The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Walker Lake, connected and navigable to Otter Tail Lake in Otter Tail County. Zebra mussels were confirmed in Otter Tail Lake in August 2016. A lake property owner contacted the DNR after finding five adult zebra mussels on an irrigation intake while removing it for the season. DNR invasive species staff found more zebra mussels on other equipment in the same area of the lake and where Walker Lake outlets into Otter Tail Lake.
Anyone interested in deer can comment on Minnesota’s draft statewide deer management plan now through Wednesday, May 9.
With cold weather returning across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds ice anglers and other recreationists not to be fooled by any remaining ice on lakes and streams. Over the past week, public safety officials have reported more than a half-dozen ice emergencies across the state involving anglers and ATV riders breaking through thin or weak ice.
Hunters, anglers and everyone who has a role in selling licenses for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can anticipate a new electronic license system that will enhance customer service starting in the spring of 2020.
With more people recreating, the Independence Day holiday is an especially important time to take a moment to “Clean, Drain, Dispose.” This Fourth of July and all season, join the 96 percent of Minnesotans who Clean their watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species, Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport, and Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. “Clean, Drain, Dispose is the law in Minnesota, because it’s an effective way of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species,” said Heidi Wolf, Minnesota Department of Natural Resourc
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, county sheriffs' offices, and other public safety agencies statewide will step up patrols for intoxicated boaters June 30 through July 2 as part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at deterring drinking and boating. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on Minnesota waters. The state’s 2017 boating season has been the most deadly since 2005, with nine boating fatalities already recorded.
With warm temperatures, little to no snow and dry vegetation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will start spring burning restrictions in parts of the state today. As conditions for wildfires increase, exposed dead grass and brush can light easily and burn quickly, especially in windy conditions.
Just as the “rules of the road” are learned before getting behind the wheel of a car, the same should be done before getting on a boat and taking the helm.
Ice anglers in northern Minnesota are reminded ice shelter removal dates are approaching for lakes located north of Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Because of rapidly deteriorating ice conditions, anglers may need to remove their shelters early and not wait for the deadline.
As unseasonably warm weather quickly deteriorates ice conditions on lakes across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges lake recreationists to take caution. Over the past week, public safety officials have reported more than a half-dozen ice emergencies across the state involving anglers and snowmobile or ATV riders breaking through thin or weak ice.