Updated: September 13, 2021 03:32 PM
Created: September 13, 2021 03:29 PM
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Smith Lake, located near Garrison, as well as Barbour and Holt lakes and Seguchi Creek, which are connected to Smith Lake in Crow Wing County.
The DNR received a report of zebra mussels attached to kayaks used in Smith Lake, according to an update from the agency on Monday. A DNR invasive species specialist found numerous quarter-inch zebra mussels in three areas of the lake.
Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to do the following when using lakes in the state:
Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, the DNR asks to take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another body of water:
Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes. Anyone who suspects a new infestation of an aquatic invasive plant or animal should note the exact location, take a photo or keep the specimen and contact a DNR aquatic invasive species specialist.
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