Tips from fellow burners on Facebook
Our Facebook community is a huge, active community full of participants with great ideas on how to make your burn experience better through their own research and more than a little trial and error.
There have been a ton of really helpful posts just this month:
- How to introduce yourself, how to create a welcoming camp
- Theme camp roll call
- Best practices for leaving gifts unattended
- Flame effect requirements
- How to help with the effigy
- How to help Leave No Trace
- Arriving at Lakes by motorcycle
- Reviewing party tents
- Reviewing 4-season sleeping tents
- LoF logo usage rules
- Sourcing metal for art
- Best accidental lakes experiences
If you have a question you think we at Info_bot can answer, please email us and we’ll do our best, but many questions about the experience of going to Lakes of Fire are best answered by the thousands of burners who have gone before, so step on in and ask.
Lakes Letter – March 2, 2018
TOPICS: Ticketing Update | Effigy Announcement | All the Forms!
Check out these numbers!
- Lakes of Fire received over 3,700 registrations in time for the random drawing this year.
- There have been over 600 returning volunteer tickets purchased (and we’ll need many more, so don’t forget to sign up!)
- This year, we have a population cap of 2,200, which includes withholdings for Directed Theme Camp Tickets, Art Grants and Honoraria, and other departmental needs.
- 220 tickets have been offered to theme camps via the Directed Theme Camp sales jury process
- Tickets this year are $100, plus a service fee we pass on.
- 1,955 people are currently on the waitlist. People on the waitlist will receive a ticket offer after either someone declines to purchase within their ticket window (currently 7 days from offer), or someone returns a ticket they’ve purchased for a refund, or after a department relinquishes tickets reserved but not used.
- The next major movement of the wait list is expected March 6th, so keep an eye on your email or log in to check your number around then.
Lakes Letter – January 30, 2018
TOPICS: Registration and Ticket Details
Registration and Ticket Details
It’s time to register for your ticket to Lakes of Fire 2018: Bedtime Stories!
There are 2200 total tickets this year – in order to get one, you MUST register, whether you qualify for a Volunteer Appreciation ticket or not.
Registration is now open, and will continue until Feb 23 at 11:59 pm; shortly after that (February 26th), people will be randomly chosen and emailed a ticket offer for 2018. Registration opens again afterward, and anyone who did not register before the drawing will be placed at the end of the waitlist.
Those who volunteered for 8 or more hours in 2017 do not have to wait for the drawing to buy a ticket in 2018. Volunteer appreciation email notifications and volunteer ticket sales will begin on Monday Jan 29th, and close on Feb 23rd. (more…)
Lakes Letter – January 17, 2018
TOPICS: Directed Theme Camp Ticket Sales | Art Grants for 2018! | Afterburn Report and Financial Statement | New Board Members
We know everyone’s super excited about tickets for 2018 – please expect a special Lakes Letter with information about ticketing coming soon.
Directed Theme Camp Ticket Sales
Direct Tickets for theme camps will return to Lakes of Fire in 2018 with some new twists to keep things interesting. While we will be offering the same number of tickets as last year (10% of total available tickets), there will be larger pools of tickets offered to fewer camps. Smaller theme camps might consider
joining forces to create a really special space through combined talents and concepts. We are switching things up this year to encourage and reward interactivity, scope, and scale, so if you’d like to participate, bring your A+ game!
Tickets will be distributed by a jury of invested LoF departments – LNT, Placement and Sound, with two additional members. One spot is open for a community member to join up, if you are interested in helping… select the theme camps of tomorrow… make sure to apply by Sunday, January 28th!
Send your creative inspiration for the best, weirdest, flyest Theme Camp Lakes of Fire has ever seen on into the Directed Theme Camp Ticket application by Sunday, February 11th.
As with last year, we will be closely monitoring this program to ensure it promotes a better Lakes of Fire.
Lakes Letter – November 1, 2017
TOPICS: Dates Announced | Choose the Theme for 2018 | LNT Moop Map | Board Members Needed!
We are very excited to announce that Lakes of Fire 2018 will be held Wednesday June 13 – Sunday June 17, 2018!
