ABOUT INDIANHEAD LAKE
Indianhead Lake, east of Highway 169 in Edina, is a shallow lake that has poor water quality.
Indianhead Lake’s water quality is poor, measurements for phosphorous and water clarity failed to meet the state standards for shallow lakes. Data collected in 2020 showed that Indianhead Lake is impaired. Indianhead is a land-locked basin with no surface outlet. For that reason, the lake water doesn’t flush out, causing nutrients to build up in the lake, especially during large rain events. Although more nutrients generally lead to more algal and plant growth, more nutrients do not guarantee more plant diversity. Monitoring teams only catalogued three different plant species in the 2020 plant survey. Two of those three plants were invasive species. Overall, the water quality of Indianhead Lake is poor and the plant diversity is also poor and includes invasive species.
Printable lake fact sheet
The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District has not conducted any major water quality improvement projects on Indianhead Lake. Currently, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District does not have a water quality improvement project planned for Indianhead Lake. However, staff and engineers are conducting a water quality study called a Use Attainability Analysis (UAA) on Arrowhead and Indianhead Lakes to identify potential projects. Learn more at the UAA page here: Arrowhead and Indianhead Lake Study.
The District has helped fund several best management projects near Indianhead Lake. Best management projects include raingardens, shoreline buffers, habitat restorations, and more. These projects help reduce runoff that enters Indianhead Lake.
For information about other past District projects, click here.
Indianhead Lake does not have opportunities or access for public recreation.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources may have additional information on the lake including fishing regulations, location, water access sites, lake maps, lake reports on stocking, ice in/out and water quality, fish consumption, and aquatic plant surveys. Any information they have can be found here:
Downloadable water quality data can be found here: