Prairie grassland makes up the majority of the biome in Southwestern Minnesota. Much of the natural long grass prairie is gone. Farmland, tree belts, and live stock now scatter the land producing food and shelter for it’s residents. The lakes in Southwestern Minnesota provide people with essential resources and recreational opportunities. Wetlands are great for insects, waterfowl, and fish. Numerous unique species of plants and animals inhabit the area. Several different species of fish can be caught in southwestern Minnesota lakes including walleye and trout.
Southwestern Minnesota Ecology
Many fish species that call Southwestern Minnesota lakes their home. Some naturally inhabited the water while others are stocked by humans. Walleye, Bass, and trout are just a few. Most of the lakes are accessible by boat in the warm months. Ice castles and shelters can be used on the ice in the winter time (Check Local Regulations). There are several Minnesota State Parks, and campgrounds, in the area. As well as hiking, horseback riding, and snowmobile trails. We will try to cover more of this information within the individual lake pages
The life here has been difficult for Southwestern Minnesota ecology. Like in many parts of the world things are going extinct. There is constant pollution. The native insects and microorganisms are disappearing. Plants are absorbing runoff from the farms and no longer getting pollinated. Many state, federal, and private efforts to try combat this. We as stewards of the planet should all pitch in. Pick up after yourselves and after others.
I once organized a cleanup of a state park near Marshall, MN. We pulled 17 tires from a ravine, 14 large garbage bags full of small trash. and numerous other pieces of junk. I had no idea there would be this much littering. Complete disregard for everything and everyone. The trash was not all made by one person. The combined efforts of thousands of people over time cause the damage. Southwestern Minnesota is a great place with rich culture. The lakes provide relief to the roiling prairie. With any opportunity we should take the time to enjoy the resource. Help preserve the life for future generations.