Silver Carp Found In Lost Island Lake

An invasive species of carp continues its spread to northwest Iowa lakes. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Silver Carp are now in Lost Island Lake. State fisheries experts confirmed the presence after a commercial fisherman collected several while seining the lake for common carp and buffalo carp. DNR Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins says … Read more

Cougar Shot In SW Minnesota

(Round Lake, Mn.,Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) – An investigation is underway into the shooting of a cougar in southwest Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the animal was shot Monday morning in Round Lake Township, just north of the Iowa border. The cougar reportedly weighed 125 pounds and was 74 inches long. Cougars … Read more

Zebra mussel prevention efforts

There is currently an effort in California to develop a statewide program to fight the advance of zebra mussels. A zebra mussel detection dog trainer, Debi DeShon, recently shared this information with Iowa Great Lakes residents. This link will take you to a copy of the resolution by Lake County to declare a state of … Read more

Water Safety & AIS Update

By Phil Petersen Live and learn can best describe our water safety and fighting Aquatic Invasive Species activity this summer. In the spring we learned that the State Game and Fish Protection Fund that holds our Boat Registration user fees had a $38.7M spending cap. While this legislature spending cap had never come into play … Read more

Oktoberfest Coverage

More than 300 bicyclists enjoyed a Saturday filled with sunshine during the annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest Bike Ride. The riders traveled 27.47 miles around West Lake Okoboji with a kick off at Arrowwood in Okoboji.

Center Lake Blue Green Algae Blooms

We’ve received a number of calls regarding a blue green algae (cyanobacteria) die off on Center Lake today (attached photos).  Center Lake has been more prone to these blooms in recent years, and this one is impacting Hayward’s Bay on West Okoboji Lake.  Water entering West O is bluish in color and has probably lowered … Read more

DNR: An Aquatic Invasive Species Has Found Its Way Into The Iowa Great Lakes

BigHead Carp Caught in East Okoboji Lake Tuesday August 9, 2011 The DNR issued this news release on Tuesday SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has verified the presence of bighead carp in East Okoboji Lake after two fish were collected Tuesday during the DNR’s annual fish sampling effort. Bighead carp, … Read more

Lower Gar Culverts Installed None Too Soon!

Lower Gar Culverts Installed None Too Soon! July 9th, 2011 With lake levels extremely high, flooding all over the Midwest and more rain projected for the summer, IGLA can claim a victory that the two additional box culverts are now installed under 230th Avenue east of Milford. Over the course of the past few years … Read more

Interns Being Utilized For AIS Awareness At Lakes Area Boat Ramps

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 (Wahpeton)– Efforts to try to keep aquatic invasive species out of the Iowa Great Lakes are once again underway this season. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says some college students are spending some of their weekends this summer at some of the heaviest used … Read more

High Levels Of Fecal Bacteria Turn Up At Lakes Area Beach

Monday, July 04, 2011 (Wahpeton)– A beach in the Iowa Great Lakes is one of six state park beaches in the state with high levels of fecal bacteria. Samples collected last week turned up high levels of the bacteria at Emerson Bay on West Lake Okoboji. A safety warning sign has been posted at the … Read more