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.
Thin Ice on Moody & Shields Lake
The CLFLWD is currently running an aeration system on both Moody Lake and Shields Lake. This will result in thin ice and/or open water. The aerator will remain on until ice-out in spring 2021. Signage has been posted around the perimeter of the thin ice and at access points around the lakes. Please exercise EXTREME CAUTION on both Moody Lake and Shields Lake from January 1 until ice-out. Read the full public notice here.
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 are officially closed until further notice. All CLFLWD employees will be working remotely during this time and 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. Additional information on the office closure is available here.
For permitting inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 651-395-5859, or visit our webpage https://www.clflwd.org/permitting.php
For remote meeting attendance instructions, visit https://www.clflwd.org/minutes.php.
Fish Barrier to be Replaced at Forest Lake Outlet
The District is planning to replace the Forest Lake outlet fish barrier this winter between December 14th and February 28th. The current fish barrier structure, attached to the downstream face of the concrete outlet weir on the west side of Forest Lake, is old, compromised, and no longer functions as originally designed. The replacement fish barrier will aid in the control and management of rough fish populations in Forest Lake - mainly invasive carp species which stir up lake bottom sediments, reducing water clarity.
The fish barrier replacement project will not involve any manipulation or alteration of the concrete outlet weir. As such, Forest Lake water elevations will NOT be altered due to the fish barrier replacement project. The Watershed District will be coordinating with the Department of Natural Resources, City of Forest Lake, and Forest Lake Lake Association on this project.
We're updating our 10-year watershed management plan
CLFLWD is in the process of updating its 10-year watershed management plan. More information can be found at www.clflwdplanupdate.org.