DNR seeks comment on International Falls area lake management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources International Falls area fisheries is seeking comments through Monday, April 16 on management plans for a number of area lakes.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake in the next five to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature, habitat quality and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

“Lake management plans provide the foundation for how we make fishery decisions for individual lakes and streams,” said Kevin Peterson, area fisheries supervisor. “Public comment is important as goals are created or revised in a plan. 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. The 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 management plans for several waters in each management area. In the International Falls area, plans for the following lakes will be reviewed.

St. Louis County lakes:

  • Blackduck.
  • Dovre.
  • Eugene.
  • Gun.
  • Kjostad.
  • Little Johnson.
  • Little Vermilion.
  • Mukooda.
  • Myrtle.
  • Pelican.

People can review current plans for lakes as well as recent fish survey information at the DNR’s International Falls fisheries office, 392 Highway 11 East, International Falls. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To request a draft copy of any lake management plans listed above email andrew.moran@state.mn.us or call 218-286-5220.

Questions or comments about the plans may be sent by email to International Falls area fisheries supervisor, Kevin Peterson, at kevin.peterson@state.mn.us. Suggestions for management of other lakes and streams in the International Falls area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are reviewed.