Lake and Pond Management
Oakland County, MichiganMSU ExtensionLake and Pond Management

Lake and Pond Management

Lakes are complex ecosystems and can be difficult to manage.  The loss of shoreline vegetation due to development down to the water's edge, particularly in the critical shoreline area, is an increasing problem around Michigan lakes.  It is important to understand how lakes work before they can be managed.  The following resources offer information that is helpful in understanding lake and pond management.


Lake Management Resources

Landscaping for Water Quality

MDEQ Management of Aquatic Plants

Michigan Boater's Guide to Selected Invasive Aquatic Plants

Michigan's Inland Lake Shorelines

Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership

Michigan Lake and Stream Association

Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership

Natural Shoreline for Inland Lakes

North American Lake Management Society, Michigan Chapter

Protecting Michigan's Vanishing Native Lakeshore

The Water's Edge


Pond Management Resources

Frequently Asked Questions on Pond Management

Managing Ponds for Sport Fishing 

Ponds - Planning, Design, Construction


Volunteer Lake Monitoring Programs

Clean Boats, Clean Water

Lake and Stream Leader's Institute 

Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) -  MiCorps is a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan.  It was created through an executive order by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs.


For further information, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0887.