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Deer Lake Association
A member of the Minnesota Lakes Association

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)


are a Dire Threat to the


Legacy of Deer Lake


Remember,  there are no Second Chances:


Once in the Lake, Always in the Lake

NEW: Watch this!


Horrible Beauty of AIS: It Can Happen Here!


Several boatloads of Zebra Mussels were pulled off of Sand Lake this month.

Sand Lake is a very popular fishing lake just a few miles from Deer Lake.



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This year will provide opportunities to enhance our efforts to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) from ruining our lake.  The Minnesota State Legislature has provided the county governments 10 million for this effort.  Itasca County will receive over a half million dollars annually as its share.  We will see enhanced programs from access inspection and decontamination opportunities to training in detection and monitoring Deer Lake for many forms of AIS.  Among the various aspects of the AIS Program in Itasca County is the Community Action Projects (CAP).  This is a grant program designed to provide associations, organizations and water-oriented businesses with funds for local projects.  These could be supplemental to what is being done across the county, or for innovative ideas.  Most CAP program grants will require matching funds or volunteer hours.
Deer Lake Association members should strongly consider participating in this effort to protect our lake.

Here is some additional information:

Letter offering free consultation on AIS

Minnesota Extension AIS Newsletternew

Itasca County AIS Facebook Page

Public Service Announcement

Summary of the Itasca AIS Program

CAP Application Form

  A beach full of invasive mussles makes bare feet impossible!

Invasive Species Crisis in Minnesota threatens Deer Lake!!

This could happen here if we are not VERY CAREFUL!

The most common entry is by boat; please check your rig BEFORE entering the lake.

New certification for Dock Installers required (extra caution if a dock is from another lake).

Click these Links:  

MN DNR: Invasive Species in Itasca County

Poster from Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations 

Mussles and more: find many other Invasives on the sidebar of this website