Saunders Lake Homeowners Resources:

Water Quality LinksClick for additional years...
University of Minnesota Extension Service offers a great program for lakeshore homeowners.
Minnesota Lakes Association provides many resources for lakeshore homeowners.
The Minnesota Shoreland Management Guide is a comprehensive website that covers numerous topics including how to prevent lawn fertilizer from causing algae blooms and choking weeds. 
Minnesotans For Healthy Lakes works with the Department of Natural Resources to attempt to obtain, or maintain, reasonable rules that balance the rights of lakeshore property owners with the obligation we all have to protect our precious water resource.

Boating Regulations
Saunders Lake does not have any boating or motor regulations. Here is the DNRs official list of Metro lakes with boating regulations.  

Environmental Lake
Saunders Lake is classified by the Minnesota DNR as an Environmental Lake. From the DNR: "The term 'environmental lake' most likely is taken from the Natural Environment lake classification found in Minnesota's Shoreland Management Program. Many people mistakenly infer that the Natural Environment classification on many of Minnesota's smaller, shallow lakes means they are wild lakes with limits on motors, hunting or fishing. The classification has nothing to do with surface water use of boats or motors, hunting and fishing or fish management." Here is the full definition.

Lake Issues - Water Levels and the Pedestrian Bridge
Since 2002, water levels on Saunders have fluctuated from abnormally low to abnormally high due to a combination of an improperly functioning outlet and culvert. At times, the high water has violated the 3 foot clearance rule under the pedestrian bridge making it impassable. Low water levels have been even more destructive (7/7/03 Page 4). The outlet and culverts are maintained by the city of Minnetrista. According to the public works superintendent of Minnetrista, the culverts and outlet will be looked at once per month to make certain everything is functioning correctly (03/06/2006). Background: Per the MCWD: Drainage is conveyed through the subwatershed through a series of culverts and channels that should be evaluated, monitored, and replaced or repaired as necessary to maintain conveyance, minimize erosion, minimize hydrologic bounce, and maintain adequate water levels in lakes and wetlands. The HHPLS and Regional Team input identified three in particular that exhibited some need for maintenance: the Saunders Lake outlet; the Black Lake outlet; and the culverts under the railroad berm.
Source: Dec 31, 2005 D R A F T-3 Langdon Lake Subwatershed Page 33

Please contact us if you notice unusually low or high water levels.