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​Extension Lakes

We have fallen in love with our lakes, and we are here to support others that suffer from the same affliction. We are Extension Lakes, a team of education professionals dedicated to preserving our Wisconsin legacy of lakes through education, communication, and collaboration. We work with thousands of people interested in lakes, including waterfront property owners and over 750 lake organizations in Wisconsin, and coordinate a number of programs and projects to assist those concerned with the future of our lakes. 

Citizens and professionals have been learning more about lake science through our
Citizen Lake Monitoring Network since 1986. 

Helping us share information on aquatic invasive species are the watercraft inspectors who are members of the
Clean Boats Clean Waters effort. 

Citizens discover and hone their leadership skills through the
Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute​.

Get our FREE quarterly newsletter to stay up-to-date on lake events and research, learn fun facts in our creature features, use our articles to share with your lake group, and more. 

If you need help with lake and water education, feel free to contact us. We are centrally located in the state, within the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

Read our 2023 Annual Report​ to see how Extension Lakes works for you.


The Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Partnership 

We are also a member of the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Partnership. Since its genesis in the early 1970s, the Partnership has been recognized as a national model of collaboration. The Partnership is a dynamic, statewide network of agencies, organizations, and citizens, working together to ensure the healthy and diverse aquatic environment of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers. The Partnership seeks active cooperation and collaboration among a wide range of interests for protecting lakes and rivers.

Three groups form the core of the Partnership:

​Our team, Extension Lakes, builds connections among stakeholders and provides supporting educational materials and programs.​

​The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) supplies the scientific research, technical expertise and regulatory authority.

​Local lake people make up the third group, represented by the statewide non-profit Wisconsin Lakes., whol mobilize these folks to be advocates for our waters.


The Partnership is a statewide, multi-faceted effort that reaches far beyond the core groups to include regional, county, tribal, non-profit, and federal partners. Our goal is to continue to protect and preserve our shared water legacy and support those meeting the challenges that come with the management and stewardship of Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. Learn more about all the individuals involved in the Lakes and Rivers Partnership by viewing this Google Presentation

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