The mission of the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District is to serve the residents of the District by wisely and judiciously managing water, in a manner that sustains and enhances the social, economic and natural resources of the District.
The District prefers the use of innovative water management methods, which recognize the unique agricultural, community, lake and stream, and natural resources within the District. These innovative approaches as reflected by the policies of the District should be oriented toward ensuring the economic viability of the District’s agrarian community.
The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District is one of Minnesota's 44 Watershed Districts. Located at the headwaters of the Minnesota River, we were formed by petition by Big Stone County in 1967 and cover parts of Big Stone, Traverse, Swift, Lac qui Parle and Stevens counties. Our district covers 505 square miles and includes lakes such as Big Stone, Marsh, Long Tom, Lyseng, Thielke, Bentson, Barry, Shible, and Otrey.
211 2nd Street SE | Ortonville, MN 56278
Phone: 320-839-3411 | Fax: 320-839-3313
This page was last updated: June 1, 2020
Whetstone River Restoration:
The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District office is
open by appointment only at this time.
Permits- Click on the Permitting tab in the upper right-hand corner to reach our permitting page
A permit drop box and blank permits are also
located in the UMRWD entryway
For questions or to schedule an appointment, please
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and
we thank you for your patience during this time.