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2021 Fishing Contest rules
Online registration is now closed for this event. If you are still interested in purchasing fishing-contest tickets, contact the Recreation Supervisor at 952-227-1122. Tickets will be available for purchase until 4pm Friday, February 5.
Tickets are $10 each. Each participant can purchase a maximum of 2 tickets, and each ticket allows for 1 fish submission to the contest. Tickets must be included and visible in fish submission photographs.
No, there will not be pre-drilled holes available as part of the contest this year.
Yes. As long as your fish submission meet species and lake requirements and is alive, it is eligible for submission.
On any lake in Carver County, Minnesota. (see Carver County lakes map)
From Monday, February 1 at 12:00 a.m. through Saturday, February 6 at 11:59 p.m. Contestants are allowed to submit fish caught during this window, NOT fish caught before contest start or after contest end. All fish submissions must be received by contest administrators by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 6 to be eligible for the contest.
Eligible species are Northern, Sunfish, Crappie, Walleye, and Perch. Fish must be alive in order to be eligible.
Yes, as long as you are compliant with all MNDNR possession regulations and limits. See links to regulations below.
Yes. Fishing licenses are required for all individuals 16 years of age and older. No licenses will be sold as part of the contest. Must have prior to competition.
Participants are allowed to win one fish prize. In the event that a portion of the "longest fish" prizes are not awarded, contestants’ second fish will be used to award prizes, with the remaining prizes being awarded in length and order, from longest to shortest.
$4,500 in fishing prizes will be awarded in the form of "longest fish" prizes; all "longest fish" prizes are determined by length in inches. In the event of a tie in length, the contestant with the first entry wins the higher number prize, and the contestant with the second entry wins the lower number prize. Time of entry is based on when the submission is received by the contest administrators.
You must measure and show your fish measurement accurately to have an eligible submission. All final decisions on fish length and entry eligibility will be made by contest administrators. Cheating will not be tolerated.
Participants may purchase either 1 or 2 tickets, and submit exactly one fish per ticket they hold. You may enter a fish for both tickets, but only 1 "longest fish" prize will be awarded per person.
If a participant purchases 2 fishing tickets, separate fish must be caught and submitted for each ticket.
Prize pickup will take place at Chanhassen City Hall during the following times (prizes will not be mailed):
Monday, February 8 – Thursday, February 11, 8am-4:30pm
Thursday, February 11 from 4:30-6pm
There will be no in-person component of FebFest as has occurred in the past. The medallion hunt and prize pickup are the only components of the festival that are required to be in-person. Social distancing rules and precautions consistent with state and local guidelines will be in place.
The City of Chanhassen is responsible for the upkeep of 112 miles of city streets and 60 miles of trails. Since the start of the PMP in 1991, the city has made a commitment to provide residents with a systematic program of street and trail rehabilitation and repair in order to assure that the city streets and trails are serviceable, safe, functional, and provide a cost-effective approach to meet the needs of our residents. The City of Chanhassen’s PMP strives to expend taxpayer funds to ensure the most value for residents.Every mile of street and trail is inspected every three years. Distresses such as potholes, cracking, rutting, etc. are entered into a computerized program to calculate a pavement condition numeric value. Streets that are new and have no distresses have a value of 100, while streets that have completely deteriorated have a value of 0. For the past 10 years, the city’s overall pavement network value has been around 70 and is considered to be in good condition. The pavement condition values assist staff in developing a list of streets and trails that are in need of maintenance. The goal of the program is to “do the right maintenance at the right time” so costly improvement projects can be delayed as long as possible.
Every City has a franchise agreement with each utility company (gas, electric, etc.) for their use/rent of city-owned right-of-way for their business purposes.
While not technically considered a “tax”, this is a new dedicated revenue source for the city which would be collected from utility users in Chanhassen; it will have the same effect as a tax. However, it is not levied in the way a property tax is levied, given that franchise fees are not tied to the value of a property. Thus, all single-family homes would pay the same amount toward the PMP assuming they have both gas and electric services. Specifically, franchise fees are a method of collecting funds from utility companies who use city rights-of-way. These funds are typically passed directly through to all commercial businesses, tax-exempt properties, and residents that use the street and trail systems.
