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Osakis Lake Association

P.O. Box 102

Osakis, MN 56360

 

Phone: 320-905-8103

info@osakislakeassociation.org

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Hi, this your President. I will attempt to keep this page informational, educational andhave current news articles.

 


 

WHAT IS A WATERSHED 

 

We will be posting the series of articles that will be appearing in local area newspapers. Here the link to the first article in the series. We are trying to inform the public so they better understand their Sauk River Watershed District. 

https://www.theosakisreview.com/opinion/columns/4770992-Osakis-Voices-What-is-a-watershed-district

 

INFORMATIONAL MEETING (PowerPoint File)

INFORMATIONAL MEETING (PDF File)

 

DOWNLOADABLE PETITION SIGNATURE PAGE

 


 

Winner of 50/50 Raffle at Annual Meeting. Dave Gesme

Winner of 50/50 Annual Meeting Walleye Fever Raffle Dave Gesme He won $444.00 (Nice Guy, he gave $100.00 back to the Raffle) 

 

 

ISSUES AT COUNTY ROAD 37 WHERE SAUK RIVER RUNS UNDER


By now most of you have observed that CR 37 was resurfaced this summer. After it was completed, I'm sure many wondered why would the County tear up the asphalt after it was completed. Well good reason! Shortly after completion, a sinkhole developed and the hole was about 5X20 I am told. Big enough for a car to have driven in and that could have been tragic. So the County proceeded to repair the sinkhole and the hope is that it never returns. Now you know the rest of the story.


LOW WATER LEVELS IN OSAKIS LAKE


The water levels in Osakis Lake have reached low levels concerning lakeshore property owners. Many are experiencing difficulty getting watercraft off of their lifts. I hope I can give my (only my) opinion why the lake might be at this low point. Emily Siira, Area Hydrologist, MNDNR, said the rainfall in Alexandria is about 3 inches less this year than last. I talked with Tom Anderson, Douglas County Ditch Inspector, and he said they cleaned the ditch/channel from the dam/weir at County Road 37 this past winter to the lake of small bogs and debris. This would allow better flow of water exiting the lake. He recently kayaked that channel and said it was still clear. In past years, he claimed it would fill with small bogs and debris decreasing flow. I'm hoping this is all common sense analysis

 

THE DAM AT THE HEADWATERS OF THE SAUK RIVER, CR 37

 

The dam/weir at the headwaters of the Sauk River has all kinds of stories  behind it's existence. I will attempt to put some truth into the falsehoods in existence. The dam is a solid concrete structure that has no hydraulics or mechanical means to raise or lower its position. It doesn't even have the means to put boards on to raise the water level. As I understand the dam has been at this level since 1938. This hopefully clear up any stories about the dam and lake levels. Mother nature is still the main culprit. 

 

News Article = Bottom-dwelling algae is a side effect of invasive mussels (PDF)

 


 

Plant Survey done in Spring 2018 (CLICK ON 

PLANT SURVEY)

 

WALLEYE STOCKING AT BATTLE POINT

 

Walleye Raffle Money at Work

 


DNR GILL NETTING ON OSAKIS LAKE

DNR TRAP NETTING ON OSAKIS LAKE


 DNR Trap Netting

 This shows the last step of the trap netting done on Lake Osakis this summer. The MN DNR does this every 3 years. They take the fish from the trap nets and dump them in the tub. Then they identify each species and record their length. The other person has a laptop and records all the information. They then prepare a report which is published the following spring.

 


 

ICE THICKNESS GUIDELINES

Visit the MN DNR website for ice safety guidelines.

 


 

CONSTRUCTION IN YOUR PLANS

If you are planning some construction on your lakeshore property these websites should help you with your planning. The websites should help you with the permitting needed, set backs required, along with pervious and impervious limitations and height restrictions. It should give you who to contact at both Douglas and Todd Counties if you have questions.

 

Todd County | Douglas County

 


 

WEED CONTROL-IN PARTICULAR CURLY LEAF PONDWEED

 

Here is a fact sheet on curly leaf pond weed.

 

MN DNR Approved Aquatic Herbicides for specific weeds: Aquatic Plant Management Program

 

Online Application for an Aquatic Plant Management Permit.

 

Companies selling approved herbicides, algaecides, and mechanical devices for aquatic plant management. The Osakis Creamery Association sells some of the herbicides.

 


 


 

Dr Michael McCartney Presentation at the Informational Meeting on Zebra Mussel in Osakis Lake

View the Report Presentation

 


 

Zebra Mussel Information

 

Here is a DNR website that will help you understand more about this Aquatic Invasive Species and pictures for identification.

 

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquaticanimals/zebramussel/index.html

 


 


 

Treating Phosphorus

 

New development for treating phosphorus.

 

http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/news/webnews/january2015/2.pdf

 

Bio Filters

 

Your association has approved monies to partnership with the Sauk River Watershed District to install bio filters on sites designated and approved. Here is some info on bio filters installed in Kandiyohi County:

 

http://www.northlandoutdoors.com/event/article/id/66978/publisher_ID/22/

 

Profile of Second Homeowners Report

 

Attached is a report: Profile of Second Homeowners in Central and West Central Minnesota, that contains information on second homeowners including estimates of annual spending.

 

http://www.extension.umn.edu/community/research/reports/docs/2014-2nd-Homeowners.pdf 


 

 

The tremendous power of lake ice

 

This article shows the power of lake ice and some other tidbits. It also talks about the ridge left on our shorelines and the possibility of a permit required from the DNR to restore the shoreline.

 

http://www.pelicanlakemn.org/Education/Lake_Learning/tremendous_power_of_lake_ice.htm