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


Paper application –or– ONLINE 2018 WAPOA MEMBERSHIP Click Here

Webcam Whitefish Chain

Weather forecast for lakes area

Map Whitefish Chain

Current Cross Lake water level 



WAPOA 2017 Fall Newsletter   here



Late December 2017: Oil pipeline certification process continues, but has a set back, “Enbridge has not established a need”

Legal setback for crude oil Pipeline 3 proposal, and a look at the time-table for the pipeline permitting process   HERE


Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil found just downstream from Whitefish Corps dam

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

Boat inspections on Whitefish Chain in 2017  HERE


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.


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



September 2017  MN DNR: Starry stonewort, a very aggressive, new invasive plant-like algae, now infects 11 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





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


November 2017 WAPOA Annual Planning Meeting

2017 all-day WAPOA Annual Planning Meeting –held at Camp Knutson site.

Currently the best way to prevent invasive species is by inspecting boats just before they enter the water.

 Tom Watson, WAPOA President

A message from WAPOA President Tom Watson   HERE



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



Out of date: Topics covered in past, in order of sequential retirement 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

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

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