Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention
April 6 - 8, 2022



Many times we discuss ways to manage or lessen some of the damage we have done to our lakes and rivers. Whether it be trying to control invasive species, restoring shoreland, or limiting the capture of certain fish species, we’re often playing “catch-up.” While all of those restorations and mitigation strategies are necessary, it is also important to protect our waterways that are still healthy! That’s the theme surrounding The 2022 Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Convention: Protecting What We Love for the Future.

The hands-on workshops and engaging presentations during this year’s event will be centered around this theme of protecting our water resources. Our look “to the future” means we will also be focusing on success stories and recommendations of resilience, adaptation, and action in a changing climate. We will also be intentional about highlighting efforts and ideas that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in water resource protection and management. Mark your calendars for April 6-8, 2022 and join this unique group of citizen scientists, businesses, and lake, river, and wetland professionals.

To review the costs as well as additional information about the event, visit https://wisconsinwaterweek.org/home/lakes-and-rivers-convention/costs/ 

While we look forward to seeing you in-person in April, we also realize that some might not be able to travel to Stevens Point for various reasons. Because of this, we will be offering one stream of presentations each day that will be taking place at the Convention Center while also being available through Zoom for those who join us virtually. In the agenda below, the presentations that are labeled as "Hot Topics" will be available through Zoom.

 Face coverings will be required at this indoor event while Portage County is at the "high" or "substantial" community transmission level for coronavirus. The health and safety of our presenters and attendees is important to us, so please bring a mask for each day you are attending (click here for CDC guidance about face coverings and regularly updated maps showing county-scale transmission levels). Should the transmission rate change for the better, we may update this requirement in accordance with CDC masking guidance. Thank you for your understanding and compliance.

NOTE: Before clicking on Register, be sure to browse the workshops to make sure you know which one you'll be registering for. Once you click on Register, you will not be able to read the descriptions (unless you go back to the Agenda).

Refund Policy (PDF) for the 2022 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention.

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Learn how recreation is impacting our lakes through higher traffic and more powerful watercraft like wakeboats, and discuss strategies to mitigate those impacts while maintaining our rights to use our waters.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
This training may take place off-site if weather cooperates. You must be able to provide your own transportation to and from the site. More details to follow.
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
This informal gathering of water lovers is a great way for newcomers to "get their feet wet" and for seasoned convention attendees to reconnect.
6:45 AM - 7:30 AM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
2:35 PM - 3:15 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
(will also be available via Zoom)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Browse the display of posters and discuss one-on-one with presenters!
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Purchase books and mingle with authors of some of Wisconsin's premier lake books.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Please join us in celebrating the 2022 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship and Volunteer Stream Monitoring Award winners at our banquet and awards ceremony on Thursday evening.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Join us as we celebrate the lakes and the people who work to protect them.
6:45 AM - 7:30 AM
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Sponsors and Business Exhibitors
Non-Profit Exhibitors

UW Oshkosh ERIC Lab

UW Oshkosh Environmental Research & Innovation Center serves as a research and testing center and conducts a variety of research projects related to groundwater & surface water quality, environmental health, renewable energy, and composting.

Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP)

The mission of Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) is to cultivate community & stewardship from the ledge to the Lakeshore. LNRP envisions a better tomorrow through stewardship today.

Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society

MAPMS provides info & assistance to those working with the unique ecological, socio-economic & regulatory concerns associated with managing aquatic plants in lake systems affected by exotic species, nutrient pollution, use conflicts & recreational demands

Wisconsin's Green Fire

Wisconsin’s Green Fire is a non-partisan, independent organization that supports the conservation legacy of Wisconsin by promoting science-based management of the state's natural resources.

UWSP Center for Watershed Science & Education

Water Testing | Research | Outreach

Wisconsin Waterfowl Association

WWA has almost four decades of wetland habitat restoration experience. We work with landowners to restore the natural hydrology, bringing back to the landscape shallow fresh water marshes.

A Lakeside Companion

A Lakeside Companion,” published by The University of Wisconsin Press, is an every-person’s guide to life on, in, above and around our inland lakes. Author Ted Rulseh will be joining us Thursday afternoon for the Author Meet and Greet.

Water Action Volunteers

Water Action Volunteers (WAV) is a citizen science stream monitoring program. We are a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and local groups across the state.

Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.

Golden Sands RC&D is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, non-partisan entity. We serve: Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Monroe, Outagamie, Portage, Taylor, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood counties.

River Alliance of Wisconsin

River Alliance of Wisconsin empowers people to protect and restore water.

Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance

Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance is a non-profit organization working to protect, restore, and sustain the water resources of Wisconsin’s Fox-Wolf River Basin.

Extension Natural Resources Institute AIS Program

The UW Madison Extension AIS Program works to prevent the introduction, spread, and negative effects of AIS.

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN)

Over 1,000 citizen volunteers monitor Wisconsin lakes each year as part of the Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Network.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspection (CBCW)

The Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspection program is an opportunity for lake groups and other citizens to take action and help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Extension Lakes, College of Natural Resources

Dedicated to preserving our Wisconsin legacy of lakes through education, communication, and collaboration.

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1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54482
Location: 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54482