Welcome to the world of the Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association or ESLA as our non-profit is best known. We’re dedicated to preserving and protecting the quality of the precious waters we love. We’re talking about those fishy, deep (Elk), shallow (Skegemog) lakes and connecting waters with their spectacular sunrises and sunsets that brought and keep us here. 

Mama Bluegill protecting her spawning bed.

We conduct science-supported research; help property owners protect their waters; prevent, control or eradicate invasive species; identify pollution sources; educate with events and communications; advocate water policy; collaborate with other committed organizations. Read more to learn more!

Upcoming Event


“Cleaner Boats, Cleaner Waters”

Join us for the “Cleaner Boats, Cleaner Waters” program. We’re bringing in experts to discuss the state of electric boats and advances in more conventional propulsion and the impact on our waters.  ESLA board member Bob McCririe will emcee.

The Dam Shop is at 118 Bridge Street in Elk Rapids. Please order food in advance from the special menu for our event 231-498-5855 or immediately when you arrive Thursday. 

Please help ESLA and the Dam Shop staff plan for this Thursday’s (April 25) Shore Thing at 5 p.m. with your RSVP to elkskegemoglakes@gmail.com. We will also be recording the event and uploading it to our YouTube channel within in a week if you’ll like to catch the program but are unable to make it. 


About 500 individuals, couples, families and businesses supported ESLA in 2023. Thank you! In 2024, we’ll do our best with your help to protect, preserve, monitor, educate, and advocate for water quality and member enjoyment of their properties.


Count on ESLA to work hard to protect our waters and explore new ideas and partnerships with upstream lake associations in our watershed, as well as other organizations.

Click Here to view Our Plan



Got an idea?

From April through September, ESLA will host speakers for our popular “Shore Thing” series. Most of our 2023 programs attracted audiences of at least 100 and many more viewers on ESLA’s YouTube channel (go to YouTube and search Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association). In 2024, we’ll again bring in speakers on topics we care about. Have an idea? Send it to ElkSkegemogLakes@gmail.com. We’ve reserved the Pavilion next to the boat launch at the Elk Rapids Harbor on East Bay for our meetings from May through September at 5 p.m. Dates are May 23, June 28 (annual meeting), July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept. 26. On Thursday, April 25th, we’ll meet at “The Dam Shop” of the Elk Rapids Marina on Elk Lake, our major business sponsor. Details to come. All events will be videotaped and shared on ESLA’s YouTube channel.

LOVE YOUR LAKES: Renew or Support ESLA

LOVE YOUR LAKES: Renew or Support ESLA

ESLA dues, at your discretion, range from $50-$1,000. Not surprisingly, costs for contractors, hosting events, supporting research, ensuring navigational safety with Skegemog-to-Torch River buoys, and other ESLA work have increased. For returning members, please consider — if you can — increasing your support level or even becoming a Champion or Legend. For those of you sharing the waterfront who have not paid ESLA dues, please consider joining at any level. All new and renewing members’ names are listed in our March newsletter! Questions? Contact us HERE or call membership Coordinator Deanna Seifried at 937-602-2295. Contact Us

To pay 2024 dues or other ESLA support with a credit card, click HEREOr write a check to the Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association. Send to P.O. Box 8, Elk Rapids, MI. 49629. Membership is open to all.

*ESLA is a 501(c)(3) IRS-certified not-for-profit organization. Your contribution may be tax deductible.

LOVE YOUR LAKES: Join Our Volunteer Team

LOVE YOUR LAKES: Join Our Volunteer Team

Volunteers for ESLA’S board, committees and specific projects play a critical role for our non-profit. From boat washes to photography to helping at our various events. Whether you’re still working or retired, we can always use more help. Reach out to us HERE or contact a board member.

Is this your year to join ESLA's Champions?

Is this your year to join ESLA's Champions?

ESLA’S launch in 2022 of a Champion program allowing supporters to show a deep commitment to meet known and future water quality challenges continues. Champion dollars go into a Strategic Environmental Fund that must grow to respond to major or unexpected challenges. Champions may make a $5,000 contribution in a single year or commit to reaching $5,000 in support over five years with a minimum $1,000 initial contribution. Questions or interest in becoming a Champion? Contact Dean Ginther at 231-676-2928 or HERE.  Dean can also explain ESLA’s Legends program for planned giving through estates and other vehicles.

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