Indianhead Lake, east of Highway 169 in Edina, is a shallow lake that has poor water quality.

Street map of Indianhead lake area
Indianhead Lake, Edina

Water Quality

graph showing phosphorus levels in Indianhead Lake over time
Phosphorus levels in Indianhead lake are higher than the state standard.

Indianhead Lake’s water quality is poor, measurements for phosphorus 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.

graph of chlorophyll-a in Indianhead lake over time
Chlorophyll-a levels in Indianhead lake are higher than the state standard.
graph of water clarity in Indianhead lake decreasing over time
Water clarity in Indianhead lake has worsened over time; water clarity is worse than the state standard.









Printable Indianhead Lake Fact Sheet

Current Projects

The District has completed a lake water quality study that identifies potential water quality improvement projects to help improve the overall health of the lakes. This study was finished in early 2022.

In addition to the water quality study, the City of Edina had fisheries surveys done on Arrowhead and Indianhead Lakes.

Learn more at the water quality study 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:


diagram of ways to clean water—clean off boats for AIS, sweep up leaves and grass, pick up after pets, and plant native plants