About The District
The state formed the Shell Rock River Watershed District (SRRWD) on June 25, 2003, at the request of local citizens. The District covers about 246 square miles, all in Freeborn County, MN.
The Shell Rock River Watershed is home to Albert Lea, Hayward, Glenville, Twin Lakes, Manchester and part of Clarks Grove.
It is also home to several lakes:
- Pickerel and Mud (715 acres)
- Chapeau (175 acres)
- Fountain (550 acres)
- Albert Lea (2,600 acres)
- Goose (82 acres)
- School Section (69 acres)
- Upper and Lower Twin Lakes (406 acres total)
- Halls Lake (57 acres)
- Sugar Lake (62 acres)
- Church Lake (29 acres)
- Eberhart Lake (20 acres)
All water in the watershed starts here. This watershed receives no water from anywhere else — local water quality reflects local practices. The poor water quality of local streams and lakes is the effect of direct and indirect pollution within the watershed.
This watershed does send water downstream. All water here drains to a common point — the Shell Rock River. This river flows into the Cedar, then Iowa and finally Mississippi Rivers. Albert Lea Lake is the head waters of the Shell Rock River.