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What's on the Calendar?

Thursday; March 12, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting
7AM Essentia Campus
Detroit Lakes, MN

Monday; March 30, 2015

Town Hall meeting with Senator Kent Eken and Representative Paul Marquart

7:00pm - Ecumen Campus; Detroit Lakes

Beach Captain Kick-off Meetings

5:30 - 6:30 Thursday, May 14th
9:30-10:30 Saturday, May 16th

392 Shorewood Drive
Detroit Lakes, MN

Lake Detroiters Association Annual Meeting

8-9am Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

9-10:30am Annual Meeting

1941 Long Bridge Road
North Shore of Deadshot Bay

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LDA Mission Statement
“To promote the protection and enhancement of Detroit Lake”


April 7, 2015

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DNR training for Lake Service Providers :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

March 25, 2015

Lake Detroiters Association prepares for the unveiling of the 2015 LDA Logowear.  The selection begins with a tour of Lakeshirts.  Follow the process until the final unveiling at the Beach Captain meetings Mid-May. 

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March 21, 2015

This is a great vista of Detroit Lake looking to the SE from the Highway 59 roundabout.  Little Detroit Is in the foreground and a defining Cox's Point and Channel between Big and Little Detroit.  Photo taken today from hot air balloon - Dakota Diamond.

Detroit Lake - FB Photo - March 21, 2015

March 17, 2015

The 2015 winter has left some lakeshore property owners faced with ice-movement (ice ridge) issues on the shoreline. In many cases a Pelican River Watershe District or MN DNDR permit is required to any work.  This information will help you determine next steps. MORE INFORMATION

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January 25, 2015

A recent study examines 8 MN counties and the results show 25% of homes in Becker County are second homes. Lake property is the major draw and healthy water is important to the buyer. It shows that lake associations play an important role in connecting with those property owners. This is an opportunity for the City of Detroit Lakes and Becker County to protect the lakes because that is important when attracting second home families to our area. So in the end, protecting our waters help maintain a healthy tax base revenue stream. This is all what MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLR) works to protect in MN.  Governor Mark Dayton and MN DNR are emphasizing how important water is to protect, because it impacts so many aspects of our MN life! We are "The Land of 10,000 Lakes".  It makes Minnesota living wonderful. READ THE STUDY

January 6, 2015


DNR, Parks & Trails Division will be conducting a public meeting to discuss the proposed design and expansion of the existing public water access site on the south shore of Detroit Lake on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:00 pm in the Detroit Lakes City Hall Council Chamber.  This meeting is intended for city officials and the local community/neighborhood to get their input on the proposed plan.  A second meeting was held with the organizations identified below on December 12, 2014, to get their comments on the revised design and lake AIS issues.  An initial meeting was held on September 18, 2013, to present a conceptual design to community and organization members and receive comments. CLICK HERE FOR AN ENLARGED VERSION SITE PLAN

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December 17, 2014

The public is encouraged to attend this two day-event which will bring in national leaders to provide on-the-ground applied science and actions that can be used to lower the risk of aquatic invasive species spread.  Attendees will obtain information and tools that will assist in implementing local AIS programs. 

Sponsors include  MN Association of Watershed Districts, MN Lakes & Rivers Advocates. and MN DNR in collaboration with MN Association of MN Counties.  Hosted by Initiative Foundation.



November 16, 2014

The ice-in date for 2014 for Detroit is November 15th. The last year that it was this early was in 1997.

Since 1997 the earliest ice-in was November 20th and the average is November 29th, so we definitely interrupted a pattern of later ice-in dates.

In contrast, in the early and mid-1990's November ice-in dates occurred on the 3rd (1991), 8th (1993), 11th (1995), 12th (1996), and 15th (1997). Ice-in has taken place in October 5 times in the 105 year record for Detroit.

The latest ice-in date was December 16 in 1999.

