Ducks Unlimited in 2016 completed eight wetland and shallow lake enhancements affecting 9,341 acres.
These included completion of a massive outlet water-control structure, pipeline and pump system on the 3,765-acre Pelican Lake in Wright County near St. Michael. This project, more than a decade in the making, is designed to lower water levels in Pelican Lake to enhance the shallow lake for waterfowl.
Pelican Lake is of similar importance to diving ducks as is the 4,000-acre Lake Christina in Douglas County near Ashby. On Lake Christina, Ducks Unlimited helped upgrade an electric fish barrier designed to minimize the number of common carp entering the lake from downstream.
Ducks Unlimited also completed structure enhancements on a 53-acre basin on Victor Waterfowl Production Area south of Howard Lake in Wright County, and on the 283-acre Beaulieu Lake east of Bejou in Mahnomen County.
Ducks Unlimited has restored two wetlands totaling 36 acres on the Kruger Waterfowl Production Area in Becker County, enhanced a 16-acre wetland on DeLong WPA and a 27-acre wetland under U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service private land easement in Grant County.
Finally, Ducks Unlimited enhanced the 1,162-acre West Pool No.7 on Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge with a new and improved water-control structure in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.