Preserving the lands and waters you love!

Northern Waters Land Trust

Preserving land to protect water in north central Minnesota, a region with more than 2,000 lakes, 3,400 miles of rivers and streams, and over 4 million acres.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit accredited land trust, Northern Waters Land Trust is working to protect water quality and preserve environmentally sensitive lands, water resources, and wildlife habitat.

Watch this video to learn more about the conservation work Northern Waters Land Trust is doing.


Why Conservation Matters

Protecting the lakes, rivers, and forests in northern Minnesota supports the local economy and culture. This region is home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Land protection throughout the watershed helps ensure quality drinking water for communities downstream.  

What We Do

Northern Waters Land Trust’s watershed approach to conservation focuses on the ‘big picture’ preserving land around lakes and rivers to protect water quality and wildlife habitat. This region's economy is dependent on healthy natural resources for outdoor recreation and tourism. Conservation here helps ensure drinking water for communities outside the region that depend on the Mississippi River for their drinking water.

Acres Feet

Increased development threatens the forests, waters, and wildlife in northern  Minnesota.

Since its founding, Northern Waters Land Trust has been working to conserve land in key areas of watersheds to protect water quality and wildlife habitat.


preserving land to protect water in northern Minnesota


of critical fish and wildlife habitat protected


of environmentally sensitive shoreland preserved


completed helping families achieve their conservation goals

30 years is just the beginning, yet there's so much more to do.
You are the anchor to getting it done.

What You Can Do

The lakes need you. Now is the chance to make a difference. Community members like you, play a key role in conservation.

Your support makes a difference.