November 12, 2014 - Ice-In - almost

November 2014

Tthe Sandpiper Crude Oil Pipeline carrying crude oil across Minnesota from North Dakota could be routed close to Detroit Lake.  Lake Detroiters is not advocating against pipeline construction, however supports a full Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that would help determine the best environmental corridor. Alternate pipeline routes than current routes proposed by Enbridge/Sandpiper away from sensitive wetlands and water resources.  Protection of Minnesota's "Land of 10,000 Lakes" is paramount.

The route that could impact our local area is construction near the Viking Natural Gas Pipeline which runs near the Cormorant Lakes, Fox, Munson, Sallie, Melissa, Detroit and towards Ottertail County lake country.  This map shows the route near Detroit Lake.

MAP - Viking Natural Gas Line

For more information and what you can do email:

For more information visit Friends of the Headwaters website

October 13, 2014

Please get to know your candidates running for office. Candidate Forums will be held October 16th and 21st by the League of Women Voters and Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.  It is important to hear candidate positions on issues and how they would spend taxpayers $$.   Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th. Here are the details:  READ MORE

October 1, 2014

Standing room only at BOLD ACTION NOW ... Next Steps in Fighting AIS on September 30th at the Holiday Inn on the Lake. Jim Foust, Hydro Engineering, Inc out of Utah was the keynote presenter. 150+ attendees heard how thermal decontamination is used to fight the spread of AIS. Key points that Hydro Engineering offers in their thermal decontamination process:

(1) Safe decontamination for watercraft.  Clean water is used for each decontamination to prevent damage to watercraft gel coat.

(2) Safety for personnel and observers during decontamination.  Clean water atomization does not contain contaminants.

(3) Safe wastewater management is recommended for individual health and environmental protection.

More than half of the attendees were AIS program developers from outstate MN (e.g. Cass, Beltrami, Itasca, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Stearns, Kandiyohi, Crow Wing, Carver, Red Lake County, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties) representing much of Minnesota's valued "lake country".  Additional presenters representing: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Becker County Commissioners, City of Detroit Lakes, Pelican River Watershed District, Becker County Sheriff Department, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce,  and Becker Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA). Lake Detroiters staffed registration and coordinated logistics for the event.  Letters of support from Senator Rod Skoe and US Senator Amy Klobuchar we read.  Minnesotan's care about protecting water resources from AIS.  Becker County Certification Training occured the following 2 days for public access workers.


September 23, 2014

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September 1, 2014

Save the Date: January 20-21, 2015 Aquatic Invaders Summit

Minnesota local units of government and their partners are encouraged to save the date Jan. 20-21, 2015, for the Aquatic Invaders Summit: An Exploration of Collaboration, Innovation, and Opportunity at the St. Cloud Civic Center.

Attendees will  ...

  • Develop an understanding and learn what's on the horizon for aquatic invasive species prevention and management
  • Learn about new technology and innovative approaches for AIS prevention and management in Minnesota and from across the country
  • Identify successful communications and educational tools to stay current with AIS issues and trends
  • Work collectively to define long-term needs to sustain successful AIS interventions

2014 LDA Memberships are Now Due


2014 LDA Memberships are due by the Annual Meeting on June 14th

"The Lake Detroiter" (directory last printed in 2006) will be available for pick-up at the Annual Meeting for anyone with a paid membership by June 14th.

"The Lake Detroiter" - only available at the Annual Meeting & for LDA members.


Unfortunately webpage information from May - Aug  was lost by the server.

Reconstruction will occur at a later date.


May 13, 2014

Stop Carp Coalition (Lake Detroiter's President represents MN COLA) applauds final US Congressional bill that will require closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock in Minneapolis.  This closure is another tool to prevent Asian Carp from invading northern tier inland waters.  Today's News Release from Minnesota's Congressional Delegation supporters: Senators Klobuchar and Franken and Representatives Ellison, Paulsen, Walz and Nolan.  READ THE NEWS RELEASE HERE

70th Anniversay Lake Detroiter Sweatshirts



Same great Lakeshirts quality as 2013 sweatshirt

Available at the Annual Meeting or

Limited quanities available - reserve yours today!

