Lakes

Anglers prepare for Saturday’s Minnesota fishing opener

It's another reminder summer is nearing as anglers in Minnesota get ready for the fishing opener.

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Get your rods and reels and life jackets out as Minnesota’s Fishing Opener starts Saturday and people across the state are excited to get back on the water for another season of catching fish. It’s a unique Minnesota tradition and experts were initially worried about ice on many lakes in the state after the cold, wet and…

Hundreds of Waterways Added to List of Impaired Waters

About one-third of the waterways are impaired for recreational use.

MINNEAPOLIS–More than half of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams don’t meet state pollution standards. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added 581 waterways to its list of impaired waters in its biennial report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Wednesday. The 3,416 waterways represent 56% of the state’s waters. They have a range of problems, including excess mercury, bacteria,…

Record-Breaking Cold Freezing Minnesota Lakes Early

An arctic air mass that started in Siberia has moved through the Midwest and East Coast.

MINNEAPOLIS–Record-breaking cold temperatures are freezing Minnesota lakes weeks earlier than normal. Monday was the coldest high temperature in three decades in the Twin Cities. The temperature reached 18 degrees at midnight, tying the coldest high record set in 1986. The National Weather Service said Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley to…

“Operation Dry Water” Targets Drunk Boaters Over Holiday Weekend

More officers will be patrolling Minnesota lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. –If you’re headed to the lakes in Minnesota this holiday weekend, make sure you’re not being reckless on the water. The DNR, State Patrol, and Sheriff’s offices are all teaming up to stop people from boating while drunk. It’s part of a campaign called Operation Dry Water. Many boaters are also keeping safety top of mind. “Of…

Some North Dakota Lakes Wiped Out By Winterkill

Game and Fish officials say more than 30 lakes in the state suffered total or significant winterkill

BISMARCK, ND —┬áNorth Dakota Game and Fish officials say more than 30 lakes in the state suffered total or significant winterkill. The department says 10 lakes suffered total winterkill, which means that all the fish died. Lakes making the list include: Mitchell, Baumgartner, Jake’s, Larson, Leno, Rafferty and Coal along with the Mott Watershed Dam, Lehr Wildlife Management Area and…

Ice Out Dates

Lakes are still ice covered across the region, though this weeks warmer and windy weather should help break-up the ice. We have a look at a few Minnesota lakes and when there median and record ice outs are. Categories: Weather Blog, Weather Notes Tags: Fishing Opener, Ice out, Lakes

Douglas County Sheriff Issues Thin Ice Warning

The sheriff's office says strong winds and warmer temps have caused iced-over lakes to reopen

  DOUGLAS COUNTY, Minn. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning after several area lakes have been found with open water. The sheriff’s office says strong winds and warmer temps have caused iced-over lakes to reopen. They are asking people who are going out on the ice to do ice thickness checks regularly and not to assume…

Skate City Hosts Annual Hot Dog Skate in Fargo

It's the second year Skate City has hosted the special event for all ages since taking over Skateland in 2016

FARGO, ND — If you didn’t make it out to the lakes, there was plenty of action and good times at Skate City’s annual Hot Dog Skate in Fargo. It’s the second year Skate City has hosted the special event for all ages since taking over Skateland in 2016. All skaters enjoyed a free hot dog and pop along with…

Zorbaz Kicks Off Beardsley Marathon with Inaugural Dog Run

Runners and their favorite furry friends ran a 1.5 mile course, which finished at People's Park

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes is kicking off Dick Beardsley Marathon Week with the inaugural dog run! Runners and their favorite furry friends ran a 1.5 mile course, which finished at People’s Park. Humans participating got a Dog Run Finisher Shirt and all dogs got a dog tag medal and a Zorbaz bandanna. Registration for the run…

Concordia College Studies Human Impact on Minnesota’s Lakes

With climate change, the spread of aquatic invasive species and agriculture, people may see more issues on their lakes

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Whether you are taking a boat out on the water, jumping in for a swim or enjoying a backyard of nature, hundreds of lakes throughout Minnesota are available to the community. “While it’s important everywhere, in Minnesota it really is foundational to the very structure of who we are here,” said Michelle Marko, an associate professor of…