Effigy Proposals: Send Us Your Napkins!

Who makes the Effigy for Lakes of Fire? You do!

You make it by submitting anything from an idea to a full-blown proposal. You make it by getting involved with the planning and leadership of the build team – even if you aren’t totally sure how! The Effigy Council is here to help bring visions from the community to life – visions like yours. Don’t let uncertainty keep you on the sidelines – all you need to start is a sketch, even on a napkin.

Draw your idea and send it to effigy@lakesoffire.org. Extra credit for ideas sent in by January 3rd!


Lakes Letter – Nov 9th, 2019

TOPICS: Fall Leads Retreat Update | Theme Announcement for 2020!

Fall Leads Retreat Update

The Fall Retreat saw some new leaders and new roles:

  • Effigy Council.  Effigy Council has assumed full department status, headed by Mario and Odin who join us as leads.  Welcome to the team!
  • GLEA Board.  Let’s welcome Board members to their 3-year appointments:
    • Jin – She’s returning for a full term!
    • Jackpot – Jackpot will get full boardie status in January 2020.
  • New Leads in Training.  We are thrilled to see new faces stepping up to make Lakes of Fire great with their energy, ideas, and hard work.  Please welcome your new Leads In Training:
    • Alice, LIT for Perimeter Ninjas
    • Squeezie, LIT for Gate
    • Tripbox, LIT for Art Hub

A huge shout-out to our entire Board, and especially Megan, for the hours of thought, planning, and coordination it took to make the retreat a success.  You ran a packed agenda with a full room. It could not have happened without you.


Theme Announcement for 2020!

The Lakes of Fire leads team has waited patiently for this letter to drop.  It’s time we made it official: the Lakes of Fire theme for 2020.

But first… If you haven’t already, join the Lakes Letter to get key dates for the ticket lottery, event times in 2020, and more important updates like these.

And thanks to everyone who sent their ideas in the August call for themes.  The leads deliberated over the community’s submissions in the weeks before the retreat and voted by paper ballot to decide the winner.


We’re going to space!

Several people submitted space themes; Lakes in Space was the title chosen with the principle of Community Effort.

Hope to see you at Lakes of Fire 2020: LAKES IN SPACE!

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Space!?  What about looking backward instead of forward?!?  2020 IS HINDSIGHT! Like anyone ever had fun with a space theme…  *grouch grumble snark*






Lakes Letter – October 6th, 2019

TOPICS: Last Call for Theme Suggestions

Last Call for Theme Suggestions

Thanks for everyone who has used the Theme Suggestion Form for 2020!  For everyone how hasn’t chipped in yet, you have just one more week to get your suggestion in.  Don’t wait – we’ll be closing the form on Saturday, October 13th at 11:59 PM EDT.

This year we’re asking all suggestions to focus on 1 of the 10 Principles, so grab your thinking cap and brush up on your Burning Man big ideas.  Good luck!


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Many exciting developments are already percolating for next year’s burn.  But until then … May your cider be sweet and and your crystal ball clean in this autumnal time between Summer and ‘Ween.  Bats!






Lakes Letter – August 23rd, 2019

TOPICS: Call for 2020 Theme Suggestions | G.L.E.A. BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED! | About Volunteer Hours

Call for 2020 Theme Suggestions

The Theme Suggestion Form for 2020 is now open!  As with last year, we will collect suggestions from the entire community, after which the Lakes of Fire leads will consider all options to choose one theme from the bunch.  This year we’re asking all suggestions to focus on 1 of the 10 Principles, so grab your thinking cap and brush up on your Burning Man big ideas.  Good luck!


G.L.E.A Board Members Needed!

Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc. is seeking highly-dedicated volunteers to join the Board of Directors. Board members are the legal face of Lakes of Fire and are directly responsible for the long term production and sustainability of our event. There are no prerequisites for joining 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, fill out the interest form before 11:59 pm EST on September 14, 2019 to be considered for the open Board positions.



About Volunteer Hours

There has been some confusion about the volunteer hour confirmation process.  Just in case you need this information:

  1. If you volunteered with more than one department… First, thank you, that is rad.  Second, you need to get confirmation for your hours separately with each department.  They can only confirm the shift(s) you did with them and not with any other team at Lakes of Fire.
  2. If you volunteered with your theme camp, go you!  But sadly that time counts toward the awesomeness of your camp and not toward Lakes of Fire volunteer hours.


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Did you take any great pics at Lakes of Fire 2019? Would you be interested in sharing your photos through an official Lakes of Fire photo album? Drop us a line at the email below!






