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Bad Medicine Lake AMA


The proposed AMA acquisition consists of approximately 2.3 acres with 780 feet of shoreline at the Ordinary High Water Level (OHWL). Bad Medicine Lake is a closed-basin oligotrophic lake with high water quality. It is presently about 5 feet above the OHWL. The lake has been above the OHWL for over 25 years. This particular property includes a peninsula that is now an island due to the current water level. The proposed AMA contains a high proportion of littoral zone habitat and comprises one of the few areas of the lake with this habitat type. It can be used as a spawning area and habitat. The upland habitat is used by a variety of game and nongame species. It is directly across the lake from another AMA (within 1/2 mile) that has recently been acquired by the BMLAF with DNR assistance and a RIM match grant. It is also about 1/4 mile south of an AMA that the BMLAF is in the process of purchasing with another CPL grant. Bad Medicine Lake is managed as a two-story trout fishery.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status In Progress

Dates 01/09/2014 - 06/30/2017

Project Manager Ray Vlasak

Grant Recipient Bad Medicine Lake Area Foundation

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $379,000

Expended $209,536

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

Management Unit(s) Aquatic Management Area

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Acquisition

Primary County Becker


Latest Indicator Number of acres protected

Target 2

Measurement 4