Thanks for visiting our website.  We get a lot of questions at clean up events such as, “who are you” and “what does Surfrider do”, but our number 1 question is, “why do we have a Surfrider chapter here in Minnesota when we are a land locked state?”  First, I am here to say, this is a very good question. The answer is this, we are not completely landlocked. What we do and how we treat our lakes and rivers does affect the ocean and all of the states in between. We have two major sources of water that begin here and end in the ocean.

Our first major waterway is Lake Superior. This lake is encompassed by two countries, the United States and Canada. The chain of the Great Lakes begins here in Minnesota, travels through Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York where it ends up in the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic ocean. Not only that, but Lake Superior provides people rideable waves for surfing at numerous locations along the north shore.

Our second major waterway is the Mississippi river.  This river begins in Itasca, MN travels through numerous towns, cities, and states, where it all dumps into the Gulf of Mexico.  The length of this river is about 2,5o0 miles.  There are about 680 river miles of the Mississippi river here in Minnesota. Many of our lake, streams and rivers feed into the Mississippi also affecting its ebb and flow.

We also have the Minnesota river that feeds into the Red river which flows from Minnesota to the Hudson Bay in Canada.

If you think about it, we are a major artery into our oceans.  Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Hawaii, and Florida combined.  All of our waterways leave Minnesota. We need to protect our land and waters by being thoughtful of our actions.

Here are some simple things you can do to help:

  • Practice “Leave No Trace”.
  • Pick up after yourself.
  • Refuse plastic bags and single use plastics.
  • Recycle!
  • Volunteer in a beach/waterway clean-up.
  • Join our chapter and share your ideas.
  • Donate $ to us, so we can continue our mission.