Forming and Managing a Lake Association

What is a Lake Association? 

In New York, the phrase "lake association" can mean many different things.  There are large, incorporated associations such as the Lake George Association and small associations like the Butterfield Lake Cottage Owners Association.  What is common to all these groups is a desire to bond people together who share the use of a lake. 

Forming a Lake Association 

There are many good guides to forming lake associations that have been developed in other states, and we won't "reinvent the wheel" on this page.

NH Department of Environmental Services:  Give Your Lake a Voice:  Create a Lake Association- http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/wmb/documents/wmb-20.pdf

Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide:  Organizing a Lake Association-http://www.shorelandmanagement.org/quick/ol.html

Washington State Department of Ecology:  How to Form a Lake Association - http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/lakes/LakeAssociation.html

Wisconsin Lakes:  Starting a Lake Group - http://www.wisconsinlakes.org/index.php/starting-a-lake-group

 If you can find a copy of this now out-of-print book, it is a very good reference:

Flock, G., J. Taggart, and H. Olem.  1991.  Organizing Lake Users:  A Practical Guide.  Terrene Institute, Washington, DC. 

Model By-Laws

A nice model from Wisconsin:  http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Documents/organizations/Lake%20Districts/AppendixA-Model_bylaws.pdf

And some from NY:

Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club - http://lakebonaparte.mylaketown.com/By-Laws

East Shore Schroon Lake Association - http://essla.org/about-2/initial-bylaws/

Melody Lake Association - http://www.stny.info/melodylake/MLA-ByLaws-September-2011.html

Three Lakes Council - http://threelakescouncil.org/AboutUs/Bylaws/tabid/62/Default.aspx

You can find more by going to "About NYSFOLA Members" (under the Membership tab on the home page) and linking directly to member associations' web pages. 

Incorporating and Insuring a Lake Association 

Many, but not all, New York lake associations have incorporated with 501(c)3 not-for-profit status  http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/forming-nonprofit-corporation-new-york.  You may want to hire an attorney to guide you through the legal steps of the process.

We now refer you to Appendix D of "Diet for a Small Lake:  The Expanded Guide to New York State Lake and Watershed Management 2nd Edition" for more information on this topic:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/dietlakeapdx.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Lake News APR 16th

35th Annual Conference

NYSFOLA will celebrate 35 years of protecting NY lakes May 4-5 at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George.  The conference agenda is under the Events tab above.  

Sorry.  We are full!  

You can still register at the door for sessions only ($75 for Friday or Saturday -  $85 for both days with no meals).  Our head counts are headed to the chef.

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