Invasive Species on Whitefish

All 14 lakes of the Whitefish Chain are now listed as infested with zebra mussels.

A few adult zebra mussels were discovered in the summer of 2013. Subsequent testing for immature zebra mussels revealed only a few in the plankton nets.  That is consistent with an early invasion of zebra mussels.

There currently is no practical way to eliminate zebra mussels.

The Whitefish Chain joins the other two major “destination” lakes in the county–Gull and Pelican–with being labeled as infested with zebra mussels.

No invasive Eurasian watermilfoil was found in the Whitefish Chain in the final 2013 check in late August  2013.   WAPOA pays for inspections in more than 30 areas that are potential first sites for Eurasian watermilfoil invasion.  These are usually boat accesses. Our inspections are done in mid- and late-summer.   This page will have the results of the 2014 inspections as soon as they are done.


Lakes in Crow Wing county with Eurasian watermilfoil

  • Ossawinnamakee
  • Bay
  • Kimble (Kimball)
  • several others less well known.

Lakes in Crow Wing county with zebra mussels

  • Whitefish Chain
  • Gull Lake
  • Pelican
  • Ossawinnamakee
  • Round
  • North Long Lake – added in 2014
  • Gilbert – added in 2014
  • several others less well known.

Ossawinnamakee, with both zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, is only about 2 miles from the Whitefish Chain!
Complete current list of known infected lakes in Minnesota CLICK HERE

  LINKS to Invasive Species Information 

1. Brochure with information about protecting your lake from invasive species     Click Here  will take a few seconds to load       2. Infested waters in Minnesota    CLICK HERE

3. A color map of the lake sites that WAPOA inspects for invasive plant species.
Click Here

4. Minnesota DNR Invasive Species Program page, Includes Designated Infested Waters list and other program information   CLICK HERE