July 4th Boat Parade

posted Jun 29, 2018, 5:08 AM by Keith Gilbert

The Lake Johanna 4th of July Boat Parade is one of the perennial favorite community events on our beautiful lake. Please join the fun by gathering near Tony Schmidt Beach around 10:45 AM Wednesday morning July 4th. The boat parade will begin at 11:00 am. Be creative and decorate your watercraft!

Spectators are encouraged on docks and shore with flags and cheers.
Have a great holiday!

Aquatic Plant Treatment Dues

posted Feb 22, 2018, 5:13 PM by Keith Gilbert

Your payment for 2018 Lake Johanna Aquatic Plant Treatment is due now!

To make your payment, visit and follow the instructions. 

You can either bring your check and signature form to the Spring Member Meetingon March 1, or mail your check and signature form to the address provided in the instructions.

It's extremely important that we collect payments and signatures on-time so that there are no delays in spraying come spring. Your prompt payment reduces the amount of work our volunteer board members have to do each spring chasing down payments.

Thank you!

Spring Member Meeting March 1

posted Feb 19, 2018, 4:57 PM by Keith Gilbert

Please join your lake neighbors on Thursday, March 1 at 7pm for the Lake Johanna Improvement Society annual member meeting.

We're excited that author and journalist Greg Breining has agreed to speak! Greg will talk about the problems road salt poses for our waterways and what communities and individuals can do to lessen the problem. Breining recently wrote about the issue  for Ensia, an environmental magazine published by the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. He has written about science, travel, medicine and nature for The New York Times, National Wildlife, Sports Illustrated, Living Bird, and other publications. His books include Wild Shore: Exploring Lake Superior by Kayak; Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park; Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters–Quetico Wilderness;and A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It.

When: Thursday, 3/1/2018, 7:00pm

Where: Johanna Shores Presbyterian Homes Fellowship Room, 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd, (use the north Care Center entrance between the old and new buildings).

Agenda: Brief business meeting (board member elections, dues collection, any other necessary business), followed by Greg Breining's presentation.

Lake Johanna Luminary

posted Feb 8, 2018, 4:47 PM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 4:52 PM ]

Lake Johanna
Luminary Event

6:30pm Saturday, Feb 10, 2018
Along the West Side of Lake Johanna for 2018

This year we are trying to make the Luminary event more “user friendly”. We are going to focus our efforts on the west side of Lake Johanna only, stretching from Tony Schmidt beach to Presbyterian homes. In 2019 we will have the Luminary on another stretch of the lake – rotating locations and fun! This way people will be sure to enjoy one another in a focused area of the lake and the luminary hosts will know they will have people stopping. We still need help from all neighbors on the lake however! Please consider bringing extra luminaries over to line the path, fire pits, food and also even host a station on the west side! We need all the help we can get. Spread the word to friends and neighbors ON and OFF the lake. Please contact Mari Salveson about helping or hosting! Thank you neighbors!

We would love to have many stops along the west side! Can you help with a station? Can you bring luminaries, a fire pit, wood, chairs? Please call or text Mari Salveson at 952-797-4640 if you can help or host a station

Please ask friends and neighbors who don’t live on the lake! Spread the word to the greater community! You can download a printable PDF flyer here to share with friends and neighbors.

Let’s get out and play this winter!

Picnic update!

posted Aug 8, 2017, 3:21 PM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 3:21 PM ]

Plan on a picnic THIS THURSDAY EVENING (August 10). We're watching the weather, and will update the website if we need to postpone due to weather.


posted Jul 20, 2017, 3:07 PM by Keith Gilbert

The annual Lake Johanna Improvement Society Picnic will be held on Thursday August 10 at the Arden Hills Island Beach Club. We hope that you can join us! Come and get to know your lake neighbors, and enjoy some good food!

WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2017

TIME: 5:30pm, Dinner served at 6:00pm

WHERE: Arden Hills Island Beach Club

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a side dish to share
(Fruit, Dessert, Salad, Veggies, etc.)

