Watershed at a Glance
The Pine River is approximately 502,400 acres in size. The watershed drainage for the Pine River contains parts of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties. Pine River and Crosslake are the major cities in the watershed.
|Hydrologic Unit Code:||07010105|
|Intensive monitoring start year:||2012|
|Major lakes||Major rivers and streams|
Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Pelican Lake
Arvig Creek, Hay Creek, Daggett Brook, Pelican Brook
The Pine River watershed contains 586 stream and river miles of various sizes, and 441 lakes greater than 10 acres. Land ownership in the Pine River Watershed is 56% privately held and over 40% is state-owned land.
The watershed is 51% forested, 21% wetlands, and 13% open water. The watershed contains numerous heavily developed lakes. The majority of the lakes are important recreational resources and economic benefits to the watershed.
Several lakes are impaired for aquatic consumption (mercury).
What's being done
There have been numerous monitoring efforts ongoing and recently completed, mainly on lakes. The area has been the subject of several clean water partnerships and also surface water assessment grants through Cass and Crow Wing counties.
Additional monitoring needs to be completed on the smaller lakes and streams to determine whether the waterbodies meet state water quality standards. Following monitoring, a watershed restoration and protection study and an implementation plan could be developed for the Pine River watershed in the next few years. Protection strategies will be an essential element moving ahead into the future to maintain the water resources of the watershed. This watershed began the 10-year process in 2012.
- Our Upper Mississippi River Large River and Basin Restoration and Protection Strategies (wq-ws4-38b)
- Pine River Watershed WRAPS Summary (wq-ws4-33b)
- Pine River Watershed WRAPS Report (wq-ws4-33a) (MPCA approval 10/3/2017)
- Pine River Watershed TMDL (wq-iw8-51e) (EPA approval 11/14/2017)
- Pine River Watershed TMDL: EPA approval letter (wq-iw8-51g)
Monitoring and assessment reports and data
Crow Wing SWCD
Crow Wing County Land Services Building
322 Laurel St. Suite 13
Brainerd, MN 56401
Courthouse, 1st Floor
303 Minnesota Ave. W, P.O. Box 3000
Walker, MN 56484-3000