Bacteria play a key role in freshwater biogeochemical cycling, but long-term trends in freshwater bacterial community composition and dynamics are not yet well characterized. We used a multi-year time series of 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing data from eight bog lakes to census the freshwater bacterial community and observe annual and seasonal trends in abundance. Multiple sites and sampling events were necessary to begin to fully describe the bacterial communities. Each lake and layer contained a distinct bacterial community, with distinct levels of richness and indicator taxa that likely reflected the environmental conditions of each site. The community present in each year and site was also unique. Despite high interannual variability in community composition, we detected a core community of ubiquitous freshwater taxa. Although trends in abundance did not repeat annually, each freshwater lineage within the communities had a consistent lifestyle, defined by persistence, abundance, and variability. The results of our analysis emphasize the importance of long-term observations, as analyzing only a single year of data would not have allowed us to describe the dynamics and composition of these freshwater bacterial communities to the extent presented here.