Lakes Letter – January 15, 2019

TOPICS: Last Call for Effigy Submissions | Apply for an Art Grant! | Ticket Dates Reminder | Welcome Our New Board! | New Policies in 2019

Last Call for Effigy Submissions

Photo: christopher moellerEffigy Council is still accepting proposals, but only until January 15th.  That’s tomorrow!  My, how time flies.

If your imagination sparks to life at the thought of contributing to our Effigy in 2019, then check out the details and submit your application.

Deadline tomorrow!

Don’t walk!  (Put down the scissors first, we don’t want an art disaster.)


Lakes Letter – December 20, 2018

TOPICS: Ticketing Details for 2019 | Apply for Theme Camp tickets | Apply for a Low Income Ticket!

Ticketing Details for 2019

Wristbands - Photo: SkennedyYour Lakes of Fire ticketing team is pleased to announce that ticket sales and lottery registration will begin in January 2019!  We will be using a new ticketing provider (BurnerTickets.com), and we will provide additional details closer to the start of volunteer sales and lottery registration.

Volunteer ticket sales are expected to begin on January 19 and must be purchased by February 23.  Please see our Volunteer Ticketing page for more information!

Registration for the ticket lottery is expected to begin on February 2, 2019, and to remain open until February 23, 2019 (at 23:59:59 central time).  The lottery will include a “grouping” feature to allow families, theme camps, etc. to enter the lottery together.

Lottery ticket offers and Directed Ticket sales (see below) are expected to start on March 2, 2019.  The purchase window for lottery ticket offers will be significantly shorter this year – recipients will have three (3) days after receiving an offer to purchase a ticket, rather than one week.  We expect that this will speed up the lottery process significantly.

Regular price tickets will be $116 and half-price tickets will be $58 including all fees.  Once sold, tickets will generally be non-refundable but now are transferable.  Because tickets will not be constantly returned to Lakes of Fire, a separate Fire Sale for 2019 is unlikely.

Please see our Ticketing Process page for more details, and sign up for news via our Lakes Letter (if you aren’t already) so you don’t miss further announcements!


Lakes Letter – November 12, 2018

TOPICS: Lakes of Fire 2019 Theme and Date Chosen | Effigy Search | Board Of Directors Seeks Volunteers

Lakes of Fire 2019 Theme and Date Chosen

Your votes have spoken! This year, we had 492 unique votes on the final 5 theme ideas submitted through our survey. Based on your votes, our 2019 theme is:


Summerween won both the best “ranked score” and the most First place votes (almost twice as many as the next entry, The Four Seasons).  Thanks to everyone who voted this year – we hope you’re prepping your skeletons in bermuda shorts!

We are also excited to announce that Lakes of Fire 2019 will be held Wednesday June 12 – Sunday June 16, 2019!

Theme, prices, ticketing criteria, and further details will come out as soon as we have them nailed down.


Lakes Letter – October 24, 2018

TOPICS: Vote for Next Year’s Theme | Our Board of Directors Need YOU!

Vote for Next Year’s Theme

Photo: Katie ForbesBack in August, we asked you for ideas for Lakes’ 2019 theme.  We received hundreds of suggestions, many of them wildly imaginative! After poring over the theme suggestions, the Lakes Leads narrowed down the list to five, as we do each year.

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 2019. We want to see what ideas you brainstorm for how to turn your favorite theme 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:

  • All Roads Lead Home
  • A World in Decay
  • Summerween (Halloween in Summer)
  • The Four Elements
  • Waking Dream


PASSWORD: lakesofthemes

Voting will close on Nov 6, at 11:59 pm EST


Lakes Letter – August 9, 2018

TOPICS: Gratitude | Lakes of Fire 2018 Survey | Suggest a Theme for 2019 | Photos from Bedtime Stories | Volunteer Time Sheets


We at Info_bot want to thank you for creating an incredible experience for all of us!

Whether you spent the last six months building an elaborate bar top or you strapped on the construction-paper monster mask you made in the car on the way up, you made this burn special and unique.

Thank you!


Lakes Letter – June 7, 2018

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Welcome to Lakes of Fire! | Ticketing Basics | What’s Happening This Year | What to Bring and What Not to Bring | Lucky Lake Weather | The 10 Principles | Driving and Tent Safety

Welcome to Lakes of Fire!

Firebreathing Devil - Photo: Christopher MoellerTake 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.