Lakes Letter – July 18th, 2019

TOPICS: 2019 Event Surveys | Code of Conduct Announcement

2019 Event Surveys

We hope your decompression and return to consensus reality is going as well as can be expected.  Maybe a little sharing will help?  The Lakes of Fire Leads miss you and would love to hear from you!

By taking our Summerween Event Survey you can tell us all about how your burn went and what you want to see next year.

And!  By taking the ArtHub Feedback Survey you can help us develop awesome new ideas for next year’s art programming!


Code of Conduct Announcement

As we come down from the glow of the burn, we think it’s important to remind the community that we share a collective drive to create a better consent-based culture at Lakes of Fire and beyond. Part of that effort is accountability regarding violations of our Code of Conduct. If you or anyone you know have experienced an incident, we encourage you to contact our newly formed Code of Conduct Committee. All communications with the committee will remain confidential.

The committee consists of members of the community who have stepped up to offer empathetic support, document reports, and review conduct incidents that occurred at the event and in the year round Burning Man community that exists beyond the event.  Members have been recommended by fellow Lakes of Fire participants and are anonymous. They are dedicated to protecting community safety and event continuity. We are actively seeking new committee members; you can indicate your interest via the Code of Conduct Committee application form.

Please see our Code of Conduct to review what our community standards are, and for more information on how to submit a report to the committee.  Thank you for keeping our burn a safer place for all.

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Was it rainy? Sure. Was it wet? Sure. Did we coin gems like “Unlucky Lake,” “Swimcytium” and “Lakes of Mud”? Maybe. I’d still rather be there.






Lakes Letter – May 17th, 2019

TOPICS: More Tickets for 2019 | The Map is Ready! | Courtesy Reminders | Moop Advisory | Food Drive | Event Submission Deadline | Gate Procedure Changes | About Campfires

More Tickets for 2019

UPDATE: Ticket transfers end June 9th at 11:59 PM CDT.

After much deliberation, we have decided to release up to 100 additional tickets for Lakes of Fire 2019.  You have our community and ticket-holding attendees to thank for this – the response to our volunteering call-to-action was immense!  You really stepped up to fill critical volunteer shifts that guarantee the safety of the event, and we cannot thank you enough.

Friday, May 17th (hey, that’s today!), 90 tickets will be released to the Burner Tickets wait list.  This is the first round of tickets for release; it is very likely that we will release another round.  Keep your eyes on your inbox and on our Facebook group for more ticketing updates.

The Map is Ready!

And, to answer a frequently asked question: Yes, there is open RV camping!  It’s in the Back 40, just north of the Shambulance and west of the mummy.

Courtesy Reminders

  • When you enter the property, please do not speed!
  • If you can’t commit to a volunteer shift, please cancel on Signup by Friday June 7th. This is the Friday before the week of the Burn.
  • If you have to cancel or change a shift during the event, go to the Nexus. We won’t be using Signup at all during the event. Plus, at the Nexus, our friendly team can help you swap for a shift that suits you better 🙂
  • If possible, please print your ticket. To print your ticket, log in to your Burner Tickets account, go to “My Events/Transfers”, and click on the button that says “eTicket”. You can print out this ticket directly from your browser. Please verify that you have a valid ticket before hopping in a vehicle! If you have unexpected problems, please contact tickets@lakesoffire.org.

Moop AdvisoryUnicorns are Great at Beach Clean-Up, photo by Katelyn Wollet

  • There will be a trash collection station at the end of Gate road during Exodus. You may pay $5/bag to dump moop before leaving the property (no furniture). The proceeds, less the dumpster fee, will be donated to the local fire department!
  • Please don’t forget to drop off your returnables at Recycle Camp!
  • Do NOT dump your trash in town or at the closest freeway exit – if you do not use the trash collection station, you need to take your trash all the way home.
  • You must clean out your campfire ring (ash, wood, and all) before leaving. Unburned firewood may be stacked neatly next to fire ring.

Food Drive

Scare Away Hunger this Summerween! Greeters are collecting food for the Trinity Community Pantry this year. Please remember to pack a few non-perishable food items or unused toiletries.

The Trinity Community Pantry in New Era Michigan provides 4,500 lbs of food to over 180 families every week. This area of Michigan has one of the highest hunger rates. The Greeter station will be accepting food donations throughout the event, up to 3 p.m. on exodus Sunday. Donations must be unopened and non-perishable. Cans are preferred; please, no glass. Unopened and unused toiletries are also accepted.

Event Submission Deadline

The WhatWhereWhen submission portal will close on Sunday, May 19th. Don’t wait – if you want to see your event in the schedule, you have until then to get it in!