The franchise fees would be set aside in a dedicated fund and will be used solely for expenditures related to the PMP projects such as street overlays and reconstruction, and trail improvement projects.
Minnesota State Statutes allow for a city to impose a fee on a utility company for its use of publicly owned right-of-way (MN State Statute 216.36). Many cities throughout the state have adopted franchise fee ordinances to help pay for roadways and trails. For example, within Hennepin County, 87% of the population pay franchise fees to the utility companies that are passed through to the specific cities. The majority of these cities utilize this revenue source for their related PMP.
Charges for residential customers $5 for both electric and gas. Commercial and other properties would be charged at a separate rate. This fee would generate approximately $1.76M million annually.
Yes, per the current City assessment practice.
Yes, the fees are charged by electric and gas meters and you will pay the standard residential fee. The fee pays for your use and maintenance of the public city streets and trails.
The City is planning to review the fee every five years. It is not anticipated that the fee will need to be adjusted in the near term.
For more information about the Franchise Fee, please contact the City’s Engineering Department at 952-227-1160.
The roadway is currently in poor condition and needs to be upgraded to current design standards including the installation of curb and gutter and a storm sewer system.
No additional thru traffic lanes are proposed north of West 78th Street. Additional turn lanes may be added at some intersections and the study is also investigating other potential intersection improvements including roundabouts and enhanced pedestrian crossings. Paved shoulders are also being considered.
The current speed limit between Highway 5 and Lake Lucy Road is 45 MPH. The speed limit north of Lake Lucy Road is 40 MPH. The study will evaluate if the speed limits can be lowered.
Carver County is the City's partner on this project. For more information, including design plans, please visit the Carver County Highway 117 Project website.
Construction is currently scheduled for 2022.
The preliminary design study will enable the City of Chanhassen and Carver County to determine the scope and estimated cost of the improvements, and allow the City and County to begin to develop a proposed funding plan for the project. The study will also help the City better plan for future development along the corridor.
Yes, trail improvements are included as a part of this study. It is anticipated that the project will include trails along both sides of Galpin Boulevard between Highway 5 and Lake Lucy Road. The preliminary design study will further investigate possible sidewalk and trail improvements north of Lake Lucy Road.
No assessments to property owners are proposed. Funding for the project will come from County and City funds. City funds will primarily come from the Municipal State Aid fund that the City receives from the State of Minnesota gas tax proceeds. This section of Galpin Boulevard is currently owned and operated by Carver County. Once Galpin Boulevard is reconstructed, the roadway will be turned over to the City for operations and maintenance.
You will have access (i.e. you can access your driveway) for a majority of the project. Detours and side street closures may be necessary. For properties that have direct access to Galpin Boulevard, the only time you will not have direct access is when utilities are being constructed in front of your home or when new curb and gutter is being cured (typically 3 days).
The Chanhassen Service Center is conveniently located at 7808 Kerber Boulevard in downtown Chanhassen (next to M & I Bank).
Property information can be found at
The My Minnesota Woods website contains a number of fact sheets pertaining to landscaping issues between neighbors. Click here to get more information on trees and the law.
Check with your garbage hauler, bring them to an area compost site or take them to the city's spring or fall yard waste collection day. More details.
The City of Chanhassen contracts with the Carver County Sheriff's Office for police services. If it is a non-emergency, call 952-361-1231, if it is an emergency call 911.
Contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office Records Division
Ages 12- 14 years:10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Sunday-Thursday11 p.m. - 5 a.m. Friday & Saturday
Ages 15 - 17 years:11 p.m. - 5 a.m. Sunday - Thursday12:01 a.m. - 5 a.m. Friday & Saturday
Picnics sites are available May through September. Call 952-227-1100 to reserve picnic sites at Lake Ann Park and Lake Susan Park. Picnic information may also be accessed here
Please contact our Park Superintendent, Adam Beers at 952-227-1300 or via email.
