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 1,000  families have joined our lake association to help in our commitment  for better water.

FREE —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

As always, there will be an expert from the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District to give ideas and advice on your project.  Vendors will have exhibits, and there will be photos of past successful projects.  A fun, no obligation informational event!

Shelley Larson will give an educational presentation on Shoreline Management  at about 9:10 am.

Kristie Roedl of WAPOA will be looking for projects that fall within grant guidelines.

Questions: kristieplummerroedl@gmail.com


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

WAPOA 2019 Tree Sale —Sorry, this was very popular this year and all trees have been spoken for, but more trees make for better water, and you can still find trees from local commercial sources.

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

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


Webcam Whitefish Chain

Weather forecast for lakes area

Map Whitefish Chain



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.

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



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

Below: the other part of water quality— invasive species

Boat Inspections — how many we did, and what they cost — on the Whitefish Chain in 2018 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 June 21, 2018: A search of the water adjacent to the busiest accesses in the Whitefish chain in June 21, 2018 did not find any Eurasian water milfoilUnder 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 August 2018 by Professional Lake Management did not find any Eurasian water milfoil above the dam.





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 30, 2018:  Another lake added in Hubbard County, MN DNR: Starry stonewort, a very aggressive, new invasive plant-like algae, now infects 14 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.


 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.


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

Photo credit- www.doitgreen.org.

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. HERE

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



 Harvest Dinner at SunUp Ranch August 25th .HERE

August 28, 2018  Why did two shrimp fishermen travel to Minnesota to talk to farmers?  A fascinating story on Minnesota Public Radio– transcript here.  Their very ability to make a living is disappearing as a result of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water they fish in — some of that traveling down the Mississippi from Minnesota.

WAPOA seminar addressing boat wave problems during high lake water levels: Wednesday, July 25th at the Crosslake Community Center. A DNR Officer and  a Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Deputy will discuss the problem of boat-created waves causing damage during periods of high water…More information.HERE

Run for the Walleye –July 7, 2018

WAPOA booth at the Antique Boat Show–Saturday June 16 —Moonlite Bay in Crosslake– Stop and visit!

WAPOA Annual Meeting–Saturday June 9–everyone welcome—free breakfast–starts 7:45 am at Ideal Town Hall–DNR fishery scientist Paul Radomski speaker

4th Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Roundtable — April 28, 2018 at Ideal Community Center.  A must-attend event, reports by University of MN scientists, DNR specialists, and others about …..more


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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