Lake Improvement District

Lake Improvement District (LID) Overview

The LID Board of Directors is composed of five members representing specific areas of the LID and two at large members.  Please view the LID Factsheet for the Board Member area map.   The LID Board administers an annual budget and provides policy recommendations to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. 

Approximately 14,000 people live in the LID, which contains the communities of Center City, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Shafer, and Chisago Lakes and Lent Townships.  There are 19 lakes in the LID with a combined surface water area of over 7,000 acres.    


The regularly scheduled Lake Improvement District (LID) Board meetings are held:
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • The 1st Monday of each month, unless that date is in conflict with a major holiday
    • In those instances, the meetings will be held on the following Monday
  • Chisago County Government Center, Room 150B in Center City
  • 2018 LID Board Meeting Calendar

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are ready for review before the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
 Most Recent AgendaAll Agendas


Mission Statement

The mission of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is to restore, preserve, protect and enhance the water resources of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.


The goals of the Lake Improvement District are to:
  • Preserve, protect and enhance water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
  • Maintain the ditch and weir system in order to control water levels during high water events.
  • Encourage environmentally sound land use practices for urban and agricultural areas to protect water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
  • Support safe and balanced recreational use of surface water.
  • Restore, improve and maintain navigation channels between the lakes.
  • Protect, encourage and restore native shoreline to improve fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Promote environmental education, awareness and stewardship within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
  • Promote the reduction of non-native aquatic invasive species.

Water Resource Management

The activities of the Lake Improvement District are guided by a Water Resource Management Plan.  The plan includes the Mission, Goals, and Objectives of the LID.  Each year the plan is reviewed and modified by the LID Board.  The plan is used as a budgeting tool to prioritize the use of limited funding.  

Lake Improvement District By-Laws

Updated June 15, 2016

District Origin

The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was first established on April 21, 1976 by Resolution of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners and was reactivated by Resolution of the County Board on August 21, 1984.

Major Lakes

The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed is about 10 miles long and 9.3 miles wide.  Maps of the lakes are available below. The major lakes in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed are: