Keep Elkhart Blue
Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA), Wisconsin

Invasive weed treatment

There was a herbicide treatment applied to two areas of the lake late Monday afternoon, June 27th. It was in the outlet bay and Neuses bay. People in those bays should not use lake water on plants for 14 days.

This, in combination with diver assisted suction harvesting, has decreased our concentrations of two invasive weeds while not decreasing the native weed population.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking boaters to help stop the spread of invasive, nonnative plants and animals in our waters. (To learn more, click on the link above)

ELIA Begins a Watershed Assessment and Lake Mangement Plan

ELIA is undertaking a watershed assessment including watershed modeling and development of a Lake Management Plan to target management actions that can be implemented to improve water quality in Elkhart Lake.

This project was made possible by the award of the Sheboygan County Stewardship Grant and through the generous donations from the Catharine B Stayer Family Foundation.

The Lake Management Plan will expand ongoing efforts to manage Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and monitor water quality, currently funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Surface Water Grants program. A portion of the County Stewardship funding will be used to map the stormwater system within the Village of Elkhart Lake, and the proposed modeling and Plan development efforts will follow. ELIA has hired Stantec Engineering to complete the field work and tasks to complete

watershed modeling and development of the Lake Management Plan which will be submitted to WDNR for approval.

Our Mission

The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA) mission is to preserve, promote and enhance the general welfare of the lake and the safety of those who use it. Founded in 1964, ELIA is a volunteer-run, member-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our Organization has been protecting Elkhart Lake since 1964. Over the years, the lake has faced many threats to its beautiful blue waters. While the Lake has seen changes, our commitment to Keep Elkhart Blue has not.

Please help us to protect Elkhart Lake now and for generations to come by being part of the solution: become a member, volunteer, shop our store, donate. Together, we keep Elkhart Lake blue.

What is it we do? Well, President John Schott commented on our Water Quality Testing, Invasive Weed Abatement Program, (helped by mapping the lake bottom) and a future watershed study, all of which you can read about in his Annual Membership Letter. You can also scroll through our menu above, where you will find all kinds of information about our group and how we fight to Keep Elkhart Blue. If you can’t find what your looking for or have concerns, simply click on “Contact Usbelow and we will respond to your request promptly.

Preserve. Promote. Enhance.


The aim of the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association is to encourage ownership and use of the surrounding lake community in ways that will not result in changes to the beauty, tranquility, and quality of the lake. If you want to support this mission, consider volunteering in one of our activity areas.

Our association is supported by member dues and donations.


Your donation helps us do important work in the community and keep Elkhart Lake beautiful (and blue!). If you’d like to support our cause, consider donating via credit card or PayPal or by using Amazon Smile and selecting The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association as your charitable organization to support when shopping online

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Either click on this link to PayPal or mail us your membership information and payment. If you are already a member, donations above annual Membership dues are tax deductible.

ELKHART LAKE Improvement Association


Preserve . Promote. Enhance.