We are a non-profit, charitable membership organization, and continue to be the clear voice for protection of our most precious freshwater resources and wildlife habitat. We work to support everyone who values and benefits from clean water and healthy lakes in Maine, including lake residents, lake associations, surrounding communities, vacationers and the next generation of lake stewards.

speak up for lake funding!

Once every few years, a bill comes in front of the legislature that is so important for the future health of Maine’s lakes that we pull out all the stops. This is one of those times! LD 164 will fund the Lake Restoration and Protection Fund which is incredibly good news for lakes. Please consider testifying in person or via Zoom on Jan. 30th at 9 a.m.. To learn more, read our Action Alert HERE.

Please consider donating to our year-end appeal

We know this time of year finds your mailbox stuffed with appeals from worthy nonprofit organizations. Maine Lakes counts on membership support, and we would be grateful for your consideration for year-end giving. We put your dollars to direct lake conservation action and programming. To contribute, please click HERE.

the lake book has arrived!

The 4th edition of The Lake Book is now available for purchase online. The Lake Book is packed with helpful information and action items for anyone who lives on or uses Maine’s lakes. For more information or to order, click HERE.

Lake Protection Stories: What Motivates You?


Jason Mitchell, Penobscot Nation

Thanks to Jason Mitchell, Water Resources Field Coordinator for the Penobscot Nation, for sharing his passion for water quality protection with us. We hope this video inspires the same passion in you!



Cheryl & Kirk St. Peter, Cross Lake

Thanks to Cheryl and Kirk St. Peter, wonderful lake protectors from Aroostook County, for sharing their lake, their passion, and their family with us.


Peter Kallin, Long Pond

Thanks to long-time lake champion and former Maine Lakes board member Peter Kallin for his perspective on why he has been so committed to lake protection for so many years.Please take a look and share the video with friends, family and neighbors. We hope it inspires you and others to take action for lake protection! FMI, visit LakeSmart.org. Other videos will be posted here in the future, or to see them as they are released, like and visit us on Facebook.


This free voluntary, non-regulatory program helps lakefront homeowners maintain lake-friendly landscapes that reduce pollution and runoff. Learn how to get LakeSmart active on your lake.


Donate or become a member today.
You will join a growing community of people dedicated to keeping Maine’s lakes clean and healthy.

clean water champions

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the many people involved in this work, the Natural Resources Council of Maine wants to recognize “50 Clean Water Champions” who have been leaders in river, lake, coastal water, and drinking water clean-up. To learn more and nominate individuals, click here.

Statement on racism and equality

This is a pivotal time in our culture, when organizations well outside the realm of political and social action must step up and speak to racism. Please read our full Statement on Racism and Equality.


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