location.

Thank you,

ESLA Safety Committee

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

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

Join Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association

ESLA ’s only source of annual income is from the membership dues that our residents and families contribute.  These funds allow us to operate as a not for profit organization and provide operating funds for the Board to direct to projects and programs that are in the best environmental interest of the Elk Lake, Skegemog Lake, Torch River, and Rapid River area. Joining and Membership Renewal is easy!

Just click the button below labeled  JOIN ESLA TODAY!  Your payment can be made using PayPal or by credit card.  Or, if you receive your newsletter by US Mail, a membership envelope is included in the January issue.  If you have not become an ESLA member yet, please consider doing so this year!  ESLA Membership is open to all interested parties.

ESLA is 501c3 certified!

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.