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.