NEW WEBSITE - SOFT LAUNCH - VISIT www.bllb.org for ALL future information needs:  notices, meetings, agendas, financials, members etc.


NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING:  Thursday February 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm - at North Muskegon City Hall (1502 Ruddiman Ave)

  • SPECIAL WORKSHOP MEETING NOTICE (topics:  Lake improvement plan/next steps) - Monday Feb. 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm at North Muskegon City Hall Conference Room - CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE NOTICE

  • RESCHEDULED DATE:  SPECIAL WORKSHOP MEETING NOTICE (topics:  open meeting act and BLLB By-Laws) - Thursday Feb. 24, 2022 at 6:00 pm at Walker Community Center in North Muskegon Library Bldg - CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE NOTICE

The BLLB has a regular monthly meeting schedule set for the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm which will alternate locations between North Muskegon City Hall and Laketon Township Hall. Starting November 2021, all meetings will take place at the North Muskegon City Hall and will no longer alternate between locations.

Meeting dates may be changed/rescheduled or may even be cancelled from time to time if there is no business for the BLLB to conduct that month.  Changes & or Cancellations will be posted here on this website.  Meeting Agendas and Approved Minutes are posted on this page as well - see below.  MEETING AGENDAS AND MINUTES ARE POSTED BELOW.


SPECIAL NOTICE:  THE BEAR LAKE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION (a 501c3 organization) is in need of a new president for the group.  CLICK HERE for more information.


2021 Weed Treatment and other lakefront property owner information


Riparian Info & Resources

EGLE (State of Michigan Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy) are hosting a FREE Webinar:  Advancing inland lake stewardship through Best Management Practices on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2022 from 1pm to 2:30 pm.  Click Here for a link to the website to sign up.


The State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE, formerly known as DEQ) posted an informative article to the MI Environment website about a new video series that informs inland lake property owners about best management practices to help keep their lake healthy. 

CLICK HERE to read the article and find links to additional resources, including a link to a Shoreland Stewards Survey where you can see how you are doing on your property with regard to best management practices.  You could even be recognized as a  Gold, Silver, Bronze or Starter level Shorelands Steward. 

CLICK HERE  to go to MI Shorelands Stewards website

CLICK HERE to go to the MI Shorelands Stewards video series on youtube.com


Other Related Projects/Info

As we are able, we will be gathering information on projects that have or will take place on, in or around Bear Lake.

2018 - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED - Fenner's Ditch Oil Seep Project:  Details on this project can be read by clicking this link.             

Click here for a blog article, written by the company that helped the MDEQ with the Fenner's Ditch Oil Seep Project. 

2018 - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED - Wetland Construction Project (near Ribe Drain):  Bear Creek Watershed Nutrient Reduction Wetland Construction - The US EPA, National Park Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (NPS GLRI) grant and the Delta Institute are providing $310,398 to construct a wetland in the upper reaches of Bear Creek to act as a natural filter for nutrients to improve water quality from the Twin Lake area through Bear Lake.

2015 - 2017 - THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED - Phragmites Grant Project:   This  invasive species grant was a two year grant which we extended an additional year. It ran from 2015 -2017. The grant came through EPA / GLRI funding. The grant was for $153,313.00. A total of 129.34 acres were treated of which 35 acres were on Bear Lake. Of the 129.34 acres, 82.3 acres were treated at least twice. Also - 6 landowner training sessions were held and provided native plants for N. Muskegon students to plant on the school shoreline property. The final plan report is located on the WMSRDC webpage at this web address:



Muskegon Lake - Revitalization Story - Since 1985 when Muskegon Lake was designated an Area of Concern (AOC) a number of revitalization/restoration projects have been done and some are still in progress.  Click this link for more information on these projects, this document includes contact information if you have any questions or concerns.

Lake Board Members

The Bear Lake Lake Board consists of members as required by law (Act 451 of 1994, Part 309).  The County Drain Commissioner, a County Commissioner, a representative of each municipality and a resident of the community that resides within the special assessment district.  The members are as follows:

Brenda Moore, Muskegon County Drain Commissioner (Secretary)

Doug Brown, Muskegon County Commissioner

Paul Pek, Laketon Township Representative

Craig Howell, City of North Muskegon Representative (Treasurer)

Darrell VanFossan, Resident within the Special Assessment District (Chairperson)

Annual Meeting Schedules

2017 Meeting Schedule

2018 Meeting Schedule

2019 Meeting Schedule

2020 Meeting Schedule

2021 Meeting Schedule - Meetings will be virtual (via Zoom) as required/necessary due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Zoom instructions will be on the meeting posting at the top of the page, and on the physical postings on the door of Laketon Township and North Muskegon City Hall.

2021 REVISED Meeting Schedule - post COVID requirements

2022 Meeting Schedule 


Meeting Agendas

Click the links below to see the meeting agendas

Agendas not appearing in this list (2016 - 2019) have been moved to an archive page - click here to go to the archive page.

Approved Minutes

Official meeting minutes will be posted below.  (Draft minutes from one meeting are submitted at the next meeting for approval - any Draft minutes posted here are not official minutes and are subject to additions/edits/corrections until approved by the BLLB) 

Click on the link below to see the minutes document. 

Minutes not appearing in this list (2016 - 2018) have been moved to an archive page - click here to go to the archive page.

BLLB Documents/Other BLLB Information



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This website is maintained in house, so if you do not see something you are looking for, please call the Laketon Township Hall at 231-744-2454.