News release: Minnesota DNR invites public comment on proposed updates to the management plan for Thief Lake in Marshall County

October 9, 2023

People interested in Thief Lake in Marshall County are invited to share their thoughts with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on proposed updates to the lake’s management plan. The updated plan will be used as a guide to maintain the high-quality wetland habitat at Thief Lake.

“Public input is important as we update this plan,” said Kyle Arola, Thief Lake area wildlife supervisor. “The previous management plan was developed in 2011. Updates to the plan will address current management challenges and social considerations.”

The draft management plan describes past management of the lake and identifies new thresholds that will guide specific actions such as periodic water level management. The draft plan is available for review on the Minnesota DNR website.

Comments on the draft plan will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Phone, email or U.S. mail comments can be submitted to:

  • Kyle Arola, Thief Lake area wildlife supervisor, [email protected], 218-633-7671, 42280 240th Avenue Northeast, Middle River, MN 56737.
  • Tammy Baden, shallow lakes specialist, [email protected], 218-846-8474, 14583 County Highway 19, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.

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