Elkhart Lake Improvement Association 

4th of July Fireworks celebration

28 boating fatalities in 2023 sets state record 

According to the July 12, 2024 issue of the Wisconsin Outdoor News, Wisconsin set a tragic record in 2023 when 28 people died while enjoying the state’s lakes and rivers by fishing, hunting, paddling, jet-skiing, waterskiing or motorboating.

Most of those folks drowned; only one died in a collision.  To learn more, read the article by , "Clicking Here."

Exploring Wake Boating on Elkhart Lake

At the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association, we are committed to ensuring the sustainability and enjoyment of our lake for all. As of now, the Board of Directors has not taken a formal stance on wake boating. We believe in making informed decisions based on scientific evidence and facts that either support or restrict this activity on Elkhart Lake.

To keep our community informed, we have created a dedicated section on our website. You can find articles discussing various perspectives on wake boating under the "Caring for the Lake" menu tab, specifically labeled as "Wake Boat Articles." We encourage everyone to explore these resources to stay updated on this important topic.

As we continue to monitor developments and gather information, we remain committed to the preservation and responsible management of Elkhart Lake.

Elia Board Members Present at the WI Lakes and Rivers Convention

Sarah Majerus and Kevin Sofen presented information on ELIA's 10-year plan of action for lake improvement and water quality.  The conference was held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point on April 10th - 12th.  To view the slide show presentation "Click Here"

Elkhart Lake Receives DNR GRants

Elkhart Lake was a recipient when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently announced approximately $6 million in grant funding to lake organizations, nonprofit organizations and municipal and county governments throughout Wisconsin.


Of the 428 applicants, 207 programs totaling around $6 million were selected this year (2024) by the DNR for the annual awards.


Funding, which includes Healthy Lakes and Rivers grants as well as support for the Clean Boats, Clean Waters and Lake Monitoring and Protection Network programs, will be used to help restore and protect the state’s surface water resources in 2024 and beyond.


Under the grant funding, the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA) will receive funding of $1,950 for our Clean Boats-Clean Water program and ELIA will work with the Sheboygan County’s Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership which was given two $10,000 grants: one directed towards improvements to Elkhart Lake’s Neuses Bay Tributary, and the other to study phosphorus loading at Elkhart Lake.

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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