What’s Happening …

2020 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:


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!

Memorial Day Paddle

Looking for an excuse to paddle the Chisago Lakes Water Trail? We’ll be heading out from Paradise Park on Chisago Lake at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, 2021. We should be passing by Lindstrom Beach Park around 10:30 a.m. The group will transverse the North Passage and end up at Center City’s downtown dock area before noon. Bring your own picnic or numerous lunch options are available nearby.

In case of inclement weather, the paddle will be canceled. We will post cancelation by 8:00 a.m. on our website and our Facebook page. If you don’t have a kayak, call up Captain Shawn’s Rentals at 651-769-3343 or check out his website: https://www.captainshawnsrental.com

Make sure to round-up your friends and plan to join the paddle fun! See you on the water!

A Win – Win for Clean Water

The removal of North and South Center Lakes from the Minnesota's Impaired Waters list is fantastic news for the Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association. It took a collaboration of the Chisago Lakes Improvement District, the Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District and local property owners to make that happen.  Check out the link below for the full article.

Remember, what you do on your property will impact the water quality of our area lakes. Please be a good steward of our natural resources.

Looking for Loon Renters

Loon nesting platforms have been installed on Chisago Lake, thanks to Nolan Huffman.  As a member of Lindstrom Boy Scout Troop 159, Nolan’s Eagle Scout project was to build and deploy three loon nesting platforms. 

Over the last 4 months Nolan found sponsors, researched different platform designs and scouted locations where they could be installed.  He then purchased all of the materials and led his Boy Scouts Troop in building the platforms.

This project has been funded by the Chisago Lindstrom Lake Association (CLLA) with help from Lindstrom Hardware.  Nolan and CLLA volunteers worked with the National Audubon Society and the MN DNR to make sure that the design was functional and safe for the loons and that Chisago Lake was a good place to put them. 

Loons are very territorial.  The nests have to be far enough apart so the males will not fight.  Also, the water has to be deep enough for them to swim to the nest in an area large enough so the loons can take flight.  Loon nests need to be at the water’s edge because it is very difficult for them to walk.    These nests need to be in quiet, protected, hidden spots and the nesting pair prefer to reuse nesting sites year after year.  The lake levels on Chisago Lake change a lot which makes it difficult for loons to establish long term nesting sites.  This Eagle Scout project provides a good option to get loons to nest on Chisago Lake.  A covered floating platform is an ideal location for their nest because it will protect their young from predators including eagles.

If you see the nesting platforms around the lake, please keep your distance from them.  If you get too close the loons can be scared and will abandon the eggs in the nest.

Members of the Chisago Lindstrom Lake Association have taken ownership of these platforms.  Volunteers will monitor the platforms and install/remove them from year to year and have obtained the necessary permits and insurance.  If you have further questions and/or concerns please contact the Chisago Lindstrom Lake Association at clla-lakes.com or on Facebook.