Watershed at a Glance
The Snake River begins about 6 miles north of McGrath, in the Solana State Forest in southern Aitkin County. It flows 90 miles southward and then eastward, and about 560 feet down to the St. Croix River east of Pine City. The Snake River and its tributaries drain about 986 square miles of watershed.
|Hydrologic Unit Code:||07030004|
|Intensive monitoring start year:||2006|
|Major lakes||Major rivers and streams|
Knife, Pokegama, Ann, Fish, Rice
Snake, Groundhouse, Pokegama Creek, Knife
Land use ranges from largely agricultural and urban in the south to largely forest and wetland in the north.
What's being done
There is currently one sub-watershed TMDL complete (Groundhouse River for bacteria and biota), and one currently underway for the Ann River subwatershed for biota, bacteria, and excess nutrients.
Work for the watershed study started in the spring of 2010 with monitoring of 4 lakes and multiple stream sites. The plan is to continue monitoring for one more year, and then start the modeling work in the winter of 2011. After that, work will start with local partners to develop a protection plan for the unimpaired water bodies.
Clean Water Accountability Act report
Monitoring and assessment reports and data
- Anne River TMDL Project Stressor Identification Report (wq-iw6-07m)
- Mud Creek (Snake River Watershed) Stressor Identification Report (wq-iw6-11n)
- Snake River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (wq-ws3-07030004)
The Snake River Watershed was sampled for stream biology in 2007, and served as a pilot for what would become the MPCA's "Watershed Approach" to monitoring and assessment in future years. Since then, stream chemistry and lake monitoring have been incorporated into the Watershed Approach. In addition, the assessment methods have changed since 2007. The assessments for the Snake River Watershed have been revised according to the new methods, but the report above was not rewritten to reflect these changes. As such, the assessment decisions in the report may differ from those recorded in the MPCA's databases. The Snake River Watershed is being resampled in 2017 and 2018. We anticipate these data will be assessed in 2019.
Strategy development reports
Snake River Watershed Management Board
18 N Vine Street
Mora, MN 55051
Kanabec Soil and Water Conservation District
2008 Mahogany St., Ste. 3
Mora, MN 55051
Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District
1016 5th St. SE
Milaca, MN 56353
Aitkin Soil and Water Conservation District
130 Southgate Drive
Aitkin, MN 56431
Pine Soil and Water Conservation District
1602 Hwy 23 North
Sandstone, MN 55072