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.

Links and resources that you may find useful:


AIS Guide for Single Sell Water Related Equipment – BHF


BWSR – Board of Soil and Water Resources (Minnesota)


Boat U.S. Foundation – Learn the basics of clean boating


Conservation Minnesota – Passing our experiences and traditions on to our children, being good stewards of our land and lakes — these are values that we all share.  At Conservation Minnesota, we turn your love of Minnesota’s Great Outdoors into the laws that protect it.  And we provide reliable information to help you make important decisions for your family, community and future.


Crow Wing County, Minnesota – all things county-related

County Water Plan – Need updated information describing the Crow Wing County Water Plan? The Crow Wing Land Services has compiled a local,  comprehensive Water Management Plan that identifies local priority water resource concerns, objectives and actions for implementation. This plan  also targets specific surface and groundwater resources on which to focus this effort. Its scope includes the Crow Wing River Watershed, Mississippi River Brainerd Watershed and Pine River Watershed.

Crow Wing County AIS Decontamination Hotline 218-824-1055 To request the most current copy of the DNR schedule, please email Billie Jo Mainerich at

AIS Plan –  Please direct all comments to Jacob Frie at

Aquatic Invasive Species AIS – Crow Wing County AIS Information


DNR – Department of Natural Resources (Minnesota) –

Boating Regulations

Invasive Species

Shoreland Management


Fish Contamination

Restore Your Shore is a powerful tool for shoreland owners and professionals to use in implementing shoreland restoration and protection projects.

Seeking volunteer water monitors to help protect Minnesota lakes and streams. Visit,


Initiative Foundation


Key Water Information Catalogue – It can be a challenge for Lake Associations to navigate not only the complex web of agencies that play a role in water resources, but the volumes of research related to water.  Now there is an excellent portal the makes it much easier for you to find the answers to the many water related questions you must field. This resource catalogue was compiled by the Metropolitan Council using funding from the Clean Water Council of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.


Lake Improvement District (LID) – a taxing district formed around a lake in Minnesota


MNCOLA – Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations

The Mission of MN COLA is to preserve, protect and improve the waters and shorelands of the State of Minnesota through education, sharing of best practices and advocacy. MN COLA is an entirely volunteer organization with no paid staff and limited budget.


MLR – Minnesota Lakes & Rivers Advocates

The MLR strategy combines COLA’s, Lake Associations and most importantly individuals into a large grassroots advocacy group.  By building this base, we increase our ability to protect our lakes. Download this individual membership form to see how you can become a member.


Minnesota Loons and Impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


MPCA – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Citizens Lake Monitoring Program – Because lakes are so central to Minnesota’s economy and way of life, it is imperative that we try to maintain and improve the quality of water in our state’s lakes. The Citizen Lake-Monitoring Program (CLMP) requires only minimal volunteer time, yet it provides what is essential for achieving these goals.

Rule Making – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency rulemaking activity involves proposing new rules and rule changes. The rulemaking process involves the public and other interested parties for comments on proposed rules.


Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide – The Minnesota Shoreland Management Guide is directed toward shoreland stewards who care about lakes and rivers, including property owners, resource managers, educators, and volunteers.

The Shoreland Guide provides access to useful publications that are out of print or difficult to find, as well as new materials. Documents are formatted for easy on-screen viewing and most can be downloaded as high-quality print copies (PDF files). Leaders and resource managers will find in-depth technical information, and property owners will find detailed guidance for managing their shoreland.


Minnesota Water Research Digital Library – The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library is a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota, with emphasis on publications from 2000 forward.


National Loon Center


SWCD – Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District


University Of Minnesota Extension

Our septic program seeks to protect public health and the environment by improving wastewater treatment through research-based education and outreach for homeowners, small communities, professionals and policy-makers. And understanding your septic system.