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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 Summer ’22 Update

Your White Lake Association (WLA) is in full swing this 2022 season with comprehensive lake and invasive plant species testing, along with other vital activities that help to promote a clean and vibrant White Lake for all.

Your $35 annual WLA membership fee helps ensure that we can test the lake regularly for clarity, dissolved oxygen levels, phosphorus and chlorophyll-A levels. The WLA team also tests some 30 sites along the lake for invasive plants, including European Milfoil, Curly Leaf Pondweed, European Frogbit and Starry Stonewort. These species of concern are monitored and reported in the hope that they can be controlled.

WLA joins dozens of other Michigan lake associations that send both water and invasive plant species findings to MiCorps’ Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) at the end of each October. They are analyzed, catalogued and posted in the spring. Annual results can be found on WLA’s website, whitelakeassociation.org, under Testing Results.

In addition to our testing efforts, WLA, in conjunction with White River and Fruitland townships, deploys and removes “No Wake” buoys near the harbor entrance into White Lake. WLA also has responsibility for the “No Wake” buoys in the “Narrows,” or passage to marinas.

WLA also helps maintain the weather station and webcam at the White River Light Station, also thanks to the efforts and expertise of CatchMark Technologies. Log into whitelakeassociation.org to view the live feed from the webcam to the White Lake channel and entrance into Lake Michigan. Just click on the video link to see what is happening on our waterways.

One of WLA’s more recent endeavors, the Lifejacket Loaner Program, in partnership with Sea Tow Foundation, continues to offer complimentary life jackets in various sizes to boaters departing from the City of Montague launch ramps and the Scenic Drive launch ramp. WLA also maintains the Scenic Drive launch ramp and dock.

In addition to benefitting from all of the above, WLA members also receive a subscription to “Michigan Riparian” magazine.

Your WLA team encourages and welcomes volunteer participation in the above-named efforts. To learn more about how to get involved in this dynamic organization, contact WLA President David Hays at 231-740-0266.

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WLA Annual Meeting 2021

The board of directors of the White Lake Association (WLA) invited the public to attend their annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 at the Montague City Hall. Watch the meeting video below.

WLA 2021 Annual Meeting - Riparian article

WLA 2021 Annual Meeting featured in the winter issue of The Michigan Riparian Magazine!

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