Drawdown on Little Rock Lake in Benton County to begin Aug. 1

Updated: June 26, 2019 10:29 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said it will start a drawdown of Little Rock Lake in Benton County on Aug. 1.

Eric Altena, DNR Fisheries Manager-Little Falls, told KSTP the drawdown will expose about 700 acres of the lake, and the plan is to start refilling by mid-to-late September.


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"This is something the lake needs to keep it clean," Altena said. "Help fish, migratory birds and their habitat for years down the road.

"Because of the Sartell dam, the lake does not get natural drought cycles, and that creates the algae problem and nutrient loss you see right now."

Altena said about 95% of property owners on Little Rock Lake support the drawdown plan - understanding the short-term headache will make things better in the long run.

Bobbi Caster is one of those homeowners. She told KSTP she has grown discouraged by the excessive weeds and algae on the lake and is anxious to see it cleaned up.

"It is really slimy and the green stuff you are seeing on the lake already is not usually here until August," Caster said.  "That makes it not very pleasant to swim in and the smell is awful."

Altena said the total cost of the project is roughly $200,000.

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