Students Experience Lake Charlevoix
Students Experience Lake Charlevoix (SELC) 2017 was another exciting educational boat trip for area sixth grade students. Approximately 300 students participated over two days in May which included a half day boat trip for each school class on the Beaver Islander. On board, the students enthusiastically experienced learning stations run by volunteers. The students learned about a range of lake related items, from the alien invaders of sea lampreys and zebra mussels, to bloodworms and dragon flies at the bottom of the lake, water clarity and pH testing and the “awesome Coast Guard”. The students all agreed it was fun being in the middle of the lake, and the best part was “that it wasn’t just fun, it was educational.” J. Peck, BCMS.
2nd Annual LCA
Poker Run 2017
Our 2nd Annual LCA Poker Run was held on Friday, August 11th and fun was had by all. The weather cooperated for the most part and 115 people participated and purchased 54 poker hands. Special thanks to Platinum sponsor Sommerset Pointe for donating the use of their waterfront tent for the “after party” and serving a bountiful back yard barbeque, as well as our Gold sponsors, Boyne Boat Yard, Bulmann Dock, Irish Boat Shop, Lake Charlevoix Brewing, The Landing, Michigan Lake Products and Mobile Marine. We would also like to thank the many donors of auction items and our member volunteers for making the event a success. Approximately $5000 was raised to be used for waterfront protection projects.
The Contest Is On!
The “Rate Your Shoreland” survey at mishorelandstewards.org is a wonderfully educational experience we hope everyone will work through, so that everyone better understands how their actions can help protect the lake.
AND, right now we are calling on all Lake Charlevoix watershed property owners to take the survey to help LCA win the contest with Walloon Lake around which of our associations can get the most members to take the survey.
Take your survey today at: www.mishorelandstewards.org and click on “Rate Your Shoreland” in the upper right hand area of the home page. When you start the survey you must list your lake as Lake Charlevoix to help LCA win the contest.
As a further incentive to those who take the survey and go on to become Lake Guardians, the LCA will be holding a drawing shortly after Labor Day among our Lake Guardians with the winner receiving a $200 prize. Anyone who takes the survey and gets a gold rating will automatically be awards Lake Guardian Status. Those rated as Silver can also qualify, usually by answering a few qualifying questions.
The MI Shoreland Stewards program is a statewide recognition program developed by the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership with heavy input from the Lake Charlevoix Association, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and many other lake associations to recognize lake shore property owners who protect their lake through good shoreline practices.
Click Here For the Latest Water Levels Chart from US Army Corps of Engineers
Lake water levels are ever changing, and in 2016 they peaked at about 5″ higher than in 2015. Now in 2017, levels are 6″ above last year. That is still about 16″ below the highs of 1986!
Do You Treasure Lake Charlevoix? Become a Guardian!
The Lake Guardian program is designed to help everyone learn how to and then become better stewards of our beautiful lake. Read on to learn more about the program and how you can become a “Lake Guardian”. Read more.
Township Zoning – Lakefront Ordinance
We encourage everyone to become familiar with the ordinances for your township and work to keep your property compliant. These ordinances were created to protect our lake. Please refer to the county website and the actual zoning language before beginning any project.
This link will take you to a very generalized listing of township ordinances pertaining to shoreline regulations.