September Update
What does seasonal turnover mean
for Lake Independence?

If you’ve ever wondered why Lake Independence turns green in autumn, you’ll be interested in our new website article about the lake ecosystem. 

       A lot happens within the complex ecosystem of a lake, and Lake Independence is no different. In temperate climates like Minnesota, lakes form layers within themselves. These layers are based off of water temperature. Twice a year, the lake goes through a “turnover,” which is when the different layers within the lake mix.        

What does this turnover mean for the lake?

      Within the next several weeks, Lake Independence will experience its fall turnover.If you’d  like to know more, click HERE to read the complete article.

History of Independence Beach

Welcome to Lake Independence

Lake Independence is a beautiful recreational lake in Western Hennepin County, Minnesota. The lake is 844 acres in size and about 58 feet at its deepest. 

Adorning its shores are 104 residential properties, Three Rivers Parks Baker Park Reserve, Vinland Center, and YMCA Camp Iduhapi. The lake has 5.8 miles of shoreline and two islands on the northwest side of the lake. 

Water Level Chart Here

When removing docks and lifts, be sure to check hard surfaces for zebra mussels. If you use a service, talk with the workers and make sure they know what to look for. if found, put in ziplock bag with a little water and contact Pat Wulff (

U of MN's St Anthony Falls Lab selected Lake Independence for Boat Wake and Wash Study 

     The University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory is a fluid mechanics research lab operated by the College of Science and Engineering. Engineers and scientists from the lab are conducting a research project focusing on characterizing and measuring the waves and prop wash produced by large recreational watercraft, and the impacts they have on lake bottoms and shorelines. The result will be scientific data to help state and local authorities make decisions about lake restrictions such as No Wake trigger points and safe distance from shore rules.

     After surveying various recreational lakes in the Twin Cities, the team has selected the east shore of Lake Independence as the site for the study. The bottom sediment and bottom slope fit the criteria for the study. The field work for the study will be conducted in September and October. They will be installing sensor  masts capable of measuring wave heights and wave energy and a sensor platform on the bottom of the lake to measure penetration depth and turbulent energy from propeller wash. The sensor masts will be visible above the water. 

     So watch for unusual activity on the lake this month and next, as the team of engineers and scientists conduct their experiments.

2020 Calendar of Events


Winter Party on Ice

On the ice behind 5010 South Lakeshore Dr.

2:00 - 5:00 PM


2019-20 Fishing Tournament closes


Annual Members Meeting & Ice Cream Social 



Fishing Opener

2020-2021 Fishing Tournament begins


4th of July Boat Flotilla

1:00 PM

Gather north of Baker Park Boat Launch


Octoberfest Picnic

Baker Park Pavilion

CANCELED due to Park restrictions

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