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August 28, 2018  Why did two shrimp fishermen travel to Minnesota to talk to farmers?  A fascinating story on Minnesota Public Radio. A 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 coming from Minnesota.

We are not immune in Minnesota. The item just below, the recent apparent algal bloom in Upper Whitefish, seemed to be occurring just as the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus entering  upper Whitefish was reaching peak levels.


August 1, 2018 — NOTICE:  Thanks to the several people who have given us an alert about a relatively quick appearance in Upper Whitefish of an apparent algal bloom, characterized by green water, loss of transparency, and widespread masses of material and plants on the surface.

We have notified the DNR and the MN Pollution Control Agency, and are consulting with their specialists.

Upper Whitefish early August 2018 photo courtesy Kent Brun

Preliminarily, our sources tell us that an increase in algal blooms is common this time of year due to warming water. In addition, algae will grow quickly if there is an influx of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus).  Potential sources of nutrients  can come from upstream in the watershed, or from our own lake shore properties. Further, increased boating activity can dislodge native submerged plants which then float to the surface. It may be a combination of both dislodged native plants and increased algal activity.

Representatives from the MN Pollution Control Agency and WAPOA went out on the water on Upper Whitefish on August 3rd to directly observe the problem. Water and plant samples were gathered and will undergo laboratory examination by experts.

We will let you know here as soon as we find out what the experts  discover. August 23, 2018 follow-up: The plants were coon tail and northern milfoil.   Both of these are regularly found in our lake. Fortunately, no invasive species were found. 

As we await more information from the experts, here is a link to a MN Pollution Control Agency fact sheet:  https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/Blue%20green%20algae%20fact%20sheet.pdf


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

NOTICE:  The water level on most area lakes is high due to multiple recent storms. Please be careful and obey the law: “NO WAKE” means all boats –large or small– should slow down to a no-wake speed while in the zone.  Slowing down prevents shoreline damage and lake polluting erosion. Be a protector of the water you are boating in.  Wake boats, which are designed to create large waves, will be always be viewed most favorably when they safely boat far from shore.


June 29, 2018 Minnesota Public Utility Commission votes in favor  of  Enbridge’s proposal for new Pipeline 3. The  PUC also approved the requested route except for a minor change at termination.


WAPOA 2018 Spring Newsletter….here




 Harvest Dinner at SunUp Ranch August 25th .HERE

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



Nothing complicated about understanding 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 dense weed growth.

Invasive 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.



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 on Thursday 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.

Kevin Martini, MN DNR, provides hands-on samples of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil to refresh the search teams of its characteristics.

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



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





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


November 2017 WAPOA Annual Planning Meeting

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


WAPOA 2017 Fall Newsletter   here


 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



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

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