White Iron Chain Of Lakes Association
White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, South Farm Lake, Garden Lake, Birch Lake
WICOLA champions high water quality and a healthy lake ecosystem in the White Iron Chain of Lakes watershed through scientific and educational activities.
About The Association
The White Iron Chain of Lakes Association was started in 1993 by a group of homeowners and lake users who wanted to ensure the White Iron Chain of Lakes remained clean and pure forever.
The White Iron Chain of Lakes includes White Iron, Garden, Farm, South Farm, and Birch Lakes. These lakes are part of the Rainy - Lake of the Woods Watershed which encompasses 27,000 square miles and stretches from just west of Lake Superior, along the Laurentian Divide to its outflow into the Winnipeg River at Kenora, Ontario, Canada. The Rainy - Lake of the Woods watershed is made up of ten sub-basins, each with its own unique characteristics.
White Iron Chain of Lakes is in the Rainy Headwaters sub-basin, which also includes the pristine waters within Quetico Provincial Park, Voyageurs National Park, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in addition to the lakes and rivers that flow into the White Iron Chain of Lakes, including Bear Island Lake, One Pine Lake, and the Kawishiwi River. The lakes within the Rainy Headwaters sub-basin flow north through the White Iron Chain of Lakes to Fall Lake, Basswood Lake, Lac la Croix, and on to the Rainy River and eventually flowing on to Hudson Bay.
The White Iron Chain of Lakes currently has very good water quality. Any adverse impacts affecting this lake ecosystem has the potential to impact not only the quality of the White Iron Chain of Lakes but could also affect the downstream waters throughout the Rainy – Lake of the Woods lake ecosystem and thousands of lake users.