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 stay clean and free of pollutants and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS)


OTC Water Quality Analysis Reports Now Available

Water Quality Analysis Reports for over 100 COLA and Non-COLA lakes have been compiled by OTC COLA.  Go HERE to select lake reports.
John Kruse, Administrative Assistant    otccola2@gmail.com


NEW! Newsletter Article Index

Check out our new feature- Newsletter Article Index on the navigation menu to the right or click HERE.  Revisit any article from OTC COLA E-Newsletters by Clicking on the Newsletter label for any month to load the newsletter pdf for that month.



New to OTC COLA? The “WE LOVE OUR LAKES” campaign is being run to connect with lake associations and lake property owners interested in protecting and preserving their quality of lake living in Otter Tail County, MN. Please click HERE to complete a secure, simple form to give us your contact information.  To see our library of monthly newsletters click HERE. To sign up to receive free monthly E-Newsletters, Click HERE.

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 private, non-profit organization and the cost of membership is nominal for associations and individuals.  See our brochure HERE.

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.

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Board of Director Meetings

Second Monday of each month
Dead Lake Room, Fergus Falls Government Center, Fergus Falls, MN

Monday, January 3, 2018- Strategic Planning, WCI
Monday, February 12, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
Monday, October 8, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018

OTC COLA Member Meetings 2018

OTC COLA Member Meetings are planned for the 2018 season.    Regular meetings are scheduled for 7:00 pm, May, June, July and August at the Ottertail Community Center in Ottertail, MN, featuring informative presentations from emergency service providers and MN legislators.  To be announced is the September Field Trip for Members.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • Call 911 – and then what?
      • Ryan Muchow, Fergus Falls Fire Chief
      • Jim Iverson, OTC Deputy Sheriff
      • Tim Meehl, Perham Mayor, Firefighter
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • Water testing results compilation, distribution and analysis
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • State and County Legislator forum
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    • OTC COLA Annual Meeting
    • Lake Association and volunteer awards
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018

Day Trip (to be announced)

Dates and times may be modified for special events or Day Trips.

Water Sampling Schedule 2018

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 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm, the water sample containers and coolers are picked up for the Lake Association at the Ottertail Community Center. Representatives from RMB Labs will be available to answer any questions.   Please direct questions to Russ Severson, otccola2@gmail.com

2018 Testing Schedule
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 of  Directors

Bernie Steeves ∙ Dave Sethre ∙ David Majkrzak ∙ Jeff Stabnow ∙ Patrick Prunty ∙ Roger Neitzke ∙ Russ Severson ∙ Sylvia Soeth

OTC COLA Members

Berger Lake Association ∙ Big McDonald LID ∙ Boedigheimer Lake Association ∙ Clitheral Lake Association ∙ Dead Lake Association ∙ Devils Lake Association ∙ Eagle Lake Lakeshore Association ∙ East Battle Lake WS Association ∙ Elbow Lake Association ∙ Franklin Lake Association ∙ Hoffman Lake Association ∙ Jewett Lake Association ∙ Lake Lida Property Owners Association ∙ Lake Lizzie Lakeshore Association ∙ Lake Seven Association ∙ Lake Six Association ∙ Leaf Lakes Association ∙ Little McDonald Kerbs and Paul Lakes LID ∙ Loon Lake Association ∙ Marion Lake Association ∙ McDonald Lake Improvement Association ∙ North Long Lake Association ∙ Otter Tail Lakes Property Owners Association ∙ Pelican Lake Property Owners Association ∙ Pickerel Lake Improvement Association ∙ Pine Lakes LID ∙ Prairie Lake Lakeshore Association ∙ Round Lake 56-214 ∙ Rush Lake Association ∙ Silent Lakes Association ∙ Silver Lake Property Owners Association ∙ Stalker Lake Association ∙ Star Lake Property Owners Association ∙ Stuart Lake Association ∙ Swan Lake Association ∙ Sybil Lake Association ∙ Tamarac Lake Association ∙ Ten Mile Preservation Association ∙ Trowbridge-Leek Lake Association ∙ Wall Lake Association ∙ West Battle Lake Association ∙ West McDonald Lake Association

Questions or comments about this website?

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

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