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

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Run for the Walleye –July 7, 2018 Online Registration

Run for the Walleye mail-in registration HERE


Webcam Whitefish Chain

Weather forecast for lakes area

Map Whitefish Chain

Current Cross Lake water level 



Star Tribune June 18: Minnesota Public Utility Commission getting close to decision on Enbridge’s proposal for new Pipeline 3…...here


WAPOA 2018 Spring Newsletter….here




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: Under the direction of the MN DNR, WAPOA volunteers will be searching likely entry points in the Whitefish Chain for Eurasian watermilfoil on Thursday June 21, 2018.   Special emphasis will be given again to the area just above the Corps of Engineers dam in Crosslake.

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



January 2018:  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

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

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

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