Rush Lake Improvement Association

OUR PURPOSE: The Rush Lake Improvement Association (RLIA) is a 501c(3) non-profit association of members dedicated to improving and preserving the quality of East Rush and West Rush lakes in Chisago County, MN and preventing the spread of harmful aquatic plants, fish and chemicals to provide a healthier lake environment for the community and all its users. CLICK HERE to join and support the RLIA.


2017 Curlyleaf Pondweed treatment areas announced.

Annually, the RLIA facilitates the treatment of Curlyleaf Pondweed in a number of "zones" throughout both East and West Rush Lake. CLICK HERE for a map showing the treatment zones for 2017.

Rush Lake Water Sampling Project

Here is a short video about the Rush City High School Intro. to Environmental Science class, led by instructor, Eric Telander, testing the water quality entering Rush Lake. The project was funded by an RLIA grant. CLICK HERE

Phosphorus Sampling Done On West Rush, January 15. For the report and pictures CLICK HERE


WELCOME to our website!

We invite you to learn about the history and activities of the Rush Lake Improvement Association, Inc. (RLIA) on the "Our Work" page. We encourage you to tap into the resources available on the Documents page. Be sure to check out the News/Events page for current information about monthly Membership meetings and special events. Come back often for additions and updates!

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Copyright 2014-2017 RLIA • All Rights Reserved • Site Last Updated 1/31/18


Rush Lake Statistics:

Rush Lake is in the Rush Creek Watershed and is located just a few miles west of Rush City, MN.

The total watershed of the lake is 14,169 acres.

The total acreage of Rush Lake is 2,823 which puts its size in the top 10% of MN lakes.

West Rush Lake: 1,464 acres with a max depth of 42’ and a shoreline length of 15.8 mi. (does not include 3.1 mi around the islands). Greatest length is 3.85 mi.; littoral area (area less than 15 ft deep) is 862 acres.

East Rush Lake: 1,359 acres with a max depth of 24’ and a shoreline length of 10.6 mi. Its greatest length is 3.4 mi; littoral area is 1033 acres.

East & West Rush Lakes are joined by a navigable channel that was completed in 1963 at a cost of $3000, which was funded by the 175 members of the Rush Lake Association and the Rush City business community. The 75’ wide by 100’ long property was donated by the La Belle Isle Addition developers Fran La Belle and Lee Sandagar.