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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.


Long Lake is the primary recreational water resource in this subwatershed, although other lakes, streams, and wetlands provide aesthetic enjoyment, wildlife viewing, and other recreational values.  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 use of the lakes is improving water quality and managing aquatic vegetation.

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


  • In-lake nutrient concentrations/Trophic State Index Scores (TSI) for Long Lake and Tanager Lake
  • Nutrient loading goals for Long Lake, Long Lake Creek and Tanager Lake
  • Macroinvertebrate Index of Biotic Integrity (M-IBI) in Long Lake Creek
  • Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP) score in Long Lake Creek

Goal 14.1 - Long Lake

Support Long Lake recreational use by achieving the District's interim goal of 50 ?g/L summer mean total phosphorus and other water quality goals through the implementation of the programs and projects identified in this plan to reduce phosphorus loads and improve Long Lake water quality.

Goal 14.2 - Long Lake

Support the Long Lake fishery through the implementation of the programs and projects identified in this plan to maintain ecological integrity and promote shoreline restoration.