Conservation Program Area

Lake Superior

The Lake Superior Conservation Area focuses on protection of Lake Superior’s North Shore, one of Minnesota’s most iconic and important landscapes.

The North Shore is a popular destination for its outstanding recreational opportunities, including hiking, paddling, trout fishing, and more. The North Shore is a major flyway for migratory birds and is known for its exceptional bird-watching opportunities. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and many other sites along the North Shore provide opportunities to view large numbers of migrating raptors. Peregrine falcons, the fastest known animal on the planet, nest on cliffs by the lake. This area provides opportunities to see boreal owls, black-throated blue warblers, and many other fascinating bird species.

The Minnesota Land Trust has a number of protected properties along the lake, including the unique sand dune pine forest of Duluth’s Minnesota Point, the largest area of dunes and sand beaches along Lake Superior in our state. Several sections of the Superior Hiking Trail and numerous designated trout streams pass through Land Trust protected properties as well. This area is also home to the Land Trust’s largest restoration projects along the St. Louis River’s unique freshwater estuary.

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    A Rare Find on Lake Superior

    The Minnesota Land Trust has protected thousands of acres of land in northeastern Minnesota, including a number of properties along Lake Superior. Every year properties are monitored by volunteers or staff, looking for any issues or changes to the land. Two years ago, staff member Mark van der Linden made a surprising discovery while walking [...]

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