Iowa DNR director resigns; deputy to succeed him

Iowa’s top environmental official has resigned, effective May 25, and apparently will be replaced by his top deputy. Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Roger Lande said he resigned to spend more time at his home in the Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada.

Reighard named new conservation officer

Boaters will encounter a new, yet familiar face on the Iowa Great Lakes this summer. Steve Reighard, a longtime park ranger in the Gull Point State Park Complex, has been selected as a new conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Dickinson County.

Update on the Asian Carp Situation

Mike Hawkins – DNR Fisheries Bureau Biologist – has provided the following information as an update on the Asian Carp situation: Sampling Our staff continue to aggressively sample our lakes and the Little Sioux River for Asian carp. In fact, our team, with help from the Aquatic Invasive Species staff from Boone, electro-fished two stretches … Read more

Arnolds Park Amusement Park opens for 2012 season

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park opened for the 2012 season the weekend of May 19-20. A family fun free night was held Friday, May 18 despite a bit of rainfall, and the annual D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education) Program Day was held on the 19th with students from several regional schools. The amusement park … Read more

Walleye Weekend draws record number of anglers, no tagged fish caught

A record 2,064 anglers registered and took to the Iowa Great Lakes this weekend for the 30th Annual Easter Seals Iowa Great Walleye Weekend, a 36-hour fishing tournament to benefit the Easter Seals of Iowa. This year’s competition featured a record prize of $30,000 for catching one of the six DNR-tagged Walleye released in the area, … Read more