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.


2019 Grant Allen Scholarship applications now being accepted. For details CLICK HERE

The Rush Lake Improvement Association remembers with gratitude former members Ron and Judie Peltier.  Last November, Ron, and then Judie, his wife of 59 years, passed away within days of each other.  They are fondly remembered for their many generous contributions to their local community organizations, including the Rush Lake Improvement Association. They offered their leadership in developing our annual Christmas Party, in helping to raise funds to rip-rap the channel and in knowing the best way to deal with Eurasian Milfoil when it was first discovered in Rush Lake.  Ron contributed what he knew from his previous experience with this invasive weed.  When he was an employee of the White Bear Lake Department of Public Works, Eurasian Milfoil was first encountered in Bald Eagle Lake.

Ron Peltier was for years a dedicated member of our Board of Directors.  He is responsible for the proposed plan to connect the entire lakeshore community to a common sanitary sewer system.  Although this plan has not been realized, it remains a basic study which is likely to become part of future options as Rush Lake development continues.

Our past president, Tom McKenzie, recalled Ron Peltier's contributions: "His spirit as a volunteer and his knowledge concerning almost every facet of our improvement association was very much appreciated.  Ron could be critical, but it was his attempt to make it better, always constructive criticism.  He was a gentleman."

Rush Lake Iron Filings Project Summary Report. For a summary report on research conducted in both East and West Rush Lake, follow this link:

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


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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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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.