Update Whole Lake Fluridone Treatment
On behalf of the Indian Lake Government Lake Board (ILGLB) the Indian Lake Improvement Association (ILIA) would like to share the timing for the follow-up Fluridone Spot treatment. As was discussed at the May 8 ILGLB meeting, weed sampling would be completed following the whole lake treatment to identify areas of the lake which require follow up spot treatment. PLM confirmed spot treatment application is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23. Please note that weather conditions, rain and wind, can impact application thus the actual date could adjust to later in the week.
Thank you to everyone who joined many of your ILIA board members at the Indian Lake Government Lake Board Meeting on May 8.
Please join your ILIA board at our upcoming General Membership Meeting.
Indian Lake Improvement Association General Membership
Saturday, June 10
9:00AM Eastern – Donuts/Coffee with the Board
10:00AM Eastern – General Membership Meeting Starts
Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department 33104 Old M 62, Dowagiac, MI 49047
Looking forward to another great summer.
Your ILIA Board
ILIA Welcome Letter 2023
Dear Indian Lake Residents,
We look forward to great summer at the lake and hope yours is filled with memorable experiences with family and friends! The ILIA board has been hard at work this off-season. We encourage all lake residents to join the Indian Lake Improvement Association to ensure you are connected to updates on the challenges our lake faces, lake health reports and studies, and as a forum to ensure your Indian Lake related concerns are heard.
ILIA dues remain at $50, the same amount since 2008. If you can make an additional donation, we greatly appreciate it. As a reminder, the ILIA is a Michigan non-profit corporation, however dues and donations are not tax deductible.
Join or renew your membership on the ILIA website at: https://indianlk.com. Simply click the Membership tab on the website, fill out the form, complete payment and click submit. You can also fill out and return the enclosed form along your dues and additional donations.
Our first ILIA general membership meeting is June 10, 2023. Please join us for a donut and coffee chat with the ILIA Board prior to the start of the general membership meeting.
9:00AM Eastern – Donuts/Coffee with the Board
10:00AM Eastern – General Membership Meeting Starts
Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department
33104 Old M 62, Dowagiac, MI 49047
Some of the topics to be covered:
- We welcome Kurt Hickey to the ILIA Board of Directors and congratulate him on joining the Indian Lake Government Lake Board as the Pokagon Township representative.
- The North Inlet monitoring equipment was installed April 4, 2023. We will provide an update on the measurement and tracking efforts as information is available.
- The Lake Management & Aquatic Vegetation Control Committee will present the proposal for the weed harvester replacement including an overview of the options, vendors, costs/funding and project timing.
Please also consider your support for the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department – We greatly appreciate being able to utilize the fire department for our ILIA meetings and for all the fire department does for our community. The department is currently raising funds for the purchase of a new engine for their recently acquired water rescue boat. Please consider a donation to the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department for their Water Rescue Boat. This project is another wonderful addition to their capabilities to aid and support our community.
Indian Lake Government Lake Board – Joe Bischoff from Barr Engineering will be speaking at the next GLB meeting and will be available for Q & A after his presentation starting at 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, May 8, at the Silver Creek Township Hall.
For more information about the GLB, public notices, aquatic herbicide treatment history, herbicide MSDS information, and various vegetation control plans and reports visit:
if you have questions or concerns please reach out to us at: ILIAMichigan@gmail.com or for more information about the ILIA please visit our website at: https://indianlk.com
EGLE has approved the whole lake fluridone treatment that will be administered by PLM the first week of May. A letter was sent out last week to all lake residents, but we wanted to make you aware here as well. Please take notice of signage regarding swimming and watering your lawns. If you have any questions please contact the Indian Lake Government Board: 269-424-3025.
ILIA Board of Directors and Officers
Herbicide Treatment Notification
Hello Indian Lake Residents,
As was discussed at the Indian Lake Government Lake Board meeting on Saturday, August 20 there will be a second spot treatment for weed management. The herbicide application company, PLM, confirmed today with the Indian Lake Government Lake Board that the application of Diquat will take place this week on Wednesday, August 24.
Three locations are identified for the second treatment. PLM will be spraying on the north shore near the Mann Drain, the west shoreline in the area of the Lakeview Mobile Home park and the very south shoreline of the lake. As always postings along the shoreline will be completed. Please reference those postings for information related to use of the lake for recreation and lawn watering activities.
