Como Lake Story Map
To learn more about Como Lake, explore the Como Lake Story Map
Updating the Como Lake Management Plan
Capitol Region Watershed District is beginning the process of updating the Como Lake Management Plan in 2018. The goal of the updated plan is to identify adaptive strategies for in-lake and watershed management that will achieve water quality goals in Como Lake. The development of the updated Como Lake Management Plan will include input and perspectives of key stakeholders (both agency and public) and will bring together all studies, data, and progress that have been completed since the adoption of the 2002 Como Lake Strategic Plan.
Como Lake Public Advisory Group (PAG)
CRWD seeks public input to help define goals and inform management strategies in the updated Como Lake Management Plan. To contribute your perspective, CRWD is forming a Public Advisory Group (PAG). This is a unique opportunity for residents who care about the lake to help shape its future. Everyone with an interest in Como Lake is invited to attend the meetings, provide input, and be a part of the PAG.
The Public Advisory Group (PAG) will meet three times:
• August 9, 2018 6-8 pm at Como Lakeside Pavilion
• December 6, 2018 6-8 pm Como Lakeside Pavilion
• March 28, 2019, 6-8pm at Capitol Region Watershed District
Residents participating in the PAG are encouraged to attend all three meetings if possible.
Como Lake is a valued community resource! Learn more about why people love Como Lake, what water quality issues are facing it, and how you can get involved:
Como Lake Background
Como Lake is a 70.5 acre shallow urban lake located in St. Paul’s 348 acre Como Regional Park. Como lake has a maximum depth of 15.5 feet and is classified as a shallow lake because nearly 100% of the lake is considered the littoral zone.
The lake is frequented by residents and visitors who come for various forms of outdoor recreation, including running/walking, fishing, and boating. In fact, Como Regional Park is the second most frequently visited park in the Twin Cities Regional Parks System, with more than 4.3 million visits over the course of the year.
Como Lake has experienced poor water quality for decades due to excessive nutrient inputs from the surrounding urbanized watershed as well as from internal sources. With a maximum depth of 15.5 feet, the shallow depth of the lake coupled with the large nutrient inputs from upland runoff sources, has had significant negative impacts to the lake’s overall health. Additional documented problems in the lake include sedimentation and excessive aquatic vegetation during the summer as well as significant contributions of nutrients from internal sources.
Como lake was listed as impaired on the MPCA’s 303(d) list of impaired waters for nutrients (2002) and mercury (1998). Como Lake also was listed for chloride impairment by the MPCA in 2014.
Como Lake receives water from the surrounding watershed (1,856 acres), which consists of runoff from primarily residential areas, as well as from Como Regional Park and Golf Course. Runoff from the residential areas is directed to the lake through a system of stormwater pipes located under the streets.
Water occasionally outflows from the lake at the southeast corner, discharging into the Trout Brook storm sewer system which is routed to the Mississippi River.
Como Lake Strategic Management Plan (2002)
In 2002, CRWD developed a lake strategic plan that describes the water-related issues facing the lake and identifies the management strategies and implementation activities to address the priority issues. This plan serves as a guide for CRWD, the City of Saint Paul and others on how to protect and restore the health of Como Lake. The plan identified four priority areas of concern (in descending priority order): water quality, aesthetics, recreation / lake use, and natural resources. One of the key management goals from the plan is a 60% reduction in phosphorus loading of the lake. To download the Como Lake Strategic Plan, click here.