Lakes & Streams

Lakes & Streams


Maplewood has many lakes and streams, including the famous Phalen Chain-of-Lakes. Many of our lakes offer recreational opportunities for boating and fishing. Lakes fall under the jurisdiction of federal, state, and local agencies.
The Phalen-Chain-of-Lakes canoe route takes you through all 6 lakes in the chain and requires one portage around a weir structure in the channel north of Round Lake. In dry summers, the channels may not have enough water to canoe.

Impaired Waters


The federal Clean Water Act requires states to set water quality standards to protect lakes, streams, and wetlands. A water body is considered impaired if it does not meet the water quality standards. In Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) coordinates this effort, and works with other state and local agencies to: assess all waters for pollutions, conduct Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies to set pollution reduction goals, and implement measures to reduce pollutants and meet standards.

Most lakes in Maplewood are impaired for one or more of the following: Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), nutrients and eutrophication, and/or mercury in fish tissues. City and watershed projects are beginning to address impaired waters in Maplewood. Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District has been the lead agency in developing TMDL studies and recommendations for two Maplewood Lakes. The Kohlman Lake Study was conducted in 20xx. The Wakefield Lake Study is currently being conducted.