How to choose a lake

Last updated on May 12, 2022

Tyhee Lake

If you are thinking about becoming a volunteer lake monitor, you will need to choose a lake to study. 

When choosing the lake you want to monitor, consider the acronym LAKE:

  • Lake
  • Access
  • Kilometers
  • Enjoy


What size is the lake that you are considering? Lakes that are less than 5 meters in depth are not considered lakes but ponds, and are not monitored under the program. Additionally, if the lake you are considering is a significant size, you may be required to sample at multiple locations. This factor will affect the amount of time and equipment required to successfully complete a monitoring program.


  • Is the lake accessible?
  • Is there a road, boat launch, parking area, etc. that will allow you to get onto the water in whatever watercraft you have?
  • Is your watercraft suitable enough to conduct the level of study you are planning?


  • Where is the lake in proximity to where you live, work and play?
  • Will it be easy for you to get to at the frequency required for the level of study you want to conduct?

Also consider how far the lake is from a shipping location if you are considering a Level 3 program. Water samples need to be shipped within 24 hours of collection.


Choose a lake that you enjoy visiting, or one that is of particular interest or concern to you. A minimum of 12 monitoring events per year for a 3 year period is the required commitment for a volunteer monitoring program. We want to ensure that your volunteerism does not turn into “work”, and that you can fully enjoy your experience with the program.

Contact information

Interested in volunteering?

Contact the Aquatic Stewardship Coordinator for more information and how to start a monitoring program on your lake.