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The White Lake Association (WLA) is comprised of hundreds of area residents who care deeply about White Lake. Our members support WLA activities and actions that preserve the natural amenities of the lake, as well as the public trust.

White Lake is defined geologically as a “drowned river mouth.” The lake extends 5.1 miles from the mouth of White River to the point at which it flows into Lake Michigan. It covers 4 square miles and encompasses 2571 acres. White Lake is known for its scenic beauty, sailing, boating, wildlife and year around fishing. It is a popular tourist destination and summer residence for many.

The White Lake Association is dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of White Lake for the health of its residents and its fish and wildlife through monitoring and education.

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WLA Annual Meeting is October 11

The board of directors of the White Lake Association (WLA) invites the public to attend their annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. At Montague City Hall, 8778 Ferry St., Montague.

White Lake Association conducts water sampling for dissolved oxygen and temperature, Secchi disk transparency, Chlorophyll-A and phosphorus determinations in White Lake; maintains the weather station and web cam at the White River Light Station; installs and maintains the No Wake buoys on the east and west ends of White Lake; partners with the Sea Tow Foundation to provide two life jacket loaner stations on the lake, as well as other important lake-related endeavors. Please visit our website at whitelakeassociation.org to learn more.

For additional information, contact WLA President David Hays at 231-740-0266.

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WLA Spring ’21 Update

Your White Lake Association (WLA) has kicked off its 2021 season with an ever-increasing membership, comprehensive testing of White Lake, four new “No Wake” buoys near the channel entrance and the Narrows and a repaired, like-new dock and new life jacket loaner station at the Scenic Drive launch ramp.

We are very happy to share that our WLA membership now tops 230 riparians, along with interested locals and non-locals alike. This is up from the 144 members on the roster when your current board assumed their duties.

A fall membership mailing goes to all current and prospective WLA members and includes a re-cap of the season’s highlights and an application. For only $35/year, you can help contribute toward protecting, preserving and monitoring White Lake, as well as receive four issues of “The Michigan Riparian Magazine,” published quarterly by the Michigan Lakes & Streams Association.

WLA board members and members test White Lake regularly for clarity, dissolved oxygen, phosphorus and chlorophyll-A. This testing is spearheaded by WLA Scientific Committee Chair Chelsey Wabsis. These findings and samples are submitted to MiCorps’ Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP), where they are analyzed, catalogued and posted each spring.

These results can be seen on the WLA website under the heading, Testing Results.

As WLA welcomes new members, the board also welcomes anyone who would like to be a part of our testing efforts. If you are interested in joining us on the pontoon boat to do sampling, contact WLA President David Hays at 231-740-0266.

The new “No Wake” buoys replaced those that were showing signs of wear and tear, due to age. The buoys were purchased with generous donations from the city of Montague, the city of Whitehall, Fruitland township and White River township. They are installed and removed seasonally with the help of Dan McCormick of South Shore Marina and Matt Dalrymple of Armstrong’s on White Lake.

The dock at the Scenic Drive launch ramp, which was severely vandalized last year, has been expertly repaired and replaced by Terry Clark and is now up and running. The signage on the life jacket loaner stand was stolen. This stand has been replaced this spring by a permanent, custom model built and donated by Shannon Popps. It is mounted in cement, and the signage also has been replaced. To discourage any future vandalism to the dock and the life jacket stand, Fruitland township has put into place enhanced security measures.

We, at WLA, hope you take full advantage of everything that our beautiful White Lake has to offer. Be safe, follow safe boating practices and wear your life jacket.

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White Lake’s second Life Jacket Loaner Station featured in The Michigan Riparian magazine!
White Lake’s second Life Jacket Loaner Station is featured in the Summer 2019 issue of The Michigan Riparian. The article, written by WLA President Dave Hays, appears in the “Lake Happenings” section. A White Lake Association membership includes a subscription to The Michigan Riparian magazine, and members receive four thought-provoking issues per year!

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White Lake featured in The Michigan Riparian magazine!
White Lake is prominently featured in the Spring 2019 issue of The Michigan Riparian. The article, written by WLA board member Deb Hays, is titled “The Magic that is White Lake.” A White Lake Association membership includes a subscription to The Michigan Riparian magazine, and members receive four thought-provoking issues per year!

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Partnership to Provide Free Life Jackets to Local Boaters
White Lake Association to Launch Area’s First Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station

The White Lake Association – through a partnership with boating safety nonprofit, the Sea Tow Foundation – has announced the opening of a new Life Jacket Loaner Station, which became available to West Michigan’s White Lake-area boaters in mid-June, 2018.

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Life Jacket Loaner Station
Life Jacket Loaner Station
Life Jacket Loaner Station