Shoreland Preservation and Restoration

Preservation and restoration of natural shoreland is essential to maintaining a healthy lake. Shorelands are naturally full of a rich diversity of life: plants, animals, and microorganisms, including humans. The Lake Shamineau Association has made education on shoreland issues a high priority goal.

Grant program for shoreland improvement

In 2012 and 2013, the Lake Shamineau Association obtained a matching fund grant of $5,000 from the Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation to be used for shoreland restoration improvement projects to benefit water quality. The Association contributed up to $5,000 and members awarded project funds will contribute up to $5,000 which could be in-kind donations and volunteer labor in lieu of cash.

Lake Shamineau Shoreline Assesment

In 2007, Morrison County is a shoreland assesment of Lake Shamineau. Click Morrison_final_report to view the report.

Buffer zone

Creation of a buffer zone is the essence of the lakescaping concept. It is an opportunity to balance our needs and priorities with the needs and priorities of those with whom we share life at the edge of the water.

Lakescaping and shoreland restoration can return many desirable features to your shoreline:

  • Provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife
  • Filter out pollutants and runoff that degrade water quality
  • Prevent shoreline erosion by absorbing wave action
  • Enjoy abundant nature: flowers, shrubs, trees, aquatic plants, fish, insects, birds
  • More leisure time to relax and enjoy the nature of life at the lakeshore


MN DNR Shoreland Management Main Page Mn DNR main page on Shoreland management with index to their many informative pages on this topic.
Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide Free Minnesota Shoreland online publication for lakescaping and shoreland mangement.
Score Your Shore Free MN DNR online self-assesment guide to evaluate your shoreland and set goals for improvement.
Restore Your Shore Free extensive interactive online publication for shoreland restoration. Includes photos, sample projects and a great appendix of native plants.
MN DNR Shoreland Alterations Info Publications MN DNR index page to shoreland alterations information sheets to view and print. Includes information on docks, stairs, lifts, landings, lakescaping, ice ridges and rip rap.
Guide to Aquatic Plants Free Mn DNR extensive online publication about aquatic plants, including identification, value and management. Useful for property owners, lake visitors and anglers.
 Mn DNR Restoration and Management Publications Online publications and books for purchase from MN DNR.