Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake Quick Facts

  • DNR Lake ID Number:  70-009100
  • Surface Area:  793.44 acres
  • Littoral Area:  793.44 acres
  • Lake Watershed Area:  2,472 acres
  • Tributary Watershed Area:  7,169 acres
  • Maximum Depth: 13 feet
  • Ordinary High Water Level:  943.4 feet above sea level
  • Public Boat Access:  Two DNR public accesses are available off 247th Street and C.R. 64
  • Ecoregion:  North Central Hardwood Forest
  • Watershed to Lake Ratio:  5:1 
  • Water Quality Impairment Status:  Impaired for nutrients and mercury. The completed nutrient TMDL can be reviewed in our Archive.    

Water Quality 2006 - 2021

Cedar Lake is impaired for excess nutrients and mercury. Below is the most recent water quality data collected annually by Citizen-Assisted Lake Monitoring Program (CAMP) volunteers.


Aquatic Invasive Species

Cedar Lake is infested with the aquatic invasive species Potamogeton crispus or curlyleaf pondweed since 1980.  Curlyleaf pondweed management started in 2012 as a partnership between the Scott Watershed Management Organization (Scott WMO) and the Cedar Lake Improvement District. More information about curlyleaf distribution and density can be found in the Lake Vegetation Surveys completed by the Scott WMO and MN Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).

More information on curlyleaf pondweed.

Lake Vegetation Management Plan

An approved Lake Vegetation Management Plan (LVMP) authorizes a variance to allow treatment of more than 15% of the littoral area of Cedar Lake (DOW# 70.009100) to control curlyleaf pondweed.  

2022-2025 Cedar Lake Vegetation Management Plan (LINK AFTER THIS)

Lake Vegetation Surveys

2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Studies Specific to Cedar Lake

Project Fact Sheets