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Welcome to the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District

COVID-19 Update, Office Closure and Remote Meeting Attendance - details in news section below

The Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) encompasses roughly 49 square miles in northern Washington County and southern Chisago County, including the Cities of Chisago City, Forest Lake, Scandia, and Wyoming. The watershed outlets to the northwest to the Sunrise River, which flows northeast through Chisago County before discharging to the St. Croix River.


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COVID-19 Update, Office Closure and Remote Meeting Attendance

The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) is committed to our communities, stakeholders, and staff. We are monitoring the rapidly changing situation surrounding COVID-19 and are following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health. CLFLWD has prepared temporary policies that will be implemented immediately.

CLFLWD offices will continue to stay open during business hours but will be closed to the public. Most CLFLWD employees will be working remotely during this time but will remain available by phone and email. Individuals are asked not to come to the CLFLWD offices but instead contact our main number at 651-395-5850 for information and the staff directory.

For permitting inquiries please contact, call 651-395-5859, or visit our webpage

Until further notice, all public meetings will be convened by telephone or other electronic means. 

Event Cancellation: Turf Talks

In light of current events, the CLFLWD has decided to cancel both workshops scheduled for March 21st and April 4th.

If you are interested in reviewing some of the material presented please check out our education page. Please note that we do have an abridged version scheduled for September 23, 6:30-7:30pm at the Hardwood Creek Library as part of their "Our Big Backyard" speaker series.

Spring Flooding Outlook

With spring on its way, it’s time to prepare for flooding! The National Weather Service predicts we will be seeing an early start to the flood season in early March, starting from southwest MN, due to mild temperatures but thankfully below-normal precipitation through mid-March. The Weather Service is also carefully watching a potential pattern change toward wetter weather toward the end of the month.

Flood Insurance Hotline | Spring Flooding Fact Sheet

For more information on the spring flooding outlook, view the following webinar and presentations:

NWS Webinar | NWS Presentation | Water Consortium P1 | Water Consortium P2

Nominations Open: Watershed Champion Award

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their contribution to protecting our local water resources? If so make sure you nominate them for the 2020 Watershed Champion Award!

More information on the program and nomination forms can be found on our website at

Thin Ice on Moody Lake

The CLFLWD will be running an aeration system on Moody Lake beginning on or after January 1, 2020. This will result in thin ice and/or open water on the west side of the lake near Lofton Avenue. The aerator will remain on until ice-out in spring 2020. Signage will be posted around the perimeter of the thin ice and at access points around the lake. Please exercise EXTREME CAUTION on Moody Lake from January 1 until ice-out.

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