The Pelican River Watershed District was established in 1966 by community leaders to restore and maintain the health of waters located in the watershed.  The watershed in located in Becker and Ottertail Counties and covers roughly 160 square miles.


The Pelican River Watershed District is currently seeking two summer interns for the 2014 season.  If interested, please see the link attached.  2014 Summer Intern App


We are in the process of updating our web page and are seeking photos of the district to enhance the new look.  If you have some photos of lakes, wetlands, wildlife, sunsets, etc., you would like to share, please e-mail to prwdinfo.org or send to 211 Holmes St. West, Suite 201, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.


We appreciate any and all submissions we receive.

The Pelican River Watershed District Board of Managers is seeking your input to help us with updating the Districtís Water Management Plan. The District is involved with environmental education, water quality (monitoring, storm water, shoreline restoration), aquatic invasive species management, etc.  All work that watershed districts do during the plan period is controlled by the updated plan.   Minnesota Watershed Districts are required to update their Water Management Plan every 10 years.  


The Pelican River Watershed District currently operates under a plan that does not expire until 2015.   However, given the details and complexity of the plan, the difficulty of amending it, and the consequent need to be careful about its comprehensiveness,  the preparation of the plan requires inputs from many constituents.  The plan also requires some months to prepare,  and prior to its adoptions and implementation,  it must be vetted by numerous  local and state agencies. 



For your convenience,  the Districtís current Revised Management Plan is found on our website:  www.prwd.org. or attached RMP.





Click on the link below for a comprehensive guide for inspecting and cleaning your watercraft and gear.

click for booklet

Pearl Lake Diagnostic Study

Pearl Lake Final Report

Pearl Lake Presentation



*DNR Designated Infested Waters List* Published November 2013


Please check out the recently published list of infested waters in Minnesota and...

Know Before You Go!


Designated infested waters list Ľ



 Rice Lake Nutrient Reduction and Habitat Improvement

In 2003, the District initiated the above program to improve the water quality of Detroit Lake as well as downstream lakes in the sub-watershed area.

In 2010, the District secured a grant in the amount to $250,000 from the Minnesota  Board of Water & Soil Resources.


For more information click here




Zebra Mussels continue to spread at a rapid rate.  Click on the link below and watch the rapid spread continue.

Here are some educational videos:

Carp: Click HERE

Zebra/Quagga Mussels: Click HERE

Audit Reports for the Pelican River Watershed District

2010     2011


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PRWD Lake Watershed Management Areas


211 Holmes St. West., Suite 201  Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Tel: (218) 846-0436 

Fax: (218) 846-0778

Tera Guetter Administrator


Jon Staldine, Asst. Adm.



**We are located in the Wells Fargo Bank Building**


Click here for a printable map of our location


Click on the following quick links for more information:
  • Annual Activity Summaries
  • Board Meeting Minutes, Monthly Reports and Agendas
  • Lake Reports
  • Stream Reports
  • Work Plan
  • Revised Management  Plan (2005)
  • LMP-01 Engineer's Report
  • Spring Yard Care Tips
  • Summer Yard Care Tips
  • PRWD Water Management Rules





    2012 Annual Report




    Upcoming Events



    Monthly Managers Meeting

    Thursday, April 17, 6:15 p.m.


    AIS Volunteer Training

    Becker County Courthouse

    4/16/2014 at 6:00 p.m.

    Contact Mike Bolinski at MN DNR

    to register 218-739-7576 ext. 259

    or Michael.Bolinski@state.mn.us






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