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Ki-Chi-Saga Paddle

Tired of sitting around inside? Want to get out and have some fun? The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association is sponsoring another Impromptu Paddle, this time during Ki-Chi-Saga Days on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Ki-Chi-Saga Days Paddle Route:

Leaving Center City’s Downtown Dock area at 9:00 a.m.

Paddling thru the “North Passage” 

Passing by Lindstrom’s Beach Park at 10:30 a.m.

Ending at Chisago City’s Paradise Park around 11:30 a.m.

Food trucks will be up at Moberg Park if you want to do lunch afterwards. All the rest of the fun Ki-Chi-Saga events can be found on Chisago City’s website.


Captain Shawn has kayaks available for rentals, if you need one. He can be reached at https://www.captainshawnsrental.com/ or call him at 651-769-3343.

Karl Oskar Days Paddle

Tired of sitting around inside? Want to get out and have some fun? The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association is sponsoring an Impromptu Paddle during Karl Oskar Days on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Karl Oskar Day Paddle Route:

Leaving Chisago City’s Paradise Park at 9:00 a.m.

Leaving Lindstrom’s Beach Park at 10:00:00 a.m.

Paddling thru the “North Passage” 

Ending at Center City’s Downtown Dock area around  12:00 p.m.

Optional BYO picnic lunch afterwards


Captain Shawn has kayaks available for rentals, if you need one. He can be reached at https://www.captainshawnsrental.com/ or call him at 651-769-3343

2020 July 4th Boat Parade

16th Annual CLLA boat parade will be held Saturday, July 4th at 2:00 p.m. off Lindstrom’s Beach Park on South Lindstrom Lake.

Judging begins around 1:45 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Best Decorated, Most Spirit and President’s Choice. You do not need to decorate your boat to participate in the parade. Parade route follows the shoreline from Beach Park through the channel to the Shores of Eagle Ridge Development on Chisago Lake. Feel free to jump in and out at any point.

Make sure to post your photos to our Face Book page using the hashtag #CLLA.

In case of the possibility of inclement weather, the CLLA Executive Board will make a determination at 9:00 a.m. and post it on social media.

Please note that the DNR’s recommendation to limit participants on your watercraft to household isolation buddies is still in effect. Remember to boat safely and enjoy the water!

Channel Maintenance starts 6/9/20

The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District’s planned maintenance project to facilitate navigation through the channel connecting North Center Lake to North Lindstrom Lake is set to start tomorrow, weather permitting, (Tuesday, June 9th).

The LID has requesed that boats avoid navigating through the channel while project activities are taking place. Thank you for cooperating with their request!

The approved DNR Aquatic Plant Management Permit 2019-3387 (amended) states: The project will cut and remove the vegetation in the channel up to 30 feet wide. No channel dredging or deepening of the channel will take place as a result of this project. Aquatic vegetation will be removed through Olinda Trail and will be deposited at the Chisago Lakes compost facility. This project has been approved by the Lake Improvement District Board of Directors, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners and is permitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The project is being paid for with Lake Improvement District funds.

AIS committee updates 5-29-20

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association’s Aquatic Invasive Species subcommittee has been busy this spring taking care of business! Weed inspectors surveyed North/South Lindstrom and Chisago Lakes for the presence of Curly Leaf and Eurasian Milfoil. Most of the weeds were found in areas within 150 feet of shore or intermixed heavily with native weeds. Matching treatment funding is not available for these areas, so the committee will continue to monitor them. Inspections on Kroon Lake will happen next week.

Eurasian Water Milfoil
curlyleaf pondweed
Curly Leaf Pondweed

The inspectors also checked on the Phragmites stands that were sprayed last fall and recorded that 87% of them show significant die-back. The committee will continue their inspections throughout the summer looking for new stands. A fall treatment is being planned to spray any new growth and stands that weren’t mitigated last year.

Phragmites stand near County Road 20 Bridge

Today a carp barrier was installed on a small creek that leads from Kroon Lake to the slough area off Schlimmer’s Bay on Chisago Lake. This barrier will keep the carp from spawning in Kroon Lake. These invasive fish start looking for a place to spawn when the water temps are over 62.5 degrees. This is the third year that the barrier has been installed and a big thank-you to the owners for letting us on their properties. CLLA volunteer, Gary Schumacher and LID Supervisor, Jerry Spetzman assisted with the efforts.

