Winter LakeKeepers


What is Winter LakeKeepers?

Winter LakeKeepers allows volunteers to independently monitor lakes or reservoirs for parameters important to ecological health while ice fishing.

Training manuals and monitoring equipment are sent to LakeKeepers to collect data from their lake or reservoir.

Equipment provided includes:

  • One YSI ProODO dissolved oxygen and temperature meter.
  • Phosphorus sample bottle
  • Field sheets
  • Instruction guide
  • Sampling glove
  • Sample preservative

Samples are shipped back to the Alberta Lake Management Society office in Edmonton for analysis and reporting. Once the samples are analyzed, all of the data and field sheet information is compiled into a report. Links to the current reports are below:

If you would like to volunteer with Winter LakeKeepers, contact ALMS at lakekeepers@alms.ca or 780-702-2567.


New Volunteers:

INSTRUCTION GUIDE: Before getting involved with LakeKeepers, new volunteers should review the LakeKeeper instruction guide.
FIELD SHEETS: Volunteers can print additional field sheets. Field sheets will be provided in the sampling kits.
INFORMED CONSENT: New volunteers must read ALMS ice safety guide. After reading this guide, complete the ice safety quiz and informed consent form here.
WHAT TO DO WITH SAMPLES: This guide will help you to manage your sampling kit and samples after sample collection. For information on shipping with Purolator, see the example Purolator Shipping Slip.


Current volunteers can complete their volunteer hours record, here. Simply fill in the next available row with the information from your latest sampling trip!

More information about the YSI ProODO can be found, here.

Need help finding your GPS coordinates? Follow these directions:

  • Go to https://www.google.com/maps
  • Search your lake’s name, or drag the map to find your lake.
  • Using your mouse, right click on the location of the lake where you collected your sample.
  • Choose “What’s Here?”
  • The GPS coordinates will appear at the bottom of your screen in the format of 55.217876, -113.252806.
  • You can record these coordinates on your field sheet.

If you still need assistance – please phone ALMS for help at 780-702-2567.