DNR Confirms Presence Of Zebra Mussels In Another Of The Iowa Great Lakes

Fri 8-31-2018

(Spirit Lake)-- Zebra mussels have now been confirmed in Center Lake. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says the discovery was made in some samples taken from the lake earlier this month. Hawkins says they turned up on some sampling plates put out under some navigational buoys. He says crews found about 20 juvenile zebra mussels on the plates in a couple of locations on Center Lake.

Hawkins reminds boaters and lakeshore property owners that it's illegal to transport zebra mussels, and that the necessary measures need to be taken.

Only two lakes in the Iowa Great Lakes chain, Loon Lake and Clear Lake, both in Jackson county, have yet to have confirmed infestations of zebra mussels.