Circle Lake Association
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in conjunction with the State of Minnesota’s guidance, virtual meetings are being held quarterly.
*Aerators are installed and startup is planned on Saturday, January 16, 2021.
2020 WEED HARVESTING The Circle Lake Improvement District has taken over the weed harvesting project for 2020. Please click 2020 Shoreline Weed Harvest Request for how to get signed up.
1/22/19 Update – We are happy and proud to announce that at this morning’s Rice County Commissioners meeting, the creation and formation of the Circle Lake Improvement District was unanimously approved. This approval concludes years of hard work and dedication of many people who have volunteered their time, energy, and personal resources to accomplish. The process in gaining this approval has also demonstrated our lake communities’ caring attitude to make our lake a better place, with the goal of eliminating its listing on the MPCA list of impaired waters. This is an exciting time for our community. We thank you for your support through the years, and we look forward to keeping you posted on the progress we make in the future!
Directors’ meetings usually occur monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Forest Town Hall on County Road 1, about two miles west of I-35. All association members are welcome to attend.
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Make a contribution to the Lake Improvement Fund
A few years ago, Circle Lake Association established a Lake Improvement Fund, with 100% of the net contributions going toward projects designed to improve our lake water quality. A September 2015 newspaper article (link here) talked about those efforts, and our website, www.circlelake.org, has a Lake Improvement Efforts section detailing our project work. We have been proud and fortunate to draw financial support from other non-profit organizations on some of these projects, and we have a lot of great ideas in the works. To implement them, though, we need funds.
Click here to give! Or, You can mail a donation to us at
Circle Lake Association
PO Box 147
Northfield, MN 55057
Circle Lake Association in the news!
The Northfield News recently ran a front-page article about our lake cleanup efforts (“Circle Lake Association leads the charge to improve water quality”). An even more recent article discusses the efforts of Circle Lake Association and other local non-profits to raise money on Give to the Max Day – Thursday, November 12, 2015.
There are new carp project updates available. Click on the here to view them.
The Rice County Soil and Water District
The Rice County Soil and Water District has a few items that can be borrowed or rented for seed planting, tree pruning, and buckthorn removal. They have asked us to let you know of a new addition to their inventory. A Dew Drop Drill is now available to rent. This drill can be pulled by an ATV or small tractor. It is great for many purposes including food plots, buffer strips, CRP, and pollinator habitat. It has a 3 ft. seeding width and can handle a large variety of seed types. Rental fee is $90 per day. To see all the items available to rent or borrow please click on this link.
The Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation
In August 2014, we were awarded a $10,000 grant from the Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation to do an erosion-control project designed to reduce the flow of water over Culver Trail and toward the lake during heavy rainfalls, and thereby reduce the contaminants entering the lake. We did the work in September and now have three berms and three log cribs in place for future rainfall events. Read a project summary here. Other lake-improvement news is available on our Lake Improvement page.