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Invitation to Exhibit at the Lake Detroiter Association Annual Meeting


May 1, 2014

LDA Beach Captains - Your invite to the 2014 LDA Beach Captain Kick-off Party:

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April 29, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants anglers to "think zero" at this year's walleye and northern pike opener.

The agency wants every angler to commit to transporting zero aquatic invasive species this year.

The DNR says aquatic invaders can easily be carried from one lake to another if aquatic plants and water are left on a boat or trailer. By taking a few precautions, the agency says anglers can cut the risk of spreading zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny waterfleas.

DNR enforcement operations manager Phil Meier says if the agency can reach its goal of zero aquatic invasive species violations this year, it's possible Minnesota can end the year with no new infestations caused by people.

Conservation officers wrote more than 400 citations last year. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Lake Homeowners:

LDA Recommends lake homeowners hire a DNR certified dock, boat lift Lake Service Provider for spring installations.  (CLICK LINK for list of DNR Certified Lake Service Providers)

It is the law that anyone working for hire in MN public waters must be trained by the MN DNR on how to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  DNR Certified Lake Service Providers (workers) must carry certification and provide proof if asked.

If an installer comes from another lake to install a dock/boat lift or launch a boat and uses equipment, trailer, waders, boots etc. that has been in another lake that is infested, the AIS can be transfered.  It is not worth the risk to contaminate a lake.

Do your part and help protect the lake by hiring a trained individual. 

Also, seriously think twice about installing a dock, boat lift or any other water-related equipment that is used and been in another lake. Any dock, lift, boat, pontoon that has been out of water over the winter and froze would be free of all AIS.

Lakes are not tested for AIS and consequently just because a lake is not on the DNR Designated Invested Waters List (CLICK LINK) - does not necessarily mean the lake/river is not infested.  Be particularly cautious when purchasing equipment (including boats/pontoons) from out-of-state.

Watch and remind your neighbors - Prevention is the best method of Protection! 

Please contact LDA at: if you have any questions.

March 3, 2014

Lake Detroiters Association (LDA) is a member of MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) thru the Becker County COLA affiliate membership.  MN COLA convened a Board of Directors meeting in St. Paul February 19, 2014 and scheduled "Get Smart" sessions on non-ferrous Mining.  Attorney, Becky Rom, was a keynote speaker.  Becky has specific intersts in public land use and wildlife protection.  She has served on the governing council of the WIlderness Society, chaired the board of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness for 17 years, was active in Alaska Wilderness league and most recently reitred as President of the Twin Cities Community Land Bank.  More information on the non-ferrous mining activitities she spoke about at the Twin Metals site in NE Minnesota can be found at this site:  MORE INFORMATION

March 1, 2014

Today is the beginning of the 2014 MN fishing season and a 2014 fishing license is required.   Also new fishing regulations are in effect. Pages 3-17 outline Aquatic Invasives Species (AIS) and list MN lakes that are designated with AIS.  READ the 2014 MN FISHING REGULATIONS

February 10, 2014

More MN businesses are now required to take DNR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) training. Lake homeowners, please schedule a permitted Lake Service Provider (CLICK on the YELLOW for a list) to do your dock, boat lift and transport of watercraft work.  They are trained to protect the lakes from transferring AIS from lake to lake or introducing any new AIS to MN.   READ FULL ARTICLE

January 28, 2014

2008 Legacy Amendment - Whose Legacy Is It? In 2008, voters passed theLegacy Amendment to the state constitution, increasing taxes in excyhnage for cleaner water, better parks and outdoor habitats, and a stronger cultural sector.  It turns out we may not be getting our money's worth.   READ THE ARTICLE

January 14, 2014

The MPCA has extended the comment period for impaired waters through February 11th. The 2014 Draft Impaired Waters spreadsheet provides detailed information on all MN lakes on the list.  Comments can be emailed to:

CONSIDER:  Impaired waters (TMDL program) is a very expensive program, only deals with lakes once they become impaired, and one of the criteria that categorizes a lake as "good" is clarity.  However, improved clarity results when Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), like zebra or quagga mussels, syphon the small "fish food" particals from the water.  Consequently, "grading" a lake/river on a clarity component no longer is a valid criteria.

