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Lake Hassel, north of Benson on state Highway 29, is a 706-acre shallow lake that was designated as a wildlife lake by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in May 1986. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

Designated wildlife lakes managed to provide habitat for ducks, geese

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Lakes are for fishing and boating, right?

Not always.

Forty-four lakes in the state of Minnesota are Designated Wildlife Lakes. While they still may allow fishing and some other recreational pursuits, the main focus of these shallow bodies of water is the promotion of wildlife.

Mainly waterfowl.

Wildlife lakes fit certain characteristics that make them suitable for management. Almost all of them are shallow lakes.

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