Pomme de Terre River

Watershed at a Glance

The Minnesota River: Evaluating its health [highlight]


The Pomme de Terre River begins cool and clear in Otter Tail County, bordered by wooded hills and grassy meadows. It flows south through several lakes. But as the river nears its mouth, it is bordered by eroding banks, becoming increasingly muddy before discharging into the Minnesota River at Marsh Lake. 

Hydrologic Unit Code:07020002
Intensive monitoring start year:2007
Major lakesMajor rivers and streams
Lake Christina, Pomme de Terre, Artichoke
Pomme de Terre River, Pelican Creek, Muddy Creek, Drywood Creek


Land use within the Pomme de Terre watershed is primarily agricultural, accounting for approximately 81% of the available acres. There are impairments starting from Barrett Lake and continue to the outlet to the Minnesota River at Marsh Lake.

What's being done

An overall assessment has been completed, and the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy report completed in 2013. There is one TMDL/implementation plan approved for bacteria, there is a draft TMDL for turbidity, and a work plan is being developed to finish out the major watershed work.

Clean Water Accountability Act Reports

Strategy reports

Monitoring and assessment reports and data

Implementation plans

What is a watershed?

Illustration showing contour of land directing flow of water

Learn the basics of a watershed.

Pomme de Terre River Association

c/o Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District
12 Highway 28 E, Ste 2
Morris MN 56267