As a result, the question could be asked: Is the $$ being spent - spent well? None of the Clean Water Fund is providing for protecting healthy lakes and keeping them off the Impaired Waters list.  See Pioneer Press article from January 10, 2014

January 11, 2014

DNR Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee released their 2013 Annual Report at the DNR Roundtable.  REPORT

January 10-11, 2014

LDA President, Barb Halbakken Fischburg joined 300 other invited conservationists, anglers, hunters, elected officials and DNR employees for the 2014 Annual DNR Roundtable in Bloomington, MN. Twitter: #DNRRoundtable FULL AGENDA

January 9, 2014

This is the most convincing report that an effective AIS inspection/thermal decontamination program keeps AIS out!  Minnesota deservers the best to protect the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" READ ABOUT LAKE TAHOE'S PROGRAM:

January 8, 2014

CHART - Surface and Ground Water Usage - Metro

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Minnesota tests new approach to limited water supplies.  That is difficult to comprehend in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" ... but low levels in White Bear Lake might be the first indication a new trend is emerging.  What is the connection between surface water (lakes/rivers) and ground water (aquifers)?  READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

January 7, 2014


Statewide Group Pushes Protecting Public Waters
St. Paul, MN - January 7, 2014

Today, the Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) is releasing its Legislative Agenda for consideration in the 2014 Minnesota State Legislative Session.  READ NEWS RELEASE:

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2014 Legislative Agenda for lake protection.  READ HERE:

November 14, 2013

Listen to this MPR audio assess how the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) is reacting to a MN Coalition of Lake Association (MN COLA) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) grant proposal.  The MN COLA proposal calls for decontamination equipment that would be available for statewide Local Government Unit programs.  The LSOHC is to recommend projects to the legislator that:

". . . restore, protect, and enhance Minnesota's wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife. . .

Programs that prevent AIS from entering public waters help protect the water, which is fish habitat.  The goal is to maintain the most natural eco-system for natural fish spawining and also to maintain a balanced food source for the native fishery.

AIS is one of the Council's focus areas for 2014 funding.

Lake Detroiters Association (LDA) supports the MN COLA proposal.  Becker County COLA is a member of MN COLA and LDA is directly represented in leadership roles in both Becker COLA and MN COLA.

October 24, 2013

Yesterday US House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).  The bill in part protects Northern MN from Asian carp by directing the Army Corps of Engineers to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam under certain conditions. The Senate passed a similar bill earlier.  Final passage will hinge on merging the House and Senate bills in Conference Committee.  The bill passed 417 to 3. US Congressman Collin Peterson voted against the bill.  READ NEWS RELEASE

September 25, 2013

Politics in Minnesota article - Lessard-Sams recommends $102 million in habitat projects for 2014

MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) proposal captures allocation of $3.65 million to Local Government Units for AIS decontamination equipment prevention.

September 24, 2013

4:30 Wednesday, September 25th Pelican River Watershed District (PRWD) is holding a "Clean the Pelican River" event. This will help remove what could end up in our community lake system.  Meet at Boys & Girls Club parking lot ... everyone welcome!  Zorbaz is providing pizza!  Don't miss ... READ MORE

September 20, 2013

Push to close Minneapolis lock gains steam - A push to close the Upper St Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, to fend off Asian carp, is gaining support in Washington. Watch KARE-11 TV Video

September 19, 2013

DNR Parks and Trails held an informational meeting regarding planned changes at South Public Access; Big Detroit Lake READ MORE

September 17, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson reports on AIS in Minnesota.  Some feel the Department of Natural Resources is hampering locals from doing what they feel is necessary to protect public waters from the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  Others indicate public monies need to be available to protect public waters.

Late Summer 2013

It is important to check your docks and equipment when removing them from the water this fall for any signs of zebra mussels.  If you employ a Lake Service Provider (law requires them to be DNR trained - here is the list) they are responsible for not transporting with any AIS attached.  If you transport your own equipment from your riparian property, be sure to properly inspect and get a permit (free) to transport if any AIS is on water-related equipment.  Here is the link to the Authorization Forms for Transport of Prohibited Invasive Species and Aquatic Plants  - this includes the transport of flowering rush.  It is against MN law to transport any plant material on watercraft or trailers.

