Train Bridge

The intent of this Corporation is to protect, maintain and improve the ground and surface water resources within the Little Rock Lake watershed and adjacent Mississippi River area by encouraging appropriate water use and shore land management practices.

February Meeting - Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Little Rock Lake Association meeting will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Watab Township Hall.

Gerry Maciej, Manager of the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation office will be our guest speaker.

Gerry will give us an update on county conservation activities and programs in our Little Rock Lake Watershed. This will include grants available for septic system replacement, native buffers, and agriculture programs to improve water quality. He will also include the latest information regarding the new agriculture buffer law.

The public is invited to attend. Coffee and donuts provided.

January Meeting - Proposed Drawdown Discussion

Group Picture Eric Altena

Eric Altena from the DNR made a presentation to a packed house at the Watab Township Hall on Saturday, January 9th.

His presentation started the discussion about a potential drawdown of the lake and part of the river during the summer of 2017.

Click here to view his presentation.


Meetings are held at the Watab Township Hall. From Rumor's go south on Highway 10 to County Road 79. Turn right (west) onto County Road 79. Watab Town Hall is one block down on the left.

Monthly Membership meetings will be held at 10:00am on the second Saturday of each month. Coffee and rolls will be provided.

Please join us!!

Membership Dues

August 1st marks the beginning of our new fiscal year. If you have not yet paid your dues for 2015-2016, please save us some time and forward your $25 check to the Little Rock Lake Association. Your support in dues and time to help clean up our lake is greatly appreciated!

LRLA Membership (August 2015 - July 2016) $25--Payable to LRLA, P.O. Box 326, Rice MN 56367

Current News

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Native Buffer Program

A natural shoreline is a complex ecosystem that sustains fish and wildlife and protects the entire lake. Native vegetation along the shore acts as a buffer zone, intercepting nutrients and reducing runoff, erosion and sedimentation. Plants growing in and near the water are critical for wildlife and fish habitat and a healthy lakeshore.

Buffer zones solve many problems for home owners:

  • Emergent vegetation, like bulrushes and cattails, reduce shoreline erosion caused by wind and boat traffic.
  • The natural vegetation serves as a filter strip that helps prevent lawn fertilizer and pesticide runoff from reaching the lake.
  • Aquatic vegetation helps purify lake water by removing contaminants and by calming water, which allows suspended soil particles to settle to the lake bottom.
  • Buffer zones reduce the amount of fertilizer and herbicide needed on a lakeshore property because the resulting lawn is smaller, and native plants in the buffer zone do not need fertilizer or herbicides.
  • Buffer zones reduce the acreage of lawn and the amount of time needed for mowing and lawn maintenance.
  • Unmowed wildflowers, grasses, and sedges along the shore create a biological barrier that will deter Canada geese from loitering on the lawn.

Since August 2009, the Little Rock Lake Association has partnered with the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) on our Native Buffer Program. Members assist with the design, planning, planting and maintenance of residential buffers around the lake and the Little Rock Channel.

Would you like assistance or literature for buffer maintenance?

The Little Rock Lake Association has books, web sites and literature available on native plant identification and weed identification. We have a limited supply, but the books are free for the asking. These are excellent colored, glossy photos of native plants, of our area, to assist with your buffer maintenance. Members are available to provide assistance. Please call Maureen Graber at 320-282-7113 for more details about the program.

More information can also be found on the Native Buffer Program page.