Theme, prices, ticketing criteria, and further details will come out as soon as we have them nailed down.
Don’t forget that we are accepting submissions for this year’s Effigy!
If you’re interested in building the effigy, please check out the details and submit an app!
Lakes Letter – August 3, 2017
TOPICS: Gratitude | Lakes of Fire 2017 Survey | Suggest a Theme for Lakes of Fire 2018 | Fire & Ice Photos
We at Info_bot want to thank you for creating an incredible experience for us all.
Whether you spent the last six months welding steel or you strapped on the construction-paper unicorn horn you made in the car on the way up, you made this burn unique and priceless.
Lakes Letter – June 9, 2017
TOPICS: So This is Your Burn | Ticketing Basics | WhatWhereWhen, a Map, & the Online App | What to Pack | What Not to Pack | Lucky Lake Weather | 10 Principles | Driving and Tent Safety
Updated Survival Guide
Take a deep breath, we’re here for you! Read this blast, read the Survival Guide and the WhatWhereWhen event guide (linked below) for starters. Our best advice is to come without a lot of expectations – Lakes is different from festivals, different from other burns like Burning Man, and will even be different from last year.
Remember that you aren’t a consumer or voyeur – you are a fellow creator of this experience, and everyone you meet is, too. As long as you respect the consent of others, you are welcome here, and you get to choose when, where, and how you decide to participate.
Lakes of Fire’s 2017 WhatWhereWhen Guide
It’s here! Your tireless Info_bot team have worked their tippy typey fingers to the bone to provide you with delicious information. Please take a look at our WWW guide for all the vital deets about what’s happening very soon indeed at Lucky Lake. Black and White copies will be made available during the event in a limited capacity (as always) at Greeters and the Nexus in order to not waste paper. Share with your mates!
Please feel free to save the PDF to your favorite device.
Also, feel free to use a burner-created app version of our schedule, available on iOS – just search for Lakes of Fire. Thanks, Reuben!
Because the list of your events was so enormous , we had to get creative on how to pack it in – this year there is a brief schedule listed separately from an alphabetical event description, allowing us to use space efficiently.
Please use it, and let us know what you think, for future years.
Also, for those who want it individually – the 2017 map!
DISCLAIMERS AND INFO_CRANK
- This is only a helpful tool, not a mission-critical application.
- People forget when they scheduled their event and react with shock at the times in the WWW – we aren’t responsible for you confusing 12 AM Thursday and 11:59 PM Thursday when you set up your event, or for your state of mind when you wrote your description; it goes in the book like you sent it in, thanks to XML. 🙂
- Theme camps sometimes move after our printing deadline – if your site # is wrong, be imaginative – put up a sign, or send someone with a megaphone to lead people back to your camp like the pied piper. Or convince them to swap camps.
- The final version is already being printed. If we made an error, we deeply apologize, and promise to make it up to you by playing very, very weird music on Radio SGC – in your honor!
Thank you all for providing such an incredible communal experience for your fellow burners. Every single moment of this burn was crafted by people donating their time, money, and energy into making this experience happen for you.
You wonderful motherfuckers.
See you soon.
Fire Sale for Lakes of Fire 2017
Lakes Letter – April 11, 2017
TOPICS: Updated Survival Guide | 2017 Effigy Selected | Application Form Deadlines | Gallery in the Pines | 2016 Afterburn Reports
Updated Survival Guide
If this is your first Lakes of Fire, the Survival Guide will be your best friend and kinkiest lover. It will rub your feet, make you dinner, and tuck you into bed at night as long as you give it your full attention.
Whether you just want to catch up on the latest Gate policies or you’re looking to understand the Lakes of Fire culture a little better, the Survival Guide is your one-stop shop.
We fine-tune the Survival Guide every year so wee burners and crusty oldsters alike know the law of the land. There are a number of important changes from last year, so please read through it in its entirety.
Lakes Letter – February 25, 2017
TOPICS: Random Drawing Registration Deadline | Volunteer and Theme Camp Tickets Deadline | Low Income Tickets | Forms Open March 15th
Random Drawing Registration Deadline
On March 1st, the Registration will close for a few days so our intrepid Ticketing team can validate registrations and help folks who might have filled it out improperly.
