Chisago Lakes Paddle Club

Do you enjoy paddling the area lakes?

Would you like to meet other paddlers?

Interested in more paddling opportunities this summer?

Want to learn about AIS invaders & how you can help?

The Chisago Lakes Paddle Club is holding an organizational meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00 at the Uncommon Loon. The CL Paddle Club is open to any person interested in Kayaking/Canoeing on our area water bodies.

Guest Presenters from the MAIRC (Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center) AIS Detector Program will explain how paddlers can assist in the early detection of invasives in our area lakes.

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

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:

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

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!

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 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 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.

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
  • 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 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