Sauk River

Watershed at a Glance

The Sauk River watershed covers 667,200 acres (1,043 square miles) and extends from the Mississippi River near St. Cloud to within 3 miles of Alexandria. The overall watershed is about 75 miles in length. The Sauk River itself meanders for 120 miles in a northwest to southeast direction.

Hydrologic Unit Code:07010202
Intensive monitoring start year:2008
Major lakesMajor rivers and streams
Lake Osakis, Sauk Lake, Big Fish Lake, Sauk River Chain of Lakes 

Many water bodies — both lake and rivers — in the Sauk River watershed are impaired for excess nutrients and sediment.

What's being done

Clean Water Accountability Act reports

Monitoring and assessment

Intensive watershed monitoring first occurred in 2008 and 2009.  It will begin again in the field season of 2018. Five TMDL studies have been approved by USEPA since 2011.

Strategy development for restoration and protection

The initial Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) report was completed in 2015.

What is a watershed?

Illustration showing contour of land directing flow of water

Learn the basics of a watershed.

Sauk River Watershed District

524 4th Street South
Sauk Centre, MN 56378

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District

110 Second Street South, Suite 128
Waite Park, MN 56387