Outdoors almanac: Solving Pelican Lake's woes
Doug Smith, Star Tribune
April 10, 2005 ONOT0410
A partnership of local, state and federal agencies and conservation groups has formed to try to restore Pelican Lake in Wright County as a premier waterfowl lake.
One solution may be to construct a controlled outlet to regulate the lake's water levels to improve water quality and habitat. Record high water levels on the 4,000-acre lake near St. Michael have killed sego pondweed and other desireable vegetation for waterfowl, and bullheads have muddied its waters.
Temporarily lowering water levels can encourage winter kill-off of undesirable fish and rejuvenate aquatic plants.
"Pelican Lake is one of Minnesota's wildlife treasures, but it has problems," said Tim Bremicker, Department of Natural Resources regional wildlife supervisor. "We don't know if Pelican will ever be the way it was, but by working together we can certainly make this troubled treasure a lot healthier than it is, for both humans and wildlife."
The project will be part of Ducks Unlimited Living Lakes Initiative. The Pelican Lake working group includes local landowners, city and county officials, state and federal officials and such groups as Ducks Unlimited, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and Pheasants Forever.
Pelican is a designated "wildlife lake," the only one in Wright County. The group will hold its first meeting later this month or in early May