The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Maple Lake in Douglas County after responding to a report of the invasive species attached to the wheel of a boatlift in the lake this month.
DNR staff searched several docks, lifts and near shore areas in Maple Lake and found numerous small zebra mussels attached to several pieces of equipment in the lake’s north end. Further searches found additional small zebra mussels at the south end.
While no zebra mussels were found in Lake Reno or Turtle and Long lakes, these lakes will be designated as infested waters. Water from Maple Lake can flow into Lake Reno, and both Turtle and Long lakes are downstream from Maple Lake. Searches will occur on Lake Reno this fall when docks and boat lifts are pulled from its shores.
DNR leaders said these designations will serve as a means to get ahead of an infestation. Educational and enforcement efforts to limit the spread of invasive species will increase in these lakes. The designations also will mean that boaters can expect an increased presence of decontamination units and crews.