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 and Outreach Fund

OLA's Scholarship and Outreach Fund supports research on Oregon's lakes and watersheds and public outreach activities. Click on the button below to find out about new opportunities, read about past award recipients and activities, and contribute to the Scholarship and Outreach Fund. ****Applications for the 2022 OLA Graduate Student Research Award of $1500 are being accepted through April 17, 2022.****
Collected: $1,800.00
Goal: $2,000.00

Past Scholarship Recipients

Upcoming events

  • Oregon Lakes Association holds an annual Lakes Conference, harmful algal bloom stakeholder meetings, and other special events. Check back soon for updates on the 2021 Online Conference Series.


2021 Fall Conference Series

The Oregon Lakes Association held our Annual Lakes Conference as a series of online, Wednesday afternoon sessions this fall.  Three sessions were included:

  • CyanoHAB modeling and monitoring. Wednesday, November 3rd from 2:30-5 pm
  • Lake physiology and management and OLA Business Meeting. Wednesday, November 10th from 2:30-5 pm
  • Our beautiful lakes: past and present. Wednesday, December 1st from 3-5 pm

Presentations covered a wide range of topics including desert lakes, climate change, paleolimnology, remote sensing of cyanobacterial blooms, water quality modeling, and lake management (Agenda and Abstracts).

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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