Indian Lake Improvement Association
Indian Lake Improvement Association Annual Meeting & Indian Lake Government Lake Board Meeting
Saturday, August 20 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Pavilion at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 51841 Leach Road, Dowagiac
Mark your calendars for our Annual August Member Meeting and Indian Lake Government Lake Board Meeting, Saturday, August 20. The morning will start with the Indian Lake Government Lake Board meeting immediately followed by the Indian Lake Improvement Association meeting. Below are specific details for each meeting.
- Location: the Pavilion at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 51841 Leach Road, Dowagiac. Given the expected large turn-out, we are moving to the Pavilion.
- 8:30 a.m. EDT – Voting commences for ILIA Officers and Directors (at the Pavilion). Only ILIA members are entitled to vote for ILIA Officers and Directors.
- 9:00 a.m. EDT – meeting of the Indian Lake Government Lake Board for a presentation by Joe Bischoff of Barr Engineering regarding the state of the lake (at the Pavilion).
- Approximately 10:00 a.m. – Convene the ILIA annual member and lake resident meeting, including questions for, and discussions with, Joe Bischoff.
- Voting will close for ILIA Officers and Directors approximately 15 minutes after the commencement of the ILIA meeting.
As mentioned in the meeting details, elections will take place during the annual meeting. The following individuals/positions will be considered for the the ILIA Board.
Keith Anderson – Board Chair for a term expiring in 2025
Angelo Ippolito – Vice Chair for the term expiring in 2023
Laura Van Dyke – Secretary for a term expiring in 2025
Bonnie Hague – term expiring in 2025
Jim Slott – term expiring in 2025
Tim Garvey – Term expiring in 2025
Jeff Karstrand – term expiring in 2023
Jim Snediker– term expiring in 2023
We appreciate the time commitment these individuals have made for the “Good of Indian Lake”
Special Indian Lake Association
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Indian Lake Firehouse
Mark your calendars! → Please join your ILIA board members to understand how
the creation of the Indian Lake Government Lake Board (ILGLB) has impacted our lake improvement association to act as stewards on behalf of our beloved Indian Lake.
We will share with you the history of the actions the Silver Creek Township (SCT) took to create the ILGLB, their subsequent refusal to pay valid weed management bills from our SAD funds established for weed management and the steps we are taking to work collaboratively with our ILGLB.
We know this is Memorial Day weekend, but we have heard from many of you that you want to understand how “things are going to work” going forward. Let’s start talking early in the season to give us the best opportunity to act on behalf of Indian Lake.
5/28/2022 Power Point Presentation
Indian Lake Upcoming Indian Lake Weed Management Activities scheduled by the Indian Lake Government Lake Board
Dear Indian Lake Residents
Spring is in the air and it’s time for membership dues. You can now either pay online or by mail.
Friday, May 27 – PLM will be surveying the lake only
Week of May 30:
Tuesday, May 31 – PLM and Barr Engineering will confirm Herbicide spraying schedule
- Current Tentative dates for Herbicide application – Wednesday, June 1 or Thursday, June 2
- As presented at the GLB meeting May 17 a combination of ProcellaCor and Diquat herbicides will be used in near-shore areas where plants are most problematic. Using both herbicides should provide better control of the Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly-leaf pondweed.
Friday, June 3 – Point Intercept Survey of lake to map and track plant/weed growth areas.
Additional information related to the upcoming Lake Management activities will be shared at the Saturday meeting.
Your ILIA Board Members
A Beautiful History
In 1893, a natural glacier made a body of water located in Section 29 of Silver Creek Township known as “Woolman’s Lake.” This name was later changed. Every spring when the sap rose from the roots of the large Maple Trees that surround the lake, natives from the local Potawatomi Indian Tribe maintained numerous sugar camps in these wooded areas. The name of the lake was thus changed to …
Located in Southwest Michigan
A 90-minute drive from Chicago and a quick jaunt to St. Joseph, MI make this inland lake nestled in the fruit and wine belt of Michigan a great place to enjoy life! While one of the first lakes to install a sewer system to improve the water quality for the over 350 seasonal or year round residents, the ongoing stewardship of the lake is the responsibility of the The Indian Lake Improvement Association or ILIA. Under the direction of its elected Board of Directors the ILIA’s actions have continued to enhance not only the water quality but improved the all around recreational usage, making it a perfect location to unwind with friends and family.
Things to do —
Perfectly placed in the fruit belt and winery area of Silver Creek and Pokagon Townships in Cass County, Michigan, this lake is the perfect place to entertain.
Indian Lake offers full recreational water activities, including a Yacht Club with a launch ramp, as well as other water sport activities such as boating, sailing, and fishing. The lake is close to golf courses, restaurants, fruit stands and u-pick orchards, produce farms, wineries and breweries and nearby shopping opportunities.