August Update
AIS Inspection: Good news!
Very little milfoil or other AIS

On a beautiful summer day, an AIS inspection team including Pat and Dick Wulff, Joel Settles, Merry Petitclair and Robin Reid set out on Lake Independence to look for any signs of invasive species. The team was surprised to find very little vegetation; most of the shoreline areas were plant-free. The only exception was the west side of the lake, where there are bullrushes bordering the shoreline, and patches of lily pads.

Joel tosses the rake to collect plants

There were only a few locations where coontail and Eurasian milfoil were visible. The milfoil observed along the shoreline earlier this summer has died back. Even normally abundant coontail was scarce. The patches of vegetation that were located consisted of coontail entwined with strands of half-dead milfoil. The native coontail appears to be driving out the invasive Eurasian milfoil. As expected, the team did not find any curly-leaf pondweed; it generally  appears in the spring and dies in July. 

Pat searches for starry stonewort and zebra mussels

The inspection turned up no signs of starry stonewort, an invasive algae that has been discovered in several Minnesota lakes. Early detection is critical for controlling the spread, so we remain vigilant. No zebra mussels were found during the inspection, but a few have been discovered  recently by lakeshore owners. Fortunately, the critters don’t seem to like our lake and we’re not seeing the large clusters found on other nearby lakes.  

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. 

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You are invited to a webinar about shoreline restoration

On Wednesday, August 26, LICA will be hosting an informational webinar about shoreline restoration, presented by Hennepin County Environmental and Energy staff. Their presentation will cover common restoration techniques and will provide information about technical resources for landowners who are interested in pursuing projects on their property. After the presentation, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and talk about problems they are experiencing on their shoreline.


The webinar will be presented using Microsoft Teams. Here is the link for joining the webinar:


Link to Microsoft Teams Meeting

or call in 612-263-6117 and enter conference ID 416 147 567#

History of Independence Beach

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 


New date TBD - watch for announcement


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


Neighborhood Night Out

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LICA meets at 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month at the Independence City Hall and concerned citizens are always welcome!

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