The Glen Lake Association (GLA) has been dedicated to protecting, preserving and caring for the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed for over 75 years. Through scientific research, invasive species control and education the GLA strives to protect the environment and quality of life for all users of our waters.

In an effort to limit invasive species from entering our waters, the GLA monitors the 17 road ends that exit on both the Glen Lakes. While the GLA does not have the ability to legally enforce actions at the road ends, we do acknowledge the importance of adhering to Michigan Inland Lakes law for the protection of our lakes.

Below we have identified key resources for road end information and rules. You may also
contact the GLA office at or call (231)334-7645 with further

Public Act 56 of 2012 makes it a misdemeanor to use public road-ends for placing boat hoists or
boat anchorage systems, mooring or docking boats between midnight and sunrise as well as installing a dock or wharf. The penalty is a $500 fine, with each 24-hour period constituting a
separate and new violation, thus allowing for subsequent and repeated citations. The Road-
Ends Law also creates an implied cause of action in the civil courts as well.

Permissible activities are limited to accessing the surface of the water and the installation of a
public dock to assist in providing access to the water. Other recreational activities, such as
those normally conducted at public parks like games and sunbathing, are prohibited, including
the anchoring of boats and other watercraft on a non-temporary basis.

Empire Township:
Select Ordinances-Road End Ordinance

Glen Arbor Township:
Select #1-2008 Public Road Endings 11.18.08

Empire and Glen Arbor Townships: Zoning Administrator Tim Cypher 231-360-2557.

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