Shoreline and Lakeshore Vegetation Removal Laws

May existing vegetation be removed from the shoreline?

Local planning and zoning ordinances regulate the amount of vegetation that may be removed from shore and bluff impact zones and from steep slopes.

May aquatic vegetation be removed for recreational and aesthetic reasons?

Aquatic vegetation cannot be removed for aesthetic reasons.  However, under certain conditions, some plants my be removed for recreational purposes.

A permit is needed to:

A permit in not needed when:

Aquatic vegetation must never be destroyed or prevented from growing in an area posted for fish spawning or by placing mats, plastic sheets, or like materials on the bottom of the lake

For information on local ordinances contact the appropriate Planning and Zoning Office. For help in making decisions on vegetation removal, contact the DNR Forestry Office at (218) 828-2565.

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