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Low water levels increase lakeshore weeds, homeowners look for solutions

Lake levels and high temperatures contribute to weeds popping up where you might not be used to them.

Vegitation pulled from Pelican Lake.

A cabin owner on Pelican Lake that usually rakes the weeds himself, says it's become too much. So he brought in help.

Braeden Johnston is an account manager with Waterfront Restoration in Brainard, a location the Minnesota Company opened just last year after demand surged.

They use scuba divers to head underwater to pull up weeds.


Johnston says three things contribute to weeds popping up where you might not be used to them.

"One, we had a really early ice out this year. Two, we had a really hot week in right away early in the summer. Right in June, we had that week rose over 90. Three, the low lake levels," he said.

While Pelican Lake data isn't up to date, the median ice out date for neighboring Detroit Lake is April 21.

This year, it was April 3.

And Johnston says they've had to move further from the shore to get weeds their clients don't normally see.

"What you see when the lake levels go down, the sun can penetrate deeper. And so you get that weed line actually pushes back. You know, depending on the lake, it can be quite a bit. If the lake is pretty shallow. You can you can push back 10s of feet."

So jumping off the dock, and driving in the jet-ski doesn't become a tangle.

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