DEEPHAVEN, Minn. (AP) — A study finds zebra mussels are rapidly spreading throughout Lake Minnetonka.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District said Wednesday it found zebra mussels present at most testing sites across the lake.

Zebra mussels were first detected there last summer. Follow-up data collected last fall found zebra mussels across much of eastern Lake Minnetonka. This spring, the district placed monitoring devices at 32 sites all over the lake.

During the first monthly check of the devices in late June, zebra mussels were found at 24 locations all across the lake. Only five sites turned up no evidence of the invaders, while monitoring devices were lost at three other spots.

zebra mussel survey results Zebra Mussels Spread Rapidly In Lake Minnetonka

(credit: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District )

Officials remind people to clean, drain and dry their boats and equipment before entering new waters to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Because of the state shutdown, conservations officers were considered not essential and are not working to check boats for zebra mussels and other invasive species. They relying on boaters to check their own boats in an effort called “Save Our Summers.”

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Comments (12)
  1. Robert says:

    Kiss Lake Minnetonka good-by

  2. trl the alligator says:

    zebra mussels are here to stay…….milfoil is here to stay……next comes asian carp…….Lake Minnetonka is done.

  3. Hobs says:

    Hopefully we won’t need to pay for this glum data anymore. There are zebra mussels in the lake? What does it matter where or the quantity? Keep it shut down!

    1. Reasonable says:

      My sarcasm meter is on the fritz today, but I sure hope you’re kidding…

      I mean really, let’s make sure that our natural resources get defiled because the minority might not get to keep their luxurious lifestyle.

  4. frankgarrett says:

    I’m eagerly awaiting news from around the country of all the birds falling from the sky….. because as we all know, the reason why they died in the beginning of this year was because of the New Years celebratory fireworks.

    So, Im anxiously awaiting all the news about more dead birds considering 10x more fireworks are lit on the 4th of July. Thanks scientist, MSM, talking heads, etc… i’m eagerly awaiting.

  5. Curious says:

    What do zebra mussels do to a moored boat?

  6. Yep says:

    From what I hear about this lake it doesn’t really matter if there is an infestation of zebra muscles, asian carp or anything else. All I ever hear about Lake Minetonka is it is overcrowded with drunken parties and people die on it all the time.

  7. Huxley says:

    We are known for our lakes, winters, and the MOA. Take away the lakes and we’ve got nothing. Let’s hope these things are somehow balanced out.

  8. Stacey says:

    Diving for my sunglasses today at big island… Came up with rock with zebra mussels attached to it.

  9. Alfred says:

    Why continue to test boats at the launches?

    The lake is ALREADY infested!!

    The DNR obviously has too many employees with not enough to do. Why weren’t they laid off with the rest of the non-essential government ‘workers’?

    1. Blake says:

      The boat launches are not being ‘tested’. The work being done there is to ensure that the public is taught the correct procedure for removing invasive species from their boats in order to prevent further spreading of these species to clean lakes. It’s about protecting our resources and keeping lakes clean, not wasting money or the DNR’s time.

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