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

Our Mission

The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA) 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 to the left, 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

It’s easy to become a member!


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.

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.

On April 22nd, the Osthoff Resort Condo Owners recognized and supported the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association at their Owners Social. The owners hosted a ‘Wine Pull’ fundraiser and awarded ELIA with $1,000 check!

Thank you to the Osthoff Resort and all the owners who supported this event, your generous support is truly helping to "Keep Elkhart Blue."

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Save the Date, ELIA Annual Membership Meeting

This years annual meeting will be held at

Laack’s Ballroom, W4302 Hwy JM, Sheboygan Falls, WI.

June 23, 2022 (Thursday)

5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar for all new and renewing members

Meeting at 6:00 p.m.