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WINSTED LAKE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To provide a leadership role in improving and protecting the quality of Winsted Lake and Watershed for the present and future generations.

OUR VALUE STATEMENT

  • We value a healthy Lake and Watershed
  • We value having a good relationship with the other organizations that are involved with the Lake and Watershed
  • We value using good planning to insure the future of the Lake and Watershed, including its beauty and its use for Recreational and Sporting activities
  • We value educating the Public on Lake and Watershed issues
  • We value improving the value of property along the Lake and Watershed
  • We value doing this in a Financially prudent manner
DEMOGRAPHICS
Winsted Lake is 376 acres in size with a maximum depth of 12 feet. The lake supports a healthy fish population of Northern, Crappie, Perch, Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Bullheads and Carp. A public landing is located on the southeast corner of the lake. The lake offers a public swimming beach and fishing dock which are located in Mill Reserve Park on the lake’s west side. The Watershed is about 18,000 acres in size and consists primarily of farmland.

THE ORGANIZATION
The Winsted Lake Committee was started in 1979 and was in existence until February 11, 1994 when the Winsted Lake Watershed Association was formed. The Winsted Lake Watershed Association is certified in the State of Minnesota as a non-profit organization formed under Chapter 317A and its Corporate Charter Number is 1K-220.

THE OFFICERS

  • President: Bev Schmitz, 320-485-4327
  • Vice President: Yvonne Maus, 320-485-3825
  • Secretary: Gary Daigle, 320-485-2445
  • Treasurer: Leah Schwartzrock
  • Membership Directors: Jan Cartwright 320-485-3747 or
    Mike Mahoney 320-485-7447

MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to anyone interested in contributing to the quality of Winsted Lake and Watershed. Annual dues are $25 per family/business. The Lake Association encourages members to help with projects and/or events.

    MONTHLY MEETINGS
    Meetings are held the first Monday of the month, 7 PM at the Winsted City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas or concerns.

      EVENT CALENDAR

      • Sledding Party – First part of February at Mill Reserve Park (weather permitting).
      • Lakeshore Cleanup – First Saturday in May, 8:00 A.M. to noon, lunch provided.
      • Fundraiser – Second weekend in August fundraising activities during Winsted Summer Festival.
      • Aerators – Winter aeration is installed annually around the first of January

      CURRENT PROJECTS

      • Curly Leaf Pondweed – Curly leaf pondweed has infested Winsted Lake. The Lake Association will be partnering with Shoreline Owners and City of Winsted to begin chemically treating Curly leaf in the spring of 2008.
      • Crow River Watershed – Working with the Crow River Watershed to monitor and test water quality in Winsted Lake.
      • Winsted Lake Watershed – A focus of the Blandin Team is working on ways to improve the Winsted Lake water quality by limiting nutrient invasion via the watershed.
      • Native Lake Weeds – Investigating the possibility of introducing native weeds to Winsted Lake.
      • Shoreline Buffer Strips – Investigating the utilization of buffer strips on the lake shoreline.
      • Aerators – Upgrading the current aerators for winter and summer aeration.

      FUTURE PROJECTS

      • Community Workshop – Provide community workshops to inform residents on projects which could improve water quality.
      • Southshore Inlet – Dredge and upgrade inlet.
      • Lake Structures – Research if adding man made structures to the lake are beneficial to the fish population.
      • Sedimentation Ponds – Investigate if building sediment ponds is beneficial to improving water quality and reducing sediment build up in the lake.
      • County Ditch Re-route – Research the possibility of re-routing water from the county ditch through Grass Lake.
      • Dredge Lake – Research dredging the lake.

      City of Winsted
      201 1st St. N. | PO Box 126 | Winsted, MN 55395 | (320) 485-2366 | fax (320) 485-2858
      City Hall Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.