The Independence unit was moved to Shagawa
Lake in 2001. We will continue to post data collected
by Hennepin Parks as it becomes available.
mid-sized (344 hectares = 851 acres) lake is located about 15
miles west of Minneapolis just north of the small town of Maple
Plain, MN. The lake has a maximum depth of 18 m (58 feet) and
is typical of a number of lakes located in the Twin Cities metropolitan
area that are prized for both recreational value and residential
development. People in this area are becoming increasingly aware
of the impacts these activities have on water quality.
Although situated in a primarily agricultural watershed, the shoreline
of lake Independence is relatively lightly developed. There are
192 permanent and summer homes along its 11.4 km of shoreline.
Only the far north shoreline remains undeveloped. Morris Baker
County Park takes up the entire southeast shoreline with a boat
launch, swimming beaches, picnic areas, and campground. The lake
experiences heavy recreational use on a typical summer weekend,
including swimming, boating, and water skiing.
Hennepin Parks Department (HP) and the Lake Independence Citizens
Association (LICA) have taken responsibility for the management
of water quality in Lake Independence. LICA has been concerned
about water quality in the lake because it experiences frequent
blue-green algae blooms and has been invaded by the exotic macrophyte,
Eurasian Water Milfoil, presumably from nearby Lake Minnetonka.
the lake no longer meets the water quality needs of both HP and
its lakeshore property owners, a diagnostic feasibility study
was initiated in 1996. Monitoring by HP has been biweekly since
1997 for a suite of water quality parameters. RUSS and ancillary
Lake Access data will supplement these efforts.