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08/04/2015 - Great News > Big Sand Lake Charitable Fund

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RAISE $25,000 + MATCH GIFT $25,000 = $50,000


It was announced at the BSLA Annual Meeting on June 27th that an anonymous donor will contribute $25,000 in matching funds for new donations made to the Big Sand Lake Charitable Fund during 2015. A letter with more information and a donation form will be mailed to all Big Sand residents in mid-August. Donations are Encouraged from All who enjoy Big Sand Lake! If you wish to make a donation to help preserve and protect beautiful Big Sand Lake for current and future generations, please click on the ‘Donate Button’ in the right hand column of this page. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!


08/04/2015 - Good News > BSLA Membership Update

As of July 30, membership in the Big Sand Lake Association stands at 134. Total membership at the end of 2014 was approximately 160, a considerable jump from the original 52 members in 1989 when BSLA was first organized. The expectation is that that number of memberships received by the end of 2015 will be at least 160 but hope is that the number will be exceeded — perhaps even reaching 180 memberships. If you have not yet renewed, or are a new resident, or perhaps have never been a BSLA member, please click on the appropriate membership link in the ‘BSLA Information’ tab in the left hand column of this page to support Big Sand Lake with your membership. If you are a frequent visitor to this website and not a Big Sand resident or have a direct link to the lake, the “Friends of Big Sand” is a membership category available to you. More information is available in the last article on this page.


08/04/2015 - Terrible News > Zebra Mussel Spread

The DNR has sent out news releases on five different occasions since the beginning of July announcing new discoveries of zebra mussels in seven different Minnesota lakes or rivers:


• July 2nd, Lake Eunice in Becker County

• July 6th in Fish Trap lake, Morrison County

• July 10th in Forest Lake, Washington County

• July 17th in Clearwater Lake in Wright and Stearns Counties, Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County; and the Red River bordering northwest Minnesota

• July 27th, in Big Cormorant Lake in Becker County.


Please note that two of the discoveries are in Becker County which is next door to Hubbard County.


08/04/2015 - More News > BSLA Annual Meeting

The 26th Annual Meeting of the Big Sand Lake Association was held on Saturday, June 27th, 2015. Approximately 80 Big Sanders attended. If you were unable to attend, Click here for the minutes and summary of the meeting.


06/13/2015 - BSLA Supports Advocacy Groups

The BSLA board voted at the May 23rd meeting to continue support for three advocacy groups - COLA, Conservation Minnesota, and MN Lakes and Rivers. Direct links to these groups have been added to the 'BSLA Information' tab in the left hand-column on this page. The minutes of the May 23rd BSLA Board meeting will be posted on the website when approved, no later than June 22nd when the next board meeting will be held.


Become a Friend of Big Sand

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”. This membership category is available to non-residents 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