LakeSmart is an award-winning environmental outreach program unique to the Lake of the Woods area of northwestern Ontario. A signature program of the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA), it is focused on environmental education and helping lake users “live and play green” at the lake. The LakeSmart team is equipped with knowledge and resources on a broad range of topics including creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, maintaining septic systems, using eco-friendly cleaning products, preventing the spread of invasive species, safe boating and more. 

With a new year-round Environment Program Coordinator directing the program, LakeSmart has more capacity than ever. This year, LakeSmart launched the area’s first Mobile Boat Wash station, spreading awareness and slowing the spread of invasive species in the watershed. During the summer you can find the team visiting dock-to-dock, driving to smaller lakes, and at the Matiowski Farmers Market in Kenora. LakeSmart is continuing to expand our virtual programming and will be putting on webinars, virtual “dock visits”, online resources, and engaging our followers on social media platforms. To stay up to date and learn more, find us at

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