For over thirty years, the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention has been an annual gathering of lake and river lovers of all stripes: Lake and River Stewards, Lake Leaders, Lake and River Professionals, and members of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.

Meeting together to share research, management options, and educational strategies, convention participants gain new ideas and a renewed support network.

Our 2021 event will attempt to bring together an even wider net of people who care for our water. The first ever Wisconsin Water Week will feature 3 days of content-rich presentations and panels on Monday-Wednesday. Monday will emphasize “Water Cycles,” including groundwater and climate, the two largest but mostly invisible pieces of our shared water inheritance. Tuesday will explore “Water Bodies,” delving into the science of monitoring and managing lakes, rivers, wetlands, and watersheds, and evaluating their health. This includes the flora and fauna in and around these water bodies and how they interact. Wednesday will focus on “Water Actions,” featuring examples and stories from the field that demonstrate how people and communities are tackling water challenges – even during these turbulent times. Thursday’s agenda will feature 10 regionally-focused sessions; you choose which one(s) to attend. Friday’s agenda will include local action-oriented meetings and events.

Join us to celebrate water in Wisconsin and be part of the solution!

Consider becoming a sponsor of Wisconsin Water Week. Sponsorships begin at $150 for Non-profit/Educational organizations.

Submit your digital images to the 19th annual Lakes and Rivers Photography Contest. You can win $100 for first prize in each of two categories!


All registration cancellation requests for Wisconsin Water Week must be emailed to by February 28, 2021 to receive a 100% registration refund.
Cancellation requests received from March 1, 2021 through March 7 will incur a $20 cancellation fee to be taken off their full refund. Cancellations on or after March 8, 2021 (the beginning of Wisconsin Water Week) cannot be refunded.

What You Need to Participate
To participate in this virtual learning and networking event, you’ll need the following:

  • An Internet connection using a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Most of the content will be streaming live, so a faster Internet connection will ensure that you’ll get the most out of the experience. A slow Internet connection may cause content to buffer or freeze. If needed/available, consider spending the days you’ll be participating in the event at a venue with faster Internet.
  • A microphone and camera are highly recommended if you’ll be joining a session that includes break-out rooms. These types of sessions are meant to encourage and facilitate conversation, which is more beneficial when you can see and hear the entire group.