North and Sturgeon Lakes Habitat Restoration

St. Paul District

Pool 3, Upper Mississippi River, Miles 798 - 805, Goodhue County Minnesota, Congressional District: MN -2




Major habitat concerns for North and Sturgeon lakes are sedimentation, island dissection, vegetation loss, and reduced depth for overwintering fish. A significant loss of emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation has occurred throughout North and Sturgeon Lakes. Flood effects, erosion from waves, and resuspension of fine sediments caused by continual inundation have reduced the fish and wildlife value of these areas, which once provided outstanding waterfowl use and overwintering for fish.

Quick Facts

  • Approximate Acres: 5150
  • State(s) Covered: MN
  • Land Ownership: State of Minnesota
  • Management Agency: MNDNR
  • Management Authority: Cooperative Agreement 


  • Island construction
  • Dredging
  • Shoreline stabilization


  • The Fact Sheet was approved in September 2010.
  • The Definite Project Report is planned for 2013.