PROVIDED: LJIS will provide fried chicken, coleslaw, 
baked beans, drinks, and all paper products

Please spread the word to neighbors who might not read these notices!

There is limited parking on the island, so if you are able, please boat, walk, bike, or consider parking on the street near the beach club entrance.

Information Bulletin #58

posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:58 PM by Keith Gilbert

Goose removal
Goose capture efforts on June 30 were successful. 12 adults and 32 goslings were captured on Lake Johanna.

Public access parking lot maintenance
The boat launch at Lake Johanna will be chip sealed on July 11th starting first thing in the morning, weather pending. The work should take half a day. If it rains, the work will get pushed to the following day. There will be no striping in the lot for approximately six weeks. At that point the rock will be swept up and the lot will be striped, late at night/off hours.

Help search for Starry Stonewort
Starry Stonewort is one of the newest and worst invasive species to hit Minnesota. To our knowledge we do not have it on Lake Johanna. The Ramsey Conservation District is requesting volunteers to help search for this plant on Saturday August 5. More details here.

July 4th Boat Parade

posted Jun 15, 2017, 6:07 AM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 6:08 AM ]

It's never too early to begin planning your entry for the Lake Johanna 4th of July Boat Parade! This is one of the perennial favorite community events on our beautiful lake. Please join the fun by gathering near Tony Schmidt Beach around 10:45 AM Monday morning July 4th. The boat parade will begin at 11:00 am. Be creative and decorate your watercraft!

Spectators are encouraged on docks and shore with flags and cheers.

Pontoon wanted
Warren Wildes, one of our LJIS Board Members, traditionally plays his trumpet on his boat during the parade. This year, Warren is hosting a family reunion on the 4th, and would love to bring a bunch of his family on a pontoon in the parade.

If you have a pontoon boat that you would be willing to lend to Warren for the parade, please contact him at or 612-720-4838.
Have a great holiday!

Information Bulletin #57

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:18 AM by Keith Gilbert

Weed treatment
Staff from Clarke will be on the lake on June 6th weather permitting for weed treatment. If you are participating in our weed treatment program, they will place DNR treatment signs on June 5th.

Boat inspections
Staff from Waterguards, under contract with Ramsey County, will be at the public boat launch on a sporadic basis this summer inspecting boats for aquatic invasive species. Their next inspection date on Lake Johanna is Sunday June 4 from 10am-8pm.

Information Bulletin #56

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:18 AM by Keith Gilbert

Chloride Impairment
Jon Hartman represented the LJIS at the Ramsey Conservation District Aquatic Invasive Species Forum on March 30. At that meeting we learned some disturbing news. John Manske of Ramsey County Lake Management has been taking Chloride and Secchi disk measurements at Lake Johanna (and other area lakes) for many years, and has been researching Chloride levels. He has determined that Lake Johanna is in danger of Chloride impairment in 15 years. Little Johanna is already impaired. Chloride comes into the lake primarily from salt spread on roads, sidewalks, and parking lots. What does this mean to Lake Johanna?  Please read the resources about this issue on the LJIS website under the Resource Center > Water Quality section of the the LJIS Web site, including slides from John Manske’s presentation, a chart showing Chloride concentrations from 1987-present, and a recent StarTribune article about Chloride impairment.

Jon Hartman has been in contact with Jon Manske. The LJIS board will be exploring ways that we can help reverse this trend, so contact a LJIS board member if you have ideas.

AIS Detectors
Bob Teeling and Gregg Larson have both enrolled in the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Detector training being offered by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC). It will be valuable to have these lake residents trained in AIS identification. If you observe any aquatic plants or creatures that you suspect might be Aquatic Invasive Species, contact Bob, Gregg, or a Board member.

AIS Ambassador training
The Ramsey Conservation District is considering offering “AIS Ambassador” training: "As an AIS Ambassador you will undergo training by the MN DNR. This will prepare you to educate the public about invasive species at public accesses. While the AIS Ambassador role is strictly educational, it plays an important part in reminding boaters of the importance of protecting our waters.” If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Keith Gilbert and he will put you in touch with the Ramsey Conservation District AIS Coordinator.

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