The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Crooked Lake, near Holmes City in Douglas County.
A Crooked Lake property owner contacted the DNR after finding numerous adult zebra mussels on equipment being removed from the water for the season. A DNR invasive species specialist found six juvenile zebra mussels in the public access area of the lake.
Whether or not a lake has any invasive species, Minnesota law requires people to:
• Clean watercraft, trailers and equipment to remove aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species.
• Drain all water and leave drain plugs out during transport.
• Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
• Never release bait, plants or aquarium pets into Minnesota waters.
• Dry docks, lifts and rafts for 21 days before moving them from one water body to another.
More information is available on the aquatic invasive species page of the DNR website.