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Mille Lacs Lake (Lyback)


Minnesota Land Trust will purchase a conservation easement on a privately held tract of land on and adjacent to Mille Lacs Lake, just west of the town of Isle, Minnesota, in the east central region of the state. This conservation easement will protect approximately 60 acres of important hardwood forest and approximately 1,200 linear feet of high quality, undisturbed shoreline on Mille Lacs Lake. The property currently supports some of the rarest and best muskie spawning habitat on Mille Lacs Lake and is under imminent threat of development. If Minnesota Land Trust does not purchase this easement within a year, the property will be subdivided and built out. This property is located in a key habitat complex of several hundred acres, which includes Father Hennepin State Park. The shallow bays immediately offshore from the property have been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as some of the highest quality muskie spawning habitat on Mille Lacs Lake.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 02/08/2013 - 06/30/2016

Project Manager John Brosnan

Grant Recipient Minnesota Land Trust

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $335,000

Expended $285,897

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Private

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Acquisition

Primary County Mille Lacs


Latest Indicator Number of acres protected

Target 60

Measurement 52

Target Summary planned acres

Measurement Summary completed acres