Natural Shorelines

Why Natural Shorelines? Michigan's inland lakes need them!

The loss of natural shorelines is the biggest threat to the overall health of Michigan Lakes

 The National Lake Assessment  (NLA) results indicate that inland lakes across the nation need better care. Overall, the water quality in Michigan's inland lakes is really good.  However, the Michigan results of the National Lake Assessment indicate that by far, lakeshore habitat and physical lakeshore complexity are major stressors for Michigan lakes with over 50% having poor lake habitat complexity.  This means our lakes are losing too much natural vegetation both on the land and in the water. (MI Natural Shoreline Partnership)

Find a Shoreline Contractor - LGROW has one certified shoreline contractor on staff, Rachel Frantz was certified in natural shoreline restoration in 2018 and can be contacted here.

MI Shoreland Stewards Program

The MI Shoreland Stewards Survey asks questions related to management practices in each of the four zones of your shoreland property: Upland, Buffer, Shoreline and Lake. It should take approximately 30 minutes. Take the survey and see if your property qualifies!

Become a Michigan Shoreland Stewards Ambassador

Become a Michigan Shoreland Stewards Ambassador

Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership

Part 1 of "The Saga of the Maligned Aquatic Plants" - Think those are just pesky "weeds" at your lakeshore? Maybe this short clip will help you think a bit differently about the amazing role aquatic...

Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership

Part 2 of "The Saga of the Maligned Aquatic Plants" - Landowner: I am so excited I finally got rid of ALL those "pesky weeds". I just mow up to the edge too for such a clean lakeshore now!" MNSP...

Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership

What happens when waves hit a seawall? Sneak peak to a small part of one of our upcoming Shoreland Stewards Program video series. Thanks to a DEQ grant and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council we have...

Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership

Part 2 of "What happens when waves hit a seawall?" - Another sneak peek at a snippet of our Shoreland Stewards video series. Thanks again to a grant from DEQ to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council for...