Join Lake Michigan Stakeholders on August 11th at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, WI 54220) for our annual Lake Michigan Day event! Click here to view the full agenda.

This year’s event will feature Cameron Davis, the Obama Administration’s liaison to Congress on
Great Lakes issues. He was a lead author of the Great Lakes Legacy Act leveraging federal-private
partnerships for riverside and coastal cleanups as well as coordinating funding to deal with
contaminated sediment and fish, dam removals, wetland and habitat restoration, runoff reduction, invasive species prevention and many other water related concerns.


**Online registration is for those paying with credit card only. To register/pay by check, follow the instructions below.**
Cost: $20, includes lunch and all materials

Online Registration: Click the 'Register Now' button. Select 'Lake Michigan Day Registration,' add it to your cart, and fill out the pop-up registration form. Please keep the quantity to one (1) in order for us to track every registrant. If you are registering more than one person, add their registrations one at a time and fill out a form for each. Once you have completed all necessary forms, click the shopping cart button in the top right corner and checkout using your credit card. 

To pay by check: Send your name, organization, and complete contact information to Sherrill Anderson by email or phone (920) 412-1920, and mail your check payable to LNRP, PO Box 358, Cleveland, WI 53015. Please put ‘Lake Michigan Day’ on the memo line. Also let Sherrill know if you will be bringing a table top display, and/or if you prefer a vegetarian or gluten-free lunch.

what is lake michigan day?

Lake Michigan Day was started in 2014 to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin’s environment and economy. The Lake Michigan Stakeholders promotes this basin-wide event to highlight the special connections people have to this unique world treasure.

Clean water is a basic right and necessity for all life. If you live near Lake Michigan, you are fortunate to be living near one of the world’s largest lakes. Every day, each of the human residents of the Lake Michigan basin use water from the lake for drinking, home use, industrial use, or recreation. The lake is also essential for countless fish, birds, animals, and plants.

Click here for this year's event flyer!



To show appreciation for the lake, individuals, communities, businesses, tribes, First Nations, churches and other groups celebrate Lake Michigan Day each year on the second Friday in August. Lake Michigan Day is a time set aside to consider our connection to Lake Michigan’s water. Each Lake Michigan Day, all residents who live, work, play, and worship around the lake can organize events in their communities or take action in their homes, at their places of employment or in community groups to help protect the treasure that is Lake Michigan.


In 2015, more than 90 natural resource professionals and policymakers gathered at UW-Manitowoc for the second annual Lake Michigan Day. They discussed the challenges of managing Lake Michigan for present and future generations. They also presented solutions.

Lake Michigan Stakeholders encourages residents of the Lake Michigan Basin and beyond to celebrate their connection to the lake. Consider how you can participate in your community. Beach clean-ups, restoration projects, musical concerts, library displays, water-themed church services, and signed proclamations that designate the second Friday in August as Lake Michigan Day are all possibilities.

Host your own Event!

Consider hosting a Lake Michigan Day event in your community. We have resources available for libraries, environmental groups/nature centers, elected officials, artists, faith communities, anglers, and businesses. Check out the Host An Event page to learn more. Don’t forget to register your event. We will send some goodies to help promote your event and provide fun giveaways to event participants. Register Here!


Fun Facts

  • Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake entirely within the United States.
  • The Lake Michigan shoreline is over 1,600 miles long – the distance from Chicago to the Florida Keys!
  • The five Great Lakes contain 90% of the U.S. fresh water supply and 18% of the world’s fresh water supply.
  • Over 2 million Wisconsin residents live on or near the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
  • Water from Lake Michigan impacts us all economically.  We use it for drinking, food, bathing, industry – every day.