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Rice Lake Drawdown to Begin April 4
Posted: 04/02/2013
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin drawing down Rice Lake, near Lake Mills, starting April 4, that will lower the lake four feet ahead of a plan to eliminate the fish population later this fall.

Lowering the lake level will help to re-establish beneficial aquatic plants that provide fish habitat and improve water quality. Rice Lake will be restocked with sport fish.

When the renovation is complete and Rice Lake refills, it will offer improved water quality and be more valuable to fish, wildlife and have a higher recreational value.

The plan was discussed during a public meeting about the future of Rice Lake on March 27.

For more information, contact T.J. Herrick, Wildlife Biologist, Clear Lake Wildlife Unit, 641-829-3285 or