Height of Land has a small but active lake association. Shoreline owners are concerned with lake level and water quality issues. Even though periodic winterkills are inevitable, good fishing opportunities are possible between winterkill events. Height of Land Lake is a large (3,720 acre) shallow lake located in central Becker County. The lake is relatively lightly developed, and much of the north shore is included in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Height of Land is in lake class 41. Lakes of this class are relatively large, shallow, productive, and subject to periodic winterkills. Other class 41 lakes in the area include Rock, Shell, Wolf, and Tamarac.
A New Threat to Our Lakes Has Emerged
Recently however our main concern has been focused on the Zebra Mussel in particular and its even more dangerous cousin the Quagga Mussel. These alien mussels have devastated the Great Lakes fisheries. Especially hard hit have been the Walleye and Salmon classes. The entire fishing and resort industry and related businesses have collapsed on Lake Michigan as a direct result of this "invader".
The Zebra mussel is now in two adjacent water sheds. The Pelican River which at its closest point is 13 miles west of us and the Crow Wing River which at its closest point is 37 miles east. They are now infesting Pelican Lake and Gull Lake—and threaten all lakes downstream. The Otter Tail River and Height of Land Lake are in between these two watershed districts, and Pelican Lake is only 25 miles to the southwest of Height of Land. As of May 2nd of 2011, there are 86 lakes, rivers and wetlands known to be infested with Zebra mussels.
Once a lake or river system is infested there is no current way to reverse the effects. And the effects are devastating to both the ecologically and the economy. Its estimated that Minnesota's recreation and fishing industry would take a 138 billion dollar hit annually if this "invasion" goes unchecked. That's not the worst of it, the lakes would be damaged forever. Their spread has been caused by man—transporting them from lake to lake on boats and recreational gear, the only way to stop them is by the education of transient boaters and recreational fishermen. For more information contact a HOLLA Board Member.