East Side Lake

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East Side Lake
East Side Lake.jpg
In winter. Picture taken from the Oakland Avenue bridge over Dobbins Creek looking north-northeast.
Location Austin, Minnesota
Coordinates 43°40′16″N 092°57′10″W / 43.67111°N 92.95278°W / 43.67111; -92.95278Coordinates: 43°40′16″N 092°57′10″W / 43.67111°N 92.95278°W / 43.67111; -92.95278
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Dobbins Creek
Primary outflows Dobbins Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 40 acres (16 ha)

East Side Lake is a 40 acres (16.19 ha) reservoir in Austin, Minnesota in western Mower County,[1] which is in the southeast part of the state. It is one of two man-made lakes in Mower County (the other is Lake Louise), which is one of only four counties in Minnesota without a natural lake. The majority of the lake is only 5–6 feet deep.

Dobbins Creek[edit]

The lake's only tributary and only outflow is Dobbins Creek, which starts in Red Rock Township and flows through Nicolville. As reported in the Star Tribune [1], untreated sewage (including feces) from Nicolville is dumped into Dobbins Creek a mere three miles (5 km) upstream from East Side Lake. Fecal bacteria have been measured at up to 11 times the level allowed in surface water by state law.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.