If you rent a trailer to transport your boat or pontoon - make sure it has not been in another lake without proper inspection and/or decontamination.  Remember ==> lakes may have zebra mussels and not yet identified so take precautions as if every lake has the possibility of being infested by AIS.  Water containing larval stage zebra mussels has the ability to infest a lake.

Here are some tips when inspecting water-related equipment:

Inspecting water equipment can be a complex challenge. Plant material is likely to be visually identified; however, the juvenile zebra mussel (an immature life stage) can attach to watercraft hulls, trailers, anchor ropes, and anything else that comes in contact with an infested water body without being visually identifiable. Since the juvenile is microscopic and cannot be seen without laboratory equipment, do not rely on visual inspection alone. Juvenile mussels can attach to a surface when they are ―as small as a sesame seed; therefore, they are detectable only by feeling by hand along all surfaces and inside compartments and crevices. On a smooth surface, juvenile mussels will feel gritty, like sandpaper. As the juvenile ages and grows, it may become visible to the unaided eye, appearing as a nondescript speck. Equipment that has been in water for a long period of time can become infested with adult mussels.

If you want to learn more watch this video

General Self Inspection Guidelines:

for attached adult mussels on all surfaces.

FEEL by hand for attached juvenile mussels on all surfaces.

CHECK all watercraft components, such as the hull, in live wells, motor, axle, dock line, trailer lights, rollers, runners, and any other parts in contact with water. Inspect docks and lifts in the same manner.

If you find any signs that are suspect please notify the DNR and LDA.  DNR AIS Specialist, Joe Eisterhold (218) 699-7293 or

September 16, 2013

Flowering rush was significantly reduced this summer in Detroit Lake!  LDA thanks the Pelican River Watershed District, City of Detroit Lakes and the MN DNR for a cooperative effort in making this happen.  We look forward to continued treatments in years to come which can further reduce the infestation and spread.

The AIS Public Access Program is coming to a close for 2013.  Our two employees did an outstanding job in performing their duties!  Please thank City Council folks, Mayor Matt Brenk and City Staff for funding this program. Becker County assisted as the fiscal agent and provided AIS Deputies to supplement our public access staffing. LDA is grateful for their continued support and understanding the value in protecting our community and county lake resource.

September 16, 2013

Lake Detroiters was notified that DNR Parks & Trails Division, will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at 10:00 am in the Detroit Lakes City Hall Council Chambers.  The intent of the meeting is to provide interested organizations the first opportunity to review and comment on concepts for the redesign/expansion of the south public water access site.

The tentative schedule is to have a final design completed by mid-winter, bid the project late winter, start construction after the fishing opener and complete the project no later than October 15, 2014.  A more definite schedule will be determined depending on the scope of work and timeframe for completion.

If you would like to have input into this process or sit in on the meeting, please plan to attend.  Lake Detroiters will advocate for best lake protection practices to be implemented into the new construction of the south public access area.

If you prefer to provide written thoughts to the DNR directly please copy me on your email to:

Tony Walzer; DNR Acquisition & Development Specialist
DNR, Division of Parks & Trails
3296 State Park Road NE

LDA supports a comprehensive Detroit Lake public access plan be implemented.  Such a plan would serve our community and lake ecology needs in the best possible manner.

September 5, 2013 (St. Paul, MN)

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Last evening MN Coalition of Lake Association (MN COLA) was asked to present to the 12-member Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC).  They are charged with making funding recommendations to the Legislature of about $100 million annually. This revenue is generated from the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which passed by a 56% vote.

A $25.2 million grant proposal was submitted by MN COLA June 13, 2013 for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) watercraft decontamination equipment/facilities.  This grant request would make decontamination equipment readily available for watercraft operators statewide.

The presentation provided a backdrop and opportunity for the LSOHC members to ask questions about the proposal to presenter, Joe Shneider, Vice President of MN COLA.  40 or more citizens representing statewide lake advocates attended the presentation.

