Protecting and Preserving Black Lake and the Surrounding Watershed

About the Black Lake Association (BLA)

The Black Lake Association was founded in 1928 by a group of volunteers focused on maintaining the quality of the lake and surrounding watershed, providing recreational opportunities and to communicate information of interest to its members.

BLA Bylaws


Stewardship of Black Lake is the responsibility of all who enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities that it provides.  It’s largely a matter of simple things and common sense.  We all share in the benefits of keeping the lake and surrounding watershed as clean and healthy as it can be.  A few things to remember:

  • The use of herbicides and pesticides on your lawn inevitably finds its way into the lake via runoff and groundwater.  Please consider avoiding these products if at all possible.  If you do uses them, the further away from the shoreline the better.
  • Septic systems are another potential threat to the lake.  Old, inefficient or leaking systems are a big part of the human-introduced contaminants found in our lake.  The impact on water quality, fish and wildlife on Blake Lake is substantial.  Have your system evaluated regularly and updated as necessary.
  • Tread lightly with your beachfront.  Property owners all have a vision of their own slice of heaven.  But is important to know that small changes to individual beaches can impact those around it.