On March 4th, the big computer in the sky will shuffle names and ticket offers will be sent out to fine people everywhere.
Afterward, anyone registered who hasn’t received a ticket offer will be put on a wait list, and Registration will open up again for anyone who missed the deadline. As people decline to purchase tickets or refund their tickets, the golden opportunity will pass to you, the beautiful and patient Wait Listers!
This year, the vast majority of the ticket offers will be made immediately, which means that many more people will know if they have their tickets, and the wait list is likely to both be smaller and move slower. On the other hand, the surge to register for the lottery has been smaller, to date.
Lakes Letter – February 2, 2017
TOPICS: Changes for 2017 | Tickets, shmickets! | Volunteer Appreciation Tickets | Key Dates Update | Submit your Art Grants Soon!
Changes for 2017
In our perpetual search for A Better Way, Lakes of Fire’s Ticket program has changed for 2017.
This year’s updated system allows families and groups to join together in a “do or die” allotment. Everyone buys an individual ticket, but by grouping together, you know that the people who you wouldn’t attend Lakes without will be in line right next to you.
As a consequence, registrants will no longer be able to assign tickets to two additional registrants at the time of purchase.
MAJOR TICKETING CHANGES FOR 2017
- Ticket Population Increase – We are growing by 10% this year, up to a total population of 2,200 attendees!
- One ticket per person – When you are selected in the drawing, you will only be able to purchase one ticket for yourself.
- Group registration – Families, theme camps and any other groups of 10 or less can register in the ticketing system together. If that group is selected in the drawing, they will be placed in line together. The individuals will have to purchase their own tickets within the purchase window.
- Tickets sold faster – The new system allows almost all of the tickets to be made available immediately, in the initial registration window. This should give attendees more time to prepare for Lakes. There will still be a wait list, but it will be much smaller.
- Revised Service Animal policy – No animals, regardless of accreditation, will be allowed entry into the Lakes of Fire event. By purchasing a ticket to this event, the ticket holder agrees to and accepts this event’s policies and guidelines. Please see the policy page for details.
Lakes Letter – January 2017
TOPICS: Event Details | 2017 Art Grant Info | Board of Directors
Event Details Announced
- We are increasing ticket sales from 2,000 to 2,200 tickets
- Tickets will be available for $100 per person (the same as in 2016)
- Gates will open at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 14
- Gates close at 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 18
We sell out incredibly fast every year; last year, we had twice as many registrants as there were tickets available. We have sought to increase our attendance in a manageable fashion, and this year we have increased our capacity to reflect that. Additionally, we are not increasing ticket prices.
With growth, we have additional challenges and responsibility – please do your part by helping to acculturate your newly attending friends, and encourage people to spend a little time volunteering; Lakes is a volunteer-run event, which means the people putting on your wristband and the people cleaning up MOOP on Sunday afternoon are participants just like you.
Lakes Letter – December
TOPICS: Lakes of Fire Date Announced
Lakes of Fire Date Announced!
We are very excited to announce that Lakes of Fire 2017 Fire & Ice will be held on the weekend of Saturday, June 17th, 2017!
Prepare your Fire Whiskey and your Ice Bear costume for Father’s Day weekend, and we’ll see you there.
Prices, ticketing criteria, and further details will come out as soon as we have them nailed down.
Lakes Letter – November
TOPICS: 2017 Theme Announcement | Effigy Submission Open
2017 Theme Announcement
Your votes have spoken! This year, we had 430 unique votes on the final 5 theme ideas submitted through our survey. Based on your votes, our 2017 theme is:
FIRE & ICE
Fire & Ice won both the most First place votes and Second place votes. We hope you’re eagerly prepping your “chill space” and your flaming bar stools.
Thanks to everyone who voted this year!
Lakes Letter – October
TOPICS: Pick Our 2017 Theme! | Lakes of Fire Needs YOU!
Pick Our 2017 Theme!
Back in the scorching heat of August (how we miss it now) we asked you for ideas for Lakes’ 2017 theme and we received hundreds of suggestions, many of them wildly creative. After much discussion, we’ve decided to go with Lakes of Fire: Pokemon.
