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Phyllis Mead and Dan Dexter listen as Scott Mead talks about a possible Department of Natural Resources public boat launch on Big Pequaywan Lake north of Duluth. The three are among a group of Pequaywan Lake residents opposing the plan because of concerns over the possible introduction of invasive species. (Steve Kuchera/Duluth News Tribune)

Duluth-area lakehome owners want to limit public access to lakes

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DULUTH - Property owners on Big Pequaywan Lake north of Duluth say they're fighting a new public boat landing on their lake because of the threat of invasive species.

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But they also want to go much further -- a moratorium on all new public water access across Minnesota.

Several cabin and home owners on the 450-acre lake say the threat of transient boaters and anglers accidentally introducing invaders should trump the public's right to access the lake.

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