Shoreland, Wild & Scenic River Districts

These districts are regulated by the Mille Lacs County Development Ordinance to provide for natural resources protection, while allowing for appropriate development.

Shoreland District

Shoreland is land located near public waters. Areas subject to shoreland regulations include:

  • Land located within 1,000 feet of the ordinary high water level of a lake, pond, or flowage
  • Land located within 300 feet from a river or stream, or the landward extent of a flood plain designated by ordinance on a river or stream, whichever is greater

Wild & Scenic River District

The Wild & Scenic River District is designated by the Rum River Management Plan (NR 2700) with boundaries ranging from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile from the Ordinary High Water Mark of the river.

Shoreland Alterations

Shoreland alterations are regulated to preserve shoreland aesthetics, habitat, and water quality. Shoreland Alteration Permits are required for:

  • The movement of more than ten (10) cubic yards of material on steep slopes or within shore or bluff impact zones.
  • The movement of more than fifty (50) cubic yards of material outside of steep slopes and shore and bluff impact zones.
  • Excavations where the intended purpose is to connect to a public water. 
  • The removal of vegetation (trees, limbs, branches, etc.) that are not dead, diseased, dying, or posing a safety hazard.

Some shoreland alterations are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). However, many common shoreland alterations can be completed without a permit.