Protecting the Waters
What you can do

Join your lake association or form one

Restore/ Protect a vegetative
shoreland buffer

Follow WDNR pier regulations
in dock placement

Do not remove coarse woody debris
from near shore waters

Learn about Aquatic Invasive
Species (AIS)

Remove all AIS from boats and trailers
when leaving a lake

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Washburn-Burnett Counties Mobilizing Against Zebra Mussels

Recent updates from the McKenzie Lakes Area Zebra Mussel Management Team: the 2018 Progress & Planning Report and the Rapid Response Plan for newly detected populations.From the Fish Lake Property Owners Association: » Read more

Check Water Equipment for AIS Before Storing for Winter

Check your dock and other equipment for zebra mussels before winter storage.

Zebra mussels have invaded Washburn County and are now established in Big and Middle McKenzie Lakes.  Professionals and volunteers have been monitoring other area lakes for zebra mussels throughout the summer.  For an update on this summer’s monitoring and watercraft decontamination efforts, click here.

As summer is winding down and lakeshore owners are starting to take their boats, docks, swimming rafts, etc. out of the water, it is important for everyone to continue looking for aquatic invasive species.  Lake Service Providers have also been provided information on what they can do to help.  To see the letter sent to service providers, click here.

Individual property owners should also take the following steps when pulling equipment out of the water for winter storage:

  1. Inspect and remove any plants, mud or other debris found on equipment.  Check dock posts, underwater support bars, wheels, boats, pon

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