Wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are cautioning waterfowl hunters about low water levels at the Canosia Wildlife Management Area near Duluth.
Water levels were lowered to almost a complete drawdown level earlier this summer in order to repair one of the water control structures on Angell Pool. Lingering drought conditions have prevented water levels from fully recovering. Waterfowl hunters will find the water levels on Angell Pool at least 2 feet below normal, which will make boating and canoe navigation more difficult. The water levels Trettle Pool are significantly lower, making boat or canoe navigation nearly impossible.
Although good numbers of waterfowl are using the pools, the low water levels will make it difficult to navigate to a suitable hunting location or to retrieve game.
The DNR occasionally uses drawdowns to manage wetland vegetation for waterfowl use. The improved vegetation and functioning water control structure should provide better conditions for waterfowl in the future, though hunters may experience some inconvenience this year.
Questions can be directed to the Cloquet area wildlife office at 218-879-0880, ext. 233, or the Duluth area wildlife office at 218-723-4768, ext. 224.
More information about Minnesota’s 1,440 wildlife management areas can be found on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/WMAS.