Little Rock Lake Association

Mission: To Restore and Maintain the Health of Little Rock Lake

Public Hearing Announcement 

(Posted 2/22/18): A Public Informational Hearing on the Drawdown is Scheduled for March 28th 7-9 PM Rice Village Hall.  See the upcomming events section below for more details 

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 emptying 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)


Upcoming Events

Drawdown Feasibility Study Final Report

For Little Rock Lake and Mississippi Sartel Pool is now a PDF available to dowload and view on the 'Other Resources' Page.
<p>Public Information Hearing for the 2018 Drawdown</p>

Public Information Hearing for the 2018 Drawdown

A Public Informational Hearing on the Drawdown is Scheduled for March 28th 7-9 PM Rice Village Hall. In an effort to hear as many opinions as possible and partly by requirement of permitting, an informational public hearing will be conducted on March 28th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the old Village Hall in Rice (10 East Main Street, Rice , MN 56367). A short informational presentation will be given regarding the three foot drawdown of Sartell Pool and Little Rock Lake, occurring August 1-September 15, 2018. Thereafter, the public will be encouraged to offer comments regarding the project. The BWSR funded project is attempting to improve water quality, fish/wildlife habitat and shoreline stability in both Little Rock Lake and Mississippi River. Written or emailed comments will be accepted until April 4th, 2018 at the address below:

 Eric Altena Area Fisheries Manager | Fish and Wildlife Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 16543 Haven Road Little Falls, MN 56345 Phone: 320-616-2450 X225 Cell: 320-293-2439 Fax: 320-616-2473 Email:  

<p>2018 Annual Community Picnic </p>

2018 Annual Community Picnic

Join us at the Benton City Pavilion. We encourage all residents, both members and nonmembers, to come enjoy the picinic.  Each Little Rock Lake Association member will receive 2 tickets for lunch, non-members will be charged $5. Children under 4 are free. Stay tuned for the 2018 Picnic details. 

<p>Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade</p>

Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade

Another successful annual Fourth of July Parade this year, 2017, despite the threat of rain! The parade goes around the lake and celebrates the 4th of July in Grand Style! Natasha Barber of the Sauk Rapids Herald joined us as part of her story on the history of our 4th of July Parade. President Gallagher counted 29 boats.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Fourth of July Boat Parade!  Watch for details here.

Get Informed

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).

28 Fish Species
28 Fish Species
Wide variety of Sizes and Types
Fishing Regulations
Fishing Regulations
Stay within the Law
Elementary Outreach
Elementary Outreach
The Association sponsors a poster coloring contest and pizza party each spring with 4th-graders at Rice Elementary School to encourage good water quality stewardship and promote environmental awareness. All children create a poster and receive a gift. Winners receive a T-shirt with their poster on the front.
About Us


"To Restore and Maintain the Health of Little Rock Lake." 


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.