Memberships & Contributions

The Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), a nonprofit 501(c)3, was incorporated in 1953 and is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors.  Over 1400 members donate to the association on a yearly basis.  In addition to private donations; local, county, and state governmental entities along with private foundations provide supplemental funds as affordable to support the CLA’s annual programs.


Your contributions ensure that Chautauqua Lake is cared for – now and in the future!

As the Steward of the Lake since 1954, the CLA provides much more services than just harvesting the weeds. We offer annual lake maintenance, aquatic vegetation control, floating debris, shoreline and storm clean-up, plus scientific monitoring to meet lake management needs. We are the only entity performing this role for Chautauqua Lake. We collaborate regularly with other environmentally oriented organizations about lake, watershed and related social-political issues affecting the lake.

Our annual fund drive is the backbone of our member support.  Participation in the fund drive is critical to the CLA being able to financially sustain itself and summer work to occur.  We offer the most cost effective and environmentally friendly solution to lake maintenance within our means. Other options, if financing was available, would certainly be considered. At this time diverting our funding to alternative methods and abandoning harvesting could prove detrimental to the lake. Lake maintenance will be essential no matter what alternative options are used on the lake.

Please consider donating to the Chautauqua Lake Association – make sure Chautauqua Lake is cared for now and in the future.

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Mail to:
Chautauqua Lake Association
429 E. Terrace Ave
Lakewood NY, 14750-1538

For persons wishing to provide ADDITIONAL support to the CLA, we have an endowment fund opportunity in conjunction with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation – The Eric Westrom Fund. This fund is an excellent vehicle to receive bequests, memorials or regular contributions.  We consider it to be a Fund for Chautauqua Lake.

Contributions to this fund can be mailed to:

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
The Eric Westrom Fund / CLA
418 Spring Street
Jamestown, NY 14701