Photo taken by Christa R.
The lake has long been a treasured natural resource that brings people together to enjoy its beauty and outdoor opportunities. It provides an amazing setting during each of Minnesota’s gorgeous seasons to relax and rejuvenate along the waterfront, get active in the water, and enjoy the splendor and outdoor activities on the winter’s ice. It’s no wonder that we appreciate the lake as our home or destination and strive to protect and preserve it!
The White Bear Lake Conservation District (WBLCD) was formed by the State of Minnesota in 1971 for the purpose of taking care of the body of water known as White Bear Lake for all to enjoy. The Act granted the WBLCD extensive powers, which it exercises sparingly, as it collaborates with other agencies that also make rules and regulations regarding the lake.
Such policies include Minnesota DNR rules, bordering municipalities’ shoreline ordinances and related rules, Rice Creek Watershed District’s rules that protect our watershed’s surface and ground waters, and occasionally, rules from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
WBLCD Mission Statement: White Bear Lake is the focal point of our community. The lake is highly valued for its aesthetic, recreational, commercial, environmental, aquatic life, and fish and wildlife qualities. These qualities and values should be protected and preserved for present and future generations.
April 19, 2019 - The White Bear Lake Conservation District is pleased to announce a new educational program encouraging people to join in our effort to keep plastic waste out of White Bear Lake. We will be providing signs to counties, cities and private marinas for posting at lake access points. These signs will be 12” wide by 18” tall, made by the MnDOT sign shop to road sign quality specifications.
The signs will be provided at no charge. All we ask is that you arrange to have them installed at access points to the lake where people will see them as they approach the lake for recreation—at beaches, boat launches, multi-user dock areas, and lakeside parks.
Please contact WBLCD administrator Kim Johnson at 651 429 8560 or email@example.com by May 15, 2019 to let us know how many signs you need.
Our slogan is the positive message, “plastic is forever – help keep it out of our lake.” The draft design of the sign is shown to the right. We hope this will drive home the point that plastic does not easily break down, so any plastic in the lake will stay there for a very, very long time unless we act together to keep it out in the first place.
We hope that you will use this opportunity to augment your existing efforts to keep lake access points clean and free of debris. You may wish to place the signs in proximity to waste and recycling receptacles to reinforce the message. However, that is not required to participate in our signage program.
Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep White Bear Lake clean!
White Bear Lake Conservation District (WBLCD) Board
The elevation of White Bear Lake has historically ranged from its low point of 918.8 mft (feet above mean sea level) in 2013 to its high point of 926.96 mft in 1906. The current lake level is updated online by the Minnesota DNR every four hours.