WhatWhereWhen Guide for 2018

2018 whatwherewhen coverThe WhatWhereWhen is now available! Your tireless Info_bot team has worked literally around the clock to provide you with delicious information. Please take a look at our WWW guide for all the details on what’s happening very soon at Lucky Lake. As always, we only print around 1,000 black-and-white copies to reduce waste, so you’ll want to get yours early at the Greeters and the Nexus areas. Share with your mates!

Alternately, you’re welcome to download your own copy for viewing or printing. We recommend you save the file to your device and view it with Adobe Reader or another app.

Additionally, you can use our online WWW site to highlight your favorite events (click the heart!), show only those events in a print-friendly format, and make your own schedule!

You can also try the iOS app created by an independent volunteer, Reuben – he’s told us he’ll be updating the schedule with this year’s content, and hopes to make a hybrid app for iOS and Android next year. Just search for Lakes of Fire! (more…)

Lakes Letter – May 31, 2018

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Fire Sale Details | Parking Permits Closing Early | Operation: Trash Dump

Fire Sale Details

Lakes Of Fire will sell all remaining event tickets in a Fire Sale beginning Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 12:00 noon (Eastern time) / 11:00am (Central time).  The Fire Sale will end on Tuesday June 12, 2018, at 6:00pm (Eastern time) / 5:00pm (Central time).

The Lakes of Fire 2018 Fire Sale will be through Brown Paper Tickets.

All tickets sold through the Fire Sale are Will-Call only and are non-refundable.  Each participant purchasing a ticket must provide their legal name and date of birth, as shown on a government-issued ID, at the time of purchase.  Every participant must bring their government-issued ID to the Gate to enter Lakes Of Fire.  No tickets are available for purchase at the Gate, and persons who are not on the Will-Call list will be refused entry.

Registration with the main Lakes Of Fire ticketing system is not required to purchase tickets through the Fire Sale.  Up to two tickets may be purchased per transaction (this will allow a couple to purchase two Fire Sale tickets together, if tickets are available).  Each person must enter their full legal name and DOB at the time of purchase; tickets cannot be purchased and assigned later.

Please note that your status in the main ticketing system will not be updated to reflect purchases made through the Fire Sale, but your name and details will still be on the Will Call list used at Gate for your entry.  Make sure (double check! triple check!) that your name and birthday are entered correctly, because this will have to match your ID at Gate!

Refunds for tickets purchased in the main ticketing system will remain available until Tuesday, June 12, at 12:00 noon (Eastern time) / 11:00am (Central time). Tickets submitted for a refund will be placed into the Fire Sale as soon as practical. Refunds are no longer guaranteed, so the later you ask for a refund, the greater the risk that your ticket will not be re-purchased and you will not receive a refund. Refund dollars will be processed AFTER Lakes of Fire. Tickets purchased in the Fire Sale are not refundable.

Fire Sale


Ticket Window Closing Soon!

All ticket offers made from today forward will expire at 11:59:59PM on May 31 (Central Time).

After that time, no further wait list offers will be made.

As always, check the date on your offer email, as that will be the date associated with *your* offer (as we sometimes run into problems tweaking the system for a potential Fire Sale.)

If you need to REFUND, please log into the ticketing system, click on the “Ticketing Sales” tab, and click the REFUND button. There is a bug in the ticketing system that impacts people who purchased a ticket with a code (theme camp directed tickets, volunteers, etc.) so if you are in this category please email tickets@lakesoffire.org and we will work with you directly.

If you get an offer and don’t want to accept it, *please* take the 22 seconds to log in and click “no thanks” so the next person in line can come home to Lakes of Fire!

Ticket Purchase Windows Reducing

Photo: Leslie Bolin

The current window to purchase a ticket when it is offered to you is six (6) days.

As of 11:59PM EST of May 9th, we’re going to shorten that to five (5) days for future offers.  Once the deadline for guaranteed refunds passes (5/18), we expect a further reduction in the purchase window.

This ticket purchase window reduction will allow more tickets to cycle through the wait list.

Lakes Letter – April 30, 2018

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Goodbye, Larry Harvey | Last Day for Some Forms | DMV | WWW’s New Features | Ticketing Update

Goodbye, Larry Harvey

Larry Harvey - Photo by AkatimrWith heavy hearts, The Lakes of Fire organization would Like to share a message with you from Burning Man CEO, Marian Goodell, regarding Larry Harvey passing on 4/28.

He inspired a global community and with his passing into the Fire eternal, may we all be the inspiration for the next chapter beyond.


I have very sad news to share with all of you. Larry Harvey passed away at 8:24am PST this morning. He passed peacefully, with his family at his side.

