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Welcome to Friends of the Firesteel

We are a dedicated group of volunteers, members, donors, and partners on a mission to clean up Lake Mitchell and Firesteel Creek's water quality issues. At the same time, we are also enhancing the recreational opportunity's for generations to come.  Join us in helping to protect our areas most treasured water assets.

About Us

Friends of the Firesteel is a 501(c)(3), not for profit organization, formed out of the previous City of Mitchell Lake Committee for the purpose of assisting the city with fundraising, water quality and project improvement education, and community building around our goal of cleaning up Lake Mitchell and the Firesteel Creek Watershed. 

Mission Statement

Through Area and Community education, support and action; secure sufficient financing (along with the City of Mitchel) to fund:

1. The substantial reduction of in-lake algae, phosphorus, and other contaminated run-off;

2. An enhancement of the fishery and fish habitat;

3. A continuous lake preservation program that will forever maintain the water and lake quality needed for our Vision of a vibrant lake and watershed.

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Member Benefits

Your membership in the grass roots effort to engage our community with project education, event opportunities, fundraising, and fellowship. As a member of Friends of the Firesteel, receive quarterly email updates and one free Friends of Firesteel event pass. Events may include family triathlons, fishing tournaments, tour of homes, Fourth of July boat parades and much more.

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Upcoming Events

Dakota Wesleyan University  sponsored Debate on "How Can We Best Revive our Dying Lake?"

Event Details: DWU School of Business, Innovation and Leadership,Room 117

Event Date & Time: Monday, October 23rd, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm

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All are welcome and encouraged to attend and be a part of the questions and comments.

Featured Materials


A draft Technical Memorandum (TM) was completed for the Lake Mitchell Rehabilitation project in January of 2018. The results of the TM were presented to the public later that month including the source, nature and scale of the water quality problems being experienced at Lake Mitchell.


SD Game Fish and Parks 
Impact of Zebra Mussels on South Dakota Lakes, Rivers, and Streams

Phosphorus & Microcystin Levels in Center of Lake Mitchell by Week & Year:

The city of Mitchell does water quality testing of phosphorus and microcystin levels on a weekly and monthly basis at locations in the watershed, in the lake center, and below the lake. This information helps to track how phosphorus and microcystin levels change by week and correlate to certain weather events such as droughts, floods, or large rain events.

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