The Rainy Lake watershed in Northwestern Ontario is a place of great natural beauty. Its rocks are from 2.5 to 3.6 billion years old. Rainy Lake's ancestor, Lake Agassiz, was formed as the glaciers retreated north during the last ice age 50,000 to 10,000 years ago. Rainy Lake covers 92,100 ha (227,604 acres) and has 3,000 km (1,850 miles) of shoreline. Divided into three geographically distinct areas; the North Arm, Redgut Bay and the South Arm, about 70% of the lake lies in Ontario and 30% in Minnesota. Over 4,000 islands dot Rainy Lake.

In 1997 founding members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy presented a successful proposal to the Ontario Government's Boreal West Round Table to protect the crown land on the islands of Rainy Lake as conservation reserves. Today, the majority of the crown land islands on Rainy Lake, 5,477 hectares (13,533 acres), are free from logging, mining and development, and continue to be a source of enjoyment for the general public who have hunted, fished, picnicked and camped on them for generations.

Since the early 1900s, Canadians and Americans have worked together to preserve Rainy Lake's natural beauty, clean water, abundant plant and wildlife and its rich history (see publication "A Century of Wilderness Preservation"). Rainy Lake is a rare and precious place in a world where forests and clean lakes are rapidly disappearing. The Rainy Lake Conservancy is proud to carry on the tradition of wilderness preservation into the 21st century.





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