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Lake_Highlands_SummaryRESIDENTIALGOLFPARKWETLAND SCHOOL Highlands Lake is a shallow, land-locked lake with a pumped outlet. The 276-acre watershed is east of Mirror Lake and north of Vernon Avenue. It is bordered on the north by Interlachen Boulevard. A pump is used to control the elevation of Highlands Lake at 888 feet. 1960s1930s 2021 Highlands Lake Watershed District: Nine Mile Creek Public water ID: 27066800 1994 A lift station is installed in neighboring Highland Park, to help control water levels in the lake. Water from the lake outlet ows south, connecting with the storm sewer system along Vernon Avenue, which discharges to Hawkes Lake. 2014 Bluegill, fathead minnow, largemouth bass, yellow perch stocked by residents. 2020 A water level study is conducted by the City of Edina. Based on historical data, groundwater levels and precipitation in the Highlands area have increased over the past decade. Highlands Lake is not currently monitored for total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a. 2019 data from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows that Highlands Lake meets goals for water clarity. Land use in the Highlands Lake watershed is characterized by residential areas, part of the Interlachen golf course, a wetland area, Highlands Park, and a portion of the drainage from Highlands Elementary School. 11 acres (surface area) 3.7 feet (average depth) 0.9 miles (shoreline) bluegill sunsh fathead minnow largemouth bass Amenities:Highlands Lake is surrounded by the 40-acre Highlands Park. The park has benches, picnic tables, tennis courts, a playground, and baseball, soccer, and football elds. Motorboats are not allowed on Highlands Lake, except for emergency rescue or maintenance. Water Clarity yellow perch Water Quality Fish stocked in the last 10 years:Land Use How You Can Help Steps that you can take to help Highlands Lake include: Learn more about these strategies at ninemilecreek.org 273 acres (drainage area) Data from Minnnesota Department of Natural Resources Interlachen Blvd Installing rain gardens and planting shoreline buffers Cleaning up grass clippings and leaves Participating in the adopt-a-drain program (mn.adoptadrain.org) Redirecting gutter downspouts towards vegetated areas Minimizing use of fertilizer on lawns 2.5 Meters 1.0 m History of Highlands Lake 4 ft Mean 4 ft Mean 8 ftMax 1 ft 5 5 3 3 Lake depth Denotes current Highlands Lake drainage area; historical drainage areas may have varied