The Watersheds of Carlton County

“that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community” -John Wesley Powell, scientist geographer

Watersheds are areas of land drained by a river or lake and its tributaries.

Carlton County is home to the headwaters of 4 major watersheds:  Nemadji Watershed, Upper-Mississippi Grand Rapids Watershed, Kettle River Watershed, and the St. Louis Watershed.  Water flowing in the St. Louis River and Nemadji River systems flow into Lake Superior.  The waters of the Mississippi River and Kettle River have a further distance to travel, southward down to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mighty Mississippi River.

Each of these watersheds have very distinct characteristics due to their regional land use patterns, geology, and history.  To learn more about each of these watersheds and the projects occurring within them, check out the links above.