Dora Lake Wildlife Management Area

Cannon River, Minnesota
Photo credit: 
Robert Engber

In fall of 2011, The Trust for Public Land conveyed 510 acres near the headwaters of the Cannon River to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These high-quality wetlands and upland habitat will be managed as the new Dora Lake Wildlife Management Area. The protection effort, part of the broader Cannon River Headwaters Habitat Complex program, creates a natural buffer to the river in a sensitive water quality area on a major tributary to the Mississippi River—just upstream of a concentration of rare freshwater mussels. The effort also protects habitat for fish, game, and wildlife, while providing public access for hunting, fishing, and other recreation within an hour’s drive of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

A portion of funding for this project came from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Project partners:
Cannon River Watershed Partnership
Tri-Lake Sports Club
Dark House Anglers Southern Chapter
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association-South Central Prairieland Bucks Chapter
Pheasants Forever-LeSueur County
Waterville Sportsman's Club
Montgomery Sportsmen's Club
Minnesota Waterfowl Association Scott-LeSueur Chapter
Izaak Walton League-Owatonna
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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