Oregon Lakes Association

....a voice for quiet waters.



The Oregon Lakes Association holds trainings and conferences during the year. Event listings and registration are available through this page when events are being held.  As a OLA member you will be notified of these events and are given special discounts during registrations.  This is just one of the benefits of membership.  Learn more about Joining OLA today.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    • 12:07 PM (PDT)
    • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    • 11:30 PM (PDT)
    • On-line Submissions


    Oregon's Coastal Lakes come in all shapes and sizes.  They have unique climatic influences, fisheries, management issues, and more which make them in our eyes worthy of a conference focus.  This is where we need your help. We are searching (aka surfing) for presentations and posters which highlight the understanding of these often overlooked freshwater shores.   Join us in Florence, Oregon at the Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center between October 20-21 for a deeper dive into Coastal Lakes.  

    Submit your abstract for consideration today!

    Other topics of interest include:

    • Harmful algal blooms
    • Invasive aquatic species
    • Lake and watershed management
    • as well as Non-Coastal Oregon Lakes!
    Submission Requirements:

    Submit abstracts online through www.OregonLakes.org by August 31, 2017. Include your presentation title, author(s) noting student authors, preference of an oral or poster presentation, and an abstract of 300 words/3,000 characters or less. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes (15 min plus 5 min for discussion) and Microsoft Windows based computer and projector will be available presentations. Tables and/or poster boards will be provided for non-oral presentations.

    Please note that accepted presenters must register for the conference through a separate registration. Rates typically range from $35 to $125 based on membership status (e.g. Student to Non-Member, early to regular registration, etc.). 

    Sponsorship opportunities are also available! Sponsors will receive a booth, registration for one attendee, and bonus advertising packages through Lake Wise our newsletter.

    If you have any questions please contact Rich Miller, the OLA Program Chair, at richm@pdx.edu or 503 725-9075.

    • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
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    Grab your gear and join us for a Kayak / Canoe trip on Smith and Bybee Lakes in North Portland.  Joining us to guide us on our float will be volunteer Troy Clark and  Volunteer Coordinator, Kelsie Greer of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.   Smith and Bybee make up only a fraction of the floatable waters in the tidally influenced Columbia Slough, so we are so pleased to have some experts along to get us acquainted.

    We hope you will join your fellow OLA members for this introduction to this unique natural area which surrounds the Portland Metro Area. Don't have a kayak of your own, check out a list of local rental opportunities below.  

    Register: Paddle Smith & Bybee

    Event is open to all members of the Oregon Lakes Association and a guest, but is limited to 25 in total, so RSVP today.   In order to support the watershed council and provide OLA a little fundraiser as well we are charging a modest $10 per participant for this member's only event.  Funds will be split equally between the two organizations.  Please note that by registering, you and any guests accept the risk and personal liability associated with this activity.   You also commit to supplying your own gear (e.g. Kayak, Paddle, PDF, Whistle, Water, Snacks, etc.) and will have a current Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species Permit for any vessel 10' in length or greater.  


    Directions: From I-5, exit 307 onto Marine Drive West.  Travel approximately 3 miles.  You will see a sign on your left to marking the entrance to the wildlife area.  Turn here and follow this road past the main parking area to the end to reach the foot path to the launch.  

    Parking, Restrooms, & the Launch: The kayak launch is at the end of the ~ 100m long trail (longer in dry times) and can be a bit muddy.  Please be prepared to carry your vessel down this path.  There are a few spots to park here, but we may have to move a few vehicles back to the main parking area where the restrooms are located. 

    Regulations:  This is a natural area administered by Metro.  There are no fees at this facility, but please note that dogs and other pets are not allowed in this natural area, so even if you have a water dog, please leave them at home.  

    Basics and Extras:  Here are a few links to get you acquainted with the area and to help you get ready to Paddle Smith and Bybee ~ Float On! 

Cancellation Policy:   In order to recover costs associated with processing payments and to recoup costs associated with scheduling events, the Oregon Lakes Association charges a 3% transaction fee (with a minimum $10) for all cancellations greater than 15 days in advance of the event.  Cancellations within 15 days of the event are non-refundable. 

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