Zebra mussels confirmed in Hennepin County’s Medicine Lake

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Medicine Lake, northwest of Minneapolis in Plymouth in Hennepin County.

A lakeshore property owner notified the DNR and Three Rivers Park District staff, when a lake service provider business found one adult zebra mussel on a dock they were removing from the lake. DNR invasive species staff confirmed two more adult zebra mussels attached to docks at separate locations, indicating a lake-wide presence, according to a DNR news release Thursday, Nov. 9.

“After at least six years of reports of zebra mussels on Medicine Lake that turned out to be negative, it’s disappointing to make this confirmation,” said DNR invasive species specialist Keegan Lund. “Most people have been highly vigilant in practicing ‘Clean, Drain, Dispose’ to keep zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species out of this and other lakes.”

For more on aquatic invasive species in Minnesota, go to mndnr.gov/ais.

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