Pictures of UP shorelines

Inland lakes are places where family and friends gather to enjoy each other and the recreational opportunities that abound. Memories created during these times inspire a generation to share the experience with the next.  

Lakefront property owners, other citizens, and all communities benefit socially and economically from healthy lake ecosystems. With over 11,000 inland lakes and more than 1,850 units of government in Michigan, it is evident that all local governments play a role in protecting the state’s waters.

The purpose of the program is to teach lake property owners and local officials the benefits of maintaining shorelines in a natural state and to teach about tools and resources for property owners to plan and protect natural shorelines and for local governments to plan for and regulate natural shoreline techniques.

Specific topics include:

  • Planning and Zoning for Natural Shorelines
  • Hands-on Aquatic plant demonstration
  • Introduction to Shorelines (Healthy Lake Ecosystems, Understanding the Shoreline, Aquatic Plants)
  • Planning, designing your natural shoreline project
  • Maintenance and Natural Shoreline Success
  • Michigan Shoreline Rules and Regulations
  • Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program

Participants will also enjoy a field component examining a local natural shoreline project.

Program participants will receive a copy of the MSU Extension bulletin Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan's Inland Lakes.

Two UP Locations:

Curtis - July 27
Portage Township Community Building
W17361 Davis St.
Curtis, MI 49820

Watersmeet - July 28
Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino, Room 400
N5384 US Hwy 45
Watersmeet, MI 49969

Programs run 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (local time).

$40 - Individual Early Registration (on or before July 6); $60 after July 6

$60 - Individual, plus spouse or partner registration (does not include 2nd set of materials); $80 after July 6

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
There is a $20 administrative fee for cancellations received after July 20.

Program supported in part by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region.

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Brad Neumann, Extension educator, at or 906-475-5731.