Shoepack Lakes temporarily closed for Muskellunge study

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN — The National Park Service (NPS) and Minnesota Departmnet of Natural Resources (MN DNR) will perform a study to estimate the population size of the native and genetically-distinct muskellunge that live in the Shoepack Lakes after a beaver dam caused lake levels to lower in 2001.

To allow for this study, campsites and boats on Shoepack and Little Shoepack lakes will be closed from April 20 to May 24, 2019, and also from July 1 to July 14, 2019.

Canoes and campsites on both lakes are expected to remain open for all other summer dates in 2019.

The fishing season for muskellunge begins June 1, 2019.

The new study will show if the lowered lake levels, which have recovered since the dam was built, are being managed properly to maintain the musky population.

Kaitlyn Moffett

Kaitlyn Moffett

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