DNR to hold a public meeting in regard to proposed wildlife lake designation on Long Lake in Cottonwood County

A proposal to formally designate Long Lake in Cottonwood County (DOW#17004802) for wildlife management will be the subject of a public meeting hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Monday, March 28.

The meeting will be held at the Windom Area DNR office, 175 County Road 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Located approximately 12 miles northwest of Windom, Long Lake is a 206-acre shallow basin that has a history of excellent migratory waterfowl use. Currently, Long Lake is in a degraded condition due to high water levels and an abundant common carp population.

Management goals include improving water quality in the lake along with fish and wildlife habitat. To meet these goals, the DNR plans to partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited to install a water control structure that will allow for active water level management. A high velocity fish barrier would also be installed.

Designating Long Lake as a wildlife lake would give the DNR authority to conduct periodic temporary drawdowns using the proposed water control structures following a comprehensive management plan. Temporary drawdowns can be used as a tool to improve shallow lake habitat conditions by promoting sediment consolidation and re-establishment of aquatic plants. A temporary drawdown is used to mimic a natural drought in order to reset ecological functions and productivity.

For more information about the proposal to manage Long Lake, people may attend the public meeting or contact DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Randy Markl at 507-831-2900 ext 226, randy.markl@state.mn.us. People seeking additional information may also contact DNR Wildlife Lake Specialist Josh Kavanagh, 398 Sibley Park Road NE, New London, MN 56273, joshua.kavanagh@state.mn.us.

Following the public meeting a public hearing will be scheduled to formally designate Long Lake for wildlife management purposes. The public hearing date is tentatively scheduled for April 14, 2016.