Carli Wagner, State of MN DNR, recently completed a delineation survey for EWM in Sakatah. They did find EWM growing on the northern shore near the resorts and on the south banks near Sakatah State Park, but overall abundance levels were still very low. For each point where EWM was found, there were often only one plant, or up to 5 or so maximum.

Thanks to the quick assessment and cooperation of Carli Wagner, Holly Kalbus, LeSueur County Environmental Resources Specialist, and the Waterville Lakes Association, we have an Invasive Aquatic Plant Management permit to hand remove Eurasian Watermilfoil on Upper Sakatah Lake. The contractor is hoping to be out either Thursday, September 15th, or Friday, September 16th, to remove the Eurasian Watermilfoil. We will be hand removing all populations that were found within the lake, including in front of Kamp Dels.

Were Happy to Report the DNR Boat Landing Access will be Reopen Fri Sept 2nd.
With New Boat Ramps & Parking.
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Pontoberfest 2022
The weather cooperated for our picnic! We had 5 Pontoons in Costume- Elivs Rock’N Pontune, Pirate Ship, All American-Canadian Geese, Rubber Ducky, and School Bus. LeSueur County Water Patrol attended to make sure no one passed the School Bus with its STOP arm out. We are happy to report no citations were written. Some WLA members tagged along as part of the parade. Everyone enjoyed cheering as the Parade went by. At 3pm live music started with the Millerberg Lake Boys to get the dance beach party started. Our President, Eric Lomen- AKA Grill Master- grilled up Davis’ Famous Skinless Brats & hot dogs for our good will donation picnic with yard games and WLA members social mingling. Much of the fun was under the new pavillon dedicated to Vicki Gleason, who was very passionate about the Waterville Lake Association. All who attended participated in Minnow Races and Waterville’s very OWN “Bullhead Minnow” was the strong winner in many races. Pontoon Parade winners were: First Place: Pirate Ship, Second Place: Rubber Duckie, and Third place: Elvis Rock’N Pontune. A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors who provided prizes for the day: Phil Mart, Hoot
Lanes, Snack Shack, El Molino’s, Cool Wave, One Little Shirt Shop, Scoops, & Hardware Hank. We met many new Lake Friends.
Be sure to wave when you’re out and have fun on our lakes!
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Watershed Wide CleanUP– The 14th Annual Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP takes place on Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

Hello Everyone,

Unfortunately, Le Sueur County has received news from the Minnesota DNR that there is a new infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil on Sunfish Lake.  It sounds like the patch is relatively small and seems to be congregated to the east half of the lake (see attached map).  The County’s response to this new infestation is to contact neighboring counties, any lake associations, and any other stakeholders to make them aware of the new infestation.  We are also hoping to do some sort of press release to get the word out to the public.  Our goal is to do some type of management this fall, and if necessary do a follow up management in the spring.

Please spread the word!  We do not want Eurasian Watermilfoil to spread to any other lakes within the County or to neighboring Counties!

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Take care,

Holly Kalbus

Environmental Resources Specialist
Le Sueur County | 515 S. Maple Ave Le Center, MN 56057
Office: (507) 357-8540 |

Lake Steward Program

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Waterville Lakes Association consists of Lake Tetonka, Sakatah Bay and Upper and Lower Lake Sakatah.  We are located in Central Southern Minnesota on the Cannon River chain.

Waterville Lakes Association’s primary goal is to protect and improve the water quality of our lakes and rivers.  Thereby improving the fish habitat and the recreation enjoyment of the lakes.


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If interested in being a board member, please contact Eric Lomen, WLA Board Chair at