Zebra mussels confirmed in in Crow Wing County
News | Published on October 25, 2021 at 5:49pm EDT | Author: Chad Koenen0
Long Lake, near Brainerd in Crow Wing County. Five hundred feet of the Nokasippi River immediately upstream and downstream of South Long Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels.
A lake service provider business informed a landowner that they may have found zebra mussels on dock equipment in Upper South Long Lake when removing it for the season. The landowner contacted the lake association, who reported it to the DNR. A DNR invasive species specialist found adult zebra mussels on dock equipment at the site of the initial report and on dock equipment on the opposite shore of the lake.
In May, the DNR confirmed a report of zebra mussels in South Long Lake, upstream of but connected to Upper South Long Lake. Five hundred feet of the Nokasippi River upstream and downstream of South Long Lake were also listed for zebra mussels at that time.
There are important prevention considerations for lake property owners:
Anyone paid to remove boats, docks, lifts and other water-related equipment must be DNR trained and permitted.
More information is available at mndnr.gov/AIS.