The Indian River Lakes Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to preserving the unique natural character of the Indian River Lakes Region of Northern New York State.
The Indian River Lakes system, located on the St. Lawrence River plain in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, includes 18 natural lakes. The region takes its name from the Indian River, a picturesque mostly slow-moving river that begins as a small stream at Indian River Village and flows almost 100 miles to Black Lake, where it joins the Oswegatchie River which flows into the St. Lawrence River.
The IRLC was established in 1998. Currently the IRLC protects 2,500 acres of land within this area and maintains more than 20 miles of public trails.
Through community building and educational programming, the IRLC seeks to cultivate an enduring recognition of our interconnection and our responsibility to walk softly upon the earth so that future generations can enjoy the lakes as we do now.
Time spent outdoors, especially among trees, is vital to our physical and emotional well-being. We invite you to visit one of our preserves and hike one of our trails! See our response to COVID.