What's new in the Watershed?

The Black River Impoundment has been constructed and is now fully operational! The final touches to the diversion ditches will be completed in the Spring of 2022. Check out the video of the project made by Houston Engineering.

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 Statutes Chapter 103D.

For more information about the watershed you live in 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 has 2 current project work teams; Pine Lake Area Improvement and Black River Impoundment Project.

For more informtaion about Pine Lake Area Improvement Project click here.
For more informtaion about the Black River Impoundment 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.