Committed to the Preservation of Big Sand Lake
Hubbard County, Park Rapids, MN
Big Sand Lake Association
committed to the preservation of Big Sand Lake
Big Sand Lake • Current News & Events
11/24/2015 - Paddle Boarding on November 15 - Snow on the 18th
We received a November 15th photo of a paddle boarder on the south end of Big Sand. Go to the Big Sand Lake Association Facebook page to see that photo and others. It was reported to have been a beautiful day with no wind and about 56 degrees. Then winter-like weather arrived 3 days later on the 18th with snow and daytime temperatures in the low 20’s. The Downtown Park Rapids webcam currently shows snow remaining on the streets in Park Rapids. Up until the recent change in the weather, this fall has been unusually mild. Big Sand is far from icing over which means that there may not be a Christmas tree in front of the east facing webcam this year. Stay tuned!
11/24/2015 - Fall Newsletter in the Mail and on the Website
The Fall Big Sand Newsletter is being mailed to all residents on Big Sand. For non-residents and preview viewing, click here or click on “Newsletters” in the left hand column on this page. Included in this issue: Nancy Wentzel’s remembrances as a Big Sand resident since 1945; Mimi Long’s article on the importance of AIS efforts for the entire Mantrap chain of lakes; Richard Sederstrom’s entertaining report on the current and historical state of Big Sand’s water quality and cisco population.
11/24/2015 - Results from DNR's Annual Electrofishing for Young Walleye Count
One evening in late September, strange activity was observed on Big Sand. What appeared to be some type of large vehicle with lights and weird beeping noises was creeping along near the shore of the lake. Curiosity prompted a contact with Dough Kingsley, DNR Fishers, who con-firmed that the vessel was the DNR’s electrofishing boat equipped with a generator and flood lights conducting the annual survey for estimating the ‘young of the year (YOY)’ walleye abun-dance.
Mr. Kingsley provided the following information. “Since we don’t stock Big Sand with walleye anymore, this estimate is used as an index of walleye natural reproduction. We have been doing that sampling almost every year since 1998. Attached is a .jpg with a chart of results. Although YOY walleye abundance was somewhat lower in 2014, we have seen some very impressive results in recent years, and a generally increasing trend. We think that improvement may be due to the special walleye regulation that provides some protection to walleye brood stock. The results from last week’s sampling was about 30 YOY walleye per hour electrofishing, a pretty good increase from last year. Those types of fluctuations are very typical of naturally repro-ducing populations. Click here for a chart of the YOY results 1998-2014.
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