As Minnesotans, we cherish every warm day and often elect to spend free time outdoors and near water. We brag about the majestic beauty of our 10,000 lakes, so what do we do when one of our precious lakes is at risk of dying? Do we study the "problem" yet again? For the last seven years, White Bear Lake's largest, most popular public beach has not been available for families and friends to enjoy. The low water level forced its closure, and Ramsey County Parks no longer publicizes that there was ever a beach here! The water level on White Bear Lake has been down since 2007 and the lake is getting closer to extinction every day. A recent Star ztribune article on lake quality suggested that White Bear Lake is under stress to a point where "restoration is mostly unrealistic", but there is still hope... Lake Water Augmentation
Before any significant human impact; it looked like this until 2007.
Same exact location as above photo taken August of 2017.
Completely unrecognizable in a decade 2007 to 2017.
In The News:
Beach reopens at White Bear Lake County Park - June 14, 2017, White Bear Press
Making their maiden voyages - May 31, 2017, White Bear Press
Standing-room-only crowd turns out to support Tally's music night - May 31, 2017, White Bear Press
With water levels up, White Bear lake beach reopens - KARE11 news, May 29, 2017
Township nabs more money for water rebate program - April 26, 2017, White Bear Press
Parties meet over protective elevation appeal; stay tunes - April 26, 2017, White Bear Press
Augmentation: Design-build proposal estimates cost at $48 Million - April 19, 2017, White Bear Press
Lake Water Augmentation refers to using an outside water source, cleaned for use in White Bear Lake, to help refill and stabilize the lake. This was done successfully for much of the 20th century using groundwater. We ask that the Minnesota Legislature provide the funding needed to immediately implement augmentation.Whithout help, White Bear Lake may be beyond hope! Your Support is urgently needed. With your support we can restore White Bear Lake. Every dollar matters. Your donation will help us convince the Minnesota Legislature to act now.
Send your donation to: The Friends of White Bear Lake, 4751 Hwy 61 N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.The Friends of White Bear Lake is a 501(c)4 organization and donations are not tax deductable.