Hale's Slough Is Getting An Update To Help It Return To Its Natural State

Fri 11-19-2021

(Spirit Lake)-- Restoration work continues at a popular public access area on the northeast side of Big Spirit Lake. Dustin Paulus, a wildlife technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says the project remains on schedule and that the area should be reopened shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime he says they're still requesting people to stay out of the area...

Hale's Slough Update 11-19-21 

“We're just asking the public to please be patient and try to avoid food traffic in that area for the next week and a half or so while we're finishing up cutting and removing those trees and brush, we just want safety to be first. It can be difficult when you're running large equipment or dropping a large cottonwood tree to always be mindful of everything that goes on around. We're just asking people to be patient we will hopefully have it opened up here right after Thanksgiving.”

Paulus says the project is part of the extensive shoreline restoration project on Angler's Bay. He says things in that area already look a lot different...

“When the road is opened back up its gonna look a little different, I know it already looks different to me, but I just want to remind folks that the goal of this whole project was to return that area to kind of the ecological health it needs to be for the the aquatic and terrestrial plant communities and restore that oak savanna. And just a reminder it's about a mile long section of shoreline along there that we're doing this project on and the boat ramp portion is just a small portion of that. It's all gonna be very beneficial to fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality in Big Spirit Lake.”

Paulus says they appreciate everyone's patience as the work continues.