Rice Lake Drawdown Begins

RICE LAKE VO 6

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LAKE MILLS, Iowa – A north Iowa lake is getting a bit of a makeover.

The Iowa DNR began work on Rice Lake this morning. They will be lowering the lake a few feet in order to change the fish population

Lowering it will replicate drought conditions from the late 1980s, which is a good thing so they can improve the lake’s water quality.

“Currently the lake is about 90% bullheads we hope to get that at more of a better balance with a lot more sport fish and we’re excited to have the community support,” says DNR Wildlife Biologist, T.J. Herrick.

And that community support will help make a cleaner Rice Lake.

“What we’re after is to return Rice Lake to a high quality natural lake. If we do that, we believe it will have a positive wildlife and fisheries response,” adds Herrick.

The DNR plans to renovate fisheries next fall and hope the lake is back to being fully functional by fall of 2014.

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