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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 2020 Annual Meeting – Recap

The board of directors of the White Lake Association (WLA) held their annual meeting on Oct. 8, 2020. This meeting was not open to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The board discussed the fall membership campaign and the importance of attracting new members as well ad retaining current members. WLA membership has continued to increase over the past several years, allowing the organization to purchase additional testing equipment.

Both lake water and invasive plant testing were completed as scheduled, with the results submitted to MiCorps’ Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP), where all participating Michigan lakes sample findings are analyzed, catalogued and posted each spring. WLA’s prior year’s results can be seen on their website, whitelakeassociation.org, under Testing Results.

The No Wake Buoy program has expanded, thanks to generous donations from the city of Montague, city of Whitehall, Fruitland township and White River township.

The life jacket loaner stations, in conjunction with the Sea Tow Foundation, continue to see frequent use as boaters take advantage of this free, life-saving program.

The Scenic Drive launch ramp dock was vandalized on three separate occasions this past season. It was pulled for repair/reinforcement and was not replaced for the remainder of the year. It will return for the 2021 season. Also, WLA’s sponsor sign at the life jacket loaner station there was stolen. Fruitland township officials have committed to increased security there in the future, including security cameras. WLA members will patrol the area frequently, as well.

WLA officers elected for the 2020-2021 season are as follows:

David Hays – President
Elaine Harsch – Treasurer
Mark Trombly – Secretary
Sue Savoie – Marketing
Deb Hays – Communications
Chelsey Wabsis will continue to chair our scientific committee.

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