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Homes with lakeshore have been increasingly popular for years. Let’s make sure this growth doesn’t destroy the natural vegetation and scenic beauty. Lakeshore overdevelopment can lead to erosion, flooding, and impaired water quality. Understandably, owning a lakeshore property does have some additional responsibilities, which includes the statewide standards for shoreland management. For more information on how to manage a shoreline with little environmental impact, see our Owning Lakeshore in Douglas County Brochure.

What is your Lakeshore Area?

There is a lot to think about when making a lakeshore purchase. The most important thing to consider is what you want from this property. A friendly neighborhood? A place for water-related activities? A beautiful retreat? In addition to making this decision, it’s a good idea to learn more about the body of water itself. You can find this information from numerous government agencies, such as local government units, the DNR (LakeFinder), University of MN County Extension offices and the district offices of the National Resources Conservation Service.

Other factors to consider are local zoning ordinances for lakeshore property, as well as the physical characteristics of the property (e.g. topography, soil conditions, and vegetation). Alterations in the lakeshore area may require a permit.

Visit the MN DNR website for many additional resources on purchasing and managing Minnesota lakeshores: A Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland

Lakeshore Management

Why is lakeshore management so important? It’s important to preserve and restore native lakeshore vegetation for several reasons:

  1. Protects the health and diversity of the aquatic environment.
  2. Provides a good habitat.
  3. Improves the health and diversity of lakeshore and upland birds and wildlife.
  4. Benefits water quality

Learn more: Maintaining and Restoring Natural Shorelines