Should the LSOHC award this grant, Local Government Units could have access to funds July 2014 in order to acquire decontamination equipment/facilities that would supplement a local AIS program and use public funds to protect public waters.  This proposal focuses on protecting lake habitat which is important in maintaining a natural eco-system for our native fishery.

Moving watercraft from lake to lake is risky because some AIS are invisible to the eye and can easily transfer AIS to uninfested waters. 

Currently, only 23 DNR decontamination units are in MN and not readily available for the public to use in order to properly decontaminate watercraft known to have been in zebra mussel, spiny water flea or other infested waters infested waters (in MN or out-of-state) prior to launching in another waterbody.  

Car washes are not a proven effective means to decontaminate watercraft because heat kills and most car washes do not reach 140 degrees which is needed to kill all AIS. Additionally, there is added risk to some public water works systems and internal plumbing can become compromised from zebra mussel or other AIS residue.

Preventing the further spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and preventing new AIS from entering MN (like hydrilla - which is like Eurasian watermilfoil on steriods and leaves water not suitable for watercraft navigation) helps protect Minnesota's Legacy of "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and natural eco-systems necessary for all our lakes have to offer Minnesotans, businesses and tourists.

Helpful Information Regarding the LSOHC Proposal:

Click here for a recap of the proposal

Click here to view presentation handouts

Click here to read the presentation script

35 letters in support of the proposal (to be uploaded soon) including a Becker County letter and Lake Detroiters Association letter

Legal review of LSOHC by MN House Research

August 27, 2013


MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) has submitted an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) OpEd for publication.  Lake Detroiters is a member of MN COLA via Becker County COLA.  "Personal and State Responsibility for AIS" .... READ OpEd

August 19, 2013

MN DNR announces Eurasian watermilfoil discovered in Clear Lake; Meeker County.  READ THE NEWS RELEASE

August 19, 2013

MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) - which LDA is a member - has submitted a proposal for $25M for statewide boat washing equipment (decontamination units). By making this type of equipment readily available for watercraft operators to clean boats before launching in a lake, it can dramatically reduce the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) to non-infested waters and especially in our Northern lakes country.  This professional decontamination method is effective for other AIS too! (Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, VHS and many others)

Currently if a watercraft has been in Lake Michigan, Gull, Minnetonka or other zebra mussel known infested waters (the current count is about 163 lakes) decontamination stations are not currently available to "practice personal responsibility" and ensure the boat and trailer are AIS-free before launching in another waterbody.

Moving watercraft from one lake to another is high risk because many times a waterbody is infested with zebra mussels before the MN Department of Natural Resources designates it infested. (Current list of MN DNR Designated Infested Waters) Detroit Lake, Becker County lakes and all MN public waters could benefit should the MN COLA proposal be chosen as a recipient.

The MN Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) awards about $100 million each year as part of the 2008 Legacy Amendment.  This is the first year AIS is identified as an area of emphasis for the council and this award would directly help protect public waters without directly spending local funds.  The entire Legacy Program distributes about $400 million annually and it is appropriate that some of this money be used for protection of public waters - that is what Minnesotans voted for in 2008 - money that would help protect our MN lake heritage!

Questions or comments:

Read more about the MN COLA grant proposal:

MN COLA Grant Request Summary

MN COLA's grant request to Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council

August 15, 2013

READ ARTICLE: "How Many More Lakes will we Lose?"  writes Joe Shneider; Chair of the Coaltion of Minnehaha Creek Waters, a nonprofist organization of 13 lake, creek, and homeowner associations in the Minneapolis area.  There mission is to preserve, protect and improve the Minnehaha Creek Watershed and surrounding area waters from aquatic invasive species and storm water runoff.

August 14. 2013

Great article in today's Detroit Lakes newspaper on the success of Flowering Rush.

