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.
WBLCD LAUNCHES ANTI-PLASTIC SIGN CAMPAIGN
Did you know that a plastic bottle can last 450 years in the environment? And that as it does eventually break down, the plastic particles make their way through the food chain into the fish we eat? And that plastic bags and six-pack rings can harm loons, ducks, turtles and other wildlife?
Clearly, we need to keep plastic waste out of White Bear Lake!
The WBLCD has begun distributing “PLASTIC IS FOREVER” signs to be installed at access points around the lake as a reminder that we each need need to do our part—through
proper disposal, recycling and reduced use of single-use plastic—to keep White Bear Lake free from plastic debris.
For more information on plastic waste, see
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.