Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA), Wisconsin

True or False?

Q:  I am over 18 years old so I can drive any boat or PWC without a boating safety certificate?

A:  False

Boat Safety Education

Persons required to have successfully completed a boater education course must carry their boater education certificate on board and make it available upon request by a law enforcement officer.  

For more information on the boating safety rules "Click Here".

New Information on electric foils and surfboards

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association President, John Schott, recently had a conversation with a representative of the Wisconsin DNR regarding e foils and surf foils. (some of which are pictured above) Discussion revolved around how WI boating rules and regulations apply to the new electric watercraft.  Here is a brief synopsis of the discussion:

We will keep you posted as we receive more information........

Did you Know..........

There are 15,074 documented inland lakes in the State of Wisconsin and Elkhart Lake is the third deepest natural inland lake at 119 feet deep.  The deepest lake is Big Green Lake at 236 feet deep, followed by Geneva Lake at 135 feet.  These three lakes were all formed as remnants of glacial activity.


However, if artificial lakes were included things would look different, with Lake Wazee (a former iron mine in Jackson County) the deepest at 350 feet in depth.  There are also two very deep quarries that filled with water: Redgranite Quarry in Waushara County at 163 feet deep and Lohrville Quarry in Waushara County at 120 feet deep.


Having a deep lake is a good thing because lakes with higher volumes of water tend to better withstand land use changes around them.  Big, deep lakes tend to have clearer water.  This is a win for residents and visitors alike who love the clean water when swimming and it’s also great for our native fish and animals.

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.

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.

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