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Little Rock Lake, Rice Minnesota
Includes Channel Highway 10 to Mississippi River
Little Rock Lake is the largest lake in Benton County, Minnesota. It is fed by 3 creeks.
The north end is ~1.5 miles east of the City of Rice and extends 3.25 miles south (x 1 mile wide) where it narrows to cross under Highway 10.
Little Rock Lake South of Highway 10 is approximately 4200' x 1200' feet and narrows into a 2' to 4' deep navigable channel emptyimng into to the Mississippi River.
Little Rock Lake was enhanced in 1911 when the Watab Pulp and Paper Company constructed a dam along the Mississippi River in Sartell, MN. By the end of the 1950s much development had occurred on the lake, mostly characterized as seasonal cabins.
Surface Area: 1450 acres. 1392 acres or 96.0 percent of the lake is littoral (water depth of 15 feet or less).
Maximum Depth: 23 feet Average Depth: 8 feet
Shoreline Length: 15.7 miles. Greatest fetch is 2.2 miles oriented north-northeast
3 Public Accesses.
Parcels on Lake and Channel: 381 with 307 Owners
(from Benton County 08-28-09)
Little Rock Lake derived its name from the southern two-thirds of Watab Township which has many outcrops of granite and syenite, continuing from the much quarried area in Sauk Rapids and East St. Cloud. At each side of the river road, in the vicinity of the Watab railway station, small hills and knobs of these rocks rise about 40 feet above the road and 75 to 90 feet above the river. One of these hills of rough, bald rock, called by Henry R. Schoolcraft "The Peace Rock", rises directly from the river's edge about a half mile south from the mouth of Little Rock Creek, which, with its Little Rock Lake, was thence so named. It is a translation of the Ojibwe name, signifying, as more elaborately stated by Rev. Joseph A. Gilfillan, "where the little rocky hills project out every once in a while, here and there." (Upham, 2001).
"The intent of this Corporation is to protect, maintain and improve the ground and surface water resources within the Little Rock Lake watershed and adjacent Mississippi River area by encouraging appropriate water use and shore land management practices."
The Little Rock Lake Association was formed in 1961. The early association expressed interest in improving water quality as concern was noted about decreased fish populations. There are approximately 300 property owners on Little Rock Lake. In October, 2009 the Lake Association had 240 members.
The Little Rock Lake Association was a 2002 participant of the Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership program. The Initiative Foundation in Little Falls sponsors this program. The Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership program was developed to help fill the gap between what state agencies are able to accomplish with regard to water quality management, and what local citizens believe should be done to protect or improve the quality of their lakes and rivers. Through the program, citizen leaders are given the tools needed to assist them in developing and implementing their own lake or river management plans. The Little Rock Lake Association prepared a lake management plan outline through this program. Significant elements of the plan were related to water quality, land and water use and fisheries and aquatic vegetation.