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Renovations at Geode State Park to close beach area in 2023

Renovations at Geode State Park to close beach area in 2023

  • 4/4/2023 11:52:00 AM
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GEODE, Iowa – The beach and surrounding facilities at Geode State Park will be closed for the 2023 recreational season beginning in late April due to a major road and parking lot construction project.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Clear Lake Wildlife Unit

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Clear Lake Wildlife Unit

  • 3/20/2023 3:52:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Clear Lake Wildlife Unit in Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Franklin, Winnebago, Worth and Wright counties.
Spring community trout stocking starts March 23

Spring community trout stocking starts March 23

  • 3/7/2023 12:16:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 and 2,000 rainbow trout in 13 lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.
Project this fall will repair a portion of Ingham Lake’s north shoreline

Project this fall will repair a portion of Ingham Lake’s north shoreline

  • 10/28/2022 5:24:00 PM
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Work will begin this fall on a section of Ingham Lake’s north shoreline that, once completed, will reduce the amount of siltation entering the lake and provide protection to the road surface of the adjacent Ingham Lake Road. Drivers who use Ingham Lake Road may experience occasional disruptions at County Road A34 while the work is underway.
Tomahawk Marsh is returning to its prairie and wetland heritage

Tomahawk Marsh is returning to its prairie and wetland heritage

  • 10/18/2022 1:01:00 PM
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Tomahawk Marsh is undergoing a facelift of sorts. Parts of the 428-acre wildlife area just north of Lake View in central Sac County, has been reshaped to create small seasonal wetlands, and many of the trees have been removed to reclaim the prairie and to emphasize the grassland and wetland ecosystem.
Water level to drop at West Swan Lake ahead of restoration

Water level to drop at West Swan Lake ahead of restoration

  • 9/6/2022 1:02:00 PM
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GRUVER - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will start lowering the water level at West Swan Lake, near Gruver in Emmet County as part of a restoration project to improve its water quality, eliminate a rough fish population and provide quality habitat for fish and wildlife.
Wastewater released near Carter Lake

Wastewater released near Carter Lake

  • 9/1/2022 11:10:00 AM
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CARTER LAKE, IOWA – Authorities advise that people and pets should avoid a stormwater retention pond area between Shoreline Golf Course and Lakeside Estates Trailer Home Park in Carter Lake due to a sewage spill.
Iowa DNR confirms cause of Storm Lake common carp kill

Iowa DNR confirms cause of Storm Lake common carp kill

  • 8/9/2022 2:24:00 PM
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STORM LAKE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) killed thousands of young common carp at Storm Lake. It’s the first time the virus has been detected in Iowa. Outbreaks have previously been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin. There have been no instances of the virus infecting humans or other fish species.
Little Swan Lake restoration is a true success story

Little Swan Lake restoration is a true success story

  • 8/2/2022 12:05:00 PM
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The Little Swan Lake/Christopherson Slough wetland complex is a mix of remnant and restored prairie, a high-quality shallow lake, a large marsh, restored wetlands, oak savanna and oak timber covering more than 2,100 acres just north of the town of Superior in eastern Dickinson County.
Martens Lake not open to boat traffic for hunting this fall

Martens Lake not open to boat traffic for hunting this fall

  • 7/26/2022 12:49:00 PM
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Tripoli, Iowa - Waterfowl hunters scouting shallow lakes and marshes ahead of the season should be aware that Martens Lake on the Sweet Marsh Wildlife Area is in the process of a dike repair and channel excavation project and will not be open to boat traffic for hunting this fall.
Round Lake Wildlife Area is a gem hidden in plain sight

Round Lake Wildlife Area is a gem hidden in plain sight

  • 6/28/2022 3:11:00 PM
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MONDAMIN - Round Lake has to be the easiest wildlife area to get to in the state. Sitting one mile east off of I-29 at the Hwy. 127 Mondamin exit, is the 430-acre mix of wetlands, timber and prairie in western Harrison County.
Southwest Iowa's Lake Icaria offers year-round outdoor recreation

