Everything we do is related to protecting the quality of our lakes.

“At the top:  six ‘happening now’ items”

WAPOA Fall Newsletter

Proposed Enbridge pipeline to cross Pine River watershed                                                  UPDATE: 9-12-2014 HERE

Rapid increase in zebra mussels in Cross Lake

Noted zebra mussel researcher visits Whitefish Chain

Link to photo in Minneapolis Star Tribune showing first open water treatment of zebra mussels –Christmas lake in Hennepin County.…here

Map of invasive species in Crow Wing County

DNR Rules for transporting infested boats/equipment on highways



webcamSep21Webcam Whitefish Chain

Weather forecast for lakes area

Map Whitefish Chain

Current Cross Lake water level

A Message from WAPOA President, Tom Watson

Tom Watson, WAPOA President

Tom Watson, WAPOA President

WAPOA has been working on water quality and conservation matters for 43 years and continues to do so.

All private property owners in the Whitefish Lakes area need to take responsibility and get involved in these issues.

Our elected officials at township, county, and state levels must understand that there could be economic and employment consequences to the area if invasive species make our lakes undesirable and unattractive destinations for travel, vacation and visits.

We will continue to advocate that our local units of government step forward to help in the fight against invasive species. WAPOA has suggested ways they could help that would have minimal or no cost. Share your thoughts and views with your public officials and WAPOA Directors.

Our commitment to water quality is only reinforced by the recent zebra mussel detections. We need to engage everyone and attract all private property owners to join WAPOA.







                INVASIVE SPECIES

Sept. 2014  Noted zebra mussel researcher visits Whitefish Chain ….more

Sept. 2014  Link to Minneapolis Star Tribune photo taken in Hennepin county showing experimental first open water treatment of zebra mussels with Zequanox .……here

Aug. 2014  Whitefish Chain — Current Invasive Species Status

MN DNR Zebra mussel clump

MN DNR, Zebra mussels on native mussel

A few zebra mussels were found in 2013.  In summer 2014 a few more are being found, especially at the east end of the chain on lifts and by children playing in watermore

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2014: Zebra mussels in Cross Lake show rapid increase ….more

Eurasian watermilfoil has not been found in the Whitefish Chain.   ….more

Inspections of boats at public accesses by WAPOA has been markedly increased as new financial assistance from the State of Minnesota has become available. …more

Invasive species roadside checks in 2014 by MN DNR

Roadside check MN DNR near the Whitefish Chain

MN DNR roadside check near the Whitefish Chain

MN DNR officers conducting a roadside check near the Whitefish Chain of boats and water-related equipment.

They were looking for aquatic invasive species.



2014 DNR boat inspection classes co-sponsored by WAPOA

DNR volunteer watercraft inspection class


Keri Hull, MN DNR Regional Supervisor demonstrates checking a boat hull for the sandpaper feel of zebra mussels at the recent April 26, 2014 boat access inspection class for volunteers.

WAPOA arranges with the DNR for these classes.


9-17-2013     WAPOA Speaks at State House Legislative Committee

We would like to think that this effort, as well as the similar testimony and work of many others, helped get the needed increase in funding which was obtained during this legislative session.

WAPOA speaks frankly at State House Legislative Committtee meeting, taking invasive species fight to the state level, outlining challenges.  Receives praise from legislators.

WAPOA President Tom Watson and Dave Fischer past-President speak to MN House committee about funding for invasive species efforts.

WAPOA President Tom Watson and Dave Fischer past-President speak to MN House committee about funding for invasive species efforts.


Image from LAKELAND NEWS 9-11-2013







                      WATER QUALITY


A note to our website visitors, notice that everything we do is somehow related to improving the water quality of our lakes.

      • Testing water on 38 lakes lets us see trends in water quality.
      • Publishing an annual water quality map that lets area residents and local officials know about the quality of the water in their lake.   Knowledge may spur action.
      • Restoring lakeshore with native plants keeps phosphorus and sediment out of the water.    Less algae, more fish
      • Educating shoreline owners about stopping rainwater runoff with rain gardens and buffer strips of natural vegetation
      • Promoting proper septic system management through education of shoreline owners including septic system workshops
      • Working with upstream farmers as we look at all sources of water flowing into the lake; so the  Harvest Dinner
      • Inspecting boats for invasive species in order to keep the natural balance of the lakes.
      • Working for shoreline policies that permit only shoreline uses and activities that result in clean water.
      • Maintaining focus on the two most important issues:  water quality and invasive species

WAPOA measures water quality on 38 lakes

Secchi disc portion of water testing

This MN PCA photo shows the use of a Secchi disc which provides 1/3 of the TSI water quality score.

WAPOA  volunteers regularly use this disc to measure water clarity and they also take water samples which are sent for laboratory testing.


2014 Water Quality Map

Thumbnail of latest water quality map

WAPOA measures water quality on 38 area lakes. See how your lake is doingCLICK HERE







Natural plants in both the water and on the shore are needed to restore habitat for the living organisms on the shoreline and in the water.  One indicator: more fish are found along a natural shoreline. And a restored shoreline results in better water quality.

WAPOA has a very successful annual shoreline restoration contest to promote natural shorelines.

WAPOA has a very successful annual shoreline restoration contest. Photo credit- www.doitgreen.org

WAPOA’s annual shoreline restoration contest provides free expert help in planning shoreline restoration.

Prizes are awarded to help with the expense of the restoration.

Also some winners receive installation help from a crew from the Minnesota Conservation Corps.



Big Trout access reconstruction


The improper runoff of surface water into the lake was corrected with a reconstruction of the access.

A joint project of the DNR, Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District, US Army Corps of Engineers, and WAPOA.  Details HERE

This project awarded the prestigious Lake Friendly Award Click here

Restore your shoreline–DNR information

Lake shore that has been restored with natural plants

Lakeshore restored with natural plants

You can do it!   CLICK HERE

The benefit is better lake water. Imagine colorful flowers and plants beautifying your lakeshore.




Below, topics covered in the recent past

MN DNR zebra-mussel sniffing dogs, Video CLICK HERE

WAPOA Hosts Aquatic Invasive Species Seminar September 25, 2013,  Video CLICK HERE

WAPOA searches 35+ locations for Eurasian water milfoil   CLICK HERE

Latest map of zebra mussel veligers on Whitefish Chain      ClICK HERE

Plant, animal, and habitat survey of Whitefish Chain   CLICK HERE

2014 map of DNR walleye stocking on Whitefish Chain  CLICK HERE

More details on zebra mussel discovery, future plans  CLICK HERE



Mission Statement

Stewardship of the natural world throughout the Whitefish Area and the Pine River Watershed is the mission of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association.

The Association shall lead and work with citizens, groups, associations, and government units to conserve and improve the quality of our waters, shoreland, fishery, wildlife resources, and general welfare for the benefit of present and future generations.


Whitefish Area Property Owners Association named

2007 Minnesota Lake Association of the Year


Whitefish Area Property Owners Assn   PO Box 342  Crosslake  MN  56442-0342