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2023 Fall Newsletter

Annual Meeting 

August 10, 2024

9:30 AM at Gun Lake Chapel


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Boater Safety Education Class at Shady Shores

June 29, Saturday 8 am to 4pm 

Boater Safety Education Events (kalkomey.com)

Yankee Springs Campground Update

We are excited to share some important updates about our beloved park! As part of our continuous efforts to enhance your experience, we are undertaking significant improvements, including updating electrical systems, roads, the fishing pier, and sewer facilities. These upgrades are made possible thanks to a proposed $5.5 million in federal relief funding from Governor Whitmer's Building Michigan Together Plan.

However, to facilitate these enhancements, we regret to inform you that the beach house, picnic shelters, and Gun Lake campground will be closed for the entire 2024 season. We understand this may be disappointing for many of you, but we are committed to making Yankee Springs a better place for all our visitors.

The good news is, the majority of the day-use area, the main park road, and the boating access site will remain open. Please note, though, that there might be temporary closures when construction work prohibits safe access.

Who We Are

The GLPA is a non-profit 501c-4 community membership organization founded in 1920 currently made up of nearly 1,000 property owners on and around Gun Lake. A nine member elected Board of Directors provides leadership and meets monthly. A larger group of 45 Area Directors represent neighborhoods around the lake and supports the Board. The GLPA meets annually in August. Dues are $25 per year.

Our Mission

For 100 years the GLPA has worked to protect and promote the health and responsible usage of Gun Lake and the interests of its property owners. By preserving and protecting this amazing resource and the riparian interests of property owners on and around the lake, the GLPA acts as an environmental steward and also safeguards resident property values.

While the GLPA is perhaps best known for the annual July 4 weekend fireworks display it puts on, the GLPA is much more. It is a voice and participant in many matters affecting the lake including legal issues, safety, environment, information sharing, community building, and more.

The GLPA partners with the DNR, EGLE (formerly DEQ), township and zoning officials, the Gun Lake Tribe, the Gun Lake Improvement Board (GLIB), local law enforcement, Gun Lake Sewer and Water Authority, and community businesses and residents to accomplish its mission.

GLPA in Action - A Sampling of What We Do

Fireworks show every July 4 weekend 100% paid for through resident donations to the GLPA. Without these donations fireworks would not happen.

Annual Directory of all property owners given to members funded by local business ads.

Boat cleaning stations installed and maintained at our public launches to help prevent spread of invasive species through a grant and partnership with the Gun Lake Tribe, GLIB, DNR, and Allegan Parks and Recreation.

Invasive species weed control - monitored and treated through partnership with Gun Lake Improvement Board, on which GLPA has a standing membership.

Water quality testing - is monitored and responses coordinated through partnership with DNR.

Fish stocking - Tens of thousands of walleye stocked annually through partnership with the DNR and local volunteers maintaining fish ponds, funded by GLPA.

Legal representation - when it is necessary to promote the good or oppose actions contrary to the interests of Gun Lake and its residents.

GLPA has been hosting and sponsoring Boater Safety Classes for 37 years!

Shady Shores Association

2965 Patterson Rd Wayland, MI 49348

Date & Times:Jun 29, 2024 9:00AM - 4:00PM EDT

Tornado siren installed on state park point through funding from Gun Lake Tribe and the four Townships, maintained by GLPA.

Local government participation - GLPA Board members regularly attend Township meetings to stay aware of local issues affecting Gun Lake and give input during public comment as well as written communication.

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