2023 Annual Report for Turtle Creek Watershed District


TCWD Board of Managers

TCWD's Board of Managers meets at 5:00 PM on the third Tuesday of every month at the City of Hollandale/Riceland Township Government Center, 110 W. Park Ave., in Hollandale.

NEXT MEETING:  5:00 PM on Tuesday, July 16, 2024.

walk-in access opens on Turtle

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AUSTIN, Minn. — July 19, 2022 — For years, locals have paddled the meandering route of Turtle Creek on Austin’s west side to enjoy the stream in the city and use it as a connection to the Cedar River State Water Trail.

Easy access for launching a canoe or kayak on the creek, however, has been a challenge.

Thanks to a multi-agency partnership that started two years ago, the public now has a walk-in access in Austin for launching canoes and kayaks on Turtle Creek to float downstream to the Cedar River or paddle upstream to enjoy the wooded hillsides on the city’s west side.

The new rock-surface access and large parking area now is available on the northwest side of the 12th Street Southwest (MN Hwy. 105) bridge over Turtle Creek.


TCWD recognized by state group for 50th Anniversary

Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts (MAWD) leadership in May 2019 honored the Turtle Creek Watershed District board and staff for 50 years of water-management efforts. (MEDIA RELEASE)
Formed in November 1968, TCWD is involved with four major areas that include watershed management; water quality; water quantity management; and education. The district consists of 94,720 acres (148 square miles) in Freeborn County and 5,760 acres (9 square miles) in Mower County, including land within the City of Austin. Turtle Creek is a tributary to the Cedar River, flowing into it in the southern portion of the City of Austin.

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