Campbell/Whiskey Creek (Ditch 11/12)
Segments Whiskey Creek/Ditch 11
Campbell Creek/Ditch 12
Waterbody ID 09020103-543 Campbell Creek, Campbell Lk to Floyd Lk
Length Whiskey Creek - 3.79 miles
Campbell Creek - 3.77 miles
Elevation Change Whiskey Creek - 45 ft
Campbell Creek - 65ft
Headwaters Whiskey Creek- Moon Lake
Campbell Creek - Campbell Lake
Outlet Whiskey Creek - Campbell Lake
Campbell Creek - North Floyd Lake
Number of Sampling Sites 3 Sites:
S002-164- Campbell Creek at 230th St
S015-108- Campbell Creek 1 Mi south of 230th St
S002-163- Campbell Creek at CSAH 149
Impaired ​
(On the MPCA Impaired Waters List, Restoration necessary)
Sediment (TSS)
(Enhance condition to prevent future impairment. Nearly Impaired/degrading trend.)
Dissolved Oxygen, Total Phosphorous
(maintain good condition and protect against future risks)


Description & Overview

Becker County Ditch 11, also known as Whiskey Creek, flows from historic Moon Lake south through several wetland areas to Campbell Lake. From Campbell Lake, water flows into Becker County Ditch 12 where it flows into Campbell Creek about 1.5 miles south of Campbell Lake. Campbell Creek carries the water through a natural segment of stream the rest of the way to Floyd Lake.

Although Campbell Creek is technically on the unmodified stream section downstream of Ditch 12, much of the system is often referred to as Campbell Creek, including Whiskey Creek/Ditch 11. Historically, Campbell Creek would have flowed from Campbell Lake to North Floyd Lake, but sections of Campbell Creek were ditched and straightened in the early 1900s for agricultural benefit and to draw down Campbell Lake and surrounding wetland areas. The same rings true for Whiskey Creek. Ditch 11 was also constructed to improve agricultural lands and draw down Moon Lake to the North.

Campbell Creek is an intermittent, high gradient stream and is the major nutrient source to North Floyd Lake. Campbell Creek drops almost 70 feet in 4 miles before reaching North Floyd. Through the lower reach, Campbell Creek flows through highly erodible soils, and carries a heavy sediment load to North Floyd. A new impairment from high sediment loads was listed through the 2021 Ottertail WRAPS

Flows in Campbell Creek tend to be flashy and largely driven by surface runoff. Extensive agriculture (row crops and livestock grazing) exists in the upland areas. In the early 2010’s, PRWD partnered with Becker SWCD and NRCS to install several agricultural BMP’s to decrease sediment coming from the row crop land between Campbell Lake and North Floyd Lake. Extensive conservation work includes ditch buffers, water and sediment control basins (WASCoB’s), and wetland restorations. These practices have decreased loads of sediment and phosphorous to Campbell Creek, but other issues still need to be addressed (e.g., drain tile and stream bank erosion).

Water Quality

Total Phosphorus and Discharge

Total Suspended Solids and Discharge

Annual Sediment Load (tons/yr)

Learn More

DNR Streams
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MPCA Surface Water Data
Find historical water quality data for streams throughout the Pelican River Watershed District and the State of Minnesota here


Under Construction

Studies & Surveys

For surveys and studies on Campbell Creek, see the Resource Library.