FAQ
This web page serves as a handy reference for our Eagle Lake community, to provide answers to the questions heard most often from new lake neighbors and even some long time homeowners.  If you cannot find the information you need, please send an email to our Information Desk by using our Contact Us page.  We will respond to you with an answer, and possibly add your question to this FAQ page to help future site visitors.

 
About Community Events
  • What are the rules for the cardboard boat race?
    • Boat races begin at 3:00 pm.  Arrive early for registration.
    • THE ENTIRE BOAT MUST BE BUILT FROM CARDBOARD AND DUCT TAPE.  No glues, epoxy, nails, caulk, etc.  No waterproofing type paints, no wood, metal, Styrofoam, inflatables or other materials that would aid in buoyancy or add to the rigidness of the cardboard.  This applies to keels, transom, ribs, hulls, etc.
    • Boats must be propelled by paddles, oars or hands only.
    • 50% of the boat must be exposed cardboard.
    • Last year's boat cannot compete.
    • Paint can only be used for decorative purposes.
    • The crew must get IN the boat, not on the boat.  No surfboards allowed.
    • The boat’s passenger area must not be enclosed above the occupant’s shoulders; escape is important if the ship goes down at sea.
    • Crew MUST wear life vests.
    • During the race, the crew must be IN the boat—not towing, holding it between your legs, swimming alongside or allowing life vest to provide floatation for the vessel.
    • Contestants are expected to maintain the decorum and dignity of a yachtsman and not behave like pirates.  Remember, this is all for fun!
    • Boat design is left to the builder’s imagination.  Creativity is encouraged and costumes are allowed.  The judges decide on the interpretation of the rules.  No bribing the judges.  Upon completion of the competition each team must take their creation home.
  • What are the rules for the annual photo contest?
    CATEGORIES:  Eagle Lake Nature (animals/plants/birds, etc), Eagle Lake People/Water Activities, and Eagle Lake Water Scenes
     
    ELIGIBILITY:  The contest is open to any child or adult living in the Town of Dover, including both year-round and summer/vacation-home residents.  A person can enter one photograph in each category for a total of three entries.  All photographs must be taken by the person entering them!
     
    SIZE:  8 x 10” enlargements (up to 8 ½ x 11”) are preferred and recommended, but 5 x 7” or 4 x 6” prints will be accepted.
     
    SPECIFICS:  Photographs can be color or non-color.  No borders of any kind.  No captions.  Photographs must be mounted using rubber cement or spray adhesive to an 11 x 14” tag or poster board.  Winners must supply JPEG files for future promotions in print, website content, and social media.
     
    DEADLINE FOR 2018 CONTEST:  Entries must be dropped off by 4:00 pm Monday, August 20th at the Dover Town Hall during normal business hours (Mon-Thurs 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Fridays until noon.)
     
    ANNUAL MEETING:  All entries will be displayed at the ELIA Annual Meeting on August 25th.  Winners will be indicated and prizes awarded.  People attending the meeting can vote for People’s Choice photo.
     
    PUBLIC DISPLAY:  The top 3 entries in each category, plus the People’s Choice photo will be put on display at Michael’s On The Lake from August 25 through September 2.  They can be picked up after 5:00 pm on September 2 or the following week at the Town Hall.  ALL OTHER ENTRIES will be released at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting or can be claimed at the Town Hall the following week.
  • Who gets invited to the Welcome New Neighbor party?
    Excellent question, with a complicated answer.  We make an effort to invite all residents who've moved into our area during the past year, but it's not an easy task.
     
    Within certain neighborhoods, the community associations are aware of new residents or changes in ownership and share that information with EagleLakeIA.  For larger neighborhoods like the Eagle Lake Manor, it is harder to track.  Therefore, we make an effort to monitor real estate sales activity for properties in our area.  The weekly sales summary in the Racine newspaper, as well as the public information available on the Racine County website, are useful resources for this effort.
     
    Our goal is to reach out to new residents as soon as we can, with a genuine desire to welcome them as neighbors and provide a copy of our Welcome New Neighbor manual.  Being part of a lake community is unique and those new to the area may have questions about their neighborhoods or lake properties.  The EagleLakeIA board feels it is important to provide a social atmosphere in which our new residents can meet neighbors, ask questions, and begin to feel the sense of community that is part of our mission.

About The Association
  • Do I have to live on the lake to become a member?
    No.  You do not have to live directly on Eagle Lake or be a property owner to join the Eagle Lake Improvement Association.  Any individual who owns or has an interest in property adjacent to or within one mile of Eagle Lake, or who for at least one month each year resides on or within one mile of Eagle Lake, is eligible to become a member of ELIA.
  • How much are the annual dues, and are they tax deductible?
    The basic membership dues are $15 per household, paid annually.  This voluntary contribution helps support the many programs, activities, and events which are coordinated by ELIA each year.  Additional contributions are gladly accepted.  With our designation as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, your generous donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

About The Lake
  • Who is responsible for weed cutting?
    The Eagle Lake Management District has primary responsibility for the weed cutting.  From early June through late August, workers hired by ELMD work weekdays to harvest plants and remove the cuttings.  Two weed harvesters and a transporter owned and operated by the district are utilized in this effort.
  • How do I reserve a picnic area at Eagle Lake Park?
    The Eagle Lake Park not only provides excellent access to our lake, it also features a number of picnic areas and park amenities.  For those interested in visiting the park or making a reservation, click on the links below for the latest information from Racine County.
     
     
     
  • When can I have my pier in the lake?
    Per section 12.08.010 of the Eagle Lake Use Regulations:  Every person maintaining a pier, wharf, boat lift, or other structure or device in the waters of Eagle Lake shall remove the same on or before November 1st of each year and shall not again place it in the waters of Eagle Lake prior to March 1st of each year.  This section shall not apply to piers exceeding nine tons in weight.
  • Who can I contact for pier and/or boat lift removal?
    The following local companies are known to provide installation and removal services for piers and boat lifts around Eagle Lake.  Contact information is provided, along with links to websites if applicable.  Please note that some may not be accepting new clients at this time.
     
    Complete Piers & Lifts, LLC
    East Troy, WI
    (262) 642-4383
    Click here to visit their website
    Lakes Area Marine
    Burlington, WI
    (262) 763-8325
    Click here to visit their website
     
    Do you know of other companies, or even some local individuals with experience in pier and lift removal?  Please send us an email with contact information and we will add them to this listing.  
       
       

About The Website
  • Do I have to appear in the website user directory?
    By updating your website user profile, you have the ability to control whether or not your name and contact information is displayed in the directory.  At the top of the home page, click Your Profile and then select Update Directory Preferences.
     
    Adjust the parameters to your preferences, and click Save.
  • Can I pay my dues, or make a donation through the website?
    Thank you for your interest in the Eagle Lake Improvement Association.  Yes, you can pay your membership dues or make a general donation through the website.  For your security, all electronic transactions are encrypted and your financial information is not stored on our EagleLakeIA website at any time.
     
    To make a payment, hover over the Contact Us link on the top navigation bar.  On the sub menu, choose the link for Donate or Pay Dues.  For electronic payments, click on blue Donate button.  We accept PayPal, credit cards, ACH bank transfers, and Apple Pay.
     
    Of course, for those of you with a preference for writing personal checks, we accept those as well.  Mail your check payable to ELIA, and send to the address shown on the website.