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Stewart River Watershed

The Stewart River is a state protected water and a Designated Trout Stream. In 2010, it was identified as a high priority watershed during the update of the Lake County Water Management Plan. The river empties into Lake Superior near the drinking water intake for the City of Two Harbors. 

Stewart River stream and banks


Lake SWCD is currently working on multiple projects within the Stewart River watershed. These projects include stabilizing bank erosion using natural materials, realigning the river channel along 4500 feet of stream, and working with many project partners.

Our largest project will improve 4500 feet of the Stewart River, seven miles upstream of Lake Superior.  This project, the Stewart River Stabilization and Habitat Improvement Project, will use Natural Channel Design methods that were established by geomorphologist Dave Rosgen.  Natural Channel Design will restore channel form, create fish habitat, reduce erosion, and reestablish native vegetation in the riparian corridor.  This work took place during summer 2015.  

Our Goal For The Stewart River Stabilization and Habitat Improvement Project:
"Lake SWCD along with our project partners will work to restore the ecological and geomorphic function of the stream by restoring stability and providing habitat diversity."


This work was made possible by many funders and project partners!

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources logo     Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment logo  MN DNR logo   MN Trout Unlimited logo   Sustain Our Great Lakes logo


The Stewart River also received significant damage during the June 2012 flood. Lake SWCD is evaluating flood damage and seeking additional funds for stream restoration projects on the Stewart River.

Stewart River Watershed Protection Project
Stewart River Pre-flood vs. Post-flood course map