Mille Lacs community conversations

Meetings, comment period conclude

Photo from the shore of Mille Lacs Lake showing blue water underneath a clear blue sky and green trees on the shoreline We're reviewing the values and goals you told us should be part of a new Mille Lacs Lake fisheries management plan.

We asked what's important to you about Mille Lacs Lake, its fish, the activities that take you to the lake and the area's communities. Now we're looking at your answers and considering them as we develop an approach to draft a new plan.

When we know what those next steps are, we'll let you know here so check back often. 

What's in a management plan?

DNR is gathering this information to determine how to proceed and what the plan will include.

The plan you're helping DNR develop impacts only the state portion of the fishery. Tribes that have fishing rights on Mille Lacs manage their own part of the fishery.

Examples of goals in a new management plan may include but are not limited to:

  • Improving the regulation-setting process so that we can best reflect angler values while managing the fishery sustainably;
  • Recognizing and acknowledging that biological changes in the lake will continue to impact and change the water, fishing and fish – sometimes in ways that may not be predictable; and
  • Finding ways to adequately and fairly balance the varying interests that different angling and stakeholder groups have in Mille Lacs Lake with important natural resource considerations to preserve and improve the Mille Lacs Lake fishery.