The Pine River Watershed Alliance applauds Trout Lake Camp’s land management practices that protect water quality on the Whitefish Chain.

The camp has been working with the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District on shoreline buffer projects since 2011.

In 2016, the camp had a successful 375-foot shoreline planting of trees, shrubs, grasses and native plants.

In 2018, the Land & Waters Preservation Trust provided a grant of $2,000 to Trout Lake Camps to extend the shoreline buffer an additional 300 feet. The next phase of the project planted trees and shrubs on the steep hill adjacent to the shoreline.

Natural shoreline at the camp has reduced foot traffic and erosion of shoreline. Shoreline buffers increase filtration, reduce runoff and provide habitat for wildlife. Revegetated slopes significantly decrease erosion and runoff into the lake.

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The Crow Wing SWCD helped the camp define phases of the project. The camp learned from each one and was able to build experience in planting and maintaining the areas. Volunteers did the planting, making funding dollars go a long way. The camp managed the planting and watering. They were able to put in drip hoses for irrigation and then extended the system to new areas. SWCD staff have been pleased with the results at the camp.

The watershed is not the only beneficiary from the project. The camp has many visitors that see a natural and restored shoreline. Boat traffic on Trout Lake can also check out an example of a natural shoreline.

The Pine River Watershed Alliance is a citizen-led volunteer organization that works with local units of government and other agencies to preserve and protect the local environment while meeting resident needs for economic development and a healthy community.

The Land & Waters Preservation Trust accepts and considers funding proposals that enhance and protect the surface and aquifer water quality in the Pine River Watershed, support sustainable riparian and land management practices, and protect habitat for native plants and animals.

The Land & Waters Preservation Trust will accept grant applications for 2021, now through March 1, 2021. There will be $20,000 available. To apply for a grant, visit and click on "Resources & Links" to obtain the guideline and application form.

Anyone thinking of starting a project on their property is directed to contact the Crow Wing SWCD ( or Cass County SWCD or learn more at