February 3, 2003
watershed– ‘wo-t&r-“shed, noun, a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water.
Whenever there is discussion of Lake Vermilion water quality and the stewardship required to maintain that water quality, it is easy to limit the concern to the water actually contained in the lake. But did you realize the area that makes up Lake Vermilion is only 13% of its’ total watershed? The majority of the watershed is contained in the Pike River, Trout Lake, East Two Rivers, and West Two RIvers. The Pike River comprises the largest portion of the watershed with 39% of the total drainage area. The issue for all of us to remember is you do not have to be in or on the lake to have an impact on the water quality.
For additional information on the Lake Vermilion watershed contact the St. Louis County Planning Department (218/725-5000) or you can download a map of the watershed from their web site. (The map is a very large file.)