General Watershed Information

The Clearwater River Watershed District encompasses the entire drainage area of the Clearwater River. It is 158.8 square miles, with 46.1 square miles in Meeker County, 54.2 square miles in Stearns County, and 58.5 square miles in Wright County. The District extends approximately 22.5 miles from east to west and 16.5 miles from north to south. Municipalities included (all or part) within the District are Annandale, Clearwater, Kimball, South Haven, and Watkins, as well as the Village of Fairhaven. Townships located totally or in part within the CRWD are: Albion, Clearwater, Corinna, Fair Haven, Forest City, Forest Prairie, French Lake, Kingston, Luxemburg, Lynden , Maine Prairie and Southside.


The lakes through which the Clearwater River flows are divided into an Upper and Lower Chain by the Fairhaven dam. The Upper Chain includes Lakes Betsy, Scott, Louisa, and Marie (which includes the Mill Pond). The Lower Chain includes Lakes Caroline, Augusta, Clearwater, Grass, and Wiegand. Other major lakes in the District are: Albion Lake, Bass Lake, Cedar Lake, Clear Lake, Henshaw Lake, Little Mud Lake, Otter Lake, Pleasant Lake, School Section Lake, Swartout Lake, Union Lake, Willow Lake. Non-major lakes are: Edwards Lake, Island Lake, Laura Lake, Rohrbeck Lake and Round Lake.


The Clearwater River begins southwest of Watkins and is joined by a tributary known as County Ditch 20 as it meanders south, than east as it enters the Upper Chain. It flows north under State Highway 55 between Kimball and South Haven, then generally east through the Lower Chain until it outlet from Clearwater Lake, where is flows northeast through Grass and Wiegand Lakes, and discharges into the Mississippi River at the City of Clearwater. There are three dams along the river: the Fairhaven Mill Dam at the outlet of Lake Marie (south of the the City of Fairhaven); the Grass Lake Dam at the outlet of Grass Lake, and the Clearwater Dam on Stearns County Road 75 (in the City of Clearwater).


For more information, be sure to check out our Water Management Plan. For information on the quality of water in the district, check out our Water Quality Monitoring page. For information on the District's projects, check out our Projects page.


Listed below are a couple of maps of the District. More can be found in our Water Management Plan. And don't forget to use our interactive map feature to the right as well.


CRWD Location
CRWD Lakes
CRWD Land Use
CRWD Impaired waters