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Upper Red Lake
A World Class Fishery 

The Upper Red Lake Area offers world class fishing! The healthy Walleye population within both Upper Red Lake and the Tamarac River are a sure fire way to enjoy a day on the water ending with a plate full of the most palatable fish in Minnesota. 


The Upper Red Lake Walleye have made an unbelievable comeback from the dark days of the Walleye crash due to the efforts of many organizations including the Upper Red Lake Area Association.

Fishing is great and we would love every one to be able to continue, but it is our job to keep the lakes clean and free from litter, invasive species and other harmful elements from the lake.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

Stop The Spread of Litter!

The Upper Red Lake Area Association wants your help in protecting Upper Red Lake from aquatic hitchhikers. We ask that you please take the following steps to prevent aquatic hitchhikers:

* INSPECT your boat, trailer, and equipment 


* REMOVE visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud before leaving the water access.


* DRAIN water from your boat, motor, bilge, live wells, and bait containers before leaving the water access.


* SPRAY, RINSE, or DRY boats and recreational equipment to remove or kill species that were not visible when leaving a waterbody. Before transporting to another water.


* DISPOSE of unwanted bait and other animals or aquatic plants in the trash. Whether you have obtained bait at a store or from another body of water, do not release unused bait into the waters you are fishing. If you do not plan to use the bait in the future, dump the bait in a trashcan or on the land, far enough away from the water that it cannot impact this resource. Also, be aware of any bait regulations, because in some waters, it is illegal to use live bait. The Upper Red Lake Association also recommends purchasing bait from Upper Red Lake Area bait stores to help prevent the spread of aquatic hitchhikers. 


* REPORT any activity or actions that may be suspicious of the spread of aquatic hitchhikers or invasive species.

DNR Citizens Advisory & Technical Committee Reports:

DURING THE WINTER FISHING SEASON, an increase in recreational vehicles and people on the frozen lakes is resulting in an increase in the leftovers of human activity. 


Human waste/garbage does not belong on the ice, under the ice or along our shorelines.  



  • Human waste must be bagged, collected separately from household trash, and disposed of in designated receptacles at assigned locations on shore.


  • A licensed hauler will transport this waste to an approved site for burial or incineration. 


  • Do not contaminate public or private trash bins with fish guts or human waste. 

  • Do not put household trash or fish carcasses in clearly marked human waste receptacles. 

  • If you have access to a winter dump station, please use it with caution. If you don't know, ask.

Your cooperation is expected and greatly appreciated in order to keep our area vibrant and our lakes clean.

For More Info on Invasive Species

Visit these links Below provided by the Beltrami County AIS assessment that is leading the fight against invasive species in the Upper Red Lake Area.

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