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Annual Conference

36th Annual Conference in Tacoma, WA

October 4-6, 2023

Fish and Beyond in Our Lakes

This year’s theme, ” Fish and Beyond in Our Lakes,” was chosen to highlight effects of climate change, lake pollution, and lake management strategies on fisheries in Pacific Northwest lakes.

Click HERE to register for the conference!

Session Schedule

Wednesday, October 4 –  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Workshop: Aquatic Invasive Species

Thursday, October 5  – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Welcome & Plenary

Session 1: Saving Salmon

Session 2: Invasive Plants

Lunch & WALPA Update

Session 3: Human Impacts

Session 4: Regulations & Funding

Poster Presentations & Social Hour

Friday, October 6 – 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Session 5: Harmful Algal Bloom Management

Session 6: Lake Research

Student Early Career Panel – see related Waterline Article HERE


Location and Directions

The conference and social event will be held in the William E. Phillip Hall. The address is 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma WA 98402. It is about a 10 minute walk from the Mariott Tacoma Downtown Hotel.

To get to UW Tacoma from Interstate 5:

  • Take exit 133 (Tacoma City Center) onto I-705.
  • Follow signs to I-705.
  • From I-705, take the first exit to S. 21st Street.
  • At the light at the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto S. 21st Street.
  • The next traffic light is Pacific Avenue. When you cross Pacific Avenue, the campus is on your right.


Parking is very limited in front of the event space and limited to 90 minutes. There are a number of pay parking lots on and around campus. Most street parking on campus is metered and limited to 90 minutes. You can park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station Garage and ride the free Link light rail to campus. Keep in mind that, on weekdays, this garage is often full between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.There are several pay-to park lot options along S 17th St, just north of the event location. Please allow time to park and walk to the event venue.

The UWT has a map of parking lot options available HERE

Hotel Accommodations

The Room block has closed. You may be able to get the group rate by calling the Marriott Tacoma Downtown by calling 206-208-1111. Mention WA State Lake Protection to receive the group rate of $126 + taxes/fees or the current GSA rate for a single room. Parking is $16 per day.