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The Michigan Inland Lakes Convention: Protecting Lakes Today for Tomorrow will be held online
September 14-16, 2022

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Every two years the Michigan Inland Lakes Convention brings together passionate lakeshore owners, lake scientists, policy makers, and conservationists to spark new ideas and inspire stewardship of inland lakes. This year’s convention theme is “Protecting Lakes Today for Tomorrow”, and it will take place virtually September 14-16 on Zoom.

The three-day event will include more than 45 engaging presentations and workshops focused on specific issues such as fish management, landscaping near shorelines, lake protection and governance, algal blooms, native freshwater mussels, communications, policy, invasive species, lake restoration, and much more. Wednesday and Thursday will also include keynote speakers who are regionally recognized for their contribution to the field of lake science and conservation. 

The convention is a unique occasion for professionals and lakefront homeowners to learn from prominent lake management and conservation professionals. More importantly, it is an opportunity to learn best practices for the protection and preservation of Michigan’s inland lakes.


Registration is open! Registration for the event is $60, $15 for students, and free for speakers. Registration deadline: September 11, 2022. Register here.


We're pleased to present the draft Convention agenda (updated August 12, 2022).

For more details on each session, see our abstract webpage. Abstracts are sorted by speaker last name.


 Additional Convention Information

The Convention is hosted by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, a collaboration of diverse organizations with a common mission to advance stewardship of Michigan's inland lakes. We will convene again September 14 - 16, 2022, to learn and share the latest innovations and ideas in lake stewardship, and to network with others who share our passion for lakes!

Session Recordings

Convention sessions will be recorded and shared with attendees.

Lake Photography and Creative Arts Contests

Submit your inland lake-inspired photos and artistic creations to our photography and creative arts contests! Cash prizes will be awarded. Submissions deadline: August 15, 2022.

Lake Trivia!

Everyone is invited to join our Lake Trivia competition on September 15 at 11:30. Participants will compete for glory and prizes.

Continuing Education Credits

Attendees can receive up to 14 Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The credits can be used for either Commercial Core or Category 5 (aquatic). Credits available: Sept. 14: 4 credits, Sept. 15: 5 credits, and Sept. 16: 5 credits. 

Convention Contacts

You are welcome to direct any questions you have about the Convention to its Co-Chairs: Erick Elgin of Michigan State University Extension or Julia Kirkwood of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

We also invite you to stay in touch with the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership by joining our email list, and following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (Convention hashtag: #MILC2022).


2022 Convention Contributors

Contributors help advance stewardship of our inland lakes through learning, networking, and exchange of ideas. With their support, we can offer an outstanding online program and offer discounted registration to students. Check out our flyer featuring benefits to contributors. The contribution deadline was August 12, 2022.


Platinum Sponsors ($750+)


 Michigan Lakes and Streams Association logo    Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy  CD3 General Benefity Corporation  Farm Bureau Insurance    Michigan Waterfront Alliance




Gold Sponsors ($500)


MSU Institute of Water Research          McNALMS       Progressive AE      Michigan Department of Natural Resources  Michigan Natural shoreline Partnership