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2019 Curly-leaf Treatment Areas

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Notice the Improvement!

Flowering Rush - Second Year Crush the Rush - September 21, 2009

Second Year "Crush the Rush"
September 21, 2009

WEB - FR Photo Comparison 2008 and 2012

Flowering Rush was discovered in Deadshot Bay in the late 1970s.  A decade or so later it was spreading to other parts of the lake.

2008 marked the event, "Crush the Rush"  that really motivated the community of Detroit Lakes to attack the problem because the Flowering Rush had taken over the beautiful beach area of the community.

2012 was the second year the mile long beach of Detroit Lakes was once again useable for family fun and sun!

Contact Lake Detroiters if you have Questions regarding Flowering Rush on your beach.


:: Flowering Rush on Detroit Lake ::

The Pelican River Watershed District has submitted a permit to the DNR requesting permission to treat all areas of Flowering Rush (FR) on Little and Big Detroit including Deadshot Bay in 2013.  Once the FR begins growing watershed personnel along with DNR will survey  2013 growth patterns. 

It is necessary to do surveillance every year because past treatments must be evaluated at the beginning of each water season to determine treatment effectiveness and potential new FR growth areas.

The DNR will determine, based on their assessment and various factors, what will be treated in 2013.  Lake Detroiters advocates that all areas be granted 2013 treatment.

Please check this website and the PRWD website ( for updates.

If you have a question or observe/suspect a new area of FR growth, please call the PRWD office at 218-846-0436.

:: NOTE ::

Do not take watercraft (boats, jet-skis, pontoons) into areas where Flowering Rush is growing.  That includes areas of growth below the water line and areas where the plant has emerged above the water and is more visible.  Recreating in Flowering Rush areas can contribute to plant fragmentation and transfer of Flowering Rush to other areas of the lake.  Containing the areas of infestation is critical to treatment.

Please inform guests to do the same!

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2013 Flowering Rush Hand Removal

If you want to hand remove Flowering Rush this summer on your lakefront, please contact Lake Detroiters and add your name to the DNR permit.  There is no charge but you must have your name and address listed so you are indicated on the DNR permit.  EMAIL:

CLICK HERE for Guidelines for Hand Removing Flowering Rush

Minn. DNR Urges Residents To Leave Aquatic Plants

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota residents with lakefront property are being reminded not to clear aquatic vegetation without a permit, because the plants help stabilize the shoreline.
A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says residents sometimes remove vegetation to keep beaches clear for swimming. But that removes vital habitat for fish and birds, and it also leaves the shoreline vulnerable to erosion.
So the state Department of Natural Resources is beefing up its enforcement regarding the removal of lake vegetation. Instead of warning people who remove aquatic growth, the agency will issue $285 tickets.
Current enforcement is centered on White Bear Lake and the Chisago Lakes area.
Homeowners can buy a $35 permit that allows them to clear half their frontage, to a maximum of 100 feet.


Minnesota DNR warns lakefront property owners: Don't remove exposed vegetation

If lower water levels exist, homeowners are advised to be in compliance with aquatic plant removal guidelines and not remove vegetation on the exposed lakebed.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is issuing citations this summer. The photo above illustrates in a September 2012 photo a section of the northwest shore of White Bear Lake. The agency does aerial surveillance to monitor shorelines.

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Pelican River Watershed District (PRWD) and “Weed” Control

Weed problems and weed control are not new to District lakes. Concern about lake weeds was a central reason for the formation of both Lake Detroiters Association and Melissa-Sallie Improvement Association in the 1940’s. The failure of those organizations’ many efforts to solve the “weed problem” had a good deal to do with the formation of the Pelican River Watershed District.  

Accordingly, cutting and removal (“harvest”) of lake vegetation was a part of PRWD activities from its inception. The District has operated aquatic plant management programs since the mid -1960’s on lakes Sallie and Melissa and since the late-1980’s on Detroit Lake.

In 2006, a major operational shift occurred in the programs ..... READ THE FULL ARTICLE

 Dick Hecock, 2011 with updates in 2013