Lake Associations are the heart of stewardship!  Our watershed benefits from having over 40 within its boundaries, teeming with citizen scientists and lake lovers who are passionate about the health of the ecosystem – see if there is one near you!

Each lake association has a unique focus and membership, but many have a common goal of protecting and understanding water quality.  For the past four years, the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, along with its partners, have hosted an annual Binational Lake Association Network Event for this watershed, drawing association members together across the border.  Association members have gone back to their communities with fresh ideas and new contacts.

The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations launched “Lake Associations,” filmed and produced by Chelsie Xavier-Blower as part of the Environmental Visual Communication program, a joint initiative of Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum – to find out the benefits of lake associations, check it out at

Want to know more? Take a tour of the lake associations in this basin – where they are, who they are, what they do:

Map Tour of Lake Associations.