Gate Procedure Changes

Read the updated Gate Check-In Procedure on our website. Some highlights are below.

  • Gate accepts only valid state-issued IDs or passports; we cannot accept expired IDs.
  • Register your minors! Otherwise you may get tied up at entry.
  • Smuggling someone into the event results in the ticket of each person in the vehicle being revoked without refund.

About CampfiresBurn photo, photo by Bartek

Like every year, all attendees are strongly encouraged to re-read the Survival Guide to ensure their readiness. In particular, let’s review the section on campfires. Plan your campfire accordingly!

  • Keyhole Theme Camps: Fire rings or fire on the ground is NOT allowed, but elevated burn barrels are allowed. FAST requests that all fire, other than cooking stoves, be placed on the road/path side of your camp and not put in the middle of your camp with tents and such surrounding the fire. We request, as always, that any open fire (flame effect or burn barrel) have a fire extinguisher in close proximity to the fire in case of an emergency. But please, not right next to the fire.
  • NO fire is allowed in open camping except for small propane cook stoves.

New Policies in 2019

There are multiple changes coming to Lakes of Fire this year. We will continue to link to them in the New Policies section of each news blast as they are announced. Sign up now for the Lakes Letter if you want these updates in your inbox.

    • Tickets (excluding LIT) are transferable this year!
    • We do not anticipate a fire sale for 2019
    • See the Ticketing Process Page for more

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Packed your sarcophagus?  Got your vampire-grade SPF 9000 sun screen?  Re-read the Survival Guide?  Thanks to Cabbie for an awesome job on our map!  (And Placement, and Arthub, and DPW, and the Effigy Build Team, and, and, and…)  And a huge thanks to our community for stepping up to volunteer, especially with Rangers, ESD, and Perimeter Ninjas!  A huge XOXO section for a huge Lakes Letter and it still isn’t big enough.






Lakes of Fire: Summerween Art

As has been tradition for the past five years, we wanted a cover for the WhatWhereWhen (SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS!) that incorporates our logo and matches our theme this year: Summerween.

We asked Cabbie to get creative and lean in to the creepy-cute absurdity that is Summerween, and we think he knocked it out of the park. THANK YOU CABBIE!

You are welcome to use this art for any gifts or further art you intend to create for bringing to LoF – like with our actual logo, do not use it for commercial purposes or in a way that confuses others about your relationship to LoF.

 See you soon!

Lakes Letter – April 11th, 2019

TOPICS: Art Grant and Honorarium Recipients | Key Dates and Forms | Wee Effigy Application Open | Volunteering Update

Art Grant and Honorarium Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s Art Grants and Art Honorarium recipients!  We set aside $35,000 for Art Grants in 2019, and now you can behold the full list of recipients for yourself.  A big thanks to everyone who applied.

And another huge thanks to our over fifteen Art Honorarium recipients for 2019!  Check out these descriptions by the artists of pieces coming from near and far for your viewing, listening, and playing pleasure.

Key Dates and Forms

See the Key Dates and Forms page for a complete list of those things.  Coming up soon:

    • Theme Camp Registration closes April 15th
    • Art Project Registration closes May 1st, if you’re bringing art that requires placement
    • Flame Effect Registration closes May 1st
    • Mutant Vehicle Registration closes May 1st
    • Fire Dancer and Conclave Form opens May 2nd

Wee Effigy Application Open

An extra special shout-out for Wee Effigy Applications!  The form is open – if you want to bring a lil extra bit to burn at the effigy, fill in your application today.

Volunteering Update

What a turnout.  The Lakes of Fire leads have received hundreds of volunteers for 2019.  Thank you for such a huge response! We have been diligently working through all our contact lists, with the goal of following up with everyone who expressed interest.  If you haven’t received any contact yet, sit tight and you should hear from us in the coming weeks.

You can also expect another round of volunteer calls soon, especially in these areas:

  • Rangers (Training events are coming up in Chicago!)
  • LNT
  • Perimeter Ninjas
  • FAST for the Effigy

New Policies in 2019

There are multiple changes coming to Lakes of Fire this year.  We will continue to link to them in the New Policies section of each news blast as they are announced. Sign up now for the Lakes Letter if you want these updates in your inbox.

    • Tickets (excluding LIT) are transferable this year!
    • We do not anticipate a fire sale for 2019
    • See the Ticketing Process Page for more

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WTF, Fool’s Spring.  Why.  I need a fix to tide me over ’til Summerween.  Maybe one of those coffin-shaped pool floaties will fit in the bathtub…






Directed Theme Camp Tickets Announcement

On behalf of the 2019 Directed Ticket Theme Camp Jury and all the Leads at Lakes of Fire, we would like to announce the results of the Directed Theme Camp ticketing process. The following camps have been selected to receive directed core member tickets to SUMMERWEEN!

