Lake Management Plan

Establishing a clear and realistic plan for managing a lake is a powerful tool to help protect natural resource systems, including the water quality of the lake and its fish, plants and wildlife communities. 

What does a Lake Management Plan do?

  • Identifies the concerns that the people feel are important to address
  • Sets realistic goals, objectives and actions
  • Identifies needed funds and other resources 
  • Serves as a working draft/living document
  • Focuses attention, energy, and efforts on common values and resources based on realistic goals

What is a general outline of a Lake Management Plan?

  • Association history and background
  • Regional resources and other entities
  • Priority areas of interest
    • Background info
    • Pertinent resources or actions to date
    • Areas of concern
  • Community visioning session
    • Realistic goals, objectives and action
    • Action plan includes funds, resources and other needs
  •   Evaluation methods for Year One assessment, review, revise

The Plan ultimately should include:

  • What information and support is available to you
  • What your priority issues or concerns are
  • What actions you have chosen to pursue
  • Who is responsible for implementation
  • The time-line for implementation
  • How you will measure success
  • Realistic budget that identifies local and outside sources of support

Topics often include:

  • Water quality
  • Fisheries management plans
  • Aquatic vegetation
  • Wildlife
  • Exotic species
  • Land use and zoning
  • Managing water surface use conflicts
  • Public water access