‘A resource worth saving’

Cole Gernentz of Red Wing prepares to fish Big Trout Lake in September 2017. A stormwater treatment project led by Crow Wing Soil & Water Conservation District and funded with a Clean Water Fund grant from BWSR aims to preserve water quality and fish habitat. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR
Video: Lakeland PBS segment
Jeff Laurel, left, of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association and Ron Meyer of the Pine River Watershed Alliance were among those who helped to propel the Big Trout Lake stormwater treatment project. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR
Crow Wing County Road 66 parallels Big Trout Lake. The project is designed to treat a 1-inch rain. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR
Crews in late May installed pipes and underground sediment-collectors off Crow Wing County Road 66. Big Trout Lake is the only lake in the county where the Minnesota DNR stocks lake trout. Photo Credit: Crow Wing SWCD
Video: September site visit
Big Trout Lake is 1,360 acres with a maximum depth of 128 feet. It supports stocked, cold-water-dependent lake trout. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR

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Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Our mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.