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Zebra mussels were discovered in Big Detroit Lake on August 15, 2016.

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October 8, 2016

Zebra mussels have been reported on the South, East, North Shore Drive areas, and also on the Detroit Lakes City Beach area.  Unfortunately, there is widespread distribution of the mussel but the good news is the density appears to be very low. Consequently, because of the widespread distribution and that the reproduction cycle has already occurred in the lake, current treatment options are not viable solutions.  Efforts to control future development of veligers (larval stage) will be looked into in the next few months and also what can be implemented to reduce already developed zebra mussels in the lake.  Please direct questions to:

September 29, 2016

More zebra mussel locations identifed this week on East Shore Drive, Holiday Inn area, and North Shore Drive.

IMG 1354  IMG 3694  East Shore Condos - September 28, 2016  Scott Melhaff - 935 North Shore Drive - 092916
          Holiday Inn Area                   Holiday Inn Area - lift                    East Shore Drive Area            North Shore Drive Area


September 21, 2016

Zebra mussels were discovered on the inside of a dock tire on South Shore Drive.  The mussels are small and difficult to see.

Herk ZMs - September 2016

August 18, 2016

Today, MN DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Big Detroit Lake which was reported by an angler who provided GPS coordinates.  DNR invasive species staff confirmed two juvenile zebra mussels and two adults at two locations about a mile apart on Big Detroit Lake.  Lake Detroiters Association (LDA) notified lake homeowners yesterday.  More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available, incluiding results of possible additional areas of infestation locations in Big Detroit, Little Detroit, and Deadshot Bay.


Here are a couple of photos and links to the MN DNR News Release and the Discovery Map which highlights locations.  Also a link to the Detroit Lakes Newspaper article:

3mm juvenile zebra mussel attached to native vegetation.
East Shore; Big Detroit Lake near Sucker Creek - August 15, 2016



3/4" adult zebra mussel attached to a native clam.
South Shore; Big Detroit Lake near the bluff area - August 16,2016



Map of Big Detroit GPS location of initial zebra mussel - 3mm size near Sucker Creek Inlet

ZM Location