Just kidding. But it was an actual suggestion.
Our hard-working team lead volunteers met in Chicago a few weeks ago to debate event-wide decisions for the coming year, and that team pored over the theme suggestions, narrowing down the list to five.
Now it’s time for the most important part of the process, your vote!
Your voice is essential. We’d love to see a hearty, positive debate as people decide what to vote for, so please share this with your attending friends and let us all know why your selection is most appropriate for 2017. Let everyone know your ideas for how to turn the theme you want into reality!
Please also respect your attendees and support our Communal Effort by not attempting to game the voting process – doing so may have consequences.
Our choices are:
- Fire & Ice
- The Oracle at Delphi
- The Other Side of the Fence
- Adventure for Breakfast
VOTE HERE FOR THE THEME
Lakes Letter – August
TOPICS: Mythical Creatures | Take our Survey | Submit your Theme | Board Members Needed | Bean Counter Needed | Matthew Vo Fund
Lakes Of Fire: Mythical Creatures
This year was just as amazing as ever – the laughter and tears were in full force for the year of Mythical Creatures. The Lakes Of Fire team hopes your experience was as incredible for you as it was for all of us.
We were so fortunate to have so many people participating with full hearts – so many art projects, a fierce and interactive Effigy, brilliant new theme camps, and all of your individual gifts and sacrifices for your fellow burner made it unique and priceless.
Thank you for putting so much effort into Lakes of Fire once again. From our heart of hearts, we at Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc., want to thank you for being such a passionate, artistic, and loving community. We <3 you!
Please take a moment to thank the people who donated their party time to stand out in the sun and direct traffic, pick upmoop, or otherwise contributed to the survival and success of the event.
Many participants allowed us to share their photos with the community for our yearly collection. If you’d like to relive the week, check out our Google photo gallery or ourFacebook photo gallery. We’ve checked with each person but if you see a picture of yourself you’d like us to remove, no problem! Just let us know.
Take our Mythical Creatures Survey!
Every year, Lakes of Fire asks our attendees to fill out a survey so that we can better understand the experience of all the amazing burners who attend Lakes – whether it’s your first time or it’s old hat.
We’re always interested in improving every aspect of the event – please participate in our survey and share it amongst your camp mates and friends!
Submit Your 2017 Theme Suggestions!
Do you have an awesome idea for Lakes Of Fire’s next theme?
Can your idea follow in the steps of (or be totally way more awesome-er than) Mythical Creatures, Fabulous Contraption, Release the Kraken, Superstition, It Was on Fire When We Got Here, Anima Mundi, A Spaced Oddity, and Metamorphosis?
Share your wonderful theme idea with us, and don’t forget to spread the word! The more ideas, the better.
The Lakes of Fire leads will select out of the many hundreds of suggestions for you to vote on later in the year.
G.L.E.A. Board Members Needed!
Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc. is seeking two highly dedicated volunteers to join its Board of Directors in 2017. Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc. Board members are the legal face of Lakes of Fire and are directly responsible for the long-term production and sustainability of the event.
Candidates would ideally have some experience volunteering with Lakes of Fire as a Team Lead, or a Shift Lead in previous years, however, there are no prerequisites for joining our Board of Directors, other than a deep commitment to seeing Lakes of Fire continue to thrive.
If you feel you have the experience and desire to serve the organization, event, and attendees through this vital role, consider filling out the Interest form beforeOctober 15th to be considered for the open Board positions.
Join us as the Lead Bean Counter!
We are seeking a volunteer to take on a very important role for next year’s Lakes Of Fire – our Bean Counter!
This position roughly equates to the Accounting Department, and helps keep track of expenses, receipts, money coming in, etc. It’s a critical administrative position that helps keep G.L.E.A. Inc.’s Lakes of Fire event profitable, financially secure, legal, and openly transparent to our community.
We need to fill this role soon – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to contribute by August 15.
Matthew Vo fund for charity
If you would like to contribute to a fund for Matt Vo, you are welcome to join the GoFundMe campaign set up for charity. It reads in part:
“We are collecting funds for the family in the devastating loss of their first-born son Matt Vo.
