Long Lake Township Eyes Twin Lakes Ownership, Dollar General Plans, Dredging Moratorium

By Beth Milligan | Nov. 24, 2021

Long Lake Township has put forward a proposal to take over ownership of Twin Lakes Park from Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation, citing a desire to “add new and enhanced visitor experiences while honoring the park’s history and the vision of those that were instrumental in its creation,” according to Township Supervisor Ron Lemcool. Long Lake Township will also soon review the results of a road safety assessment study of North Long Lake Road – where a Dollar General store is planned for the former Pilgrem Bible Holiness Church site – and consider a moratorium on dredging at Long Lake.

Lemcool recently met with Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation’s business development committee to discuss the possibility of the township taking over Twin Lakes Park. “Our board’s intent is to operate the park as a township park in perpetuity,” he wrote in a memo to the committee. “We hope to upgrade the facilities.” Lemcool said township officials have “been in conversation with heirs of the families that donated the Twin Lakes Park properties,” and that the families “have no objection to this transfer and are very supportive.”  read more

Windswept Pines Canal Dredging Project

Application Denial; Submission Number HP6-WPNY-PHWPX

Site Name: 28-121 N South Long Lake Road-Traverse City


Application Denial

November 12, 2021

If you witness a natural resource violation (e.g. loon harassment, poaching, etc.), contact the DNR REPORT ALL POACHING (RAP) line at 800-292-7800 


The RAP Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please take pictures/video, if possible.  Video is highly preferred!  Please provide the MC number of the offending watercraft when reporting incidents. 

Otherwise, no action can be taken.


Thank you to all our current members for your continued support of the Long Lake Association (LLA)!

We will continue to strive to accomplish our main mission “to preserve Long Lake as a natural resource
and recreation area through protection and prudent use of its environs.” For example, we have had great success in controlling the levels of Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM) thanks to your support. We will continue to address this aquatic invasive species and our vision is to become a resource to provide education to
the LLA members regarding other aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. For example, we will provide info on invasive species currently impacting the trees in our watershed including oak wilt and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). We also have discovered a new aquatic invasive species in Long Lake in 2020: zebra mussels. We have created a new committee to specifically respond to the zebra mussel threat. In addition, our sister organization, Long Lake Foundation, has created the “LLF Invasive Species Defense Fund” to help fund the study and remediation of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in and around Long, Mickey, and Ruth Lakes.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the board felt it was necessary to cancel the Welcome Back to Paradise Party at Boone’s Long Lake Inn for 2021. We are evaluating adding a social element to our August meeting if conditions allow. Please take time to read through this newsletter to get updates from the Committee Chairs.

I would like to encourage those that are not LLA members to join for the annual membership fee of $35.00 to help us in our mission to protect our lakes. We plan to reinstate our NMC intern program after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19. I would sincerely like to thank our partners: Oleson Foundation, Long Lake Township, Long Lake Foundation, and NMC for their ongoing support!

We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary this year with our roots dating back to 1921! Please review the info in the newsletter and future updates on our website as we celebrate this milestone.

Looking forward to meeting everyone when we can get together again!


Brent Schnell


The Long Lake Township Planning Commission is currently working on an update to the Township’s Master Plan.  The Commission is looking at issues ranging from lakefront development to traffic concerns, development of the business districts to farmland preservation.  The Commission is targeting a public hearing in December of 2021 and completion by April 2022.  Anyone interested in being part of the conversation is encouraged to get involved. Here are some ways to be part of the process:

  • Click on the buttons below to take the Master Plan Survey and Recreation Plan Survey or go to the Long Lake Township website to complete an online survey.
  • Attend once-monthly workshops of the Planning Commission.  These are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Check the website for the current month and archived agendas and information packets.
  • Join the email list to be kept up to date with upcoming public input or special topic meetings, opportunities to review drafts of the plans, and public hearing dates.  You can get on the email list by completing the online survey or by calling or emailing the Township Planner – Leslie Sickterman at planner@longlaketownship.com, 231.946.2249.

2021 marks a significant milestone for Long Lake!

As it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the origins of the Long Lake Association.

How did this party get started?

In September of 1921, twenty-five Long Lake property owners at the south end of the lake banded together and pitched in $1 each to form an organization named the Evergreen Beach Resort Association. This pioneering group of lake lovers recognized the need to organize to effectively maintain the quality of Long Lake for themselves and generations to come. The name was formally changed to The Long Lake Improvement Association in 1948. Later, the word Improvement was dropped, and the organization was incorporated as it stands today. Watch for more fun facts on our website and Facebook.

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LLA ’s only source of annual income is from the membership dues that our residents and families contribute.  These funds allow us to operate as a not for profit organization and provide operating funds for the Board to direct to projects and programs that are in the best environmental interest of Long, Mickey, and Ruth Lakes. Joining and Membership Renewal is easy!

Just click the button below labeled  JOIN LLA TODAY!  Your payment can be made using PayPal or by credit card.  Or, if you receive your newsletter by US Mail, a membership envelope is included in the Spring issue.  If you have not become an LLA member yet, please consider doing so this year!  LLA Membership is open to all interested parties.

Long Lake Association is 501c4 certified!

LAKE ETIQUETTE – Please share with your guests!


