The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is dedicated to water resource protection in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties and throughout the Great Lakes Basin. Waters under our continuous watch include:
The Great Lakes
Restoration and protection of the Great Lakes is a huge undertaking. Despite their large size, the Great Lakes are sensitive to a wide range of stressors, including toxic pollution, invasive species, and habitat degradation. Our service area includes shorelines in both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
The Watershed Council service area includes numerous inland lakes. The region also boasts some of the State's deepest lakes with five lakes having maximum depths of 100 feet or more. Some of the largest and most well-known include Torch Lake, Elk and Skegemog Lakes, Lake Charlevoix, Walloon Lake, Burt Lake, Mullett Lake, and Black Lake.
Rivers and Streams
Rivers and streams act as a circulation system, interconnecting the abundant lakes and wetlands in the region and conveying water from inland areas to the Great Lakes. Our service area contains approximately 3000 miles of rivers and streams, which spread across the tip of the mitt in an intricate network.
Healthy wetlands protect water quality. They are places of beauty that contribute greatly to the overall health of our environment and our quality of life. They provide untold functions and values that become increasingly important as we continue to lose them.
Groundwater is an important resource because we need clean water to drink. Protecting these vital resources is essential to our way of life.