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West Battle Lake . . . Almost Heaven!

Welcome to the West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association Website 

We Hope You Find the Site Interesting and Informative 

OUR MISSION:  “To preserve and enhance the ecology of West Battle Lake so that it may be enjoyed by current and future generations”    

Membership Dues: Our annual West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association (WBLLA) dues are only $25. For this you help sponsor needed lake preservation efforts such as the West Battle Lake Aquatic Vegetation Point-Intercept Survey noted below and other efforts towards preserving our amazing West Battle Lake for many lake-loving generations to come!

If you would like to be a member or if you have any questions please contact us at wbllamn@gmail.com


The West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association acknowledges the Minnesota DNR is the controlling agent for the management of Minnesota’s lakes

The Minnesota DNR’s mission statement reads as follows:

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life

From Lake Board President Jerry Horgen

Click HERE to View Latest Lake News


Wish to Dispose of Zebra Mussels Legally?

Click HERE to Find Out How

Zebra Mussel – Note Adult Size and Strips on Shell

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Click HERE to See Report on City Water Coming into West Battle Lake

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What Was That Ugly Yellow Green Scum On The Lake In May?

Click HERE to Learn More

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NOTE: 2020 Annual Meeting Canceled Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Concerns!

The WBLLA Website Will Bring You Any and All Updates – See Everyone in 2021!


Click HERE to Access an April 26, 2020 Duluth News Tribune Article On Efforts to Slow Aquatic Invasive Species Are Working”

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We Need Your Help! – Looking for Volunteer to Do Water Sampling on West Battle Lake

Click HERE to View More Information



Fishery Update Chad Schaefer

  1. Gizzard Creek Project to improve the walleye spawning habitat on gizzard creek/county ditch 16 was completed this past week.  I wrote a short article to be posted on our website.  Attached are a couple pictures

  2.  Gill net survey completed,     the preliminary results are not encouraging. 

    The walleye gill net catch rate remained low at 2.1 fish per net.  The good news is they did not sample any walleye smaller than 14.5”.

    The gill net catch rates for all species monitored via gill net remained basically the same as in 2016.

                           2016     2020

    Walleye           2.9        2.1

    Pike                6.0        5.8

    Perch              7.7        7.4

    Sucker            0.1        0.0

    Tullibee            0.0        0.0



AIS Prevention During 2019 Otter Tail County

Click HERE For 2019 Project List

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Click HERE for 2019 West Battle Lake Water Quality Results



Zebra Mussels’ Best Friend: Wake Board Boats a University of Minnesota Study Finds!

Clint Austin – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Julie Siems uses K-9 officer Brady, a golden retriever Mix, to detect zebra mussels in a boat at the Pike Lake boat landing north of Duluth. (Clint Austin caustin@duluthnews.com)

Click HERE to See More Information

Monthly Updates

Is there a DNR Form I need to Have to Transport Watercraft from and AIS Infested Lake such as West Battle Lake?

Yes there is!  Please Click HERE to view, print or download the DNR Form

Click HERE for Helpful Information on the Responsibility of Owners and Their Lake Equipment

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Battle Lake Labor Day Airshow

2020 Show is Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Gathering of Planes August 31, 2019

Click HERE to View 8 min 24 Sec Video from Aug 31, 2019

Click HERE to View 110 Photos from 2019 Air Show

72 Aircraft Flew In!

Video and Photos by Michael Smith

NOTE: You may need to initially close a Dropbox login screen – Not needed to view video

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DNR Tip – Fire Pits 50 Feet from Lake

What Lake Owners Can Do to Aid Lake Water Quality

Lake Survey Image

Click HERE to Review West Battle Lake Aquatic Vegetation Point-Intercept Final Report  (9-22-2017)

Summary: On June 26-29th of 2017, 946 locations were observed and sampled for a point intercept survey of aquatic vegetation. Twenty-one (21) different types of native plants were found across the lake.

West Battle Lake (DOW 56-0239-00) is a large 5,565 acre lake located in Otter Tail County near Battle Lake, MN. According to the Department of Natural Resources, West Battle has a maximum depth of 108 feet and contains a littoral area of about 2,496 acres which permits light penetration and allows plant growth. West Battle is classified as a eutrophic lake as measured last in 2016 by mean secchi depth of approximately 12.9 feet throughout the lake. Total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a (values that provide a measure of the amount of algae in the water) are considered low with mean values 11.3 and 3.2 ug/L of West Battle (Table 1).

No Aquatic Invasive Plant Species were found!

Sampling points were also grouped by water depth and separated into 5 depth zones for analysis. Depth zones included less than 3 feet, 4 to 7 feet, 8 to 11 feet, 12 to 15 feet, and over 15 feet

Three submerged species made up the majority of plants sampled in West Battle. Chara (Chara sp.) was sampled at 53.9% of all sites and 59.2% of sites less than 24 feet, Nitella (Nitella.) was sampled at 14.6% of all sites and 16% of sites less than 24 feet, and Greater Bladderwart (Utricularia vulgaris) was sampled at 9.5% of all sites and 10.5% of sites less than 24 feet.

NOTE: Presence of all three of these aquatic plant species are considered a sign of a good healthy lake.

Click HERE to Access Information (August 2017) on DNR AIS Findings in West Battle Lake and Local Area

From Jerry Horgen WBLLA President

Contact Us Thru Email . . .

Email > wbllamn@gmail.com

2020 -2021 WBLLA Board of Directors

  • Jerry Horgen  President / Newsletter Updates (Grace Etta) 
  • Tracy Rendz-Eldridge – Vice President (Ferncliffe) 
  • Steve Kirchner – Treasurer (Ferncliffe) 
  • Michael Smith  Website / Public Relations (Fair Oaks)
  • John Hofflander – Secretary (Clarissa Haven)
  • Chad Schaefer – (Grace Etta)
  • Michael and Bonnie Rye-Werpy – (Ferncliffe)
  • Craig Haukebo (Radahl) 
  • Terry and Mary Stroh (Wenonga)
  • Glenn Van Zee – (Sunset Beach)
  • Kyle Johnson – (Stewarts Beach)
  • Rich Condiff – (Radahl)
  • Grace Cory – (Clar-Jo)

Click HERE to See Map of Beach Zones Noted in Board Listing

2019 – 2020 WBLLA Board of Directors

WBLLA Board Members left to right are: Jerry Horgen, Mike Rye, (back row) Steve Kirchner, John Hofflander, Kyle Johnson, Chad Schaefer, Rich Condiff, in front, Bonnie Werpy-Rye, Terry Stroh, Mary Stroh and Tracy Rendz-Eldridge

Not Shown: Michael Smith, Craig Haukebo, Glen Van Zee and Grace Cory

Michael Smith Face Shot

Michael Smith – Website Administrator

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