In alphabetical order:

  • Ark of Orenda
  • Bermuda Triangle Travel Bureau
  • Burnlesque Presents
  • Camp Dirtie Hippie
  • Camp Early Retirement
  • Camp Pleasure
  • Can’ehdian Mounties
  • Capn Nemo’s Flaming Carnival
  • Copycats Costume camp
  • Experimental Family Tree
  • Garden of Recycled Dreams
  • Gypsy Wolves
  • Let’s Be Frank
  • Odditorium
  • One More Thing!
  • Recess
  • SafeT Camp
  • Sorr’eh Bar
  • Syncytium
  • The Closet Fort Kingdom
  • The Consortium of Indigent Mythological Creatures and Imaginary Bunnies
  • The Funky Tiki Teahut
  • The Phase
  • The Secret Gentlemen’s Club
  • Thumper
  • Valhalla
  • Videogasm

We thank our two community volunteers who served as jury members, together with departmental representatives of Placement, LNT, and Sound.

This year, 220 Directed Theme Camp Tickets were available. To allot them, we considered 561 ticket requests from 73 Theme Camp Applications. We were able to fulfill about 40% of the directed ticket demand in 2019. Scoring was very close and not an easy process.

If your Theme Camp was not selected for directed tickets this year, you can certainly still be a theme camp! The Theme Camp Registration Form is currently open, and we look forward to seeing all the wonderful theme camps this SUMMERWEEN!

-The Ticketing Department, on behalf of the 2019 Directed Theme Camp Ticket Jury


Lakes Letter – March 2, 2019

TOPICS: Ticket Lottery Begins | Key Forms Open on March 2nd | New Policies in 2019

Ticket Lottery Begins

That’s right – emails will be going out soon. You can read the full announcement on our site. Some key highlights below: 

Lottery sales will begin Saturday, at Noon Central Time on March 2 2019.  Registrants must be logged in to https://burnertickets.com/lakes-of-fire-lottery-registration/ to check their lottery status and waitlist position.  All registrants selected in the lottery have only 72 HOURS to purchase their ticket.  Don’t delay in buying your ticket!

E-mail notifications regarding ticket purchasing opportunities will not go out instantly at Noon, Central Time, March 2nd, but we expect the first 1000 or so to go out in a few hours.


Pre-Lottery Announcement

Greetings, Lakes of Fire Community!

Thank you for registering for your 2019 SUMMERWEEN Lakes of Fire Tickets!

The Lottery will start tomorrow, March 2, 2019!

Important Information:

  • If you secured a Volunteer Ticket (thank you!), you are not in the lottery.
  • Lottery sales will begin Saturday, at Noon Central Time. There’s no need to start hammering the server at midnight.
  • All registrants selected in the lottery have only THREE DAYS to purchase their ticket.
    Registrants must be logged in to https://burnertickets.com/ to check their lottery status and waitlist position.
  • All registrants selected in the lottery have only 72 HOURS to purchase their ticket.
  • When logged in to Burner Tickets, registrants can check their lottery status by navigating to https://burnertickets.com/lakes-of-fire-lottery-registration/
  • Once the lottery goes live, Burner Tickets will show your lottery position, and display your purchase link (if applicable).
  • All registrants selected in the lottery have only 4320 MINUTES to purchase their ticket.
  • E-mail notifications regarding ticket purchasing opportunities will not go out instantly at Noon, Central Time, March 2nd, but we expect the first 1000 or so to go out in a few hours.
  • All registrants selected in the lottery have only THREE DAYS, which is 72 HOURS, which is 4320 MINUTES to purchase their ticket.
  • DO NOT DELAY BUYING YOUR TICKET. Unpurchased tickets will be offered to the next person in line automagically, and you can’t get it back.
  • Tickets are transferable (with only a few exceptions). When logged in to Burner Tickets, click on “My Events/Transfers”. Click on the “Transfer” button to begin the process.
  • The Ticketing Team cannot alter space/time (we’ve tried). If you miss your purchasing opportunity, we will be unable to put you back in the lottery, but you can still be transferred a ticket.
  • Answers to frequent questions can be found here: http://lakesoffire.org/ticketing/
  • TICKETS@LAKESOFFIRE.ORG is the best way to contact us.
  • Low Income Tickets is a separate and parallel process – to get a LIT, you must BOTH be selected through their application process AND be offered a regular ticket through the lottery. You should be receiving an email from Low Income Tickets, if you applied previously, by the time of the drawing.

