Marsh Lake Enhancement

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient Type: 
State Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2012
End Date: 
June 2016
Activity Type: 
Counties Affected: 
Big Stone, Lac qui Parle
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2012, Ch. 264, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 4(f)
Appropriation Language 

$2,630,000 in the second year is to the commissioner of natural resources to complete design and construction to modify the dam at Marsh Lake and return the historic outlet of the Pomme de Terre River to Lac Qui Parle.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Administration costs: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Enhance 5,100 acres of wetlands

Source of Additional Funds: 

Federal Funds

Project Overview

The final design and construction will be completed for the enhancement of Marsh Lake for fish and wildlife within the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area.

The over 31,000 acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes a mixture of grasslands, seasonal and permanent wetlands, and scattered croplands managed for waterfowl and upland game birds. The WMA is a critical stopover for both ducks and geese. Peak numbers of 150,000 Canada geese and 20,000 mallards are recorded. A portion of Lac qui Parle Lake (6,400 acres) is managed as a waterfowl refuge while immediately upstream a portion of Marsh Lake (5,100 acres) is managed as a Migratory Feeding and Resting Area. These two lakes also provide angling opportunities for walleye, northern pike and other species.

Project Details

Project Manager

500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul
(651) 259-5204