Welcome to OTC COLA

Otter Tail County COLA is organized to facilitate cooperation among member lake and river associations and to assist in fostering wise use of the lake and river areas in Otter Tail County. By joining together and helping each other, we can keep our lakes and rivers clean and free of pollutants and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS)


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OTC COLA is encouraging participation of new lakes. The bigger the number of lakes that join together in the common cause the better it will be for all of us. OTC COLA is a non-profit organization and the cost of membership is nominal for associations and individuals. For new individual and association members that join during the 2017 season, membership dues will be waived.


Water quality testing of OTC lakes is an active pursuit of OTC COLA. We have compiled over 20 years of valuable data. OTC COLA encourages lakes to participate in its water testing. OTC COLA will work with new lakes through association or individual memberships to help include them in the program.

Coming Events

COLA Member Meeting Schedule for 2017

OTC COLA Member Meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday each month April through September, 7:00 pm, City of Ottertail Community Center, 103 Lake Ave. S., Ottertail, MN 56571

OTC COLA June 2017 Member Meeting
Time & Location Change

The regular monthly meeting of OTC COLA Members for June 2017 has has been rescheduled to occur Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Lake Region Electric Coop, 1401 S Broadway, Pelican Rapids, MN 56572, at 5:30 pm. Our speaker will be Jeff Forester of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers (MLR). The OTC COLA meeting will adjourn in time to allow for participation at the Star Lake Casino Development meeting at the Pelican High School.

July 20, 7:00 pm
August 17, 7:00 pm
September 21, 7:00 pm

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Executive Committee Meetings

Second Monday, 3:00 pm, following AIS Task Force Mtg
Dead Lake Room, Fergus Falls Government Center, Fergus Falls, MN

Monday, January 9, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017

Water Sampling Schedule 2017

The water sampling schedule is set by RMB Labs for the weekend preceding and including the third Monday of each month from May through September.

Samples are to be delivered to the collection location by noon on Monday. This gives time for the volunteer to transport samples to RMB Labs at Detroit Lakes by close of business day on Monday.

On Thursday, April 20 at 5:00 pm, the water sample containers and coolers are picked up for the Lake Association at the Ottertail Community Center. A person from RMB Labs will be available to answer any questions. All who are participating are welcome to stay for the COLA Member Meeting.

May 14-15
June 18-19
July 16-17
August 20-21
September 17-18

For more information about the water sampling procedure, care of equipment, and water sampling results, go to the ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS page of this website.

Other Meetings of Interest:

OTC COLA Board Meetings

Board meetings are normally held at the Dead Lake Room, Government Services Building, Fergus Falls, MN, the second Monday of each month. Notices of schedule changes will be sent in advance to Board Members.


Questions or comments about this website?

Contact John Kruse, <otccola2@gmail.com> 701.219.0465

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