Big Sand Lake Association

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Big Sand Lake  •  Current News & Events

12/05/2014 - Year-End Donations for Big Sand Lake

Help preserve our beloved Big Sand for future generations by considering a year-end donation to the Big Sand Lake Charitable Lake Fund. Just click on the “DONATE NOW” button in the right hand column on this page and follow the prompts for a quick and easy credit card process. Be sure that ‘Big Sand Lake Charitable Fund’ is identified in the space for “Please direct my donation to'.   We encourage you to direct your donation to the 'Project Fund’. Donations directed to Big Sand Lake Charitable Fund may also be mailed to NWMF, 201 3rd Street NW, Bemidji MN 56601.  Questions? Please contact Catharine at


12/05/2014 - Thank You to all 2014 BSLA Members

The final count for the 2014 Big Sand Lake Association membership stands at 157 members. Thank you to each and everyone for your support. It is greatly appreciated . We are looking forward to the 2015 lake season and hope to grow our membership. All Big Sand residents are encouraged to become a member of the association and support the work to protect and preserve Big Sand Lake for current and future generations.  Non-residents can support BSLA by becoming a “Friend” (see last item on this page).  A BSLA membership/renewal form will be included with the May newsletter. However, why wait? 2014 members can renew for 2015 on line at any time by going to the ‘Members’ tab on this page. New members can do so anytime after January 1, 2015.


12/05/2014 - Big Sand Social Activities and Events

Even though the snow may be flying and temperatures have dropped BSLA friends and neighbors are still active. Events and get-togethers are being planned — possibilities include pizza nights, cross-country skiing, Super Bowl viewing, ice fishing tournament?? If you would like to receive email notification of these events, please send a current address to Linda VanBruggen,


12/05/2014 - Cabins at Pine Cone Lodge Available Year Round

Enjoy Big Sand throughout the whole year.  Stay at Pine Cone when your cabin is closed up for the winter.  Pine Cone will pay $40 for a 2015 lake association membership for any Big Sand resident reserving a cabin during the off season. Two night minimum.


12/05/2014 - Two Items for MN Lakes and Rivers Association:

  • Legacy Webinar Available — A recording of MLR’s  previously produced on-line webinar’ which provides valuable information for anyone looking to plan for the future of their lake home or cabin is now available for viewing.
    Click Here for more information and a link to the recording.

  • 2015 Aquatic Invaders Summit January 20-21— MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates is sponsoring a 2 day AIS summit in St. Cloud on January 20-21. The goal of this event is to elevate the quality of AIS efforts and will bring in national AIS leaders to provide on the ground applied science and actions that can be taken by locals to lower the risk of AIS spread. Click Here for more information. Anyone wishing to attend as a representative of the Big Sand Lake Association, please contact Candy Malm,

10/31/2014 - Become a Friend of Big Sand

Friends of Big Sand is a way for non-residents to support the work of the Big Sand Lake Association (BSLA). In addition to providing this website and a webcam (plans are underway for a 2nd, west-facing camera), BSLA activites include: conducting frequent testing of water quality and for early indication of invasive species; funding and arranging for watercraft inspections at the landing; installing and maintaining safety buoys; plus much more.


Whether you are a frequent “in-person” visitor to Big Sand or one who only enjoys visiting Big Sand via the webcam, we encourage you to become a “Friend of Big Sand”. The annual dues of $20 will support the activities of the Big Sand Lake Association to preserve, protect and enhance the lake we all love. Click on the ‘Membership’ tab in the left hand column for a convenient on-line, credit card payment process. The option to download and mail in payment is also available.


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This is a copy of “Public Notice Big Sand Lake Public Water Access Site”
as printed in the Park Rapids Enterprise
on  Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Parks & Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources has obtained an option to purchase a 0.56 acre percel of land located in Section 35, Township 141 North, Range 34 West, Lake Emma Township, Hubbard County, Minnesota, owned by Polly A. Boggs, for the purpose of improving the existing public water access site in the southeast corner of Big Sand Lake. Proposed improvements would include a new and expanded bituminous parking area, a double concrete plank ramp with floating docks, stormwater retention ponds to accommodate runoff and aquatic invasive species best management practices. Provisins would be made for portable toilets. One residential structure and a detached garage are located on the site. The project would be tentatively scheduled for the 2015 construction season.

Comments will be accepted from the public concerning this proposal until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2013. Comments can be sent to David Schotzko, Area Supervisor, Department of Natural Resources, Parks & Trails Division, 3296 State Park Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601 or