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Protecting Lakes: A Shoreline Stewardship Workshop

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 this program is to teach inland 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:

  • Introduction to Shorelines - Healthy Lake Ecosystems, Understanding the Shoreline, Aquatic Plants
  • Natural Shorelines and Healthy Fisheries
  • Planning, designing your natural shoreline project
  • Maintenance and Natural Shoreline Success
  • Local Planning and Zoning for Natural Shorelines
  • State of Michigan Shoreline Rules and Regulations
  • Hands-on Aquatic Invasive Plant Identification

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

Two Northern Michigan Locations:

Curtis - July 18
Erickson Center for the Arts
Saw-Wa-Quato & Main St.
Curtis, MI 49820

Petoskey - July 19
Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga
11000 Camp Petosega Rd
Petoskey, MI 49770

Programs run 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.

$25 - Early Registration (on or before July 7); $40 after July 7
Includes handouts, refreshments, and lunch.

Optionally, also order the MSU Extension bulletin Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan's Inland Lakes for an additional $25 at checkout. The Guidebook provides a broad understanding of healthy inland lake ecosystems, an understanding of why natural shorelines are important for lakes, ideas for creating a more attractive natural shoreline, ideas for soft-shoreline alternatives to hard-shoreline structures in low energy conditions, and a basic understanding of regulatory requirements when work is done at the shoreline.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
There is a $15 administrative fee for cancellations received after July 14.

Program supported in part by Networks Northwest, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, and the Burt Lake Preservation Association.


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, Senior Extension Educator, at or 906-315-2661.