Gleason Lake Improvement Association (GLIA) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that seeks to improve and preserve the beauty and quality of Gleason Lake and its watershed for the present and future, to promote education in best management practices, and to work together with other organizations and governmental agencies with similar objectives. We promote proper boating etiquette and encourage protection of our natural waters through collaboration to respect this rich ecosystem.
Gleason Lake experienced a large amount of ice movement in the Spring of 2023, and we expect this may occur again in 2024 as we observe high water levels. We recommend dock owners remove their docks at this time to avoid possible damage.
$500 and over
YOUR DONATIONS MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE LAKE AND WATERSHED QUALITY. ALL GLEASON LAKE RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO GIVE ANNUALLY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
*RIVER AND LAKE LEVEL DONATIONS EARN SPECIAL DOCK WEED PERMIT PRIVILEGES ($40 VALUE).
All donations collected go directly to improve and preserve the lake and its watershed. GLIA is a non-profit organization under 501(c)(3). Discuss tax deductibility with your CPA.
GLIA Completes ongoing surveys of the lake to identify Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Active lake weed treatments include purple loosestrife and curly-leafed pondweed. Lake weed inspections and treatments represent around 72% of our budget.
OPEN WATER! We permit and manage a lake aeration system to maintain an open water area during winter months to keep our lake habitat healthy. This was last turned on Jan. 4, 2023. Operation and maintenance of this system is around 15% of our budget.
Additional expenses: website hosting, permitting, mail, printing, postage, association operations, education, community events, new resident outreach, and watershed support. Our board members are all volunteers.
Please Note: At this time, we do not have public ramp access.
Each year GLIA coordinates with the DNR to permit weed spraying around the docks on the lake, if desired by the owner. Forms are due to Midwest Aqua Care in mid-February. More information on weed spraying and the 2023 weed form can be found on Lake Health & Permits Page. This is also discussed at our February Virtual Event.
Clean sweep debris in streets and driveways. Clean up after pets. Adopt a storm drain and keep it clear of debris and litter. Boats should be dry and clear of zebra mussel before launch.
Install rain gardens to filter water into the soil. Direct downspouts away from hard surfaces so they filter into the soil.
Keep pollutants such as road/driveway salt and fertilizer out of storm drains. Use Zero PH Fertilizer, and maintain a buffer on the lake shore.
In 1980 Gleason Lake Improvement Association formed with 22 families. Lee Wallace and Ken Campbell were original members and are still active members today with over 150 contributing families in the association and a mailing list of nearly 300.
~ Founding Board Members
Join the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District efforts to adopt a drain in your neighborhood to help keep the watershed clean. It’s easy, sign up at the following link, confirm your address and drain to adopt, and then enter how much debris you remove. Then tell your friends! People all over the Twin Cities can be part of this effort.