Description: Keep It Clean is an organization which was created jointly by Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau, the MN DNR, Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District and The Friends of Zippel Bay State Park to promote a clean Lake of the Woods and to bring together a variety of stakeholders to do so.

Mission Statement:

Keep It Clean was created to protect, maintain and promote cleanliness for the beautiful landscape, water resources and shorelines of Lake of the Woods as a special place for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Have a game plan for trash removal.

It is a good idea to check with the resort or outfitter whom you are fishing with what options they provide for garbage disposal.

Secure garbage when traveling.

Whether your garbage is in the back of a pickup truck, in a trailer or hauled off the ice or down the road in a different manner, please take a few extra minutes to make sure it is secure.  With wind and bumps on the ice, or increased speed when off the ice and on a road, much littering happens in many cases unknown to the angler.  Please Keep It Clean!

For more information on Keep It Clean, please contact Lake of the Woods Executive Director of Tourism, Joe Henry @ 320-260-7727 or by e-mail at

Great Progress Continues!

The Keep it Clean program is showing success in a variety of areas, including less garbage on the ice.  There are many reasons for this and certainly much thanks goes to the ice guides and responsible anglers who pick up garbage left behind on the ice every day.  Thank you!

For more details on Keep It Clean or Lake of the Woods, contact Lake of the Woods Tourism at or by calling 1-800-382-FISH (3474).




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