Protecting and Preserving Black Lake and the Surrounding Watershed

News & Events

Information of interest and concern to members and everyone on the lake that the Black Lake Association receives is posted on the Black Lake Cheboygan MI Facebook group page. Some examples include notices about water level, any harmful algae blooms, fish stocking and monitoring, and meeting announcements.

Posted on July 22nd, 2021

Living on Black Lake: Some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Hot off the Press!  “Living on Black Lake:  Some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers” is now available. Topics include getting help in an emergency, preventing invasive species, boating safety, what you need to know about ice, septic systems, and many others.  Newcomers and long-time residents alike should find this a useful tool to point you toward laws and regulations that you must follow and additional resources for information and assistance.

Posted on July 22nd, 2021

Summary of Rainfall, Flows, Lake and Headpond Levels

July 8—July 19

On July 19, 2021, Nelson Turcotte of Black River Limited Partnership sent this letter to the Black Lake Association with the request that we post it. It is a summary of rainfall, flows at Alverno and Kleber Dams, and water levels at the headpond and Black Lake.

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Posted on September 25th, 2020

Update on Algae Bloom in Black Lake

Public Health Awareness Bulletin Update on Algae Bloom in Black Lake

District Health Department No. 4, in consultation with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), is continuing to issue a public health awareness bulletin about an algal bloom in Black Lake near Onaway, Michigan. People and pets should avoid direct body contact with algae in the lake or with water that is blue-green or water that looks like it has a green sheen or spilled paint on its surface. The algae layers may contain flecks, foam, or clumps. People and pets should also avoid swallowing the lake water.

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Posted on September 17th, 2020

Public Health Awareness Bulletin re 9/11/2020 Algae Bloom

A Public Health Awareness Bulletin was issued on September 15, 2020 about the algae bloom reported on Black Lake on September 11, 2020.

Posted on August 13th, 2020

USGS Report on HABs Sampling’s

Ian Collecting Lake Water SamplesThis is the latest report from the USGS on HABs sampling’s.

Ian will be out again this week sampling, so if you see him, please say HI! So far the samples we’ve collected at Black Lake have shown no detectable toxins, so that is great news. I’ve looked at a few of the samples under the microscope, and for the most part they have been filamentous green algae. The good news is that green algae do not produce toxins. They are, unfortunately still unsightly and can cause a pungent order when decomposing. Hopefully the slightly cooler temps will keep any additional blooms at bay this year, but please let us know if you see the tell-tale signs such as the teal “paint spill” or what looks like little green hairs in the water. I’ve attached a few photos to give you an idea of some of the blooms that are very dangerous and to let us know if you see them.

Posted on May 19th, 2020

Black Lake Association Gear Now Available

Shirts & Hats

These great Black Lake Association t-shirts, hats and mugs are only $10 each! Buy one for yourself and another as a gift for a friend on the lake.  Contact Connie Nadjarian by text or phone at 248-561-7174, or Cindy Trepanier at 989-370-7153 to purchase.

Posted on December 8th, 2019

Statement on Water Level Management

The Black Lake Association’s position on lake level management has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and posted in the FERC eLibrary on 11/29/2019.  That document is available here as well.

You can access other related documents through the FERC eLibrary.  The docket number is P-11730-000. 

Posted on October 27th, 2019

Public Notice concerning the Alverno Dam

The Black Lake Association received notification on October 22, 2019, from the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who thanked everyone involved in the mediation process concerning Black Lake levels for their time and effort. Unfortunately, at this time it did not appear that the parties would be able to resolve the existing issue. Due to the impasse the mediation is discontinued. If the parties want to resume discussions in the future it will be available.

Posted on October 11th, 2019

Launch Ramp at Black River Marina Site Open

The following message was received from Keith Cheli, October 10, 2019, re the opening of the launch ramp at the site of the former Black River Marina.

Good Morning –

Good news, as of today the improved launch ramp at the Black River Boating Access Site is open for public use.

Please note that a vault toilet and skid pier for the ramp will not be installed until next spring 2020 so site users will need to be prepared to make the necessary accommodations in the interim. Also of note is a new vehicular maneuvering pattern on site. When entering the site, follow the “one way” traffic signs which will take you around the north side of the former marina store and concession building. Continue driving around the east side of the building and pull up along the south side of the building. This maneuvering pattern will allow an easy back up maneuver nearly straight on to the new ramp. It is important to note that the site access (and temporary orange construction fencing) will provide for all traffic to remain on public and not private property. If you haven’t visited [the visited] the site recently you will notice improved conditions that include dilapidated dock and finger pier removals, limited shoreline stabilization, new gravel and grading, removal of the store from porch and deck, site cleanup of tires and containers and basic site directional signage.

Furthermore, this week we received approval of our funding request to move forward with site environmental cleanup. We have begun the administrative process to organize this effort which will be our next priority. Our goal will to complete the site cleanup next spring/summer.

Thank you, we will continue to provide updates to this group as information becomes available.

Keith Cheli, Landscape Architect
Regional Field Planner
MDNR Parks and Recreation Division
Cheboygan Field Office
120 A Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721



Posted on February 20th, 2019

Black Lake Association Members Gain New Lake Knowledge

Two members of the Black Lake Association, Director Dave Turzewski and member at large Dominic Bragg are presently taking the Michigan State University Extension class entitled, Introduction to Lakes. It is designed for lakefront property owners, lake users, local government officials, managers and educators. They are studying lake ecology, watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, and aquatic plant management. This knowledge will certainly be beneficial for our beautiful Black Lake.

Dominic Bragg and Director Ron Dulak will also be attending the Shoreline and Shallows Conference: Impacts of Waves on Shorelines held at Michigan State University in March. They will be focusing on high-energy waves impact on shorelines, lake levels, native plants along shorelines, and fish responses. The information they bring back to our lake should be very useful to Black Lake property owners.

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