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

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The Whitefish Chain  — 13 connected lakes — 14,000 acres. More than 1,050  families have joined our lake association to help in our commitment  for better water.

President Tony Coffey

WAPOA President Tony Coffey talking to Crow Wing County Commissioner Bill Brekken at important review of the just-finished boat inspection season at boat accesses on the Whitefish Chain….HERE


One Watershed, One Plan  Everyone is encouraged to attend this presentation of the planned massive effort to repair our troubled streams and lakes in the Pine River Watershed — to be presented October 3, 2019 at Ideal…more

AREA DECONTAMINATION STATIONS – some still open after Memorial day —  Click Here

Paper application –or– ONLINE 2019 WAPOA MEMBERSHIP Click Here.

WAPOA  2019 spring and summer newsletters  Click Here


Very successful fund-raising July 6, 2019 Run for the Walleye — link to Northland Press here

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Harvest Dinner — Always a great event, bringing together the lake and agricultural worlds…..here



Webcam Whitefish Chain

Weather forecast for lakes area

Map Whitefish Chain

Reservoir Level (Goal 1229.32)



It’s easy to understand why our area is special, it’s the water.

It’s easy to  understand our two major water quality threats:  

Phosphorus runoff. Rain water, running right into the lake from a lawn or driveway, picks up phosphorus carrying sediment. This feeds the algae in the water along your shore and  promotes your dense weed growth.

Invasive species-— plants and animals drastically change the biology of the lakes. Most invasive species get carried into the lake through an access. They are not only on boats and trailers, but also on docks, lifts, and floats that are moved from another lake to your lake.

WAPOA works in multiple ways to stop contaminant-containing water runoff and invasive species introduction. This website attempts to document that activity.


Below a photo of an algae bloom in Upper Whitefish, last year, 2018.  This got the attention of everyone trying to use this part of the lake.  So far, in this first week of July (2019), there does not appear to be a reocurrence.  The conditions last year should be a reminder to shoreline owners, those upstream, local officials, and those working at county and state agencies that nitrogen and phosphorus run-off does have consequences. All of us, private, commercial, and those in government should be asking ourselves if we are doing enough.


Upper Whitefish early August 2018 photo courtesy Kent Brun

Thanks to the several people who gave us an alert about the relatively quick appearance in Upper Whitefish of an apparent algal bloom. It was characterized by green water, loss of transparency, and widespread masses of material and plants on the surface that entangled propellers.

We notified the DNR and the MN Pollution Control Agency, and are consulting with their specialists. There has been no official comment on the algae bloom. ….MORE

July 2019 INVASIVE SPECIES GLIMMER OF HOPE:  University of Minnesota Aquatic Research Center scientists announce they have been able to determine the entire genetic code of the zebra mussel. It’s like having a street map of a city.  Now they have to determine what happens in each unnamed building along the street.  This is a priceless treasure, eventually they may be able to interfere in the growth and development of the zebra mussel.  LINK to Star Tribune

Below: the other part of water quality— invasive species

Boat Inspections — how many we do — and what they cost — on the Whitefish Chain for 2019 HERE

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center, say until methods to control invasive species are discovered, the most important thing we can to is to have a good inspection system at the access– to find and stop infected boats before they enter, and to provide boaters with good information about how they can prevent the spread of invasive species.


Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil found just downstream from Whitefish Corps dam

Pictured above, USACOE dam at Crosslake. Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil was found in September 2017 in waters immediately below this dam. So far the plant has not been found above the dam.

NEW INFORMATION  October 2019 Searches of the water adjacent to the busiest accesses in the Whitefish chain in late summer did not find any Eurasian water milfoil.  Searches also by volunteers did not find any starry stonewort in the Whitefish Chain.

WAPOA looks intensively for any early signs of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in the lake. It hires the experts at Professional Lake Management to do this.  See the GPS pattern the searching boat made just a few days ago in the very important area just upstream from the Corps of Engineers Dam in Cross Lake .   HERE

In the photo below, taken in 2018: Under the direction of  MN DNR expert Kevin Martini, and WAPOA AIS Director, Joe Brodil, WAPOA volunteers searched likely entry points in the Whitefish Chain for Eurasian watermilfoil. There will be additional searches during the summer as aquatic vegetation grows. With invasive plants early detection aids greatly the ability to eliminate or control the invasion.

