About the Foundation

Welcome! Here we hope to bring you a useful and interesting website full of information to help guide you around our lakes, have fun learning a little history and help us all understand our responsibilities for our waters.

Fairmont Lakes Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to promote the stewardship of our city’s lakes. Our general purpose is to lead and educate our community and its visitors to take responsibility for the quality and care of our city’s lakes while increasing awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the value of these natural resources.

Recent Projects

Though COVID-19 has taken a toll on many activities, we are pleased to announce a number of projects that were held while taking safety precautions:

  • The May Contest is a favorite among the fishing It was canceled in 2020, but the Fall Fishing Tournament will be held September 26th.
  • The August 2019 Lake Cleanup event held with great support from Martin County Pheasants Forever, the City of Fairmont and numerous volunteers, filling a truck bed with debris from Budd and George Lakes. Cleanup for Hall Lake took place August 29, 2020.
  • In January, the Foundation hosted the 6th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament where about 249 participants enjoyed the event bringing fishing enthusiasts from several neighboring We partnered with Pheasants Forever to create a simultaneous event for youth.
  • The kayak/paddle board station remained closed due to COVID-19 and sanitation concerns. Plans are underway to open next season.
  • A $200,000 grant from the Schmeeckle Foundation has been awarded to complete the Dutch Creek project by improving the entry of the creek to Hall Lake.
  • Recently awarded is a 1.2 million dollar grant from Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and will be dedicated to Wildlife Restoration and Nutrient Filtering Wetlands” (project) in order to increase water quality in our lakes, the quality of Fairmont’s drinking water, and to enhance recreational opportunities.
  • Our 5-year plan includes stocking sunfish, supporting education of shore owners to plant vegetation and discourage clear cutting.
  • Phase 3 of Muskie – October 2020.