DNR seeks comments on Finland area lake management plans

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

Management plans describe the past, present, and desired future conditions of the water resources. The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years.

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

Lakes located in Cook County:

  • Elbow Lake (part of the Timber-Frear loop of lakes).
  • Mesaba Lake.
  • Phoebe Lake.
  • Wine Lake.

Lakes located in Lake County:

  • Comfort Lake.
  • Cross River Lake.
  • Hare Lake.
  • Hide Lake.
  • Norway Lake.
  • Sapphire Lake.
  • Scott Lake.
  • Short Lake.
  • Sink Lake.
  • Sundown Lake.
  • Twentythree Lake.
  • Wadop Lake.
  • Watonwan Lake.

People can review current plans and draft plans for lakes in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Finland area fisheries office, 6686 Highway 1 Box 546 in Finland. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals also may call 218-353-8855 or email finland.fisheries@state.mn.us to have an electronic copy of the management plan emailed to them.

Public comments on lake management plans will be taken through Friday, Feb. 28. Comments may be submitted via mail or e-mail. Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Finland area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.