About Us

Who are we?

The Tomahawk Lake Association is a not-for-profit, 501c(3) organization of people who care about Tomahawk Lake.

The Tomahawk Lake Association was formed in 1989 by local residents to help inform, educate and organize the approximately 400 waterfront property owners on Tomahawk Lake on issues crucial to the continued quality of the shore land and water of our lake, as well as the care and maintenance it requires.

Because we are a 501c(3) organization, we can receive tax-deductible gifts as well as seek grants from the DNR and other government agencies.

Why are we important?

The Tomahawk Lake Association is the only resource dedicated exclusively to Tomahawk Lake. This does not mean that the issues we address necessarily are unique to our lake, but they are of high concern to those who care about our lake. Tomahawk Lake unites us as an “interest group,” and therefore gives us greater capacity to have an impact on our shared concerns through our combined efforts, financial resources and political influence.

What are we trying to accomplish here, anyway?

There are many issues of current and potential concern to property owners on Tomahawk Lake, from boating safety to the management of the water level. However the two greatest concerns at this time are the need to control the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM), and shoreland preservation and stormwater management.

EWM is an invasive species of seaweed that reproduces rapidly and has the potential to choke much of the lake, making it almost impossible to use, and adversely affecting wildlife. Parts of Tomahawk Lake are seriously threatened already, and the Tomahawk Lake Association has been leading the way in battling it. To date, there is no known permanent solution to the problem – all we can do is continually fight its spread.

Shoreland restoration and stormwater management techniques are designed to help homeowners manage their property to limit the nutrient and soil runoff into the lake.  These programs are designed to encourage the restoration and maintenance of natural shorelines with an ultimate goal of improving lake water quality.

What do we need to do to make that possible?

We have organized volunteers to address EWM in numerous ways. First, we have volunteers continually search for and identify EWM infestations on Tomahawk Lake, so that they can be addressed. Other volunteers dive and carefully remove patches by hand. (Fortunately, EWM only grows at a depth of 20 feet or less.) Still other volunteers staff boat landings to educate boaters about how they can prevent the spread of EWM. The strongest defense, however, is chemical treatment, and this costs money. The DNR makes meaningful matching grants to help cover the cost of the purchase and application of these tested and approved chemicals, but formal lake associations like ours must raise a share of the funds. As more areas of infestation are identified, more funds are required.

Our shoreland restoration program is just getting started, and will assist property owners with a variety of tools, information, site surveys, demonstration sites, and sample design documents for various types of shoreland preservation projects typically encountered by Tomahawk Lake property owners.

How are we planning to do that?

Those already involved in The Tomahawk Lake Association are working hard to make sure that everyone on the lakefront is aware of the problems and what they can do to help. TLA has established its Fair Share program for financial contributions. Our goal is to have at least 75% of property owners contribute $270 per year in order to help fund the various EWM and Shoreland Preservation programs.  Only through a shared financial commitment will we accomplish the goals of TLA.

If we are successful in this strategy, what difference will it make?

Our goal is to preserve and protect Tomahawk Lake. Our success will be measured by the management of EWM, and the education of property owners as to Shoreland Preservation and Stormwater Management techniques. If we are successful, we will maintain the high water quality that has been the hallmark of the Lake for the last 50 years. This in turn will help maintain strong property values and allow future generations to enjoy the lake.

Find Out How You Can Make a Difference

Find Out How You Can Make a Difference

The Tomahawk Lake Association is an organization run by volunteers–and we need more help. Learn more.

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Comprehensive Lake Management Plan

Comprehensive Lake Management Plan

First developed in 2009, the management plan is for the Tomahawk Lake System.

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Shoreland Stewards Program

Shoreland Stewards Program

This program provides Tomahawk Lake property owners with a method to evaluate their current shoreland management practices.

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Get Your TLA Merchandise

Get Your TLA Merchandise

Support TLA with this simple fundraiser and let folks know how important it is to you.

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