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 1,400 members donate to the CLA 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 1953, the CLA provides services beyond harvesting the weeds. Annually, the CLA offers lake maintenance, aquatic vegetation control, floating debris, shoreline and storm clean-up, plus scientific monitoring to meet lake management needs. In addition, the CLA has a spread prevention program with watercraft stewards at public launches and offers public awareness and education throughout the year. The CLA is 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 not-for-profit association. Member contributions and community support determine the services we will provide to lake residents annually, including the size of our fleet in the water and crews on the shoreline.

The CLA offers 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 to make sure Chautauqua Lake is cared for now and in the future.

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