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!

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!

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.

Labor Day Paddle

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association is sponsoring an Impromptu Paddle on Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2019 from 10:20 am to approximately 12:30 pm.


Labor Day Paddle Route

Leaving Chisago City’s Paradise Park at 10:20 am, paddling to Lindstrom’s Beach Park arriving around 11:00 am. Paddling thru the “North Passage”  and ending at Center City’s downtown docks around  12:00~12:30 p.m.

Optional lunch afterwards (at your own expense on the Grumpy Minnow’s patio).
Captain Swan 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.

4th Annual Memorial Day Paddle

Plan to join in on the 4th Annual Memorial Day Paddle that will be held Monday, May 27th.  Depending on your choice of launch sites, you can paddle 1, 3, 4 or all 6 lakes on the Chisago Lakes Water Trail.  For the full experience, start at Camp Ojiketa Park at 9:00 a.m. or if you like to sleep in late, meet the flotilla at Paradise Park at 10:45, Lindstrom Beach Park at noon or North Center Lake boat launch at 1:00 p.m.

The full flotilla will rendezvous at the landing  across from the Grumpy Minnow II in Center City where the “after paddle party” will commence.

Here is a link to the Paddle Flyer with additional details. 05.27.2019 Memorial Day Paddle Flyer.