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
Managing Shoreline Property to Protect Water Quality
MDEQ Management of 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.