Upper/Lower Red Lake Watershed


The Upper/Lower Red Lake watershed covers 1,263,678 acres. Located in Minnesota’s Northern Wetlands and Northern Lakes and Forest Ecoregions and a portion of the Red River Valley Ecoregion, this watershed is home to Upper and Lower Red Lakes, the two largest bodies of water within the state. The watershed is by both flow volume and surface area the largest drainage basin of the Red River.  Shotley Brook and the Tamarac River are the most prominent tributaries that flow directly into Upper Red Lake. Significant tributaries that flow directly into Lower Red Lake (from west to east) include the Sandy River, Pike Creek, Mud River, Hay Creek, Blackduck River, and Battle River.”

Upper/Lower Red Lake News & Events

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Reports

MN Department of Natural Resources Watershed Health Assessment Framework

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Reports


Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)


Summary of Monitoring and Assessment in the Upper/Lower Red Lake Watershed

One Watershed One Plan (1W1P)

The sites shown will be sampled between 2017-2018.
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) awarded  a $25,000 grant to the Red Lake River One Watershed One Plan Initiative.  West Polk SWCD applied on behalf of a collaborative of the LGU’s that are part of the Red Lake River Watershed One Watershed One Plan Initiative.  This award will be utilized for the civic engagement challenges that occur with very small staff and resources.  For more information, visit the NMF web site.

Red Lake Department of Natural Resources

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Denise Oakes, P.G.

Environmental Specialist 3




Red Lake Watershed District

1000 Pennington Avenue South

Thief River Falls, MN 56701



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