About Us


The Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association is a registered non-profit organization that supports measures which contribute to the healthy environment of these connected lakes. We work with governmental and environmental groups to promote and endorse projects to enhance water quality and deal with issues that can negatively impact this vital waterway.

Our Vision: To be a strong, viable and well-respected volunteer organization that is aware of the past, while focusing on future generations by advocating policies that preserve our irreplaceable and beautiful habitat.

Mission Statement: Working, Educating and Advocating for Quality Lake Living since 1963.

PCLA guards our wetlands by working to reduce shoreline erosion. We also educate residents and visitors about what  they can do to protect this irreplacable natural resource. Pickerel and Crooked Lakes comprise a rich, beautiful habitat. We encourage you to keep it healthy for the next generation, while you enjoy it to the fullest.

PCLA Activities and Accomplishments

  • Established educational kiosks at water access sites in the community.
  • Regularly sponsor boating safety courses.
  • Participate in local festivals and parades to raise awareness of water issues.
  • Monitor waterways for detection of invasive species and water quality.
  • Contribute to land acquisition projects for land protection and conservation.
  • Participate in aquatic vegetation surveys.
  • Partner with DNRE to protect and promote sport fishing.
  • Work with other organizations and/or agencies on legislation to protect and maintain waterways.

Core Values:

  • Promote and endorse projects to enhance environmental conservation and water quality within our watershed.
  • Work to keep healthy native fish and native plant populations in the lakes.
  • Preserve the health, welfare, and safety of the lakes community
  • Affirm the ethical principle that individual rights should be enjoyed and protected without trespassing on the rights of others.
  • Value scientific data provided by subject matter experts to enhance our advocacy.
  • Practice responsible stewardship of our financial resources and business practices.
  • Conserve vulnerable property in our Pickerel-Crooked Lakes watershed.
  • Support property owners’ riparian rights.
  • Serve to research and recommend resolutions to common issues.
  • Recognize the Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Watershed as the headwaters of the larger Cheboygan Watershed, and realize that our actions may affect the downstream environment.