Lake Minnetonka

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) is charged by state law to have a statewide program to prevent and curb the spread of invasive species of aquatic plants and wild animals. According to state statute, the DNR program must provide for coordination among governmental entities and private organizations to the extent practicable. For more information visit www.mndnr.gov.


The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
(MCWD) covers approximately 181 square miles, including Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, and Minnehaha Falls. The District is charged by state law to protect, improve, and manage water resources. It does so through scientific research and monitoring, public education, cost-share grant programs, permitting, and collaborative efforts with the 27 cities, two townships, and two counties (Hennepin and Carver) that are in the MCWD. Press releases, presentations, maps, and resources for residents are available on the MCWD website at www.minnehahacreek.org


The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District 
(LMCD) is a regional governmental agency created under state enabling legislation in 1967. The LMCD is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the city councils of the 14 cities surrounding Lake Minnetonka. The LMCD Board determines their own annual budget and sets the amounts to be paid by the 14 cities. The LMCD is charged with managing a number of activities on Lake Minnetonka. Some of which include boating and navigational safety regulations, dock and boat storage, licensing and permitting of multiple Lake needs, as well as the management and prevention of AIS (working closely with the MCWD, MN DNR, and other local partnerships and agencies). The LMCD also has the authority to issue high water declarations and associated no-wake restrictions. Click on www.lmcd.org for more information. 


The Lake Minnetonka Association
is the membership organization for Lake Minnetonka Lakeshore Owners and Businesses. The mission of the LMA is to (1) Promote lake preservation and the reasonable use of Lake Minnetonka. (2) Serve as an information resource and advocate for lakeshore owners and businesses. (3) Focus on lake preservation and protection for the lake community. (4) Form lasting relationships with members of the lake community and lakeshore owners involved in the protection of Lake Minnetonka. The Lake Minnetonka Association is a 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation – contributions are tax-deductible. Click on www.lmassociation.org for more information. 


The St. Alban's Lake Improvement District
 has taxing authority with specific duties to manage aquatic invasive species. The SABLID is made up of property owners who have access rights to St. Alban’s Bay. The SABLID is governed by a Board elected by property owners who live within the SABLID. Click on the St. Alban’s Lake Improvement District tab for more information. 


ZEBRA MUSSELS RESEARCH PROJECT
2019 – View a video about the University of Minnesota and USGS zebra mussels research project here:
https://twin-cities.umn.edu/discover/guardians-lake?fbclid=IwAR1j4fqhKvmbima5SvTStEEb00TGuMzVT2HBbKHmG1--EssBr_AfgmE1mQs

2020 07-07 – View an update regarding the University of Minnesota and USGS zebra mussels research project here:
https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/yearlong-research-project-yields-positive-results-in-minnesotas-fight-against-zebra-mussels.

2021 04-06 – Community Update on Zebra Mussel Control Research at Lake Minnetonka

Scientists from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and the US Geological Survey have been studying how low dose applications of copper sulfate can be used to suppress zebra mussels to limit the impact they have on lake ecosystems since 2016. After several seasons of scaling up and refining the methods through in-water trials at Lake Minnetonka, researchers have been able to optimize the concentration and exposure time to get long-lasting suppression of veligers, juvenile, and even adult mussels with minimal impacts to native species. In 2019, a whole bay treatment was conducted at St. Alban’s Bay.