The La Salle Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) is one of Minnesota's newest SRAs, authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 2011. La Salle Lake SRA is located eight miles north of Itasca State Park on Hubbard County Road 9. The 1,000-acre property includes shoreline along La Salle Lake, a 221-acre lake that is 213 feet deep. The opportunities currently available at the state recreation area include hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and trapping. A water access on the lake is open, but with limited parking. A campground and cabins are also available for reservation.
The 30-day public review period for the draft management plan has closed. The Department of Natural Resources will consider the comments from the public as it prepares the final version of the plan. The final version will be adopted once it is signed by the Commissioner of Natural Resources. After it is signed, the plan will be posted on the DNR website and accessible to the public.
There were numerous opportunities for people with an interest in the SRA to be involved during the planning process. An open house was held on Thursday, December 1, 2011 to begin gathering input from the public about the future activities and facilities at La Salle Lake SRA. DNR planners and regional staff were available to share information, answer questions, and discuss the many issues involved in planning the SRA. Materials from the open house are available here:
A citizen advisory committee (CAC) was established to assist with the development of the management plan. This group met several times over the last couple months to provide input and help review recommendations for the management plan. Materials from the meetings are available here:
The CAC process is complete and the information from the CAC was utilized in developing the draft of the management plan.
Jade Templin, principal planner
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