DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake & stream management plans

(Released March 14, 2014)

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes and streams have until March 28 to ask questions or submit comments.

Fishery decisions for individual lakes and streams are based on management plans. The plans describe the history, present state, and desired future of the fish community. They include background on the lake, including water chemistry, temperature, and species present. This background is important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

“Public comment is important as goals are created or revised in a plan,” said Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor. “It is important in complex management where we have special regulations but can also be incorporated into a simple plan for a small lake by adding information not collected by survey crews. Our call for comments also gives the public an opportunity to see the latest plans for area lakes and streams.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Tower area, plans for the following lakes will be reviewed. These lakes are in northeastern St. Louis County or northern Lake County.

Lakes:

• Battle.

• Bear Head.

• Bear Island.

• Big (near Skibo).

• Boulder.

• Cedar (near Winton).

• Chant.

• Clark.

• Dry.

• Eagle’s Nest 4.

• Embarrass Pit.

• Glacier Pond 1.

• Glacier Pond 2.

• James (Jammer).

• Judd.

• Little.

• Little Dry.

• Little Trout.

• Meat.

• Phantom.

• Pike River Flowage.

• Pfeiffer.

• Pleasant.

• Saca.

• Silver (Co.Rd. 525).

• Sprite.

• St. James Pit.

• Takucmich.

• Trygg.

• Twin, North.

• Twin, South.

• West Two River Reservoir.

• Whitewater.

People can review current plans for lakes as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Tower fisheries office, 650 Highway 169 in Tower. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals also may call 218-753-2580 ext. 221 or email edie.evarts@state.mn.us. To request a draft copy of any lake management plan listed above email dena.roseth@state.mn.us.

Public comments on lake management plans will be taken through Friday, March 28. Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Tower area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.