The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA) has been protecting Elkhart Lake since 1964. Elkhart Lake faces many threats to its beautiful blue waters. While the Lake is changing, our commitment to Keep Elkhart Blue is not. Help 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.

Happy Holidays to All

Well, it’s that time of year again when we all start thinking about Christmas gifts and paying our Elkhart Lake Improvement Association dues. 

Not a member?  No problem, simply go to the tab above titled “Support ELIA’s Efforts” and then click on “Become a member.” 

The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA) is open to all.  You do not have to live on the lake, you simply need to care about the health and welfare of the lake and the safety of those that use it. ELIA was founded in 1964 and is a volunteer-run, member-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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 ELIA” above and we will respond to your request promptly.

Clean Boating Alternative

On September 5, 2021 a news article detailing the progess of electric boat motors appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  The article reported that there are numerous companies who have developed electric motors that can now reach speeds of 60 miles per hour and can fully charge overnight via a 220-volt outlet.  These electric boats are cleaner (we in ELIA call it Bluer) and emit no sound.  To review the full article “CLICK HERE”.

Downtown Night Success

ELIA educates at this year’s August 9, 2021 Down Town Night with a booth providing aquatic invasive species samples, lake quality information and best management practices to Keep Elkhart Blue.

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 follow 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.