2021 Board Meeting Schedule

Board meetings are open to the membership for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Please contact a board member if you wish to be put on the agenda. Board meetings begin at 5:00 pm.

May 12 | Zoom Online

June 24 | 2021 Annual Discussion Meeting Zoom call at 5:00 PM July 14 | Presentation Link

August 11 | Zoom Online

August 28 | 2021 Annual Meeting at Boone’s Long Lake Inn 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | In person!!!

Annual 2020 Meeting Minutes for Review and Approval

September 8 | Zoom Online

October 13 | Zoom OnlineNovember 10 | Zoom Online if needed

Eurasian Watermilfoil Treatment Dates:

Our Lake Management Committee will be treating various sites for Eurasian Watermilfoil on (Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and Tuesday, July 20, 2021). Riparian homeowners will be notified directly if treatment is in front of their property. Please stay a safe distance from our treatment boats during treatment.
Thank you in advance!

Educational Opportunities


Where: Long Lake

Location:  Cresent Shores Boat Launch

Dates: July 9 & 22

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Come learn how to keep invasive species from entering the lake.


Zebra and quagga mussels in Long Lake?

Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels are a well-known invasive species in the Great Lakes region. Together with their cousin the quagga mussel (which can grow a little larger and live in deeper waters, but looks the same), they have spread into inland waters and the Great Lakes since they arrived in Lake St. Clair more than

20 years ago. They cause a variety of negative changes in the lakes where they live: they filter out tiny food particles that young fish like walleye and perch need to survive and grow, are responsible for loon and other waterfowl deaths through botulism poisoning, and are a nuisance to swimmers and boaters with their sharp edges and ability to form massive colonies on any dock, hoist or structure in the water.

Many northern Michigan lakes have seen zebra and quagga mussels appear and flourish. Long Lake has been extremely fortunate to avoid such infestations, in part due to it being a relatively quiet lake with few boat launches (most invasive species are unknowingly brought in by boaters that don’t live on the lake). However, several lake residents have recently found small clumps of mussels. Zebra mussels can have small populations for years before suddenly showing explosive growth. They are usually about 1⁄4-1.5 inches long, with brown and tan stripes (though stripes may be lacking) on a D-shaped shell. They produce microscopic eggs that can travel through open water and in bilge water or minnow buckets on boats.

Because Long Lake may be in the early stages of an invasion, it is important to document and remove all new populations to slow their spread. If you think you may have found a zebra or quagga mussel, please note the exact location, take a photo, and remove the mussels from the water, making sure no parts of the mussel are left in the lake. Removal will not only prevent them from releasing more eggs but will allow Long Lake Association to make a positive identification. Please contact Rick Dahlstrom at dahlstromrick5@gmail.com or 248-568-4263 if you think you have found zebra or quagga mussels or have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in helping to manage this potential issue and maintaining the high quality of Long Lake.

ANS Tips for Boats with Ballast Tanks
Boating and Fishing Laws to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species
Zebra Mussels found on Long Lake, Traverse City Michigan


In 2021 zebra mussels are again reproducing in Long Lake.  Each female can produce a million eggs in a year.  As you see in our lake they are often found attached to clamshells.  If you see Zebra Mussels on rocks, clams, dock stands, or anything else, please immediately remove them from the lake.  We should all stay vigilant while enjoying our time in the water.

Preserve our lakes future – Donate Now!

We are blessed to live in a spectacular watershed. But what does it take to maintain the health and beauty of this precious asset? It takes organizations dedicated to preserving the natural features and ensuring our enjoyment of this community long into the future. That is where the Long Lake Association and the Long Lake Foundation come in. These organizations have different functions but share the same goal–preserving the beauty of Long Lake and its watershed for years to come. Consider the two organizations to be a partnership working for the benefit of the environment and its members. Here is a closer look at the work each does:


  • As a 501c3 entity, LLF provides leadership and financial resources for projects and programs that enhance Long Lake and the Long Lake Watershed.
  • LLF orchestrates the protection of the islands from fires and erosion
  • Makes possible the Long Lake/NMC Freshwater Studies program that monitors water quality on Long,
    Mickey, Ruth, Fern, and Page Lakes.
  • Works in concert with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy helping to make the Timbers
    Recreation Area a reality.
  • The LLF has made significant contributions to the enhancement and enjoyment of the lake investing over
    $7,500.00 annually on average over the last 3 years.


  • As a 501c4 entity, LLA is the administrative arm of this partnership.
  • Through committees, the LLA oversees communication with the membership, monitors community
    affairs with the township, the news and information source, promoting community involvement.
  • LLA is the boots on the ground and muscle that targets; Lake Science, Community Affairs, Fishing and
    Wildlife, Lake Management which includes the detection and management of invasive species and Water Safety. For example, we continue to treat Eurasian watermilfoil twice each year to improve the quality of the lakes for boating, etc. using advanced technology to limit the amount of chemical required to treat the lakes.

Both organizations are vital for the long-term health of Long Lake Watershed. To assure cohesiveness, a prescribed number of individuals sit on both boards.

As you plan your end of year giving, consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Long Lake Foundation. Your donation will help preserve the beauty of Long Lake for the next generation. As always, your contributions to the Long Lake Foundation are tax deductible under the 501c3 designation of the IRS code.  These funds will go directly to the Long Lake Improvement Fund.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation.​


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