Their plan is to donate the proceeds towards a charitable foundation for autism, in support of his brother Alex. Matt always loved his brother and would have wanted to help others like him.
Matt was a selfless, kind and generous person who lit up the lives of anyone he touched. Although Matt was known to be a quiet and private person, he had an understated charismatic personality that naturally drew people to him. He was always someone you could share a good chuckle with or be that shoulder to lean on. Matt, your kindness is an inspiration to all of us and you will live in our hearts and memories forever.”
Updated information on Matthew Vo
Posting on behalf of the GLEA Board of Directors.
Great Lakes Experimental Arts (GLEA) and the entire Lakes of Fire community offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Vo who passed away at the 2016 Lakes of Fire event. We are committed to sharing the most accurate and timely information we can about this incident with all those affected by it. This is the updated information as of 7:00 PM, Monday, June 20, 2016.
Matthew’s camp mates alerted event volunteers that he was missing Sunday, 6/19/16. An extensive search of the site was initiated and Oceana County Sheriffs responded including a marine search and rescue team to scan the small inland lake. Sunday’s searches did not turn up any sign of Matthew. Missing person information was spread both by local media, in the surrounding community, and extensively on social media.
On Monday morning 6/20/16, an event volunteer found Matthew’s body, in the water near the edge of the lake. An immediate response was made by two EMTs volunteering for the event and within minutes, Oceana County Sheriffs were also on site. Sheriff’s investigators say that pending an autopsy, the presumed cause of death is drowning.
Volunteer counseling resources from around the region and from Burning Man’s network of Black Rock Rangers are being made available to all family, friends, volunteers, event participants and others who are impacted by this tragic event. If you would like to speak with someone for support please reach out to email@example.com. Gathering in person with your local communities, campmates, friends and family are also encouraged during this difficult time.
The outpouring of support has been tremendous. We especially thank the Oceana County Sheriffs team for their timely, professional, complete and caring response. In addition, we thank the extended community of Rothbury and Montague who assisted in searches Sunday. The extended Lakes of Fire community and the broader Burning Man communities around the world have offered great support to each other. Please take time to care for yourselves and for those around you as we all absorb this loss.
We honor Matthew’s spirit and are hearing beautiful stories about him. At this time, no announcement has been made about memorial services. We ask the extended Lakes of Fire community to hold Matthew, his family, and friends close in your thoughts.
We offer our sympathies to his family.
Lakes of Fire Board of Directors
Our previous post regarding Mr. Vo: http://www.lakesoffire.org/2016/06/20/matthewvo/
Green Dot Rangers and Certified Counselors Wanted
Are you a Green Dot Ranger or counselor interested in supporting our community through the loss of one of our own?
The Lakes of Fire Board and Ranger teams are reaching out to the community looking for Green Dot Rangers and Certified Counselors who are able to assist and share space with participants during this difficult time.
Please use this contact form to reach out to us, with our deepest gratitude.
Official Statement regarding Matthew Vo
It is with deep sadness, that we share the news that Matthew Vo, who was reported missing June 19, 2016 from his camp, has been found deceased.
Great Lakes Experimental Arts, on behalf of the entire Lakes of Fire community, extend our deepest condolences to Matt’s family and friends. We thank the Oceana County Sheriffs, volunteers, friends, and the local community who assisted in the diligent search for Matt.
Sheriffs and emergency services volunteers are currently on site. Volunteers from the extended community of Lakes of Fire and Burning Man Rangers and Emergency Services are stepping forward for anyone who needs someone to talk with during this difficult time; they can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Together, we grieve for Matt and his family and friends. Please hug each other and take care of each other today.
WhatWhereWhen Guide for 2016
The WWW is off to the printers! As always, we only print around 1,000 to reduce waste, so you’ll want to get yours early.
Alternately, you’re welcome to download your own copy for viewing or printing.
This version of the WWW has the corrected gate hours. If you had it open previously, please refresh the document or redownload it.
