State DNR begins lowering northern Iowa lake level

LAKE MILLS, Iowa (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources will begin reducing the level of Rice Lake in northern Iowa as part of an effort to restock fish and improve water quality.

The DNR says that starting Thursday, it will draw down the lake by 4 feet. The lower level will help re-establish aquatic plants that offer fish habitat and improve water quality.

Plans call for restocking the lake with sport fish.

State officials say they believe the lake, which is just south of the Minnesota border near Lake Mills, will have a higher recreational value after the work is complete and it’s refilled.

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