An Informative Site About Lake Pulaski
in Buffalo, Minnesota
Lake Pulaski Improvement District is here to keep you updated on the news regarding boating and other activities. A busy summer is upon us, so please have patience when loading and unloading your watercraft, as the wait time is a bit long. All our Lake Pulaski information is for the community to stay safe during their travels.
Zebra Mussels confirmed in Lake Pulaski!
Zebra Mussels were confirmed on May 16, 2022. Please read this article from the DNR for more information.
Zebra Mussels were confirmed on October 6, 2022 in Buffalo Lake.
The LID is working diligently on this unfortunate news that we received on the 16th of May 2022. We know that you have a lot of questions and concerns and we will continue to update this page when we have more information.
5/18/22: The LID is currently working with the City to get divers into Buffalo Lake and the DNR to get screens approved and installed so that we can pump if we reach pumping stage at 966.00 (currently at 965.29) and when Buffalo Lake recedes to 915.50 (currently at 916.94 and rising). There are still a lot of unknowns of what we can and cannot do at this point.
5/20/22: The City Engineers had previously researched this case scenario back in 2017 and are working on updating it. The options would be installing an intake screen within the lake near the pump station or a pressurized filter on the outlet near the milfoil building. They are also looking at the feasibility of the project which will be included in the report in the next two to three weeks.
5/25/2022: The City is hoping to have divers in Buffalo Lake within the next two weeks.
6/2/2022: Blue Water Science did dive Buffalo Lake and did not find any Zebra Mussels in the areas searched.
The City Engineers are still researching the quickest solution which will include a screen in order to pump.
6/7/2022: Discussed with City Engineers three possible solutions to submit to the DNR as a draft. When the information is pinned down and submitted, we will post it to the website.
6/17/2022: Discussed with City Engineers three self contained options that include 30 micron screens all ranging between $1.5-2.0 Million in cost that will be discussed with the DNR by the end of June for approval to submit for possible permit. On going discussion regarding cost etc.
7/14/2022: On Monday July 18th at 7:00PM, the City Council will be receiving an update on the pump screening options from Bolton&Menk. The LID is also working with the Army Corp if in fact a Section 408 review/approval is truly required given the proposed options.
8/26/2022: We are filing a permit for approval to the DNR for the new water filtration system that was approved at the annual meeting on August 16. Once approved by the DNR, the City will then begin the bidding process (Sept-Oct). The City is hoping to award the contact to the winning bidder in November-December 2022 for a Spring 2023 install.
9/15/2022: Bolton-Menk filed the permit to the DNR on behalf of the LID and are currently working on the details before the DNR can make their determination. The LID did complete another grant application with Wright County which will be presented to the county board on 9/20/2022.
9/21/2022: Wright County did approved the $300,000.00 grant that the PLID applied for. This grant will help offset the cost of the new water filtration system.
11/1/2022: The filtration operation conditions permit drafted by the DNR has been received and is currently being reviewed.
Please make sure to check you equipment this fall for Zebra mussels as we have already received reports from homeowners finding them on boatlifts.
We will continue to keep you updated.
DNR Boating Rules
Please see below a list of some DNR boating rules. A complete list & description is found on the MN DNR website https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/boatwater/index.html. Please reference the website, for everyone’s safety.
*Personal watercraft is only allowed on the water between 9:30 AM and one hour before sunset.
*Do NOT follow directly behind boats towing people. Stay a minimum of 150 feet away in all directions!!
*Personal Watercraft (ex. Jet skis) are not allowed to jump boat wakes within 150 feet, including jumping other personal watercraft wakes.
*Boats are allowed to tow people between sunrise & 1/2 hour after sunset.
*Wear your life jacket.
Dangerous Behavior Concerns at the Lake
If you see any dangerous behavior, please have a description of the watercraft
(registration numbers if possible) and contact the Wright County Sheriff's
Office at 763-682-1162. You can remain anonymous.
Noteworthy Lake Pulaski News
LAKE PULASKI IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE 08/16/2022 7PM WILL BE HELD AT THE AMERICAN LEGION IN BUFFALO, MN
July 4th 2022 Parade:
Where- Charlie & Clare Koch’s dock at 1721 Pulaski Road, Buffalo (East side of the lake)
When- Monday, July 4th Noon- Ski parade 1:00 decorative boat parade
Trophies will be awarded
Public can watch at Griffing Park Beach
On May 16, 2022 the DNR confirmed that Pulaski Lake has Zebra Mussels.
Please note, the Wright AIS Decon station hours of operation have changed to Mon-Thu 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday Saturday Sunday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
FREE Aquatic Invasive Species Decontamination Station.
Collaboration between Wright Soil and Water and Bishop AIS Services.
Anchor Dock and Lift Storage Facility | 240 Popular Ave Annandale (behind classic Rides and Rods off of Hwy 55).
When: Monday - Thursday 9:00AM to 5:00 PM; Friday Saturday Sunday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Small boats take about 10 minutes;
larger vessels 20 - 30 minutes.
Current Water Levels
Pulaski Lake Level as of 10/30/2022: 964.29
Buffalo Lake Level as of 08/08/2022: 913.43 Now outflowing to the Crow River. Buffalo Lake has to be at 915.50 or lower in order to pump.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s 4th of July Parade!
Waterski Parade Winners
1st Place - Bergstrom Family
2nd Place - Weber Family
3rd Place - Jacobs Family
4th Place - Price and Blake Allen Family
Waterski Parade Winners
1st Place Murphy and Friends
2nd Place Tyler Seifert
3rd Place Greta Kuzma