Welcome to the world's freshwater laboratory

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is one of the most influential freshwater research facilities on Earth.

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These 58 lakes are like no others on the planet

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s freshwater laboratory—the only place in the world where scientists can manipulate real lakes to understand what human activity does to fresh water.

Discover the Lakes and the Faces That Make Us Who We Are

Our Impact

We conduct experiments on real lakes and ecosystems—one of the only places in the world you can do this—and then use those results to create new policies and practices to protect fresh water. Now. And for generations to come.

Here’s what people are saying about us and how we tackle threats to fresh water.

It was a perfect split between fieldwork and lab—with some hatchet throwing in there too!

Puneet (eDNA course participant)

Field Technician at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario
Researchers in a boat on the lakes at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario
A biologist looks at samples at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario
Working with kids at the IISD-ELA in Ontario
Research scientist at IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario
Working with nets at the IISD-ELA

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