Shell Rock River Watershed District’s Pickerel Lake focus forges partnerships

Targeted Clean Water Fund work made a Pheasants Forever-backed, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-owned prairie and wetland habitat restoration possible. That 245-acre site filters sediment and supports wildlife. Other grant-funded projects include waterways, a streambank restoration and a two-stage ditch.

Yellow flowers, grasses and cattails frame a cloudy view of a lake
Pickerel Lake, seen from a public water access just south of Albert Lea in August 2021, will benefit from targeted watershed work made possible by a BWSR Clean Water Fund grant. The shallow lake in Freeborn County is impaired for nutrients. Grant-supported projects included a 245-acre wetland restoration, a partnership involving the USFWS, DNR and Pheasants Forever. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR
Native plants border one of 30-plus wetlands, seen here in August 2021 when water levels were lower, that are now part of the Pickerel Lake WPA. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR
A drone in 2020 captured part of what is now the 245-acre Pickerel Lake WPA. Photo Courtesy SRRWD
The SRRWD will transfer the 45-acre site it purchased for $273,000 with Outdoor Heritage Funds in June 2018 to the DNR, which will add the restored wetland to the Upper Twin Lake WMA. Photo Courtesy SRRWD

Targeted Watershed Project Details

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ mission is to improve and protect the state’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.
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Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Our mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.