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An aerial view of a mile of undeveloped Lake Roosevelt shoreline property: the Woods Bay Project - photo submitted

Lake Roosevelt Project Underway

Web posted August 26, 2014
During the week of August 25, a thousand property owners on or near Lake Roosevelt will receive a mailing explaining the Woods Bay Project and inviting their contributions to help the project come to fruition.

The Woods Bay Project is an effort to preserve over 105 acres and a mile of undeveloped shoreline in the Woods Bay area of Lake Roosevelt and to keep it in its undeveloped state for future generations. The plan is a partnership between the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF) and the Roosevelt and Lawrence Area Lakes Association (RALALA), in which LLAWF will actually purchase the property from the estate of the late Charles and Judy Eggers, who purchased the property in the early 1950s. LLAWF will then donate the property to the MN Dept. of Natural Resources, to become a DNR Aquatic Management Area. It will then become available for public use for future generations.

In order to make this purchase happen, the State of Minnesota, through the Lessard-Sams Legacy Fund, has appropriated some $1.2 million, but local support is also needed to complete the transaction. That's where RALALA, representing four of the Outing/Emily area's lakeshore property owners, comes in. The RALALA Board has designated up to $15,000 and the organization is seeking another $10,000 or more from area owners, according to Donald Dee, local coordinator for the LLAWF/RALALA project.

Several years ago, Roosevelt Lake was seeded with muskies by the DNR. The Woods Bay area is expected to become a prime muskie spawning area and this project will ensure that it will remain protected. In appreciation of the value of this property, Muskies, Inc. has also pledged financial support. The 105-acre land is also prime real estate for natural preservation and will be available for hunting, hiking, etc.

But the Woods Bay shoreline is a “special place” says Dee, where area residents enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in one of Minnesota's premier lakes, with a wilderness area unsurpassed. The objective is to keep it that way.

Readers wishing to make a donation may do so, tax-free,: LLAWF, PO Box 455, Hackensack, MN 56452

- photo and article submitted

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