Southwest Iowa's Lake Icaria offers year-round outdoor recreation

  • 6/21/2022 12:44:00 PM
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Corning, Iowa - Lake Icaria is a popular fishing lake in southwest Iowa’s Adams County. It’s also has a popular campground. And a popular swimming beach, and is popular for boating and for deer hunting. In fact, Lake Icaria offers year-round outdoor recreation attracting visitors from Des Moines to Council Bluffs and all across the region.
Boaters in Western Iowa urged to use caution due to low water conditions

Boaters in Western Iowa urged to use caution due to low water conditions

  • 5/24/2022 3:27:00 PM
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Water levels in oxbow lakes adjacent to the Missouri River are lower than normal going into the summer due to consecutive years of abnormally dry conditions in western Iowa and historic low flows in the Missouri River this past winter. Access to these lakes may be compromised.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Martens Lake in Sweet Marsh in Bremer County

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Martens Lake in Sweet Marsh in Bremer County

  • 5/10/2022 2:03:00 PM
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TRIPOLI - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Martens Lake in Sweet Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) beginning May 15 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish as the lake is drained to prepare for a project that will repair the Martens’ Lake dike. 
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Badger Lake in Webster County

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Badger Lake in Webster County

  • 5/3/2022 3:54:00 PM
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FORT DODGE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Badger Lake beginning May 7 to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated to eliminate an overabundant population of common carp and restore water quality and habitat.
Fishing regulations relaxed at West Swan Lake in Emmet County

Fishing regulations relaxed at West Swan Lake in Emmet County

  • 4/19/2022 11:57:00 AM
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ESTHERVILLE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has relaxed the fishing regulations at West Swan Lake in Emmet County to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated to eliminate an overabundant population of bullhead and common carp, and restore water quality and habitat.
Two additional community trout ponds stocked last week

Two additional community trout ponds stocked last week

  • 4/12/2022 3:39:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at Lake Petocka, in Bondurant and Terra Lake, in Johnston, as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer.  
Spirit Lake Hatchery filling with northern pike

Spirit Lake Hatchery filling with northern pike

  • 4/12/2022 3:28:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources placed fyke nets in the outlets of the sloughs that flow into Big Spirit Lake on April 3 to start collecting northern pike. Northern pike spawn in sloughs and shallow vegetated areas around the Iowa Great Lakes prior to ice leaving the lakes.
Shoreline stabilization project underway at Silver Lake

Shoreline stabilization project underway at Silver Lake

  • 3/24/2022 1:42:00 PM
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LAKE PARK, Iowa - Work is underway on a shoreline stabilization project on the northwest section of Silver Lake, in Dickinson County, that is part of a water quality improvement project for the 1,032-acre natural lake. Due to the nature of the project, the contractor has temporarily closed the northwest access road.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/21/2022 11:23:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit in Clay, Palo Alto, Emmet, Kossuth, Humboldt and Buena Vista counties.
Public meeting to discuss yellow bass removal efforts at Lake Cornelia

Public meeting to discuss yellow bass removal efforts at Lake Cornelia

  • 3/8/2022 1:47:00 PM
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CLARION – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a come-and-go open house style public meeting from 6-8 p.m., March 22, in the enclosed shelter house at Lake Cornelia Park, 1768 O’Brien Avenue, to discuss non-native yellow bass management options for Lake Cornelia in Wright County.
West Swan Lake renovation project topic of March 10 open house

West Swan Lake renovation project topic of March 10 open house

  • 2/22/2022 10:54:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a come-and-go open house style public meeting to discuss the upcoming renovation project at West Swan Lake, in Emmet County, at 6 p.m., March 10, in the SERT Building at the Iowa Lakes Community College, 2421 7th Ave. South, in Estherville.
Walleye season closes Feb. 15 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 15 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 2/8/2022 1:23:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – 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 7. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
DNR to discuss Lake Ahquabi improvements during Feb. 8 public meeting

DNR to discuss Lake Ahquabi improvements during Feb. 8 public meeting

  • 2/1/2022 2:07:00 PM
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INDIANOLA -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss its plans to improve water quality and fishing at Lake Ahquabi, and upgrade campground amenities and provide better accessibility throughout Lake Ahquabi State Park, during an open house on Feb. 8.
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