4.14 Recreation

Goal 14 - Recreation

Promote the recreational use, where appropriate, of surface waters within MCWD by providing recreation opportunities for citizens by promoting the use and enjoyment of water resources with the intent of increasing the livability and quality of life within the watershed.

Discussion

Lakes Minnewashta and Virginia are the primary recreational water resources in this subwatershed, although Tamarack Lake, Lake St. Joe, and wetlands provide canoeing, aesthetic enjoyment, wildlife viewing, and other recreational values.  The Lake Minnewashta Regional Park provides numerous recreational swimming and fishing opportunities, and accesses are also available on Lakes Virginia and St. Joe.  District and local efforts to improve ecological integrity and conserve corridors will enhance those aesthetic and recreational values across the subwatershed.   The District’s primary strategies in promoting and supporting recreational uses is by improving water quality to support swimming and fishing, and managing aquatic vegetation.

Desired Outcomes: Manage surfaces waters to achieve water quality goals so designated use is maintained and unimpaired.

Metrics:

  • In-lake nutrient concentrations/Trophic State Index Scores (TSI) for Lakes Minnewashta and Virginia, and in-lake nutrient concentration in Tamarack and St. Joe
  • Nutrient loading goals for Lakes Minnewashta and Virginia

Goal 14.1 - Lake Virginia

Support full recreational use of Lakes Minnewashta and Virginia by meeting the State's aquatic recreation standard of 40 μg/L summer mean total phosphorus through the implementation of the programs and projects identified in this plan to reduce phosphorus loads and improve water quality.

Goal 14.2 - Lake Virginia

Support the lakes’ fisheries through the implementation of the programs and projects identified in this plan to maintain ecological integrity and promote shoreline restoration.