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RICE LAKE ENHANCEMENT UNDERWAY


Wed, Sep 29th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors





WINNEBAGO, Minn., Sept. 28, 2010 - Water level management is the goal as one of Minnesota's first designated wildlife lakes and a major waterfowl migration stopover gets a facelift. The project is funded by an Outdoor Heritage Fund grant to Ducks Unlimited (DU) as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and appropriated by the 2009 state legislature. Construction crews will complete the project on Rice Lake this fall.

"Large wetlands such as Rice Lake provide important spring and fall migration habitat for several species of migratory birds and are great places for hunters to enjoy the outdoors in fall," said Jon Schneider, manager of Minnesota conservation programs for DU.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requested DU's help to engineer improvements to the more than 1,000-acre Faribault County lake. Specifically, DU was asked to design a fish barrier feature and improve water management capability of the existing structure that was problematic for DNR field staff.

On the lake's outlet, crews will install two fish barrier culverts that are set at a steep angle with high water flow to prevent carp and other invasive fish from swimming up and entering the lake. DU will also make improvements to the outlet water control structure for periodic water level draw-downs.

Due to an average depth of four feet, Rice Lake frequently experiences winter fish-kill conditions. DNR managers can effectively induce natural fish-kill conditions by conducting temporary fall water level draw-downs. In 1971, these attributes prompted the DNR to name Rice Lake as one of its first designated wildlife lakes. It is now one of only 44 designated wildlife lakes in Minnesota.

Aquatic vegetation important to waterfowl varies among years in Rice Lake, but has generally responded very well to past water level management efforts. However, carp and other invasive fish have historically quickly re-entered the lake and degraded waterfowl habitat conditions, thus negating the DNR's efforts over the years to improve the lake for ducks and hunters alike.

"It is imperative that we actively manage and enhance our remaining wetlands in Minnesota for ducks and other wildlife," Schneider said. "With so much wetland habitat lost, we simply must maximize the remaining habitat functions of those wetlands while we try to restore others."

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MERRILL LEADS FLW WALLEYE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ON LEECH LAKE

Thu, Sep 23rd, 2010
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WALKER, Minn. (Sept. 22, 2010) - Pro Kevin Merrill of Pierre, S.D., and co-angler Matt Hiller of Grand Rapids, Mich., brought in five walleyes weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces Wednesday to lead day one of the FLW Walleye Tour Championshi ..... 
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Prairie walk at Houston Nature Center

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Come for an easy one hour walk along the award-winning Houston levee prairie in Trailhead Park at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, at the Houston Nature Center. Find out why cord grass can give you welts and which plant holds water for the birds ..... 
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The DNR Trail Reconstruction has started TODAY! One week early. NOTICE!

Mon, Jun 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Portions of the Root River State Trail will be closed for resurfacing.

June 7 - July 5 between Fountain and Isinours.

July 5 - July 30 between Isinours and Lanesboro.

Construction begins near Interstate State Park

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Interstate State Park will get new sidewalks, new seating areas, and improved accessibility as part of a long awaited face-lift this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails. The northern e ..... 
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Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival bigger and better than ever

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The fifth annual Urban Birding Festival will be held May 13-16 at various locations throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul. It's a free celebration of springtime birds, especially those which inhabit urban areas.

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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

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10th Annual Trout Day in Forestville a big success

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The 10th Annual Trout Day event at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park on Saturday, May 1st, had the biggest turnout in its history, great spring weather, and fun for all ages. To top it off, there were even some fish being caught.

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Early warm weather means an early tick season

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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Warm early spring weather has brought out ticks earlier than usual in many regions of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) urges anyone heading outdoors in Minnesota this spring and early summer to use tick repellents and other measur ..... 
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