DNR fisheries seeks comments on International Falls area lake management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is preparing individual fisheries management plans for 9 lakes and one stream in northern St. Louis and Koochiching Counties. The public is invited to review and comment on those plans. 

“Fisheries managers use the plans to describe the past, present, and desired future conditions of the water body,” said Kevin Peterson, International Falls area fisheries supervisor. “The plans identify goals and objectives for the fish community and identify specific management activities planned for the next 10 to 20 years.”

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


  • Ban.
  • Bartlett.
  • Beast.
  • Blackduck.
  • Kjostad.
  • Marion.
  • Mukooda.
  • Myrtle.
  • Pelican (near Orr).


  • Billy Creek (near Big Falls).

Copies of the draft plans are available at the International Falls Area Fisheries office located at 392 Highway 11 E., International Falls, MN 56649. You can also call the office at 218-286-5220 to request a copy or email kevin.peterson@state.mn.us.

Those wishing to comment on any of the plans may do so by contacting the DNR Area Fisheries Office by any of the methods outlined above. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Public comments on lake management plans will be taken through Friday, May 2, 2014.

Comments, questions and suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the International Falls area are welcome at any time.

The DNR’s lake management activities are largely funded through the sale of fishing licenses and the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Act.