What’s Happening …

2021 Phragmites Treatment Successful

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, forty-two stands of invasive Phragmites were treated with the DNR approved herbicide, glyphosate or imazapyr. In the past three years, CLLA has found and treated over 60 stands of the invasive Phragmites on North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom and Chisago Lake. No invasive Phragmites stands have been found on Kroon Lake.


The Chisago Lakes Area Foundation provided CLLA with a grant in 2017 that enabled us to inform the local community of the invasive Phragmites problem. Once invasive Phragmites gets established, it quickly pushes out native plants and takes over shorelines.

CLLA collaborated with the University of Minnesota MAISRC (Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center) to develop a management plan to identify and treat the invasive Phragmites. Also, our local lake associations have worked closely with MAISRC and the MN DNR to define the state-wide protocol for the eradication of Phragmites.


Funding for the actual treatments was obtained from the Chisago Lake Lakes Improvement District and our lake association (through member dues). The invasive Phragmites stands were treated by Lakes Management, Inc.


We expect the eradication of invasive Phragmites will be an ongoing project as more infested stands are likely to be found and any treated stands will have to be revisited each year to ensure that regrowth does not occur. If you would like to be part of the AIS weed inspectors, please contact us at chisago.lindstrom.lake.assc@gmail.com.

2021 legend key prior to treatment
2021 Chisago Lake Phragmites Stands
2021 South Lindstrom Phragmites Stands
2021 North Lindstrom Phragmites Stands

Eusasian Milfoil found In Kroon Lake

On October 7, 2021 Chris Jurek, the MN DNR aquatic invasive species specialist for our area confirmed the presence of Eurasian Milfoil in Kroon Lake. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District’s AIS Specialist, Camden Droppo mapped out the different locations of the invasive milfoil using a sonar device. The coordinates will be used to draw up a recommended treatment area for next spring.

eurasian watermilfoil
Eurasian Milfoil

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association will apply for the permit to treat this invasive and request grant funding from the Chisago Lakes LID for any Eurasian Milfoil present 150 feet away from the shoreline. Please note that the LID will not approve grant funding for any invasive weed treatments within 150 feet of the shoreline.

Therefore, the CLLA will help facilitate homeowners on Kroon Lake that are interested in treating inside of the 150 feet from the shoreline. If you would like to be part of the group, please contact the CLLA via the contact form on this website or emailing chisago.lindstrom.lakes.assoc@gmail.com.

More information about Eurasian Watermilfoil can be found at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquaticplants/milfoil/index.html

2021 Invasive Phragmites Survey Completed

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association (CLLA) Aquatic Invasive Species Subcommittee has finished surveying the lakes in our association and found an additional five stands of the Invasive Phragmites. All of the stands that were treated last year were revisited and notations were made as to which need additional treatment this year. There are currently 60 stands in various stages of treatment. Five new sites, 37 previously treated sites that need retreatment and 18 eradicated stands.

This treatment will occur in mid September and the DNR approved herbicides glyphosate or imazapyr, alone or in combination will be used. This treatment is at no cost to the lakeshore property owner. Funds for treatment come from our lake association (member dues) and grant funding from the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.

Notice in the Chisago County Press dated August 26, 2021

If you have invasive Phragmites on your shoreline and would like to opt out of this treatment, please fill out the opt-out form located on our Phragmites Eradication Project webpage located at https://clla-lakes.com/phragmites-eradication-project/ and mail back to us at the address listed on the form.

CLLA Annual Meeting

For those of you that could not attend the CLLA annual meeting, Chisago Lakes Public TV Coordinator, Jack Doepke videotaped the action. Here is the link to the video:

Next CLLA event will be a Pizza Party Social. It will be held on Tuesday, August 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Shores of Eagle Ridge Development Lodge at 11104 Eagle Ridge Ct. in Chisago City. Come meet your neighbors and learn about what the lake association does for you.

2021 Annual Meeting

Have questions about the channel between North Lindstrom and North Center? Want to know more about Aquatic Invasive Species? Or do you have questions regarding Water Patrol Issues?

The Chisago County Lake Improvement District and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office will give a short presentation and answer your questions at the CLLA Annual Meeting this Thursday, July 29, 7PM at the Uncommon Loon.

Elections for President, Vice President and Secretary will be held. Volunteers are always welcome on our AIS and Social Subcommittees. Please consider joining CLLA and become part of an active community of local lake lovers.

July 4, 2021 Boat Parade

CLLA 2012 July 4 Boat Parade

  • Meet on South Lindstrom Lake near Beach Park – Look for the pontoon with the CLLA banner and CLLA flags
  • 1:30 PM – Judging and photos/posting STARTS. Awards given for Most Spirit, President’s Choice, and People’s Choice
  • 1:45 PM – Judging of Most Spirit and President’s Choice ENDS. Awards distribution starts.
  • 1:45 PM – Photo taking and Posting for the People’s Choice Award ENDS. People’s Choice voting STARTS.
  • 2 PM – Parade STARTS
  • The Parade route follows the shoreline from Beach Park  through the channel to the Shores of Eagle Ridge Development on Chisago Lake
  • Join the Parade late or leave the Parade early – have fun!
  • We will use hashtag #cllajuly4 for facebook posts
  • People’s Choice voting – “Like” your favorite(s) on the facebook post. After the Parade is finished the float with the most likes will be announced on Facebook.  Winner will need to contact CLLA to claim prize
  • Awards will be acknowledgment and a CLLA Flag – No cash prizes
  • The CLLA Board will determine if cancellation is required by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event and notify via email and facebook

Blue-green algae is toxic

With our extreme heat please remember that blooms of blue-green algae can be toxic to dogs and most often fatal. If you feel your pet has been in contact with blue-green algae please rinse with freshwater and seek veterinary help immediately.”

For more information check out the Minnesota Pollution Control Center’s website:

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/blue-green-algae-and-harmful-algal-blooms#:~:text=They%20are%20normally%20present%20in,illness%20in%20humans%20and%20animals.

Memorial Day Paddle

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association’s Memorial Day Paddle is a go! Grab your friends and gear to meet up by 9:30 this morning at Paradise Park on Chisago Lake. We’ll pass by Lindstrom Beach Park around 10:30 before heading through the North Passage and onwards towards our destination. We should arrive at the downtown Center City dock around noon. Just in time to grab lunch or bring your own picnic. See you on the water!