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.

 Maintaining market value of lakeshore properties

This course ( April 16, May 6 & 13) aims to give real estate agents a well-rounded and holistic view on Maine’s lakes and ponds so they can be more knowledgeable about freshwater issues with their clients, and in turn, preserve market value of properties. To register, click here.

Our "Wednesday Webinar" Series continues

In light of the continuing health concerns about COVID-19, we will be hosting our Maine Lakes Conference speakers in another series of "Wednesday Webinars" running the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, from February through June. Click here to see the line up and to register.

lakesmart training schedule for 2021

We have recently posted our 2021 LakeSmart training schedule for new and returning evaluators. Click here to see the full list of dates and times.

Meet Mary Wicklund, our new LakeSmart Program Manager

As a former employee with Maine DEP and the Portland Water District, Mary has a deep knowledge of lake science. In fact, she was the author of the homeowner BMP sheets that we use extensively with LakeSmart. She has great experience working with volunteers through her most recent position as a horticulturalist at Cumberland County Extension, working with Master Gardeners. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the arena of native plants as well. You’ll hear more about Mary and our exciting LakeSmart season in the coming month. If you’d like to extend your own welcome to the LakeSmart family to her or if you have any LakeSmart question, her email address is mwicklund@lakes.me.

celebrating maine lakes heroes!

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we began recognizing Maine Lakes Heroes who have worked hard to keep our lakes and ponds clean and clear. Heroes will be posted to our Facebook page and updated on our website. We thank all Maine Lakes Heroes for your efforts—we have cleaner, clearer lakes because of the work you have done!



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.


Owing to COVID-19, our Annual Maine Lakes Conference will be replaced this year by a series of weekly Wednesday Webinars.

And we'll host a virtual Annual Meeting on Zoom at 9 a.m. on June 19, 2021. They’re all FREE, but registration is required to view them live.


Coming back to your favorite Maine lake for the summer? Learn how to do it safely and responsibly.

Note that our Lakes Alive! educational programming will take a break this summer because of the pandemic.


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