Portage Lake Watershed Forever

2013 Portage Lake Lake Management Plan

The implementation of the Portage Lake Watershed Forever Plan continues. Fighting Portage Lake's invasive species is the hot button issue in 2009 and a township government sponsored committee is taking the lead on this. A new webpage devoted to fighting invasive species on Portage Lake is now available.
Our community based plan was created to ensure the wise use and enjoyment of the Portage Lake Watershed now and for future generations. We hope you will join us in our efforts.

We are building an endowment fund to implement this plan. This fund was created in fall of 2006 at the Manistee County Community Foundation (MCCF) to implement and update the Portage Lake Watershed Forever Plan.   To donate, please call 231-723-7269 or donate online . As we are now affiliated with the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the donation link will direct you to their website. Just search for "Portage Lake Watershed" in the Specific Fund Name box.  Every dollar helps!!

To see the 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework Document, please click here.

Image courtesy of MCCF
The Portage Lake Watershed
encompasses 24.6 square miles
or 15,777 acres, 2,116 of which
consist of the lake itself. The
watershed is located in Manistee County,
Michigan and includes the Village of
Onekama and parts of Onekama, Manistee,
Brown, and Bear Lake townships.
Related Links:
MI Dept of Enviromental Quality
Michigan Sea Grant
USDA Invasive Aquatic Species
Public Sector Consultants (PSC)
Where to get your well water tested

Major Grants received by:
MI DEQ Coastal Mgmt
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Manistee Community Foundation
    Phragmites Video courtesy of Beaver Island, Peaine Township

Its All Connected @ Yahoo! Video Courtesy of Wastenaw County, MI

Homeowner Packet

Living By Water

Septic Systems


Clean Boats

Michigan Clean Marinas

Protecting Wetlands


Swimmers Itch

Fertilizer & Lawn Care

Shoreline Management


State of the Lake

State of the Lake - Water Quality

OCCD MI "Explore the Shores" Grant Proposal

Invasive Species Action Center

Water Test Results

Commitees and Minutes

Fall 2008 Newsletter

Watershed Specific Calendar Events

Website Developed by the Portage Lake Association