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With the discovery of zebra mussels in this popular lake, anglers and boaters are reminded to be extra vigilant in ensuring their boat and other water-related equipment are clean before leaving a lake access. Each person must take responsibility to help stop the spread of zebra mussels in lakes and streams and protect the state’s aquatic ecosystems. The DNR can’t do it alone. Boaters are required by law to pull the plug and drain all water. DNR officials encourage boaters to do this on the ramp where water will drain from the boat.
Lake Winnibigoshish (DNR public waters number 11-0147) and several other connected waterbodies will be designated as infested waters.
•Cut Foot Sioux Lake (public waters number 31-0857). •Egg Lake (31-0817).
•First River Lake (31-0818).
•Little Cut Foot Lake (31-0852).
•Little Winnibigoshish Lake (31-0850).
•Pigeon River from the Pigeon Dam Lake’s dam to Lake Winnibigoshish.
•Rabbits Lake (31-0923).
•Ravens Flowage, which includes an unnamed creek from Township 146, Range 29, Section 3 to Township 146, Range 29, Section 11 and Raven Creek.
•Raven Lake (31-0925).
•Sugar Lake (31-0925).
•Third River downstream of Highway 33.
•Third River Flowage, which is part of Lake Winnibigoshish.
•Mississippi River from the Knutson Dam downstream to Little Winnibigoshish.
Further sampling will continue next spring and summer, including additional plankton tows, dives, shoreline searches, and coordination with resource partners on the lake and downstream waters to monitor for zebra mussels. The DNR is working cooperatively with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on this veliger finding.
Some activities, such as bait harvest and transport of water for any purpose, are currently restricted in these waters due to their designation as infested with faucet snails. The new designation with zebra mussels will be effective upon publication in the State Register on Feb. 12, 2013, and may further restrict bait harvest activities.
Connected waters include:
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