• Water Quality Testing

    Heather conducting water quality sampling on the Potato River at Upson Falls. This monthly water quality testing is done in through the Bad River Watershed Association monitoring program.
  • Loon Project

    Students checking our Loon nesting platform on one of our study lakes with the Mercer School students. May-July the students visit the study lakes monitoring the loons, water quality and other parameters used to measure lake health.
  • Rain Barrels

    MaryJo showcasing the 150 rain barrels distributed through a large scale rain barrel project back in 2011. The program was a partnership with UW-Extension, Ashland County LWCD and Iron County LWCD. Participants learned about the benefits of rain barrels and were able to purchase them at a discounted price.

Resources for...

  •  There are many programs offered through the LWCD to provide farmers with both technical and financial assistance to ensure soil and water quality.  Click here to learn more.


  •  If you have a cabin or home on a lake or river you can rely on the LWCD to provide you with tips to protect your investment.  From shoreland lighting to habitat restoration to erosion control give us a call to learn how you can be a good steward.  


  • The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD) provides education on environmental issues and on conservation practices. Many of you teach various environmental concepts already in your class whether it’s an english, art, science or another class in your school. We would like to offer support through our new class programs that may compliment your curriculum.


  • There are many ways to get involved in protecting the many beautiful lakes and rivers of Iron County. Volunteer activities can range from kayaking or canoeing your favorite stretch of a local stream to monitor for invasive species or stopping to take some simple water quality samples while you are out on your evening pontoon ride.


Conservation On Tap for 2016!


Back by popular demand we bring you the Conservation on Tap line up for 2016.  From Monarchs to Bobcats, to Lake Superior’s Marine Sanctuary and more, you will be sure to find something that will peak your interest.  Bring your friends, family, neighbors and that guy off the street, and join us for fun filled evenings full of interesting conversations at The Pines Beer Garden located in Mercer.

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Native Grasses and Wildflower Pick up JUNE 3rd!

Don’t forget the Native Plant Sale’s Grass and Wildflower pickup is just around the corner!  June 3rd, 2016 come pick up your order and get your plants in the ground.  

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February 2017

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Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department added 9 new photos. ... See MoreSee Less

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Iron County Marten Project Update: It's been a unique season to say the least for the marten project. The students from Hurley and Mercer started off setting small mammal traps in the core marten area in hoped of sampling the pray base. 100 % off all species captured were Peromyscus (Deer mouse / white footed). This was very interesting and the student thoroughly enjoyed the survey. Our next task was to survey the county for marten. This was by far our hardest task. In the past, 2007-present the students were able to find a marten within about a month of camera trap surveys or tracking surveys. This year it has taken up until February 9th before we documented our first track and now photos of a marten. New this year was a role reversal between Fishers (Martes pennanti) and the American Marten (martes americana). This year, fishers were documented at every camera trap location throughout northern Iron County, except the one location we found a marten. This is a major change in what we have seen in the past. For the first 8 years fishers were rarely seen in the core marten area and now they dominate. Perhaps this change has to do with the warming winters and a reduction in deep snow which benefit marten. Today, the total snow depth is 5 inches in the Northern portion of Iron County. Unfortunately, for now our project is on hold until cooler weather can harden up the roads. Thanks again to the students of Hurley and Mercer, teachers, and to our funders -Iron County Forestry Department. Enjoy the video ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·  

It's time to start thinking about the Wisconsin Lakes Convention. Iron County Lakes Folks, if you are interested in attending, we have scholarships available! Contact us! Call Heather at 715/561-2234, message or email lakes@ironcountywi.org you will surely enjoy this great conference! Hope to see you there. ... See MoreSee Less

2017 WI Lakes Partnership Convention

April 5, 2017, 9:00am - April 7, 2017, 4:00pm

Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center Stevens Point

Join us for the largest gathering of lake lovers in the midwest! Our 2017 theme is "Minding Our Waters" - we will be exploring the unique connections between our brains and water. Online registration will begin in January. Registration is a la carte- register for one, two, or three days.

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