DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids area lake management plans

(Released February 21, 2014)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is preparing individual fisheries management plans for 22 lakes in Itasca and west-central St. Louis County and is inviting public comments on the plans. Fisheries managers use the plans to describe the past, present, and desired future conditions of the body of water. The plans identify goals and objectives for the fish community and identify specific management activities planned for the next 10 to 20 years.

The lake management plans available for review at this time are:

• Battle.

• Buck.

• Busties.

• Coon-Sandwick.

• Cottonwood.

• Deer (Effie).

• Hatch.

• Horseshoe.

• Island (Northome).

• Janette.

• Jessie.

• Judson Mine Pit.

• McQuade.

• Moose.

• No ta she bun (Willow).

• O’Brien Reservoir #4.

• O’Brien Reservoir (Blue).

• Pickerel.

• Round (Squaw Lake).

• Snowball.

• Swan.

• Trout (Coleraine).

People interested in providing comments on any of the plans can contact the DNR area fisheries office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. Comments or questions may be directed to 218-327-4430 or by e-mail to grandrapids.fisheries@state.mn.us.

Public comments on management plans will be accepted until March 10. Comments may be submitted by mail or email.

Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Grand Rapids area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.