The City of Detroit Lakes has a lot to be proud of ... a mile-long city beach free of flowering rush poking thru the waterline ... tourists love it ... families love it ... it all happened because a community cared and worked together for a solution and by the way ... not just for the city beach. Lake Detroiters worked hard to move the needle towards success!  There is a whole lot more to the story and you will want to

August 12, 2013

Today the MN DNR issues a News Release which underscores why inspection prior to launching water-related equipment is essential.  Inspectors at non-infested Lake Bemidji discovered the boat trailer leaving to have attached zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Also, non-compliance AIS rates are higher than originally reported READ THE ENTIRE NEWS RELEASE

August 7, 2013

Today, the StopCarp Coalition ( announced poll results supporting stopping carp from reaching northern Minnesota lakes.  Quick action is needed to close the St. Anthony lock to prevent Asian carp from marching upstream and threathen more lakes and rivers.Poll results show 63% of Minnesotans are in favor of lock closure and protecting our state's lakes and rivers. Contact your US Representative and US Senators and ask them to act nowFULL PRESS RELEASE


August 1, 2013

DNR Confirms Zebra Mussels to be present in Lake Mary in Douglas County.  FULL STORY

July 31, 2013

Second Flowering Rush treatment set for tomorrow (Thursday, August 1, 2013) READ FULL STORY

July 12, 2013

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The 10 Best Days of Summer are here!  Many events and most you won't want to miss!  The Detroit Lakes Jaycees have been doing this extravaganza for 78 years ... longer than the Minneapolis Aquatennial ,,,, check out the what's going on when and where and download the schedule: 

Click here for a 2013 Water Carnival Schedule of Events

Updated July 16, 2013:

DNR News Release on Zebra Mussel infestation in Whitefish chain of lakes (14 lakes) in Crow Wing County near Brainerd.  To read the News Release and the list of lakes READ the FULL NEWS RELEASE:

July 11, 2013 ~

Today DNR announced zebra mussels (ZM) have been detected in 2 of the White Fish Chain of Lakes near Brainerd.  Cross Lake and Lower Hay have small adult zebra mussels.  14 lakes make up the White Fish Chain and Cross and Lower Hay are part of the chain.  Consequently, the entire White Fish Chain of Lakes has been designated as zebra mussel infested.  All public accesses have been posted.

More information will be posted as soon as the DNR issues an official News Release.

In the meantime - pass the word and always take precautions when moving boats or any water-related equipment from lake to lake. Because no testing is done, many times lakes can be infested with zebra mussels but not yet designated!

Why is moving a boat from lake to lake risky?  Boats should be totally dry before launching in a different lake/river - which can take up to 3 weeks in humid weather.  This is because veligers (invisible ZM larvae) can be in the water and live for up to 27 days in wet/damp areas of the boat.  If an adult ZM is attached somewhere on the boat, they can live for up to 30 days out of water and they hide in small nooks and crannies in the boat. Definitely not a good idea to infest a lake with zebra mussels!

What is the best practice if boating on different lakes? Professional decontamination where the boat is exposed to 140 degree water for 10 seconds.  Heat kills!  That means the water coming out of the nozzle needs to be around 160 degrees so when it hits the boat and the next 10 seconds remains at 140 degrees.  This is not a practical option in MN because professional (requires training and special attachments) decontamination equipment is not readily available.

Drying but that usually takes longer than practical too.

The best solution is do not move from lake to lake if protecting lakes is important - that means protecting the angling sport and all water related activities!  ZMs consume the food fish need - ultimately if food no longer is available .....?

Moving a boat from lake to lake can be less risky if the boat doesn't remain in the water overnight and is properly drained after each use. Wipe down the entire boat, make sure everything is DRY and don't forget the carpet on the trailer bunks!

Moving a boat that has been in infested waters for more than a day is risky. Managing risk factors is important.

Questions:  Email

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July 11, 2013

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June 20, 2013

Lake Detroiters ~

Tomorrow, Friday morning, PLM (Professional Lakes Management) will be treating all Flowering Rush (FR) areas on Big and Little Detroit and Deadshot Bay (Curfman). See detailed maps below.

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Please watch for the neon orange treatment signs on your beaches and follow restriction advice.

