Lakes & Streams

Lakes & Streams

Maplewood has many lakes and streams, including the famous Phalen Chain-of-Lakes. Many of our lakes offer recreational opportunities for boating and fishing. Lakes fall under the jurisdiction of federal, state, and local agencies.

The Phalen-Chain-of-Lakes canoe route takes you through all six lakes in the chain and requires one portage around a weir structure in the channel north of Round Lake. In dry summers, the channels may not have enough water to canoe.  Read about it in the City's environmental newsletter Seasons (December 2012 edition).   

Impaired Waters

The federal Clean Water Act requires states to set water quality standards to protect lakes, streams, and wetlands. A water body is considered impaired if it does not meet the water quality standards. In Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) coordinates this effort, and works with other state and local agencies to: assess all waters for pollutions, conduct Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies to set pollution reduction goals, and implement measures to reduce pollutants and meet standards.

Most lakes and creeks in Maplewood are impaired for one or more of the following: Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), nutrients and eutrophication, and/or mercury in fish tissues. City and watershed projects are beginning to address impaired waters in Maplewood. Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is the lead agency in developing TMDL studies and currently have recommendations for the following impaired waters in the City of Maplewood:  Kohlman, Wakefield, Battle Creek, and Fish Creek.   

Wakefield Lake Water Quality

On August 21, 2017, the Maplewood Environmental Commission hosted a public meeting to discuss Wakefield Lake water quality.  During the meeting representatives of Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and Barr Engineering presented the results of the Wakefield TMDL Study, which was complete July 2017.  Click here to view the presentation.   

Impaired Waters Links