Kevin Martini, MN DNR, provides hands-on samples of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil to refresh the search teams of its characteristics. Left side, Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS Director


A second intensive search in  2019 by Professional Lake Management will be done in August when the plants are easier to find.



Multiple groups work together to save Big Trout HERE

BrainerdDispatch5-31-2017 Large pipe drains Hwy 66 road sediment and chemicals directly into water-quality-challenged Big Trout Lake.

BrainerdDispatch 6-2-2017 Large pipe drains Hwy 66 road sediment and chemicals directly into water-quality-challenged Big Trout Lake. Photo SWCD.


Big Trout, A jewel of the Whitefish Chain, its lake trout occupants were being threatened by chemical and sediment  run-off from adjacent highway.



 Lake associations make significant contributions in time and dollars in efforts against aquatic invaders, in 2017 Concordia College study.   HERE



August 13, 2019:  Another lake added in Beltrami County, MN DNR: Starry stonewort, a very aggressive, new invasive plant-like algae, now infects 15 Minnesota lakes  …here


credit: Paul Skawinski


August 2016  A must see:   Starry stonewort video– Lake Koronis





August 2016  University of MN AIS research director, Dr. Nick Phelps, was at a WAPOA Board Meeting, giving WAPOA Board members the latest information about U Minnesota aquatic invasive (AIS) research efforts.   …here

Hey, we were on Lakeland News TV for our part of our shoreland restoration efforts...HERE




WAPOA volunteers take monthly water samples from all the lakes on this map.


Recently Held Events 

A Special Summer presentation by “Waterway Jay.”

Tuesday  July 30th, 2019

You are invited.  Not to be missed!     

His experiences in paddling all the way down the Mississippi River, and 34 other Minnesota streams.              Information here                                 VIDEO HERE

Sponsored by Whitefish Area Property Owners — WAPOA   Whitefish Chain Yacht Club  –WCYC and Crow Wing Kayaks –CWK

July 6th–Sign up for 2019 Run for the WalleyeLink to page

HELP AND ADVICE FOR SHORELINE OWNERS–SAVE THE DATE–Saturday June 8, 2019  at Moonlite Bay Restaurant in Crosslake–9 am to Noon   What could be better than spending part of a Saturday morning having free coffee, scones and donuts, and at the same time getting free expert advice on how to restore your shoreline?   It is WAPOA’s Annual Shoreline Restoration Open House……continued .

June 20, 2019

Water Safety and Water Quality Summer Seminar featuring Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Water Patrol and MN DNR Conservation Officers–Thursday June 20, 2019 WAPOA and WCYC Present this Summer Seminar …..MORE DETAILS HERE

WAPOA Annual Meeting –Saturday June 29th...Link to page

New Crosslake location  *   New Format with short business meeting  *  Dynamic keynote speaker, award winning veteran reporter Greg Vandegrift,

Working in winter–WAPOA adds four new Directors to Board HERE

 WAPOA’s Annual Planning Meeting

****The Annual Planning Meeting for 2018 was held at the end of October*** We will get in a picture eventually of it, but until then this will give you the idea  of how it looks.

At the end of the year WAPOA Directors, with others from the community, spend a day reviewing the year just past, and plan for the upcoming year.

Held at Camp Knutson adjacent to Big Trout Lake



 Current Invasive Species Status in Whitefish Chain HERE

 WAPOA Testifies at State Legislative Hearing  HERE

WAPOA Works in Multiple Ways to Improve Lake Water Quality  A note to our website visitors, notice that everything we do is somehow related to improving the water quality of our lakes… more


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.


Overflow audience at WAPOA AIS Seminar

Overflow audience at WAPOA May 2019 AIS Seminar. Speakers were scientists from the Univ. of MN MAISRC

Photos and more on WAPOA AIS seminar in early May..…HERE 





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

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

We can assist with helping to find grants for eligible shoreline restoration projects.

WAPOA 2019 Tree Sale —Sorry, this was very popular this year, and all trees have been spoken for. But don’t delay, since more trees make for better water, you can still get started this year by finding trees at local commercial sources.


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.

2007 Minnesota Lake Association of the Year 

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

WAPOA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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