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Mille Lacs Water Level

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With all the rain earlier this month has the lake come up at all. I know a lot of the other smaller lakes and streams were up a lot.

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Saturday night we launched from the Red Door on the north end - looked like the water depth was down about a foot or so. I'm sure someone else with more experience in the area can confirm or deny that. Regardless we had no difficulty launching.

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It went from terrible to bad. It is still very low. Chip is off up to 3 ft. in areas. I'd be careful runnin over the shallow rocks and the blowout holes at the landings. Also we saw a boat beached bigtime on the sand. Stay within the channel markers wherever you go out of. I would also launch at a private resort, the publics are in rough shape mainly.

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I talked to a DNR guy at the Cove boat launch. I asked if there were any plans to dredge any of the launches. He said no. He said that if something happened like damage at a boat launch they would fix it. But wouldn't do anything just because of low water levels.

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You would think now would be the perfect time as in they can get farther out and if the levels ever go this low again everyone will be all right.

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