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Northwood Lake

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About Northwood Lake

Northwood Lake is a very shallow 30-acre lake located on the northwest side of Northwood Park in New Hope. The lake is actually a dammed up section of the North Branch of Bassett Creek with a tributary watershed of approximately two square miles. Low density residential is the primary land use in the watershed, which includes areas of both New Hope and Plymouth. The outlet of the lake is a 10-foot-wide weir east of Boone Avenue.

Northwood Lake has exhibited high nutrient levels since 2000 and is listed in the MPCA's impaired waters list for high nutrients and chlorides. Curlyleaf pondweed, an aquatic invasive plant, is also present in the lake. The BCWMC and the City of New Hope are implementing a multi-phase water quality improvement project in Northwood Park in 2016 and 2017 to reduce nutrient levels in the lake. The project is partially funded by a Clean Water Partnership grant from the MPCA, a Clean Water Fund grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the City of New Hope.


Water Quality Data

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Water Clarity

Total Phosphorus


Quick Facts

BCWMC Classification Priority 1 Shallow Lake
Watershed Area (acres) 1,293.7
Lake Size (acres) 15
Average Depth (feet) 2.7
Maximum Depth (feet) 5
Ordinary High Water Level (feet) 885.5
Normal Water Level (feet) --
Downstream Receiving Waterbody Bassett Creek
Location (City) New Hope
MPCA Impairments Nutrients
Aquatic Invasive Species Curlyleaf pondweed
Public Access Yes
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About Northwood Lake

Northwood Lake is a very shallow 30-acre lake located on the northwest side of Northwood Park in New Hope. The lake is actually a dammed up section of the North Branch of Bassett Creek with a tributary watershed of approximately two square miles. Low density residential is the primary land use in the watershed, which includes areas of both New Hope and Plymouth. The outlet of the lake is a 10-foot-wide weir east of Boone Avenue.

Northwood Lake has exhibited high nutrient levels since 2000 and is listed in the MPCA's impaired waters list for high nutrients and chlorides. Curlyleaf pondweed, an aquatic invasive plant, is also present in the lake. The BCWMC and the City of New Hope are implementing a multi-phase water quality improvement project in Northwood Park in 2016 and 2017 to reduce nutrient levels in the lake. The project is partially funded by a Clean Water Partnership grant from the MPCA, a Clean Water Fund grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the City of New Hope.


Quick Facts

BCWMC Classification Priority 1 Shallow Lake
Watershed Area (acres) 1,293.7
Lake Size (acres) 15
Average Depth (feet) 2.7
Maximum Depth (feet) 5
Ordinary High Water Level (feet) 885.5
Normal Water Level (feet) --
Downstream Receiving Waterbody Bassett Creek
Location (City) New Hope
MPCA Impairments Nutrients
Aquatic Invasive Species Curlyleaf pondweed
Public Access Yes

Water Quality Data

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Chlorophyll a

Water Clarity

Total Phosphorus


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Projects

Northwood Lake Water Quality Improvement Project
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Four Seasons Area Water Quality Project
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