Lake Erie is a beloved and indispensable part of our lives. As the most biologically diverse Great Lake, a major drinking water source, and the site of countless memories made, Lake Erie is essential to not only humans, but the well-being of our entire ecosystem.
But the health of our Lake is currently under serious pressure from:
- Annual, often toxic, algal blooms, that threaten aquatic, animal, and human health;
- Plastics pollution that is accumulating at an alarming rate;
- Invasive species disrupting the ecosystem’s balance;
- The compounding pressures of climate change, which is making matters worse.
In order to recover and prosper, Lake Erie needs our attention and help.
Each summer, athletes from across the watershed come together for one legendary event: the Lake Erie Challenge; all to raise awareness and funds for our beloved lake.
Meet the Athletes
This year we have three teams of athletes: Team SUP, Team Wingfoil and Team Caldwell. Learn more about each team below.
Join Team Erie!
When you donate to the Lake Erie Challenge, you're supporting local Lake Erie Guardians, and their work improving the health of the Lake Erie watershed, including water quality monitoring, the reintroduction of native plants, advocacy for freshwater protection, and more! With your support, we can equip even more citizens to become caretakers of Lake Erie.
This year, our athletes want to raise $7500 so we can continue and expand our Lake Erie Guardians program in 2022. Help us reach our fundraising goal!
All donations above $10 qualify for a charitable tax receipt.