Become a member of the Three Lakes Council

The Three Lakes Council is proud to have been a leader in environmental stewardship around the three lakes since 1970, thanks to our members and supporters. We can’t do it without you.


You can be a member of the Three Lakes Council and help us pursue our educational and scientific goals.  Join and be an important part of the Three Lakes Community. Unite for an effective environmental voice. Your contributions fund our research, water quality monitoring, fish stocking, invasive species actions, and stewardship efforts. The Three Lakes Council is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN: 13-2873769)

You are invited to become a member if you:

  • Own property bordering on any of the Three lakes
  • Have deeded rights or easements giving access to the lakes
  • Rent property bordering any of the lakes with a lease term of at least one year (Associate Member)
  • Wish to financially support the Three Lakes Council’s efforts (Associate Member)

Membership in the Three Lakes Council does not convey any lake rights or rights to access the three lakes.

Fill out and send our membership form with your contribution.  Our address is

Three Lakes  Council
PO Box 241
South Salem, NY 10590

We ask for a $55 membership donation and we are grateful to so many of you who contribute more.  Thank you for your support!

Our latest annual report can be obtained, upon request, from Three Lakes Council at the address above, or from the NYS Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10271.

Annual Meeting and Potluck

Hear about the state of the lakes and greet your neighbors at our annual meeting and potluck.  This generally is scheduled in late July or early August at the Waccabuc Country Club beach area.  Watch our newsletter and our announcements for more information.


We get a lot done with your membership contributions, thanks in part to our dedicated volunteers and partnerships. See our yearly accomplishment summaries for more details.  We welcome more volunteers – let us know of your interests and skills!

  • Testing water quality and recording physical characteristics to have early warning of changes
  • Monitoring for harmful algal blooms and toxins
  • Identifying algae types
  • Educational seminars or walks for community residents
  • Outreach on environmental topics through newsletters, mailings, website, and email groups
  • Annual meeting and potluck for members
  • Fish stocking
  • Wildlife management actions
  • Aquatic plant surveys to assess trends in plant growth
  • Sampling for early identification of invasive aquatic plants to allow rapid response
  • Stewardship of Long Pond Preserve
  • Terrestrial invasive plant management
  • Advocacy on watershed-related legislation at local, state, and federal levels
  • Boat registration and return of lost boats
  • Responses to resident inquiries

More details by year