Mission Statement:

“Preserving the Yellow Dog Watershed in its most natural state for the use of the public, now, and for the benefit of future generations.”

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is an environmental organization in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula headquartered in Big Bay in northwest Marquette county. Our organization was founded in 1995 by a group of local citizens who took environmental ethics to heart and were therefore concerned about unchecked resource extraction methodologies and the possible effects on our watershed. For over twenty years now, we have worked in keeping with our mission. Our goals are to diligently watch over the watershed, advocate for wise use of resources, educate students and public, and permanently protect the integrity of the wilderness for our grandchildren and theirs. To do this, we conduct sound science through our ongoing MiCorps water monitoring programs on the Yellow Dog River, the Salmon Trout River, and Lake Independence. YDWP owns and cares for over 2300 acres of forested property within the Yellow Dog Watershed. Our volunteer land stewardship program watches over these lands and any activities throughout the area. While our organization has always incorporated an education and outreach program, in 2016 we launched the YDWP Nature School to provide outdoor educational programs for local schools and public alike. Lastly, we are environmental advocates and work to protect the watershed from threats like sulfide mining or other threats that might be detrimental to the watershed’s health.

This unique area of Michigan harbors some of the most pristine, unspoiled, and intact wilderness east of the Mississippi River. The Yellow Dog River runs free and clean through wild country from its source in the McCormick Wilderness Area until it eventually reaches Lake Superior, and this is how we want it to stay. Please peruse our website and consider becoming a member, a volunteer, or donating to help our mission.