Ditch 13 is a Crow Wing County Ditch under the jurisdiction of the County of Crow Wing in Minnesota. Ditch 13 is Lake Edward’s only water outlet. Lake Edward has no inlet. It is fed by underwater springs and rain.
Lake Edward Conservation Club President Herb Nelson: “our primary focus will continue to include the lake levels returning to normal and Ditch 13, the only outlet from Lake Edward that happens to empty into North Long Lake.” Lake Edward Conservation Club Newsletter August 2011. Lake Edward Newsletter 8-2011
Historically Lake Edward’s water level is dependent upon nature and the County’s maintenance of Ditch 13. Beaver dams have often kept water from flowing out of Lake Edward when lake water levels have been over the high water mark set for Lake Edward by the State of Minnesota–in the past both County and Thirty Lakes Watershed have hired trappers to keep the beavers from plugging up Ditch 13, and have removed interfering beaver dams.
Thirty Lakes Watershed is exploring a new system for maintaining flowage of water from Lake Edward to Ditch 13 called a “Clemson beaver pond leveler.” Read the August 2011 Newsletter for further information on Ditch 13, Clemson beaver pond levelers and Lake Water Levels. Lake Edward Newsletter 8-2011