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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.

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The Little Rock Lake Association Annual Meeting & Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Lakeview Center at Benton Beach Park.

Membership Meeting will begin at 11:00am with Board of Directors Meeting to follow.

The Picnic will begin at 12:30pm.

All are invited to attend the picnic. The picnic will be catered by Creative Catering of Rice. Free will donations will be accepted for the picnic. Bring your own beverages (alcohol and non-alcohol allowed). No beverages will be on sale on site. Please bring a salad or a dessert to share!

Hope to see you there!

DNR Proposed Lake and River Drawdown 2017

Eric Altena

Eric Altena from the DNR has a website for updates to the drawdown proposal. The website can be viewed at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/littlefalls/drawdown.html.

On his website you may sign up to receive email updates when he updates the drawdown proposal information on the website.

Bylaw Change Recommendations and Information

Our original bylaws are dated 2001. Along with our Strategic Plan, the Board of Directors met and are recommending changes to the LRLA bylaws. This is the notification to the membership to review the old bylaws, the red line changes and the final proposed bylaws. We will vote to pass the new bylaws at the August membership meeting to be held at the Lakeview Center, Benton Beach Park at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 13th.

Highlights of the changes:

  • We expanded the membership area to include any residents, owners or renters in the LRLA watershed.
  • We cleaned up and clarified some issues.
  • We expanded the size of the Board to include additional Directors.

The three versions of the bylaws are in pdfs below.

Bylaws LRLA as of 2001

Bylaws LRLA Red lines show changes

Bylaws LRLA as revised 5/26/2016

Please review the changes and come to the picnic to approve the recommendations of the Board. Feel free to call any Board member if you have questions.


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.

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Membership Dues

August 1st marks the beginning of our new fiscal year. If you have not yet paid your dues, please save us some time and forward your $25 check to the Little Rock Lake Association. Dues paid in June or July of 2016 will pay your dues through July 31, 2017. Your support in dues and time to help clean up our lake is greatly appreciated!

LRLA Membership $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.