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Zebra mussels found in Crooked Lake near Holmes City

A DNR invasive species specialist found six juvenile zebra mussels in the public access area of the lake.

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Zebra mussels were found on equipment that was being removed from Crooked Lake near Holmes City in Douglas County.
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HOLMES CITY — 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.

These additional steps reduce the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species:

  • Decontaminate watercraft and equipment – find free stations on the  courtesy decontamination page of the DNR website  ( mndnr.gov/Decon ).
  • Spray with high-pressure water or rinse with very hot water (120 degrees for at least two minutes or 140 degrees for at least 10 seconds).
  • Dry watercraft and equipment for at least five days before using in another water body.

People should contact a Minnesota DNR aquatic invasive species specialist ( mndnr.gov/Invasives/AIS/Contacts.html ) if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species.

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More information is available on the aquatic invasive species page of the DNR website ( mndnr.gov/AIS ).

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