Protecting Pennsylvania Lakes for Future Generations

The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society commonly known as “PALMS” or “PA Lakes” is a non-profit organization dedicated to the management, restoration, and protection of Pennsylvania’s lakes and surrounding watersheds. PALMS is comprised of lake and watershed associations, concerned citizens and watershed management professionals from the private and public sector with the common interest of protecting Pennsylvania lakes for future generations.

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2023 NALMS Symposium, Erie, PA

PALMS will be hosting NALMS 2023 in Erie PA at Erie Bayfront, October 22-26, 2023. Registration is now open.

We are also looking for sponsors and exhibitors for the event.

visit  NALMS 2023  for more details



Call for Abstracts for PALMS 2024 Conference!

Abstracts due November 17th, 2023


Save the date, 2024 PALMS Conference will be held Feb 28-Feb 29, 2024

The 34th Annual PALMS Conference will be held at the Wyndham Garden State College

 310 Elks Club Rd, Boalsburg, PA 16827 

We will have a block of discounted rooms at the Wyndham ($110/night), just mention the conference when you call. Group Code: PALMS2024
*Guests may make reservations by contacting the hotel direct at 814-466-2255 and identifying the block of rooms held for the PALMS Conference Group

Registration will open in January 2024

We look forward to connecting with you for:

  • Panel discussion
  • Keynote speaker
  • Live Concurrent sessions
  • Applicator credits
  • Exhibitors
  • Lake awards and so much more

Governor Shapiro Proclaims July as Lakes Appreciation Month in Pennsylvania!

 July 2023-  Once again July has been proclaimed Lakes Appreciation Month in Pennsylvania by Governor Shapiro

PA Lake Management Society Lakes Appreciation Month July 2023 PDF

PALMS’s Mini Grant Program Awards Funding to 21 Lakes Across PA


Through funding from a PA DEP Growing Greener Grant, PALMS was able to award 21 mini grants to lakes across the state for a total funding amount of $380,014.75. Projects include aquatic invasive species treatment, shoreline restorations, nutrient reduction, and lakeside stormwater improvements. These projects will be completed in 2022 and 2023.  The complete list of lakes and the grant amounts are below:

Lake Latonka

Shoreline Restoration


Donegal Lake

Shoreline Restoration


Big Bass Lake

Shoreline Restoration


Heart Lake

Shoreline Restoration


Lake Wilhem

Shoreline Restoration


Spinnler Point Colony (Lake Wallenpaupack)

Stormwater Improvements


Middle Birchwood Lake

Nutrient Reduction


Lake Sheridan

Nutrient Reduction


Mountain Lake

Invasive Treatment


Lake Towhee

Invasive Treatment


Laurel Lake

Invasive Treatment


Skymount Lake

Invasive Treatment


Lake Alden

Invasive Treatment


Pine Run Reservoir

Invasive Treatment


Minsi Lake

Invasive Treatment


Waynewood Lake

Nutrient Reduction


Hemlock Farms Ponds

Nutrient Reduction


Blue Marsh Lake

Shoreline Restoration


Raystown Lake

Shoreline Restoration


Edgewood Lake, FDR park

Invasive Control/Shoreline Stabilization


Lake Chrisann

Shoreline/Streambank Stabilization




NEW! Online Aquatic Pesticide Course

Penn State Extension’s Aquatic Pesticide Management: Using Aquatic Herbicides for Pond Weeds and Algae. 

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