Lake of the Woods - Southern Shore Barrier Island Erosion Investigation


Areas of Concern

Project Description

Due to numerous factors, the sediments at Pine, Curry and Sable Islands, located within the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed, are eroding. This erosion has reduced the size of these islands and without determining the cause(s) of erosion, these islands are at risk of further degradation which negatively impacts the community, water quality, habitat, and wildlife in Lake of the Woods. 

This project seeks to develop a lake-wide circulation model, wave model, and shore evolution model to assess the causes of island and shoreline degradation. Local and state partners are seeking to better understand erosional processes which are occurring, and how they tie in to resiliency, recovery and climactic factors.




Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services and Water Resources, Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District