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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.

Labor 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 9:00 am to celebrate Labor Day on Monday, September 7, 2020. We will be passing by Lindstrom Beach Park around 10:00 am and paddling the North Passage before ending up at Center City’s downtown dock area at 11:30 am. Optional picnic lunch afterwards.

So, call your friends and make a plan to join the paddle fun!

Lawns to Legumes Grant Program

Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District has grant money available to homeowners on Kroon and Chisago Lake who want to participate in the Lawns to Legumes Program. The Lawns to Legumes program offers a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding for installing pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns.

If you are interested in this program please contact:

Jacquelynn Kelzenberg
Chisago SWCD Conservation Technician

Additional information on the Lawns to Legumes Program can be found at  https://bwsr.state.mn.us/l2l

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