Stearns County Ditch #51


Start - Section 5, T-125-N, R-35-W, Raymond Township
End - N 1/4 corner Section 34, T-126-N, R-35-W, Ashley Township


The headwaters begin approximately 9 miles southwest of the City of Sauk Centre. The ditch has 2.7 miles of tile and 4.5 of open ditch. The main ditch generally flows west to east for approximately 2.3 miles, and then continues north for approximately 2.2 additional miles. The 7.2 mile long drainage system drains lands which consist primarily of agricultural land, woods and wetlands.


  • The ditch was constructed in 1988.
  • The ditch was transferred to the SRWD in 2003.
  • A survey was conducted on the entire system in October of 2012.
  • The survey determined the system is generally out of repair with extensive vegetation growth and siltation.
  • Buffer strips were acquired in February of 2014.
  • The repair was completed in 2015 and 2016.
  • MS 103F.48 and MS 103E.021 buffer violations were found in 2019 and 2020.
  • The ditch benefits and damages were adopted in 1988, in conjunction with the establishment proceedings.
  • Total Benefits - $290,706.00
  • Total Damages - $37,972.00