DNR to hold public hearing on Middle Lake

(Released May 21, 2014)

A public hearing on a proposal to formally designate Middle Lake in Kandiyohi County for wildlife management will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources near New London on Thursday, May 29.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m., in the Sibley State Park Interpretive Center, lower level, Sibley Park Road NE.

The lake is a 376-acre shallow basin, 5 miles west of New London, and bordered by a large portion of Sibley State Park. The basin has a history of high waterfowl use, especially diving ducks. It is also heavily used in late summer by blue-winged teal and it provides excellent wood duck and loon habitat.

Middle Lake provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities and a portage trail is maintained from the lake through Sibley State Park as part of a circular canoe route between six area lakes.

The DNR proposal includes installation of a culvert-end fish screen on the outlet to prevent the degradation of quality habitat by fish species such as carp, fathead and bullhead moving upstream. A slow/no wake zone on the lake to minimize wildlife disturbance is also proposed.

For more information, contact Nicole Kovar, DNR wildlife lake specialist, 507-537-6607, or Cory Netland, DNR area wildlife supervisor, 320-354-2154. Comments will be accepted in writing until June 30 to the Spicer/New London DNR office, 398 Sibley Park Road NE, New London, MN 56273.