Preserving the Yellow Dog Watershed
in its most natural state for the use of the public,
now, and for the benefit of future generations.


National Wild and Scenic Rivers

15 Aug , 2018  


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, signed into law by President Lynden B. Johnson in 1968. Very few rivers meet the standards required to be designated; however, in 1991, four miles of the Yellow Dog River, from the headwaters at Bulldog Lake to the border of the McCormick Wilderness Area, were added to the prestigious list. More…



Mike Davis Memorial Ski

12 Feb , 2018  

MIke Davis Memorial Ski

Over twenty years ago, Mike Davis led the first Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve sponsored ski trip in the McCormick Wilderness Area and the headwaters of the Yellow Dog River. We skied the whole day through the series of lakes and portages—Lower and Upper Baraga, Clear, White Deer. The trip covered many miles, and we arrived back at our vehicles long after dark, but Mike always knew where we were going. He led the YDWP this same way. He was instrumental in forming the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve as a 501c3 organization, was elected as our first Chairman of the Board in 1995 and served for five years. Even after he retired from this position, he remained a loyal supporter, friend, and most importantly, a trusted and wise advisor.

Since that first ski, Mike led other trips along the Yellow Dog River, and YDWP has tried to make a watershed ski outing an annual event.  They are exhilarating, often challenging, and always an adventure.  Join us on March 3 for the ski along the river and into the community forest in memory of Mike.

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Eagle Mine Truck Accident on County Road 550

17 Dec , 2014  

Ore spilled on the ground during the accident.

Marquette, MI – In the early morning hours of Saturday December 13, 2014 a truck hauling nickel and copper ore from Eagle Mine facility on the Yellow Dog Plains left the roadway and overturned in a ditch. Thankfully, no one was injured, no other vehicles were involved in the accident, and Marquette area emergency response teams were quick to arrive on the scene. The truck was owned by MJ Van Damme Trucking but operating for Lundin Mining Company under contract. More…

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Pinnacle Falls

23 Nov , 2013  

Winter photo capturing the beauty of the frigid northwoods.

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Road Update on Yellow Dog Plains

22 May , 2012  

More insight continues to surface as the Marquette County Road Commission and Kennecott Eagle Minerals continue to push for their planned County Road 595. The Road Commission submitted a permit application for this road in late 2011 with subsequent resubmittals, which plans for the road to begin just east of Eagle Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains. The proposed route would run More…


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YDWP Receives Spring Grants

6 Mar , 2012  

Recently the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has been generously awarded grants from the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). The $700 grant from UPEC will be used to support a K-12 environmental education project. UPEC received a record breaking number and quality of applications this year since the program began. “It was difficult to decide which to fund because all proposals had merit. UPEC salutes the area educators who help young people appreciate nature and the environment. Today’s young people will be tomorrow’s voters and leaders who will More…

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