Valley Creek is truly one of the best trout streams in the Upper Midwest. The clear, spring-fed waters host three trout species as well as several rare fish and invertebrates. It’s cascading waters are an irreplaceable natural wonder.
In early 2008, several conservation organizations combined efforts to expand on their previous individual successes. Calling itself the Valley Creek Protection Partnership it is now composed of the Belwin Conservancy, Minnesota Land Trust, Trout Unlimited, the Valley Branch Watershed District, and the Washington County Land & Water Legacy Program. The synergy of these organizations, each bringing a unique set of resources and skills, allows the Valley Creek Protection Partnership to work collaboratively in achieving broad conservation goals.
Since 2008, these groups have raised more than $2.7 million and restored or protected more than 125 acres of important habitat. Combined with the nearly 1,400 acres owned and managed by the Belwin Conservancy, a significant portion, 16%, of the watershed is protected.