Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance

LARA will work to preserve and enhance the quality of Crow Wing County's lakes, rivers, wetlands and groundwater.


Summit on Invasive Species Scheduled

This year’s Aquatic Invaders Summit, a workshop focused on protecting Minnesota’s lakes and rivers from invasive species, will be held Feb. 28March 1 in Brooklyn Center.

The two-day event, to be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, will include sessions on using native pathogens to kill carp and possibly zebra mussels; how the state Department of Natural Resources has made zebra mussel-sniffing dogs part of its enforcement efforts; whether the state should create freshwater conservation areas to protect lakes; and what anglers can do to limit the spread of invasive species.

A keynote address on climate impacts and invasive species, followed by a panel discussion, will be given by Don Shelby, former WCCO-TV news anchor and reporter. Those unable to attend in person will be able to follow the event via livestreaming.

Registration is open and early bird discounts are available. For more information, go to


2018 State of Water Conference 

April 12-14, 2018 | Breezy Point Resort 

Attend the 2018 State of Water Conference and get ready for a summer of action to protect the health of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. Join more than 300 Minnesotans of all stripes — community members, lake and river associations, staff from local governments and state agencies, elected officials, and more — at beautiful Breezy Point Resort. Get the tools, resources, and connections you need to take your efforts to the next level.


Citizen Action Network

Citizens Action Network (CAN) is your Lake Association’s tool for lake and river advocacy. You CAN check up on important bill status, write your legislators, send letters to the editors of media in your area, track the work of legislative committees, see how your legislator voted on a specific bill and more. With CAN, you CAN and will make a difference. No one else is going to protect your lakes for you. It is up to each of us. Sign up for MLR’s Citizen Action Network (CAN) emails.