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Lime Lake Leelanau County Michigan


The Lime Lake Association

Through scientific research, environmental education, community building, and collaboration with public and private entities dedicated to conservation, The Lime Lake Association is stewarding the environmental purity and beauty of Lime Lake and its watershed. 

Join the Lime Lake Association

Whether you live on Lime Lake or love to visit, when you become a member, you support programs to ensure that Lime Lake remains beautiful and healthy. Our programs include research and testing, community education and outreach, collaborations with conservation organizations, and more.


Our biggest expense is science. We’ve been conducting, for example, Swimmer’s Itch research for three years that also helps us monitor for Eurasian Milfoil, the biggest existential threat to inland lakes. Unlike some lakes in the area, we do not have Milfoil in Lime Lake. Our research means early detection and the ability to eradicate the invasive species immediately.


Your contributions make it possible for us to contract with a lake biologist who monitors water quality, offers free greenbelt consults and educates our members on best practices to protect our water. All of our spending goes directly to our mission and Lime Lake would not be the pristine gem that it is without these efforts. Your support protects the incredible natural resources and quality of life we’ve all come to love here on Lime Lake. Thank you for your contribution!

Lime Lake and Sugar Loaf Cedar, Michigan Old Photo

Our Story

The Lime Lake board members are volunteers committed to preserving and protecting Lime Lake and its watershed. We manage and oversee the implementation of many projects, reports, and collaborations.


The original lake association was formed by a group of homeowners to build community and basic awareness. Our current Lime Lake Association became incorporated in 2015 with the 501C3 not-for-profit status and directed its attention toward the expanded mission of preservation and protection of the lake and the watershed. 

Board of Directors

Board members provide direction and oversight to the Lime Lake Association. The Board is comprised of watershed riparians and meets at least three times annually. The association holds an annual meeting each July for the Lime Lake community and association members interested in learning more and becoming involved in the stewardship of Lime Lake and it's watershed. Volunteers are always welcome to serve on committees as the association grows. Opportunities, as they become available, will be posted on our blog.

Lime Lake Association Board

Dean Manikas - President
Mark Fisher - Vice President
Jeff Kane - Treasurer
Molly O'Toole - Secretary
Lisa Genesen - Fund Raising

Mary Barss - Hospitality/Merchandise
Ron Reimink - Volunteer
Cathy Stocker - Communications

Standing Committees 2022-23

Watershed Planning - Molly O'Toole, Dean Manikas, Mark Fisher

Lake Biologist

Kelsey Froelich

Preserving the Lime Lake Ecosystem

The health of the overall lake ecosystem depends on the community that lives within the watershed and around the lakes that are part of it. Our choices matter. Your involvement and financial support matter. 


Please do your part through volunteering, taking advantage of our free greenbelt consultations and discovery boat tours, and becoming a member so we all may continue to enjoy this very special place and preserve it for future generations.

Lime Lake Biologist

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the waters and lands in the care of our association are located on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg—the Three Fires Confederacy of the Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Potawatomi peoples. Since time immemorial, the Anishinaabeg have lived, worked, honored, and respected these lands. We further acknowledge that the land known today as Leelanau County is comprised of lands acquired under the 1836 and 1855 treaties between the United States and the Ottawa and Chippewa Nations of Indians.

Our recognition of the full history of the land we cherish and protect is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those on whose ancestral lands we reside. We give thanks to the generous care with which the Anishinaabeg, and those of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, have given and continue to give to this land and our Leelanau community.

This Land Acknowledgement was created through the collaboration of The  Leelanau Conservancy with The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

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