What's new in the Watershed?

The Brandt Impoundment was built to reduce the downstream agricultural and urban flood damage by holding up to 3,912 acre-feet of excess runoff from the upstream drainage area. This impoundment also reduces peak discharge on the downstream “Brandt Channel”. The design of the project involves 3.5 miles of earth embankment, a grass lined emergency spillway, 2 lines of 6’x8’ concrete box culverts and a gated concrete outlet structure.

Red Lake Watershed District


The Red Lake Watershed District is the regional governmental unit responsible for managing and protecting the water resources of the Red Lake River watershed, 5,990 square miles that includes all or part of ten Minnesota counties. The District was established in 1970 under the Minnesota Watershed District Act, Minnesota State Statutes Chapter 103D.

For more information about the history of the Red Lake Watershed District click here.

RLWD Subwatersheds


The jurisdiction of the Red Lake Watershed District includes land that flows into the Red Lake River and Grand Marais Creek. The map highlights the area that is encompassed by the Red Lake Watershed District and how the drainage area of the district is split into five major subwatersheds: Upper/Lower Red Lakes, Thief River, Clearwater River, Red Lake River, and Grand Marais Creek. Learn about the watershed you live in by clicking here and exploring the pages that were developed for each major subwatershed located within the RLWD. Each link will take you to a comprehensive compilation of information about each subwatershed including reports and photos.

RLWD Current Project Work Teams


Red Lake Watershed district currently has one active project work team; the Mud River Improvement Project

For more information about the Mud River Improvement Project click here.

Engineering Projects

Red Lake Watershed District projects are designed to address specific problems within the Red Lake Watershed and to implement strategies and policies approved and set forth by the Board of Managers.

RLWD Water Quality Program

The Red Lake Watershed District Water Quality Program is a regional and statewide leader in establishing quality control standards for sample collection and data management. In coordination with other agencies, it also participates in numerous investigative studies, training programs, and public education events. Click here for a PDF of the Red River Basin Standard Operating Procedures.

RLWD Facilities


The Watershed District office building is located at 1000 Pennington Avenue South in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, 56701. Our phone number is 218-681-5800.