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DNR seeks comments on Finland-area lake, river plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Finland area fisheries staff are seeking comments through Friday, March 23, on management plans for a number of Lake and Cook county lakes. This annual process includes several waters in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters. The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years. Comments and suggestions from those most interested in these waters are crucial when it comes to making the plans and determining management success.

For anglers, this is the best opportunity to influence how these lakes and streams are managed.

Every year, DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area.

Lake County lakes being revised with potential management changes include Bone, Hogback, Jouppi and Tanner, all in Superior National Forest.

Initial management plans are being written for Island and Stony rivers in Lake County.

Interested parties can review current plans and draft plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR's Finland area fisheries office, 6686 Highway 1, Box 546, Finland, MN 55603. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 218-353-8855 or email to have an electronic copy of the management plan emailed.

Comments may be mailed or emailed. Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Finland area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.

Management plans in Lake County


Bone Lake — increase in trout stocking review

Location: Approx. 16 miles northwest of Tofte

Size: 43 acres

Max. depth: 51 feet

Potential plan: If declines in splake and rainbow trout growth and relative abundance are observed, a lake reclamation should be conducted to remove yellow perch and white suckers.

Hogback Lake — increase in trout stocking review

Location: 12 miles east of Isabella

Size: 40 acres

Max. depth: 43 feet

Potential plan: Lake reclamation if yellow perch numbers continue to increase to level where angler use and satisfaction starts to decline.

Jouppi Lake — increase in trout stocking review

Location: Access 1.3 miles down logging road off Highway 1

Size: 6 acres

Max. depth: 18 feet

Potential plan: Conduct additional fisheries assessments in fall as staff time permits to evaluate stock plan. Construct boardwalk over bog fringe of lake to provide better access for management activities.

Tanner Lake — proposing walleye stocking

Location: 5 miles east of Isabella near Dumbbell Lake

Size: 55 acres

Max. depth: 8 feet

Potential plan: Coordinate with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Lake County to provide better parking along Wanless Road. Creel census (possible remote camera and kiosk) to evaluate angler use and satisfaction.


Island River

Location: Flows 14 miles east and west along southern edge of BWCAW

Connects: Silver Island Lake, T Lake, Windy Lake, Dumbbell Lake, Section 29 Lake

Long-range goals: Provide fishable populations of walleye, northern pike and black crappie; maintain native fish community appropriate to river; maintain quality in-stream habitat for fish

Stony River

Location: Flows 41 miles south to north into Birch Lake and Kawishiwi River; longest and largest river in area

Connects: McDougal Chain, Slate Lake, Greenwood Lake, Sand Lake, Birch Lake

Some management recommendations: Monitor water quality and design remove creel survey to assess angler use of more accessible area, including Highway 2 access