Lynch Lake

Lake Management Plan

The final Northern Chain of Lake Management Plan was developed for Lynch Lake, Plaisted, North & South School Section and Goggins Lakes in 2016.

Water Quality & Lake Levels

These lakes continue to be monitored for water quality every two weeks spring through fall annually.  The most current information can be found in the annual monitoring reports in Appendix B (lakes are listed alphabetically).  Click here.

Lake elevation is also monitored during these events and reported regularly to the MN Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR).  You can view the most current lake levels on the MnDNR tool called Lake Finder.

In Lake Finder, you can view:

  • Period of record
  • # of readings
  • Highest recorded elevation
  • Lowest recorded elevation
  • Recorded range (how much does the lake fluctuate)
  • Last reading elevation with date

The 100-year high water level for Lynch Lake is 1008.65 ft.  See the District's page on Flooding for tips on how to plan for high water.

Fall 2023 Community Meeting:

In fall 2023, we held a community meeting to update residents:

  • Learn about your lakes – water quality and shallow lake systems.
  • Give your input on your experience with your lakes.
  • Ways you can protect your lakes.
  • Recent water levels and flood forecasting.

If you were unable to join us or would like to view the information again, the meeting was recorded and available here.

Fisheries Management

  • Lynch Lake was stocked with walleye as a rearing pond in spring 2017 and spring 2018 by the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help control the bullheads, as well as provide some recreational opportunities for those that aren't recaptured in the fall.
  • On May 24th, 2018 the DNR stocked 70,000 Walleye fry into the north/west basin of Lynch Lake (photos below)
  • On August 14th, 2018 the North basin of Lynch Lake was found to be in a high quality state for water quality and native vegetation, while the South basin remained turbid. There was no Walleye spotted, however many young largemouth bass (2-5 inches) were observed, indicating natural reproduction or stocking.
Lynch Lake walley stockingIMG_2137
Lynch Lake walley stocking IMG_2144
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