It's a good idea to not boat in treatment area right away to prevent increased water movement. The longer the treatment has an opportunity to have contact with the FR plant the better.

Thank you to the Pelican River Watershed District because their research project is paying off.  It will take a few years but things are looking up for not having Flowering Rush such a nuisance on the lake and interfering with the natural lake eco-system and fish habitat!  We have already seen improvement at the City Beach and the "Flats Area" of Big Detroit!  Now all areas will be treated which will also minimize the spread!

If you have signed up for the Flowering Rush hand removal permit, we ask that you give the treatment a chance to work.  The treatment is designed to work into the root system.  If the plant is disturbed during the treatment process, best results may not be obtained. 

QUESTIONS:  If you have not paid your 2013 dues - please do so TODAY!

NOTE:  Please make sure guests that bring watercraft from other lakes/rivers (infested or not) take extreme caution to be totally dry (inside and out) and have no weeds or mussels prior to launching in Detroit Lake. Remember adult Zebra Mussels can live up to 30 days out of water and the microscopic larval stage can live up to 27 days in a very small amount of water!

So far we do not have a known zebra mussel population in the lake - and we need to keep it that way!  You can help by passing the word and encourage everyone to follow the law and take precautions when using watercraft and water-related equipment in multiple lakes/rivers.

Absolutely high risk :: wakeboard boats (by design can't drain the ballast tanks and can harbor microscopic mussel eggs that could be released into Detroit) and used docks and lifts that are installed mid-summer from another lake.  The safest is to buy new, make sure they have been out of the water for AT LEAST 21 days (the law) or freezes over the winter prior to moving into Detroit Lake.

The Lake Detroiter Annual Meeting was a great success!  All counts are not in - but about 100 new memberships (THANK YOU) and over 160 folks attended the breakfast, exhibits and meeting!  Fantastic!

If you have not paid your 2013 dues yet - please do so TODAY!

It costs $$ to continue advocating and protecting Detroit Lake.  Your membership can help offset those expenses. 

$25/year is a nominal cost for advocacy work at the city, county and state level to help protect the natural lake eco-system, maintain recreation usability, protect investments/local tax base,  protect fishery and many more reasons.

Pay by PayPal in the membership portion of the website or print off a membership form and mail $25 to:

        Lake Detroiters
        PO Box 1310
        Detroit Lakes, MN 56502

Have a great weekend and keep in touch by letting your LDA Board know what is going well and what needs to be improved!

UPDATED at 2:30PM - - June 19, 2013 ....
The Detroit Lake Flowering Rush (FR) DNR permit has just been received by Pelican River Watershed District. Treatment for FR on Detroit Lake will be Friday, June 21st thru Tuesday, June 25th depending on weather conditions.
Updates on treatment dates will be posted on Facebook and our website. Also check for more detailed information. The REVISED maps below indicates the 2013 treatment areas in red for Big and Little Detroit and Deadshot Bay (Curfman). All known FR areas are being treated this year!
If you signed up for a hand removal flowering rush permit, you are requested to allow treatment to be applied.  Professional treatment will be more effective than hand removal. 
If you have any questions please contact Lake Detroiters via email:
Watch for neon orange signs for water use restrictions after treatment.

Great Annual Meeting!

PHOTO - 2013 Annual Meeting

160 people turned out at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion for the Lake Detroiters Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 15th.  Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, 30+ exhibits, $600 of door prizes donated by businesses, Keynote speaker on status of Flowering Rush Detroit Lake research, DNR Zebra Mussel Sniffing Canine demonstration, Representative Paul Marquart/Senator Kent Eken/Becker County Commissioner Ben Grimsley/Detroit Lakes City Councilmen attended and best of all ..... getting together with lake folks concerned about protecting our community lake!  Plus 75 new members! 

Check back soon because more photos will be uploaded!

If you haven't paid your dues, make sure you do soon!  We want to make sure you are listed as having paid your dues in the 2014 "Lake Detroiter" (directory scheduled to be printed) Go to the "membership" portion of this website and dues are payable online or the membership form can be printed out and mailed. 


Lake Detroiters ::

Your Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 15, 2013<