We resolutely held out for a miracle. If there was anyone tenacious, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry. Your outpouring of love, support, and prayers was felt deeply by his family and friends as we each spent time at Larry’s bedside 24/7 these past three weeks. I truly believe Larry felt your thoughts, healing energy and prayers. I know I did. The love sent to him filled more than his room in the hospital — it overflowed onto each of us at his bedside.

Larry was never one for labels. He didn’t fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was 100% authentic to his core. For all of us who knew or worked with him, he was a landscape gardener, a philosopher, a visionary, a wit, a writer, an inspiration, an instigator, a mentor, and at one point a taxi driver and a bike messenger. He was always a passionate advocate for our culture and the principles that emanate from the Burning Man experience in the Black Rock Desert.

As he told one of us recently, Larry liked to create “scenes” that made people consider the world in a new way. He was extraordinarily successful at doing just that.

The Burning Man Project has lost our original Founder. He liked to joke and say “finders, flounders, founders, a little bit of all of those… at our best we are finders.” The culture has lost a great leader and inspiring mind. He adeptly interpreted the manifestation of what became a movement. I have lost a dear friend who I’ve known, loved, and worked beside for nearly 22 years. The loss of his presence in our daily lives will be felt for years, but because of the spirit of who he is, we will never truly be without him.

We have begun a meditation vigil to help guide Larry on his journey through Monday morning, and invite you to join. Please feel free to participate from wherever you are. We also encourage those in San Francisco to visit Baker Beach, the original home of Burning Man, to honor and celebrate Larry this weekend.
If you would like to share your photos, stories, and videos, you can post them on larry.burningman.org. You can also send your thoughts to TheHat@burningman.org which will also be shared directly with Larry’s family.
Stuart Mangrum, a dear friend of Larry’s for 25 years, has written a tribute to Larry. You can read it on the Burning Man Journal. And Larry’s brother Stewart Harvey has shared a photo essay of Larry’s life, which is also on the Burning Man Journal.

Larry would be the first to say this isn’t an ending, but the start of a new chapter, and we all have a hand in where we go from here.

With love,


Lakes Letter – April 13, 2018

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Low Income Tickets | Theme Camp/Sound Deadlines | Wee Effigies

Low Income Tickets

The Lakes of Fire Low Income Ticket Program is now open for 2018! There are 50 tickets available this year to award to qualified applicants.

LIT participants must still receive a ticket through the regular ticket system.  Please review our Low Income Tickets page for complete details.

The application window will close at 11:59PM EDT on Monday, April 30th.

We will notify all applicants with the decision to grant a LIT ticket or not, along with instructions to claim the ticket after the application window closes.

If you’re ready to apply, Please fill out the LIT Application. Any questions can be directed to lowincometickets@lakesoffire.org.


Tips from fellow burners on Facebook

Photo by Katie ForbesOur 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:

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

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Ticketing Update | Effigy Announcement | All the Forms!

Ticketing Update


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

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Registration and Ticket Details

Registration and Ticket Details

Photo: Sam JonesIt’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

Lakes Letter

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

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Dates Announced | Choose the Theme for 2018 | LNT Moop Map | Board Members Needed!

Dates Announced

Photo: Christopher MoellerWe 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

Lakes Letter

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.

Thank you!


Lakes Letter – June 9, 2017

Lakes Letter

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!


  • 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.
– Info_bot


Fire Sale for Lakes of Fire 2017


Fire Sale

Lakesoffire Infobot here to announce our last gasp ticketing blast… The Fire Sale!
We have a limited number of tickets available – first come, first serve, no waitlist!
Saturday, June 3 at 11 am EST / 10am CST.
You can purchase one ticket per transaction and per registration number.
To purchase a ticket during the Fire Sale, you must be registered in the Lakes of Fire ticketing system.
Already registered and on the waitlist? Cool, you’re good to go.
If you have not registered yet, you have until 11:59 pm EST on Friday to do so at tickets.lakesoffire.org.
You will need:
Stay tuned for further updates soon!

Lakes Letter – April 11, 2017

Lakes Letter

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

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Random Drawing Registration Deadline | Volunteer and Theme Camp Tickets Deadline | Low Income Tickets | Forms Open March 15th

Random Drawing Registration Deadline

01reg_dimphotographyOn 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

Lakes Letter

TOPICS: Changes for 2017 | Tickets, shmickets! | Volunteer Appreciation Tickets | Key Dates Update | Submit your Art Grants Soon!

Changes for 2017

Lakes of Fire Ticketing DetailsIn 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.

  • 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

Lakes Letter

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

Photo: Scott KennedyWe 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.