In October 2016, an alert property owner found two zebra mussels on the southern shore of Big McKenzie Lake which straddles the Burnett-Washburn County line. The Wisconsin DNR’s follow-up inspections found one more at the same location and six at the northeast corner of the lake. Also in October, a single zebra mussel was found in Polk County’s Deer Lake.
SAVE THE DATE – The next local public meeting on Zebra Mussels will be May 18.
Location and time will be announced soon.
These are the first zebra mussels found in the twelve northwestern counties of Wisconsin, but they have been spreading into the eastern U.S. and Canada since they arrived in the Great Lakes in the ballast water of ships in 1988. Click here to see a visual depiction of their rapid progression.