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Clear Lake boat ramp closed

Clear Lake boat ramp closed

  • 10/20/2020 1:08:00 PM
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Clear Lake – The boat ramp on Clear Lake at Ventura Access is closed while a new boat ramp is installed.
Six community trout stocking locations ready for anglers to catch trout

Six community trout stocking locations ready for anglers to catch trout

  • 10/6/2020 1:35:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at six of the 18 community trout stocking locations across Iowa as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer. 
Some facilities at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area reopen following derecho

Some facilities at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area reopen following derecho

  • 9/24/2020 9:05:00 AM
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LINN COUNTY, Iowa -- Campgrounds, cabins and shelters are now open at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area following the derecho in early August. The trails and the beach remain closed as well as the lodge as DNR staff continue to work diligently to clean up damage left behind by August’s derecho.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Spring Lake in Cherokee County

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Spring Lake in Cherokee County

  • 9/9/2020 4:00:00 PM
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Cherokee - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Spring Lake at Koser Spring Lake Park starting Sept. 12 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated this fall to eliminate carp.
DNR state parks making progress with derecho damage

DNR state parks making progress with derecho damage

  • 9/1/2020 1:20:00 PM
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Three weeks after a devastating derecho tore through a large portion of Iowa, and left major damage to residential neighborhoods, farms and cities, state parks across Iowa continue their clean-up efforts.
Shorebirds flocking to mudflats at Lake Red Rock

Shorebirds flocking to mudflats at Lake Red Rock

  • 8/25/2020 1:14:00 PM
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Birdwatchers know that heading north out of Pleasantville on North State Street, will lead them to a dead end at Lake Red Rock, near the impoundment that holds the greatest number of shorebirds available to birdwatchers without a boat.
Hickory Grove Lake treatment complete

Hickory Grove Lake treatment complete

  • 8/19/2020 7:26:00 AM
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COLO - Hickory Grove Lake has reopened after rotenone treatment by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on August 4 to remove the remaining fish population. Several injurious fish species, such as common carp, grass carp and black bullhead, were reducing water clarity, destroying aquatic plants, and preventing the fishery at Hickory Grove Lake from reaching its full potential.
Boy killed in PWC crash on Clear Lake

Boy killed in PWC crash on Clear Lake

  • 8/12/2020 7:53:00 AM
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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a collision involving two personal watercraft (PWC) occurred on Clear Lake, killing a 14 year old, who was operating one of the PWCs. A 12 year old, who was operating a second PWC involved in the crash, sustained minor injuries to the face. A passenger on the second PWC was not injured.
DNR makes arrest in boating hit and run on West Lake Okoboji

DNR makes arrest in boating hit and run on West Lake Okoboji

  • 8/7/2020 2:04:00 PM
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WEST LAKE OKOBOJI, Iowa – On Thursday August 6, 2020, DNR Conservation Officers located a damaged boat consistent with damage to the hit and run incident, which seriously injured Vaughn Wickham of Spirit Lake, Iowa on August 4, 2020.
Renovation of Dan Green Slough and Burr Oak Lake to last through summer

Renovation of Dan Green Slough and Burr Oak Lake to last through summer

  • 8/4/2020 9:04:00 PM
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The water level at Dan Green Slough and Burr Oak Lake will be held down through the summer’s growing season to eliminate rough fish that had reentered the systems and to reestablish emergent vegetation that had been lost after years of high water.
DNR investigating boating accident on Lake Delhi

DNR investigating boating accident on Lake Delhi

  • 7/28/2020 12:31:00 PM
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DELAWARE COUNTY, Iowa – On Sunday, July 26, at approximately 7:30pm, DNR Conservation Officer Dakota Drish responded to a personal injury accident involving a water craft (PWC) on Lake Delhi.
Zebra mussels found in Lake Manawa

Zebra mussels found in Lake Manawa

  • 7/21/2020 12:55:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently confirmed that zebra mussels are in Lake Manawa.
DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Hickory Grove Lake

DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Hickory Grove Lake

  • 7/21/2020 12:48:00 PM
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COLO - Story County Conservation (SCC) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering to renovate the remaining fishery in Hickory Grove Lake. The DNR will treat Hickory Grove Lake on August 4th (pending workable weather conditions) with rotenone, a botanical pesticide, to eliminate the remaining fish population.
Simply put, Cayler Prairie has it all

Simply put, Cayler Prairie has it all

  • 7/21/2020 12:34:00 PM
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Standing on a vista overlooking the expansive Cayler Prairie, it’s easy to imagine bison - the icon of the open prairie - at home on this historic area. 
DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Hickory Grove Lake

DNR to eliminate the remaining fish population at Hickory Grove Lake

  • 7/7/2020 3:47:00 PM
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COLO - Story County Conservation (SCC) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering to renovate the remaining fishery in Hickory Grove Lake. The DNR will treat Hickory Grove Lake later this summer (pending workable weather conditions) with rotenone, a botanical pesticide, to eliminate the remaining fish population.
Iowa fisheries biologist selected for Award of Merit

Iowa fisheries biologist selected for Award of Merit

  • 6/16/2020 1:32:00 PM
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Iowa fisheries biologist Ben Wallace recently received the American Fisheries Society’s Fisheries Management Section Award of Merit for his efforts in community based watershed management and lake restoration projects.
Forney Lake Wildlife Area offers outdoor recreation all year long

Forney Lake Wildlife Area offers outdoor recreation all year long

  • 6/9/2020 3:21:00 PM
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Thurman, Iowa - Sitting 30 miles south of Council Bluffs is a been-here-forever, old school kind of place that has been attracting duck hunters from across southwest Iowa for more than 100 years. Forney Lake Wildlife Area, acquired by the State of Iowa from the Forney family in 1943, has become a 1,317-acre public land mix of natural wetlands and Loess Hills bluffs, bisected by Bluff Road, in northwest Fremont County.
Efforts to remove carp continue at Hickory Grove Lake

Efforts to remove carp continue at Hickory Grove Lake

  • 5/5/2020 12:02:00 PM
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COLO, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Story County Conservation (SCC) plan to start drawing down Hickory Grove Lake near Colo in early May to remove common carp. The lake will remain drained until fall.
Geode State Park restoration project timeline extended

Geode State Park restoration project timeline extended

  • 4/14/2020 2:14:00 PM
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Danville, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) extended the timeline to complete in-lake restoration work at Geode State Park due to poor working conditions throughout the winter. Current restoration activities will improve water quality at Lake Geode and enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities in the park.
DNR officials help rescue man in Lake Wapello

DNR officials help rescue man in Lake Wapello

  • 2/25/2020 7:40:00 AM
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DRAKESVILLE, Iowa – Iowa DNR officials helped rescue a man that had fallen through the ice at Lake Wapello in Davis County Monday night around 5:30.
Industrial wastewater discharge in Storm Lake

Industrial wastewater discharge in Storm Lake

  • 2/19/2020 3:48:00 PM
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STORM LAKE—An equipment failure at Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., in Storm Lake caused a discharge of untreated wastewater into the city’s storm sewers early Wednesday morning.
Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 2/4/2020 12:30:00 PM
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Spirit Lake, Iowa – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through Feb. 14. It will close after that date and reopens on May 2. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Lizard Lake

Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Lizard Lake

  • 1/31/2020 12:20:00 PM
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GILMORE CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Lizard Lake, in Pocahontas County, from Feb. 1 to April 1 to offer additional trapping opportunities of a temporarily abundant resource. Iowa’s trapping season for all furbearers except beaver closes statewide on Jan. 31.
Trout stocking this Saturday at Lake Petocka cancelled

Trout stocking this Saturday at Lake Petocka cancelled

  • 1/21/2020 2:05:00 PM
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Bondurant, Iowa – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 25 at Lake Petocka has been cancelled due to unsafe ice conditions for the expected large crowd.
Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

  • 1/14/2020 2:48:00 PM
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Council Bluffs, Iowa – The trout stocking scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 18 at Big Lake has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
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