Oregon Lakes Association

....a voice for quiet waters.


OLAs Mission is to promote the understanding, protection, and thoughtful management of lakes and watersheds in Oregon. To fulfill this mission, OLA holds lakes conferences and workshops, publishes the Lake Wise newsletter, advocates for lakes in the legislative arena, and offers graduate student scholarships. 

OLA strives to be a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community for all members, students, event participants and community partners. We encourage participation by all regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, color, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. OLA recognizes a diversity of perspectives is important to tackle the complex issues facing Oregon’s lakes and watersheds.

Join OLA to contribute your voice for quiet waters.

Scholarship Fund

Congratulation to our 2021 OLA Scholarship Award recipient, Jamila Baig from the University of Oregon. OLA's scholarship fund is used to support for graduate students working on Oregon Lakes. Click on the button below to find out about new scholarship opportunities, read about past recipients, and to contribute to the fund.
Collected: $1,110.00
Goal: $1,700.00

Past Scholarship Recipients

Upcoming events

2021 Fall Seminar Series Call for Abstracts

Abstract submittal for oral and poster presentations is open through August 17, 2021 for OLAs Online Seminar Series. Conference sessions will be held via Zoom during the Wednesday afternoons of Oct 27, Nov 3, and Nov 12, and will include 3-5 presentations each. Additional session dates may be added depending on the volume of abstract submissions. The Oct 27 session will include five-minute flash presentations by poster presenters.

Any lake, reservoir and pond related topic is welcome, but topics of particular interest include:

  • water quality and harmful algal blooms
  • ecological interactions
  • effects of climate change  
  • lake and watershed restoration
  • aquatic invasive species

Submit abstracts online by August 17, 2021. Include your presentation title, author(s) noting any student authors, preference of an oral or poster presentation, and an abstract of 300 words/3,000 characters or less. Oral presentations via Zoom will be up to 20 minutes long. Online poster presentations will be available as pdfs during the entirety of the seminar series and authors will also present five minute speed talks summarizing their posters. Presenters and OLA Members will receive free registration for the seminar series. A nominal registration fee will be charged to non-members.

Lake Abert in Lake County, Oregon (Ron Larson photo). Visit our Projects page to find out how OLA is advocating for Lake Abert and other waterbodies in Oregon


YouTube videos of our most recent events, the 2021 Careers in Freshwater Panel discussion and the 2021 Harmful Algal Bloom Stakeholder Meeting, are available for review. Archived meeting videos and presentation slides, including those from our online Fall 2020 Seminar Series, are available for OLA members within our meeting archives. Please consider joining OLA to gain access to our archives, get reduced conference registration rates, receive our triannual Lake Wise Newsletter, and gain access to the Newsletter archive. 


Some of Our Members

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