- WWW GUIDE – WEB SIZE PDF – if you just want to view the WWW on a PC or phone, use this version. 3 MB
- WWW GUIDE – PRINT QUALITY COLOR PDF – The best and brightest! 11 MB
- WWW GUIDE – PRINT QUALITY B/W PDF – This is what we print to make available at Lakes of Fire. 7 MB
If there is an error on the map or in the events, that’s called errata – you are welcome to inform the fine folk at the Nexus once you’ve set up camp, and we’ll let people know on our awesome giant chalkboard.
While the WWW has a map inside, you’re welcome to download the map separately.
- MAP – PRINT QUALITY COLOR PDF – 153 MB
- MAP – PRINT QUALITY B/W PDF – 7 MB
- MAP – WEB QUALITY COLOR JPG – 440 KB
P.S. Don’t forget to read the updated 2016 Survival Guide for Entrance rules, safety info, and more – there is NEW INFORMATION for 2016, so even if you’ve read it before, please read it again.
Lakes Letter – early June
TOPICS: Lakes of Fire Food Drive | Volunteer Shifts Needed | Art Honoraria Chosen | LoF Tickets Fire Sale | Survival Guide
Lakes Of Fire Food Drive
Please bring additional non-perishables (cans preferred) to donate to the 3rd Annual LOF Food Drive! Be sure to drop off any unused/unopened non-perishables on your way out on Sunday!
All food is being donated to the Trinity Lutheran Community Food Bank in New Era Michigan. This food bank feeds over 4,500lbs of food to more than 180 families every week – this area of Michigan has one of the highest hunger rates and you can help! The Greeter station will be accepting the food donations during their shifts and exodus. We’ve donated large quantities of food to the hungry in previous years, please help us keep paying it forward.
(Unopened/Unused Toiletries Are Also Welcome!)
Food must be:
- Cans are preferred
- No glass please
Lakes Letter – Mid May
TOPICS: WhatWhereWhen Deadline | Kids Registration | Chicago Newbie Night | Survival Guide | Be a Ninja | Gallery in the Pines
The WhatWhereWhen Guide is a list of scheduled events put on by your fellow burners, and is a great way to get out the word about the cool things you’re doing at your camp or around the lake.
Submit your events to our What Where When Guide form before, May 17 at 11:59pm EST., or suffer the consequences!
All times in the WWW Guide are “ish”, of course. Check out our 2015 WhatWhenWhere Guide (PDF) for an example of what to expect this year.
All participants under the age of 18 must be registered through the Registration for Minors form to help Lakes of Fire and GLEA understand who to reach out to if there is a safety concern. Children 12 and younger may come to Lakes of Fire free of charge with their parent or guardian; please do not register children until your own ticket is secured.
People under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a 21+ parent or guardian, both at entry, and at all times during the event. (more…)
Lakes Letter – late March
TOPICS: Ticketing Update | Art Grants Announced | Code of Conduct | Forms Forms Forms!
Our ticketing team reports that the vast majority of tickets to Lakes of Fire 2016 have been purchased. This means any future ticket offers will depend on ticket refunds; those refunded tickets are then made available to the next person on the waiting list.
Refunds are happening every day; our Ticketing team are releasing those tickets as they become available. There is still time to network within the Lakes of Fire community to make sure folks know of your need when offers become available.
Starting Monday, April 4th, the purchase window for future ticket offers will be shortened to two (2) days. This decrease in the purchase window will move offers through the waiting list faster. If you are waiting for ticket offers, you should check your email daily so you don’t miss your offer!
Lakes Letter – late February
TOPICS: Art Grants Closing Soon | Forms Forms Forms
Good evening, burner family!
Ticketing has run remarkably smoothly so far – our ticketing team continues to work with many hundreds of emails, so if you’re working with them, please be patient.
Congratulations to those who’ve gotten their tickets at this point, and if you haven’t, don’t give up hope – tickets continue to revolve through the system, and will do so all the way into summer.
Art Grants Closing Soon
Don’t forget, if you’re looking to submit an Art Grant, you only have a few days left! The second round form closes at February 21st at 1 am EST.
We’ll hear about the first round of accepted art grants shortly, so keep an eye on our Art Grants page!