Welcome to the Superior Rivers Watershed Association
Our newly expanded coverage area now includes 2,700 miles of streams with much of this draining into Wisconsin’s north shore of Lake Superior.
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The watershed covered by Superior Rivers contains one of the most diverse assemblages of fish in the Lake Superior Basin, many of which are listed as species of management concern by the Bad River Chippewa Tribe, US Fish and Wildlife Service and/or Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
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Our expanded reach and territory now stretches from Red Cliff on the Bayfield Peninsula to the Michigan border. The expanded territory added 16 new water testing sites bringing our total to 60 different locations throughout the region.
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Welcome to the Superior Rivers Watershed Association

Started in 2002 by a group of local dedicated citizens, the Bad River Watershed Association was formed as a non-profit to promote a healthy relationship between the people and natural communities of the Bad River watershed by involving all citizens in assessing, maintaining and improving watershed integrity for future generations. In the summer of 2017 we expanded our scope and renamed the organization Superior Rivers Watershed Association.

Our original scope covered only the Bad River Watershed (BRW) which drains over 1,000 square miles into Wisconsin’s north shore of Lake Superior. The headwaters are found in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The lower one-third of the watershed is land of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribes of Chippewa Indians Reservation. Small, rural communities including Mellen, Odanah, Gurney, Mason, Grand View, Delta and Marengo are scattered throughout the watershed. The Kakagon Slough/Bad River Slough, located at the mouth of the watershed on Lake Superior, is the largest and possibly most pristine freshwater estuary remaining on Lake Superior and is the only remaining extensive coastal wild rice wetland in the Great Lakes Basin. The Bad River watershed is home to sturgeon spawning grounds, pristine coldwater trout streams, prime wolf habitat, and many more outstanding plant, fish and wildlife communities.

With our expanded scope our coverage area will now include 2,700 miles of streams in three Northern Wisconsin counties: Ashland, Bayfield and Iron.

The Bad River Watershed Association is pleased to announce our new vision for 2016 and beyond – including the expansion of our reach from Red Cliff to Michigan

As we consider the future of the BRWA, we realize the time for growth has arrived. Lake Superior and the Chequamegon Bay region in particular are precious to many. People count on clean water and healthy natural resources for their employment, recreation and daily life. The rivers and streams that empty into the Bay and Lake have an impact on these waters and the resources within, like fish and wild rice. Click to continue reading our full statement..



The Superior Rivers Watershed Association is partially operated by volunteer members and our association needs a variety of volunteers to keep us running. We’d love to hear from you.


Superior Rivers Watershed Association is a non-profit conservancy organization and thus we rely on the generosity of our members and community.

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