NALMS Symposia

Photo by Ken Wagner

Held each fall, NALMS’ premier event is our International Symposium where members and other lake management professionals come together for a collection of oral and poster technical presentations, hands-on workshops, field trips and non-stop discussions on managing lakes and reservoirs.

Attendees are also treated to our exhibition hall where vendors display the latest lake-management tools. The symposium offers excellent opportunities for networking and lifelong professional associations are often forged at the NALMS symposium.


Photo by Todd Tietjen

Student Travel Grants

NALMS awards a limited number of travel grants to student presenters at the annual symposium. You may apply if you are enrolled at a college or university seeking either a Master’s degree or Ph.D., or the equivalent for foreign students. Visit our student programs page to learn more about student travel grants and other opportunities for students in NALMS.


Interested in Hosting the Symposium?

NALMS’ symposia are held in many locations in the US and Canada, and we depend on the help of local host committees to put on this annual event. Host committees help organize the program and provide local flavor to the symposium through special sessions on topics of local interest, field trips exploring local lakes and reservoirs and their management issues and social events highlighting the host city. If your organization is interested in hosting a future NALMS symposium, please fill out the proposal form below and send it to

Download the host committee proposal form.


Upcoming Symposia

Erie, Pennsylvania
October 22–26, 2023

NALMS Symposium Locations

2022 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
2021 – Virtual
2020 – Virtual
2019 – Burlington, Vermont
2018 – Cincinnati, Ohio
2017 – Denver, Colorado
2016 – Banff, Alberta, Canada
2015 – Saratoga Springs, New York
2014 – Tampa, Florida
2013 – San Diego, California
2012 – Madison, Wisconsin
2011 – Spokane, Washington
2010 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2009 – Hartford, Connecticut
2008 – Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
2007 – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
2006 – Indianapolis, Indiana
2005 – Madison, Wisconsin
2004 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
2003 – Mashantucket, Connecticut
2002 – Anchorage, Alaska
2001 – Madison, Wisconsin
2000 – Miami, Florida
1999 – Reno, Nevada
1998 – Banff, Alberta, Canada
1997 – Houston, Texas
1996 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
1995 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1994 – Orlando, Florida
1993 – Seattle, Washington
1992 – Cincinnati, Ohio
1991 – Denver, Colorado
1990 – Springfield, Massachusetts
1989 – Austin, Texas
1988 – Saint Louis, Missouri
1987 – Orlando, Florida
1986 – Portland, Oregon
1985 – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
1984 – McAfee, New Jersey
1983 – Knoxville, Tennessee
1982 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1981 – None Held
1980 – Portland, Maine