Learn more about us:

The Northwest Montana Lakes Network (NMLN) is a partnership between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Whitefish Lake Institute.

Our mission is to recruit and train citizen scientist volunteers to monitor water quality, identify and report Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and promote watershed stewardship in Northwest Montana. 

Through the work of the volunteers in the program, lake data is collected and results detailing the health and status of these lakes are reported to management agencies and the public.

Meet the Program Coordinator, Durae Belcer and read a Welcome letter from Matt Boyer, Science Program Supervisor, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

2024 VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATE:  Thursday April 25th from 5-7 pm at the Region1 FWP public meeting room

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our program lakes, please contact Durae at durae@whitefishlake.org

Program Lakes
The NMLN currently monitors a total of fifty locations on forty-one lakes in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Missoula counties. The lakes in the program represent diversity in public use, accessibility, and morphology. Click here for a larger version of the Lakes Monitored map. For specific lake information click on the lake name in the box on the right. Read the 2021 Program Report or review water chemistry comparison charts, including total phosphorus, total nitrogen, chlorophyll a, and calcium, to learn more about the status of the program lakes.

Whitefish Lake Institute
550 E. 1st Street #103
Whitefish, MT 59937