May fortune favor you in the lottery,


Lakes Letter – February 15, 2019

TOPICS: New Chill and Quiet Zones | Survival Guide and Vehicle Policy Updates | Call for Art Grants and Honoraria | Afterburn Report | New Policies in 2019

New Chill and Quiet Zones

Photo: Skennedy

We’re quite excited to share some big news!  The Lakes of Fire Board and Leads have worked with our excellent hosts at Lucky Lake to add space to the event.

Two more camping areas will be available this year in a new space north of Pines Road: the Chill Zone and the Quiet Zone.

Interested?  Check out the map and read more about what these spaces have to offer.  If you feel so inclined, take the survey to tell us what you think.


2019 Ticket Registration Details

Lakes of Fire 2019 ticket lottery registration is upon us!  Here are some handy instructions.

Lottery registration opens on February 2nd, 2019 at noon (Central time) and closes on February 23rd, 2019 at midnight (Central time).  Ticket offer emails will start on March 2, 2019, and will continue until all tickets are sold.

Things to Remember

  • To register for the Lakes of Fire ticket lottery, you need to create an account at burnertickets.com and log in.  If you share a computer with others, make sure you are logged into your own burnertickets account.  See Creating an Account with Burnertickets.com below for step by step instructions.
  • After you create your account, you will have the ability to register for all kinds of burns!  The rest of our instructions apply to how to register for the Lakes of Fire ticket lottery in particular.
  • Do not register for the lottery more than once.  We have multiple processes for detecting duplicate registrations, and we have removed people from the lottery in the past for attempts to register more than once.
  • You can register for the lottery individually, or join a group with your friends, family, etc.!  (see instructions below)
  • volunteer gratitude purchase program, NOT through the process below. Those tickets must be purchased by February 23rd, 2019!

Creating an Account with Burnertickets.com

To register for the Lakes of Fire lottery, you must first either log in to Burnertickets.com with Facebook or create a user account with our ticket provider.  Creating an account with BurnerTickets does not register you for the ticket lottery; after these steps, you have to register for Lakes of Fire as an individual or with a group

You may wish to disable ad-blockers while working with burnertickets.com.

To create your Burnertickets.com account (You can log in with Facebook to skip these account creation steps):

  1. Go to the Login page for Burnertickets.com.
  2. At the bottom of the page, Click Register.
  3. On the Register page, enter your email and a username and continue.
  4. You will receive an email from BurnerTickets.  Click the confirmation link in the email.
  5. The confirmation link will open a page to create a password.  Enter a password and continue.
  6. Success!  You now have your BurnerTickets account!
  7. Go back to the Login page and test your new username and password.
  8. You can now register for the lottery with the lottery registration link.

Individual Registration for the Lottery

  • To register individually, go to BurnerTickets.com/lakes-of-fire-2019/.
  • Click on Register/View Lottery Registration.
  • Select “INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION”.  (If you plan to join a group, do not register as an individual first!  You cannot join a lottery group later if you register as an individual.)

Creating a Lottery Group

Lottery grouping is useful for couples, families, groups of friends, theme camps, and other groups who wish to attend Lakes of Fire together.  Registering as part of a group means that the entire group will get an offer, or not – it’s “all or nothing”. However, each person will still receive their ticket offer individually via email, and must buy their own ticket.

Only one person per group should register with “CREATE & JOIN A GROUP.  If multiple people create groups, even with the same or similar names, they will be placed in different groups and will not receive ticket offers together.

To register as a group:

  1. Choose someone in your group to create the group.  That person should click on the lottery registration link and then select “CREATE & JOIN A GROUP” on the first page.
  2. The group creator will receive a code that others can use to join the group.  The group creator can then send (text, email, etc) the group code to anyone who wants to join that group.

Joining a Group

  • Everyone who wants to join a group must select “JOIN A GROUP” on the first page of registering for the lottery, and enter the group code given to them by the person who created the group.

Only one person per group should register with “CREATE & JOIN A GROUP.  If multiple people create groups, even with the same or similar names, they will be placed in different groups and will not receive ticket offers together.

Please direct questions to tickets@lakesoffire.org.  We will update the Ticketing FAQ with common questions as we work with the new system.

To register for the lottery, start here: BurnerTickets.com/lakes-of-fire-2019/

As a reminder, once an email offer is sent, the recipient will have 72 hours to purchase their ticket.  This is shorter than prior years, so do not delay purchasing your ticket!

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.