The way we treat our shorelines affects lake water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and the value of our property. And the best way to improve our shorelines is to add or keep a buffer strip of natural vegetation along the shore itself. Buffer strips of native wildflowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs protect water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.
If you have lawn to the water's edge, lawn behind rip-rap, steep slopes, or little vegetation near the shore, consider a natural shoreland landscaping project to restore native vegetation by creating a shoreland buffer zone — an area of native vegetation along the water's edge.
Learn about how to maintain your shoreland, and the things you can do to help your lake stay healthy and your property maintain its value.
Where can I get information on restoring my shore?
What kind of native plants can I use in landscaping my shoreland?
Where can I buy native plants?
How do I design and build a rain garden?
Do I need an Itasca County permit to remove shoreland vegetation?
What resources can Itasca County provide me regarding my shoreland?
Where can I see examples of lakeshore makeovers?
How can I improve water quality by using native plants, raingardens and shoreline stabilization?
Where can I find information and photos about MN native and non-native plants?
AND DON'T FORGET OUR NEW SHORELAND GUIDE, WHICH CONTAINS MUCH INFORMATION AND MANY RESOURCES!
Itasca County Shoreland Guide To Lake Stewardship - (pdf 2.9MB)