Help Protect Our Waters

Dear Neighbor or Visitor to the Ely Area:

Northern Minnesota is renowned for its clean water, good fishing, and wonderful recreational opportunities.  We ask for your help to keep it that way in the future.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, rusty crayfish, spiny waterflea, Eurasian watermilfoil, and others degrade water quality, destroy fisheries, and disrupt recreational activities.  Some of these invaders are already present in our lakes and rivers.  We need your help in stopping the spread of these “aquatic hitchhikers”.

The methods for preventing the spread of AIS are simple and do not take much time.  These invasive plants and animals “hitch a ride” on our boats, trailers, jet skis, fishing gear, and other recreational gear.  Cleaning this equipment properly every time before transporting it is the best preventive measure for stopping the spread of AIS.  In fact, MN state law now requires such preventive measures. The simple solution is: Clean, Drain, and Dry all watercraft and equipment.

Information on this website provides specific instructions on how this is done.  And specialized decontamination stations in the Ely area are available free of charge. Check Burntside.org for station locations.

The residents, merchants, and other visitors to the Ely area greatly appreciate your help with this effort.


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The work of the Burntside Lake Association AIS Task Force has been generously funded by a grant from Saint Louis County.

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Burntside Lake Association
P.O. Box 81
Ely, MN 55731

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