Kroon Lake Carp Barrier

Water Levels – April 23, 2020

Since late March, Lake Improvement District staff along with the LID engineer have been conducting weekly inspections of the channel & weir system. Inspection reports from previous years can be found at https://www.chisagocounty.us/321/Channel-Weir-Maintenance-Reports

Lake level elevations from previous years can be found at https://www.chisagocounty.us/347/Lake-Levels

Here are the highlights of yesterday’s (April 23, 2020) inspection:

Lofton Weir. According to the Operation and Maintenance plan both the high and low weir control gates are to be open when the water level at North Lindstrom Lake exceeds 899.2. Yesterday, the water level of Chisago/North Lindstrom/South Lindstrom is 899.32.  The high and low weir gates were opened on April 2nd.  The weir is to remain open until Chisago/North Lindstrom/South Lindstrom water levels are lowered to 898.7. 

North Lindstrom Lake. A water level gauge is located on North Lindstrom Lake. The water level elevation at this gauge yesterday was 899.32 (per 2019 DNR gauge calibration). This elevation is a good representation of the water levels of Chisago/South Lindstrom/North Lindstrom Lakes. The Ordinary High Water level of these lakes is 900.2. The lakes are 0.88 feet below OHW.

Paradise Park Weir. This weir is a fixed cable concrete weir that drains Chisago Lake into Wallmark Lake under high water conditions. The weir has a permanent outlet elevation of 899.2. The water level was one inch over the weir. Water is flowing from Chisago Lake over the weir toward Wallmark Lake.

Lake Ellen Weir. The weir is to be open during the open water season when Little Green Lake water levels exceed 891.0. The weir was initially opened on March 26th. Water is flowing through the weir into Swamp Lake. Unless downstream issues arise, it is anticipated the weir will remain open until fall.  The water level at the weir yesterday was 891.30.

Little Green Lake. The water level gauge for Little Green Lake is currently not available.  The Little Green Lake elevation is similar to Lake Ellen.  Lake Ellen is currently at 891.30.

South Center Lake. The water level gauge for South Center Lake is currently not available.  Updates will be provided once the gauge is installed and calibrated.  Water is flowing through the channel between North Center and North Lindstrom Lakes.  The water levels of North/South Center Lakes are similar to the levels of North/South Lindstrom/Chisago Lakes.  North Lindstrom Lake elevation is currently at 899.32.  The Ordinary High Water level of North & South Center Lakes is 900.2. The lakes are 0.88 feet below OHW.

The Chisago Lakes Channel & Weir system is being actively managed according to the guidelines established in the 2016 Channel & Weir – Operations & Maintenance Plan. A copy of the plan can be found at:

https://www.chisagocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/9489/2016-LID-Channel-and-Weir—Operations-and-Maintenance-Plan-updated-June-27th-2017

CLLA Spring 2020 Updates

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lake Association Board met online and in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic made several important decisions.  A letter with more detail is below.

  • The annual meeting has been canceled.
  • 2020 Membership fees are waived for existing and new members.
  • Please ask your neighbors to join the association.
  • Please consider donating and/or purchasing merchandise at clla-lakes.com
  • Secretary and Treasurer officer terms end this year. Please consider applying for one of these open positions. The board will appoint people to the open positions in June.
  • Some events will be canceled or modified as necessary.
  • Spot treatment of phragmites will take place in the fall.

Dear Association members,

            These are unprecedented times and the Chisago-Lindstrom Lake Association (CLLA) and I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well.  Some good news is that the lake levels are high again this year which means we will have plenty of lake to enjoy (and socially distance ourselves across) this summer.  The weirs are open and flowing. High water along with the permit the LID received to define a passage and remove bogs means we should be able to navigate the channel from North Lindstrom over to North Center Lake.  If this is as important to you as it is to me, please make sure to let your local elected officials know you value it; not everyone wants the lakes to be linked and navigable. We also think that the high water will mean that weeds like Milfoil and Curly Leaf will not require mitigation this year.  Regardless, the CLLA Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) team will continue monitoring. CLLA and the LID have funds to mitigate AIS if it becomes necessary.  We plan to contract Phragmites mitigation again in the early fall.  You will see more information on the Phragmites work in our next update.

            Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, some of the events we had been planning will not be possible or may need to change this year. While the 4th of July boat parade should be able to go ahead mostly as it has in the past, the Poker Run that was being planned will not happen this year.  Flotillas may or may not happen. The CLLA Board will announce our plans one month in advance (e.g. early June for July events). We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

            The CLLA Board met online and made several important decisions regarding the association. The annual meeting scheduled for May has been canceled. The terms of the offices of Secretary and Treasurer end this year.  Secretary Mary Kay Ripp and Treasurer Steve Paquay have done excellent work in their roles but they would be happy to hand over their responsibilities to new people. If you are interested in either position please contact us.  The board will appoint people to these positions in June. The organization is in a strong financial position, we do not expect significant expenses this year, and understanding the financial strains many in our community may be facing, we have decided to automatically renew existing memberships at no charge for 2020.  Additionally, new members may join in 2020 at no charge.  We hope you will stay an active member and encourage your neighbors to join. It will be important for CLLA to have a strong and active membership as we advocate for continued funding for our lakes. Donations to the organization are still welcomed and very appreciated.  Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.  Your purchase of CLLA merchandise helps support the association, now’s the time to get the CLLA flag, hat, or shirt you’ve always wanted. Please visit our website clla-lakes.com for more information, to join, donate, or make a purchase.

            Good weather and better times are just ahead. We all look forward to getting out and enjoying our wonderful lakes. Enjoy, stay well, and I look forward to seeing you (from an appropriate distance) on the water soon!

CLLA President

Dan Lydon

 Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association  

    PO Box 44 Lindstrom, MN 55045

    chisago.lindstrom.lakes.assc@gmail.com      cllalakes.com     

https://www.facebook.com/ChisagoLindstromLakeAssociation/

Lake Levels – April 2, 2020

The Chisago Lakes Channel & Weir system is being actively managed according to the guidelines established in the 2016 Channel & Weir – Operations & Maintenance Plan. A copy of the plan can be found at:

https://www.chisagocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/9489/2016-LID-Channel-and-Weir—Operations-and-Maintenance-Plan-updated-June-27th-2017

Since late March, Lake Improvement District staff along with the LID engineer have been conducting weekly inspections of the channel & weir system. Inspection reports from previous years can be found at https://www.chisagocounty.us/321/Channel-Weir-Maintenance-Reports

Here are the highlights of yesterday’s (April 2, 2020) inspection:

Lofton Weir. According to the Operation and Maintenance plan both the high and low weir control gates are to be open when the water level at North Lindstrom Lake exceeds 899.2. Yesterday, the water level of Chisago/North Lindstrom/South Lindstrom is 899.62.  The high and low weir gates were opened yesterday.  The weir is to remain open until Chisago/North Lindstrom/South Lindstrom water levels are lowered to 898.7. 

North Lindstrom Lake. A water level gauge is located on North Lindstrom Lake. The water level elevation at this gauge yesterday was 899.62 (per 2019 DNR gauge calibration). This elevation is a good representation of the water levels of Chisago/South Lindstrom/North Lindstrom Lakes. The Ordinary High Water level of these lakes is 900.2. The lakes are 0.58 feet below OHW.

Paradise Park Weir. This weir is a fixed cable concrete weir that drains Chisago Lake into Wallmark Lake under high water conditions. The weir has a permanent outlet elevation of 899.2. The water level was a few inches over the weir. Water is flowing from Chisago Lake over the weir toward Wallmark Lake.

Lake Ellen Weir. The weir is to be open during the open water season when Little Green Lake water levels exceed 891.0. The weir was initially opened on March 26th. Water is flowing through the weir into Swamp Lake. Unless downstream issues arise, it is anticipated the weir will remain open until fall.  The water level at the weir today is 891.67.

Little Green Lake. The water level gauge for Little Green Lake is currently not available.  The Little Green Lake elevation is similar to Lake Ellen.  Lake Ellen is currently at 891.67.

South Center Lake. The water level gauge for South Center Lake is currently not available.  Updates will be provided once the gauge is installed and calibrated.  Water is flowing through the channel between North Center and North Lindstrom Lakes.  The water levels of North/South Center Lakes are similar to the levels of North/South Lindstrom/Chisago Lakes.  North Lindstrom Lake elevation is currently at 899.62.

Ice-Out Clean Up

Our annual Ice-Out Clean Up is Sunday, March 1st at the DNR Boat Launch in Chisago City. All CLLA members are invited to meet at the launch at Noon to hand out garbage bags, remind people to tidy-up, and help clean up. Around 2pm we’ll be finished up and head over to the Uncommon Loon. Come lend a hand!

Dress for the weather and bring your snowmobile, ATV or a vehicle with a trailer. It is also helpful to bring an ice pick, shovel, and/or a 5-gallon bucket. Let’s keep the trash from getting into our lakes!

Ice-Out Clean Up Crew

Upcoming CLLA Quarterly Meeting

The next Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association meeting will be held at the clubhouse at the Eagle Ridge Development. It is located at 11104 Eagle Ridge Court in Chisago City. Meeting starts at 6:30 and we’ll have you out by 8:00 p.m.

The agenda for the meeting can be found below along with the unofficial minutes from our last meeting. Hope to see you there!