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If you have questions about permiting in or near the water contact:


DNR Permitting 320-634-4573

DNR Rodger Hemphill 218-846-8384

Use of Hydraulic Jets and DNR Permitting


BELOW: Hydraulic Jet

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BELOW: Hydraulic Jet Lakebed Damage

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Here is "Weedroller" Permit and/or removal of aquatic plants information

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Garden Ideas Here

Winter Garden


Bee and Flower  Swamp Milkweed


Master Gardner Program

PHOTO - Sally Hausken Awared - March 2015

March 29, 2015

At a recent meeting the following Master Gardeners were recognized for their service: Sally Hausken (volunteered over 1,000 hours); Catharine Weisenburger (completed Master Gardener training) and D.Mae Ceryes (10 years of service). 

There are 17 local people who are qualified as Master Gardeners after taking a required course at the University of Minnesota.

The Master Gardeners have completed their 5th year and continue to participate in recording sessions for TV 3’s weekly series called “Master Gardeners Rambling Rose.”  The gardeners also partner with the City of Detroit Lakes in providing 15 community garden plots. Another event they sponsor is the Annual Plant Sale scheduled this year for Saturday, May 23, starting at 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. at the Detroit Lakes City Park on South Washington Avenue.

During the growing season Master Gardeners offer free Plant, Pest and Gardening Clinics every Monday (May-September) and Friday (June-August) from 9 a.m. to noon in the Becker County Extension Office.

For more information, call Linda at the U of M Extension Office at 218-846-7328.




 Shoreline Alterations:

Ice Ridges  What causes ice ridges and what can be done about them?

Property owners occasionally return to their cabins in the spring only to discover they are dealing with property damage caused by a phenomenon called “ice heaving” or “ice jacking”. This powerful natural force forms a feature along the shoreline known as an “ice ridge”. The result may include significant damage to retaining walls, docks and boat lifts, and sometimes even to the cabin itself.  Please contact the Pelican River Watershed District (218-846-0436) if you have questions about shoreland damage because many times it requires a permit and compliance is important so costly restoration does not occur.


Restoration of a Buffer Zone Using native Plants

Shoreland Modifications within a 1,000 feet of the shoreland of Detroit Lake require compliance with MN Shoreland Standards and City of Detroit Lakes Ordinance. 

The State of Minnesota offers guidance for considering variance requests in the shoreland area.  City of Detroit Lakes Ordinance may be more strict but must not be more lenient than the state in order to protect public waters. CLICK ON EACH TOPIC .... What is Good to Know:

Shoreland :: The Basics

Ordinary High Water Setbacks

Impervious Surfaces

Why is Fill Extending From a Building Important?

Formula for Variance Findings

Formula for Variance Findings (example)

The Full Shoreland Series Can Be Found Here

Density - Paul Radomski - DNR Research Scientist


Lake Phalen - Before and After Restoration


DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 May 2, 2013

Aquatic plant removal may require permits

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that removal of aquatic plants from Minnesota lakes may require a permit from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  FULL STORY.....

Beach Sand Blanket - Permit not required if the Beach Sand:

  • Does not cover emergent vegetation, unless already authorized by an Aquatic Plant Management permit from the Department's Division of Fisheries;
  • Clean, inorganic sand or gravel, free of pollutants and nutrients;
  • No more than 6 inches thick, 50 feet wide along the shore, or one-half the width of the lot (whichever is less), and no more than 10 feet waterward of the Ordinary High Water Level;
  • Local watershed district and local zoning officials must be given at least 7 days prior notice;
  • Site is not a posted fish spawning area; and installation of sand and gravel may only be repeated once at the same location, not exceeding same amount and dimensions of the original sand blanket.

CLICK HERE to read specific DNR Guidelines

BUCKTHORN - Terrestrial Invasive

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Buckthorn leafs out early and retain leaves late into the fall creating dense shade that helps it to out-compete many native plants. 

 BUCKTHORN :: What You Should Know - What You Can DO

A Guide to Buckthorn Busting

Why is buckthorn such a problem?

  • Out-competes native plants for nutrients, light, and moisture
  • Degrades wildlife habitat
  • Threatens the future of forests, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats
  • Contributes to erosion by shading out other plants that grow on the forest floor
  • Serves as host to other pests, such as crown rust fungus and soybean aphid
  • Forms an impenetrable layer of vegetation
  • Lacks "natural controls" like insects or disease that would curb its growth