DNR seeks comments on Finland area lake and stream management plans

(Released November 26, 2013)

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Finland area lakes and streams have until Jan. 15 to ask questions or submit comments.

“Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Dean Paron, Finland area fisheries supervisor. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next 5 to 20 years. They include background on the lake including water chemistry, temperature, and species present which is important in understanding the potential of a fishery.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Finland area, plans for the following lakes and streams will be reviewed.

Lakes:

• Echo.

• Harriet.

• Wanless.

• Scarp.

• Bear.

• Bean.

• Finn Pond.

• Weapon.

• Katherine.

• Gypsy.

• Tonic.

• Fulton.

Streams:

• Dyers Creek.

• Fredenberg Creek.

• Morris Creek.

• Mitawan Creek.

In addition, plans for several BWCAW lakes in the area will be updated. These plans will be revised solely to establish survey schedules on those lakes for the next few years.

BWCAW lakes in the Finland area:

• Grace.

• Beth.

• Boga.

Current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information are available for review at the DNR’s Finland area fisheries office, 6686 Highway 1, PO Box 546, Finland, MN 55603, between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For information, call Dean Paron, 218-353-7591 or email at dean.paron@state.mn.us or finland.fisheries@state.mn.us.

Comments and suggestions on other streams and lakes in the area are welcomed at any time, and will be considered when those plans are due for review.