Welcome to the Roseau River
Watershed District

71_rosea_ovw.jpg The Roseau River Watershed District (RRWD), part of the Red River Basin, is located in Northwestern Minnesota. It is bordered by Canada to the north, the Warroad and Rapid River Basins to the east, the Red Lake River Basin to the south, and the Two Rivers Basin to the west.

The RRWD has authority, granted by the State of Minnesota, to comprehensively manage the water resources of the district. The Board of Managers, along with the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and local landowners work to identify problems and offer solutions to improve water management in the Roseau River Basin. 


Drainage Overview:
  • Total land area: 2,057 square miles in the United States and Canada
  • Roseau River outlets to the Red River of the North 9 miles past the Canadian Border
  • Lands drained by the Roseau River Watershed: 52% in the United States; 58% in Manitoba, Canada
  • The RRWD is entirely within the bed of glacial Lake Agassiz
  • Topography is relatively level aside from the linear beach ridges through the basin

    River Trail Information!

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    The Roseau River Water Trail Masterplan proposes designs for six sites that were selected along the Roseau River that are signifi cant in terms of access and use of the Roseau River at the following specifi c locations: Hayes Lake State Park, Malung Town Hall, City Park, City Center, Stoe's Bridge and Ross Town Hall.

    It is the intent of the Roseau River Watershed District (RRWD), a local governmental agency in Roseau County, to work with project partners to plan, implement, and promote the Roseau River as a water trail. A water trail is a stretch of river or lake that is mapped and managed for recreation. For more information, click here.