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Lake Washburn is located in Crooked Lake Township within Cass County, Minnesota.

Washburn Lake covers 1,554 acres


There are 17.2 miles of shoreline.

The average depth is 24 feet with a

maximum depth of 111 feet.  

42% of the lake is less than 15 feet deep.

Lake Washburn Association


Works to ensure that the beauty and quality of Washburn Lake will be preserved for future generations.


Represents Washburn Lake property owners to local and state officials in support of preserving the lake. 


Provides sense of community for Washburn Lake property owners.


Holds two general membership meetings with programs of interest which gives members a chance to meet and socialize with other lake residents.  


Mails newletters to Washburn Lake property owners three times per year to keep up to date with latest information.


Assists with the Water Patrol - Cass County Sheriff's Volunteer Program

Involved with Crooked Lake Township Aquatic Invasive Species Committee in partner with Cass County to provide trained inspectors to inspect watercraft that are launched and removed from the lake at the public access for invasive species such as Eurasian Watermilfoil and Zebra mussels on weekends and holidays from opeing fishing through middle of September. 

Has a membership in the Association of Cass County Lakes and Minnesota Lakes & Rivers to support their efforts to improve and protect Minnesota's water resources.

Works with the DNR to locate and protect spawning areas and maximize the fishing potential of Lake.

Has adopted County Road 48 - Lake Washburn Road - Cleaning area twice per year from State Highway 6 to the end of the blacktop.

Assists Cass County Sheriff's Department in the placement, removal, and maintenance of navigational bouys for the safety of all boaters.

Keeps records of lake levels, clarity, and tests for water quality in four locations. 

Participates in the State Volunteer Loon Watch Program by working to protect current loon nesting areas as well as provide new ones by purchasing and maintaining nesting platforms. 

Lakes Monitoring Program

2020 Results 


Fox pups on North Lake off Fehrs Road

May 2, 2019

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Sunrise on Washburn_Hosch

Note: This article appeared and is copied from the Star Tribune 

Minnesota lake associations give millions in money and volunteer hours, study finds

Minnesota study is first to measure citizens' impact on preservation efforts. 

By John Reinan Star Tribune


OCTOBER 2, 2017 — 9:06PM

Minnesota's private lake associations contribute more than $6.2 million and 1.2 million volunteer hours each year to preserving the quality of the state's signature natural resource, according to a study released Monday.


Concordia College in Moorhead conducted the study over the summer on behalf of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates. The authors said they believe it's the first study to measure the preservation efforts of the more than 500 private lake associations in the state.

Lake association members "are there at the lake, every day, all year long," said co-author Michelle Marko, a Concordia biology professor and co-director of the college's environmental studies program. "They have a lot of knowledge and they're providing a great resource, both in their financial contributions and their volunteer work.


"There are over 12,000 lakes in Minnesota. Managing them is a very complex task," Marko said. "We have many agencies working on that — local governments as well as state organizations and even federal. To manage each of those 12,000 lakes is a lot of work and no one person or organization can be everywhere at one time."


The study was based on a survey of members from 186 lake associations, along with interviews and field visits.


The most common concerns cited by members were aquatic invasive species, overall water control and runoff policy.


Respondents also expressed a desire to work more closely with the state Department of Natural Resources and expressed concern over the aging population of lake property owners.


The report concludes that "Minnesota's lake associations play a crucial role in protecting and managing Minnesota's lakes."


It recommends "more communication and collaboration between policymakers and lake associations."