In Chanhassen, you can tell if a street is public or private by the color of the street sign.
8:30am - 4:30pm
Transportation options are available on the
There are some areas in the city where water use is low and trace elements in the water have time to settle out of solution and collect in the bottom of the pipe. These can then be stirred up by sudden high use. It is not harmful to drink but should be removed by contacting Water Production Technician Craig Carlson by email or by phone at 952-227-1701.
Please review our annual Water Quality Report.
The city's entire water supply is treated to remove iron and manganese as well as adding chlorine and fluoride. Additional info...
This is the water shut-off valve to your home. Seasonal settling can cause the valve (sometimes referred to as a curb box) to stick up above the surrounding ground and become a problem for lawn mowing or driving if it is in your driveway. Please contact the Utility Department at 952-227-1300.
To eliminate smelly water caused by your water heater, turn your hot water heater up to high for several hours (150-160 degrees). This should kill the sulfur bacteria. Then flush your system, especially your water heater. Also, the magnesium rod can be replaced with an aluminum one, or removed completely. If you live on a dead-end line or in an area with just a few homes, we recommend calling the City Water Department at 952-227-1300 so that the lines can be flushed to assure that there is chlorine present to kill the hydrogen sulfide odor.
The original grading plan was approved and accepted by City Council on 9/14/20 which included the recommendations of staff, along with all other plans and specifications. 100% plans were approved by staff and accepted by City Council on 10/12/20.
Final retaining wall locations were approved with the 100% grading plans associated with the Grading Development Contract approved by City Council on 10/12/20. There were some adjustments to final retaining wall locations from the original plans approved by City Council on 9/14/20 based on staff comments, which were presented on the 9/14 recommendations.
Retaining walls on site vary but range from a maximum of 4’ to a maximum of 12’. There is a total of seven retaining walls associated with this development.
The Landscape Plan will show the sizes and locations. Additionally, the minimum sizes allowed to comply with landscaping requirements are: Deciduous overstory trees must be 2.5" in diameter; Ornamental trees must be 1.5" in diameter minimum; Evergreen trees may be a 6’ minimum to count as an ornamental or an 8’ minimum to be counted as an overstory tree.
Upon completion of extensive negotiations with Lennar, the city is fulfilling a fifty-year plan to preserve the forests and wetlands located between Lake Ann and Lake Lucy. Please check out the Lake Ann Park Expansion Project page for more information on the proposed park.
Construction Hours Associated with Land Development are Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, No work on Sundays or public holidays. At this time, the developer has not applied for extended working hours, which can administratively be approved by the Public Works Director/City Engineer.
Construction Hours Associated with Home Construction are Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, No work on Sundays or public holidays.
View a map showing the school district boundary line between Minnetonka School District 276 and Eastern Carver County School District 112 as well as the location of public and private schools in Chanhassen. And for more information check out our Schools page.
This is anticipated to be conducted in 2021.
Chanhassen is working with Carver County on the upgrade to Galpin Blvd which is slated for 2024. For more information on this please see the Carver County Hwy 117 Project page.
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In 1990, the City of Chanhassen adopted a quarterly charge to all properties in Chanhassen to help pay for the maintenance, monitoring and improvements to protect Chanhassen’s 11 lakes, four creeks and 420 wetlands. Residential properties receive a uniform flat fee. Commercial properties receive a higher rate based on land classification and lot size.
As a homeowner you are able to check your meter to calculate your usage at any time. The meter is generally located downstairs or in a utility room, where the water enters your home. The City of Chanhassen rounds to the nearest 1,000 gallon. This number is listed on your bill under "Current" as the current or most recent read we received from your meter.
Any property that is connected to, and has available for use, water and sewer utilities, will receive a minimum service charge.
Visit this site for instructions on receiving an