Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership


2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute 

Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership logoApplications are now being accepted for the 2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute. The Institute provides outdoor and classroom experiences that improve participants’ understanding of lake and stream ecology and management, while developing communication, leadership, and conflict management skills. Engaged citizens, early career professionals, and natural resources students are especially encouraged to apply. Full information and application forms are available on the Institute web page. The Institute is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, and endorsed by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.





Volunteer for Your Lake!

Enrollment is now open for the 2017 Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). During the 2016 season, over 400 volunteers collected data on over 220 lakes statewide. Monitoring will help you understand the health of your lake, and whether that health is changing over time. Volunteers receive training and materials to collect data and understand it. The CLMP is part of the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), our statewide volunteer lake and stream monitoring program. 



Registration Open for 2017 Shoreline and Shallows Conference

Registration is open for the 2017 Shoreline and Shallows Conference being held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Thursday, March 9. This year’s topics focus on Michigan’s new Shoreland Stewards Program; Wisconsin’s Healthy Lakes Initiatives; Invasive and Nuisance Plant and Animal Control Options; Fish Habitat; Accessing Information on Lakes and the new Michigan Lake Habitat Viewer; and Bioengineering Structures and Products. The conference is a program of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and is endorsed by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.

2017 Shoreline and Shallows Conference


Explore Michigan’s wonderful world of crayfish

A new poster from Michigan Sea Grant celebrates biodiversity of these freshwater crustaceans.

 Crayfishes of Michigan poster


National Lakes Assessment 2012 Results

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of the 2012 National Lakes Assessment. Fifty-three Michigan lakes were included in this survey, designed to provide the public and decision makers with nationally consistent and representative information on the condition of the nation’s waters. The EPA site includes the full report, key findings, and an interactive data dashboard. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality provides a description of Michigan’s participation in this effort, the first of which was in 2007.


2017 Lake Research Grants Program

Funding available from our Partners at the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations. Grant applications are due February 17. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships, or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students, or participants/alumni of the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute, the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, or similar watershed academies. 


DNR’s New Web-Based Map Displays Inland Lake Habitat Information

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently launched a new web-based mapping tool - the Inland Lake Habitat Viewer - to provide the public with information about the state’s inland lakes. The tool is ideal for those interested in learning more about habitat conditions in an individual lake, or how habitat conditions vary among lakes in the state.


Water use at road ends and along parallel roads

Water use at perpendicular versus parallel roads: Where are public versus riparian rights? Don’t let perpendicular versus parallel roads get crossed in your head. There are differences in public use and riparian rights. Read more from Michigan State University Extension.


What is reasonable use of Michigan’s waters?

Reasonable use means one’s own use of water cannot unduly intefere with navigability or the rights of others to reasonably use the water. But what exactly does that mean? Learn more from Michigan State University Extension.


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How to Support MILP

Please click HERE to find out how you can support the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.