Our dream for this Great Lake began with a long canoe journey setting Lake Superior in the broader context of North American watersheds. Its geological and ice age history shaped a landscape that gave birth to the Lake Superior watershed. We began by thinking that an organization undivided by an international line was an approach and the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy is the result of this.

Our initial work of protecting Land and protecting Water through Land Trusts and Water Trails has moved us onto a cultural-ecological path inextricably tied to Indigenous-led Wisdom. It is a path that shows us a way to respect and live in relationship with the rest of the natural world. And along the way protect the very heart of our existence.

Some Highlights


Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy developed a Pilot Project for Métis-led Walking and Paddling Tours in Sault Ste Marie.

Launched our Francis Hilb Preserve school program.


Built trails, boardwalk, signage and seating infrastructure for the Francis Hilb Preserve.


Created a series of online videos to share conservation and watershed related content, teach low-impact nature travel techniques, to learn about the history and cultures of Lake Superior.


Developed and implemented a safe and accessible on-water Canoes for Conservation program including the training of canoe and interpretive guides, and the acquisition of a 36-foot voyageur-type canoe and all equipment to provide ecological and cultural tours.

Held a Lake Superior Interpretive Guide Conference with watershed-wide partners.


Held a series of facilitated on-site meetings with Water Trail access point community partners to develop a Canoes for Conservation program.

Facilitated a Lake Superior Water Trail Gathering in Marquette, Michigan with Lake Superior Water Trail and Land Trust Partners.


LSWC officially opens the Lake Superior Water Trail, a 1000 km section of the 25,000 km Trans Canada Trail.

The Gargantua Islands Preserve is transferred from American Friends of Canadian Conservation to LSWC ownership.


Installed infrastructure such as washrooms, docks, pathways, signage, canoe/kayak lockers at 16 Lake Superior Water Trail Access points with community partners.


Held a series of facilitated Lake Superior Heritage Coast workshops in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Gargantua Islands Preserve project initiated with the American landowners and American Friends of Canadian Conservation.

Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy acquires the Francis Hilb Preserve.


Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy acquires the Dr. Frederick Van Nus Preserve.


Held a series of facilitated Lake Superior Heritage Coast workshops built on the Ontario Government’s Great Lakes Heritage Coast (2000) initiative.


Research project initiated to preserve a series of privately held lands in the Thunder Bay region with the goal of protected status as land trusts.


Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy is incorporated as a registered Charity.

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.