The Rapid River Watershed, 573,060 acres in size, is entirely in the U.S., with over 79% of the land owned or managed by state entities. There are 134 farms within its boundaries, most less than 1,000 acres in size. As with many areas of northern Minnesota, principal industries include forest product harvesting, forest product manufacturing, farming and tourism. Much of the land in the watershed is not suited or is poorly suited to agricultural uses. Wetlands (74.8%) make up most of the watershed and development pressure is moderate, with occasional lands being parceled out for timber production or recreational use.
The main resource concerns in the watershed are soil erosion, management of excessive wetness, wetland and woodland management, pasture management and surface water quality.
Intensive watershed water quality monitoring is underway/complete and stressor identification field work was slated for 2019. For more information, please go to: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/watersheds/rapid-river.