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Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center provides comprehensive educational programs that contribute to increased understanding and appreciation of natural resource management practices through the Boulder Lake Management Area which provides an interpretive window to showcase resource management and hydropower generation in a working forest, and illustrates the many social, biological, and economic benefits of that forest.

The Boulder Lake Management Area (BLMA) is a "window" for various audiences to view full-scale, integrated natural resource management occurring in the BLMA using such things as interpretive trails, public programs and formal environmental education activities.

The BLMA was conceived in 1988, was formally established in 1991, and contains 8,250 acres of land and water, eighteen miles north of Duluth, Minnesota.

The area is cooperatively managed for natural resources by the BLMA "partners": Minnesota Power (a broadly diversified company headquartered in Duluth), the St. Louis County Land & Minerals Department, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The BLMA encompasses the 3,500 acre Boulder Lake Reservoir, a water-storage reservoir which supports hydroelectric power generation under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) License No. 2360.

The BLMA is open to the public without discrimination.