Membership in the Glen Lake Association isn’t just for people who live on the shores of Glen Lake. We encourage everyone who cares about the lakes and streams within the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed to join our award-winning organization. Members form a community committed to clean water, wildlife habitat, and watershed education. Become a member today!

You can make a difference!

winter sunset over glen lake

Your Membership Matters

Members are the heroes at the heart of our watershed protection efforts. When you become a member by making a donation, you play a critical role in keeping the water clean and healthy. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Glen Lake Association depends on membership donations from businesses and individuals to cover the cost of essential watershed protection programs.

Here are just a few of the recent “wins” made possible last year by our members:

  •  4217 boats were inspected at the Little Glen public boat launch
  • 14 incidences of Eurasian Watermilfoil were removed from those boats
  • 19 shoreline and stream bank consultations were conducted
  • 26 newsletters were produced to inform the community about current watershed happenings
  • 1659 water samples were taken and tested by Association volunteers
  • 10 Discovery Boat tours were led by our watershed scientist
  • 1 International water quality symposium was hosted by the Glen Lake Association

how can i become a member?

Annual giving to the Glen Lake Association’s General Fund is the easiest and most effective way to become a member and contribute to watershed protection. Your consistent support is key to our ability to address water quality concerns with certainty.

We also invite you to consider an additional donation to one of our designated funds. These funds ensure the long-term sustainability of our water quality programs.

However you choose to support the Glen Lake Association, your generous contribution will help protect the incredible natural resources and quality of life we’ve all come to love.

Business Memberships

We partner with area businesses in order to spread the word about watershed protection. When you become a business member, your company name will be promoted on our website and in our annual report. If you represent a business and would like to support the mission of the Glen Lake Association, please donate today!   

honorary & memorial gifts

Honor someone special by making a donation in their name. Or, remember a loved one who has passed away with a memorial gift and lasting tribute. When you donate online, you will be given the opportunity to designate your donation as an honorary or memorial gift at that time.


Our legends program recognizes donors who have provided for the Glen Lake Association in their will or estate plan. What better way to ensure the future of Glen Lake and its watershed than by creating a meaningful legacy through a planned gift?


Being a member of the Glen Lake Association has its benefits!


Know you’re making a difference in water quality protection

our Annual Report

Receive a printed copy of our yearly report ‘It’s All About the Water’ by mail

Discounted Rates

Purchase discounted tickets for the Discovery Boat tour

Watershed News

Get the latest watershed news delivered straight to your email

Invitations to events

Attend our “State of the Watershed” address each July

* Riparian members may also vote for board members and proposed by-law changes


Tamara and Jeff Cutler and family

Tamara & Jeff Cutler – Little Glen Riparians

“We joined the Glen Lake Association in 1996 right after we purchased our cottage. We knew the watershed was special, and we wanted to support the work of GLA in protecting and preserving it for future generations. Their work is proactive, thorough, and collaborative, and their communication to members is excellent. We are grateful for their dedication to a place we love!”

peter and karen van nort

Peter & Karen Van Nort – Glen Arbor Residents

“Although we don’t live on the water, we believe that all of us are stewards of our lakes and rivers. We all can enjoy the lakes and the river whether we live on them or not, and with their increasing use it’s more important to protect them than ever. We invite everyone to join us to keep Glen Lake beautiful. It is important for each of us to take responsibility for maintaining the beauty of the water.”

Membership FAQ’S

Q:  How long is my membership valid?

A:  Memberships expire one year from the date of your last donation. Consider taking advantage of our auto-payment feature to conveniently renew your membership each year.

Q: Are my donations tax deductible?

A:  The Glen Lake Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. While donations to 501(c)(3) organizations are generally tax-deductible, we recommend that you consult your tax advisor to determine your deduction eligibility.

Q:  Can I make a donation via personal check?

A:   While donating online is secure and easy, you’re always welcome to mail a check to:  PO Box 551, Glen Arbor, MI 49636. Please enclose this completed FORM with your check.  

Q:  Can I make a donation via wire transfer?

A:  If you’d like to send a wire transfer, please refer to the wiring instructions on this FORM.

Q: May I donate stock to the Glen Lake Association?

A: Yes, we gratefully accept gifts of stock. Please refer to the instructions on this FORM for more information.

Q:  May I designate my donation for a particular project or area of interest?

A:  Yes! Simply give us a call or include a note with your donation to let us know how you’d like us to use your gift.

Q:  What if I have other questions about donating or becoming a member?

A:  We are happy to answer your questions! Please give us a call at (231) 334-7645 or email