July is Lakes Appreciation Month!

You work and play on them. You drink from them. But do you really appreciate them? Growing population, development, and invasive species stress your local lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. All life needs water; let’s not take it for granted!


Congratulations to our Lakes Appreciation poster contest winners!

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Help make Lakes Appreciation Month great this year!

Thank you to these states/provinces for declaring July 2020 Lakes Appreciation Month!

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And how about these ideas?

  • Organize a physically-distanced shoreline cleanup*
  • Develop an educational self-guided lake tour
  • Organize a hike or biking event with a focus on your local lake*
  • Reach out to a local restaurant about hosting a “Lakes Appreciation Night” with a percentage of the proceeds donated to your local lake association*
  • Enjoy your local lake, pond, or reservoir with fun summertime activities, such as: boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, or rowing; swimming; SCUBA diving; fishing; or enjoying the natural scenery with friends and family*
  • Help monitor your local waterbody or watershed
  • If you manage a lake, host an activity. Bring enough sampling gear, id keys and other materials for everyone to join in.*
  • If you don’t manage a lake, ask your local lake agency about shadowing a lake manager for a day
  • Start a watershed storm drain stenciling program
  • Have your septic system pumped if you live close to a waterbody
  • Go birding or take pictures at a lake or pond (don’t forget your mask!)
  • Tap into your artistic side and draw or paint a lake scene for your home or office. Be sure to send us a copy!
  • Organize a lake field trip for students*

*While these are activities we promote each year, please take care this summer to take extra precautions while participating. Follow CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

While spending time outdoors (especially in public spaces), it is important to protect yourself and others by practicing physical distancing. The National Recreation and Park Association has shared some guidelines for how to distance while utilizing public parks and trails.


Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

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