The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy was founded on a vision to protect the whole health of the greatest expanse of freshwater on Earth. Despite the relatively small human population and the seemingly abundant freshwater surrounded by a forested landscape, the Lake Superior Watershed faces enormous challenges in the 21st century.

This watershed has long provided the minerals, trees and fish as an economic basis to support local communities. This wealth has been all but exhausted. And now that freshwater, not oil, is this century’s most valuable commodity worldwide, huge pressures loom for the lake’s greatest asset, the freshwater itself.

We are dedicated to the health and care of the Lake Superior watershed because it is our extended Home, and the Spirit of the Land is part of that Home. It is a Home we are privileged to share with trees, plants, moses, fungi, wolves, caribou, moose, lynx, bears, eagles and a myriad of Beings great and small. All have a birthright to inherit this Home rich with its complex diversity; a place where all of Nature’s voices from wind to birdsong can be clearly heard. All have a right to a Home where air, water and soil are free of toxins.

Our Vision

Creating a future that supports healthy wild places, thriving people and vibrant communities around Lake Superior. We're all connected!

Our Mission

Supporting the vitality of the Lake Superior Watershed by linking communities through conservation, education and active participation.

We are proud of:
  • Being Water Trail Champions. LSWC championed connection of 600 miles (1,000 kms) of the Lake Superior Water Trail as part of the Trans Canada Trail, and part of the water trail connection around Superior.
  • Accessibility initiatives through Trans Canada Trail. LSWC has installed accessible infrastructure at 16 water trail access points, and have assessed land and water trail sections for the AccessNOW App and Trans Canada Trail.
  • Our Canoes for Conservation program which provides an ecological/cultural on-water teaching platform that is safe, relatively accessible, equitable and inclusive for all ages and abilities.
  • Our three land preserves: a wetland, a group of Islands and a forested headwaters landscape.
  • Our wetland preserve boardwalk that makes educational programs possible.
  • The 100's of presentations we have given to audiences around Lake Superior and across North America advocating for this Great Lake.
  • The partnerships and networks we have built with communities, individuals, and institutions around Lake Superior over the past two decades.
  • Engaging with youth through educational programs, nature-based initiatives and employment at LSWC.

The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy respectfully acknowledges this place as the traditional, ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabeg. For thousands of years, people lived in a respectful reciprocity with these beautiful waters and the green growing world.

We aim to build mutual respect as we work to be trusted allies in Indigenous-led work for the health of the whole watershed.

“I am so proud to be included in this circle of caring for Nibi and the work of the Conservancy. To tell the stories, to engage people in learning and acting in respectful ways toward the Land, Water, People, Animals, Birds, Fish is so important. Spirit will help us if we act in ways that acknowledge that Water is Life, and without Nibi, we cannot exist.”

- Shirley Horn, The Children of Shingwauk

How To Help

Protecting the greatest Lake on Earth means we all have a role to play in addressing the threatening elements of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, invasive species, and the diversion of water from the watershed.

We believe in the power of our collective effort to solve these challenges.