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
04/20/2016 - Ice Out - Finally!
Big Sand is now ice free as of noon on Saturday, April 16. It has been reported that the ducks, geese and loons are enjoying the open water. The winner and runner up of the "Big Sand Ice Out Contest" will be announced and a trophy presented at the Big Sand Annual Meeting and picnic on June 25 from 10 a.m.to noon at Evergreen Lodge. So, hold your breath! Mark your calendars and plan on attending the exciting Annual Meeting.
04/20/2016 - Continuing Problems with West Facing Webcam
The west facing web cam (Camera #2) is still having issues. When you click on that camera, you will see a beautiful view of Big Sand with a skim of ice remaining in the far distance. However, the time stamp remains on Friday, April 15 at 10:33 a.m. At least the camera froze during daylight hours so there is a view and not just blackness. Efforts continue to solve the mystery of why it works for a few days and then freezes. Hopefully the issue will be resolved soon.
04/20/2016 - MN Legislature Working with Several Lake-Related Issues
Jeff Forester, executive director of Mn Lakes and Rivers Advocates, (MLR) sent an update on the status of the 2016 Mn legislative action and potential legislation concerning: MN property tax; AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species); Muskie stocking; sales tax on vacation home rental and other issues. For the complete report click here.
Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLR) is described on their website as "the only advocacy group soley focused on protecting Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links between lakes, lake advocates and policy makers". MLR is a non-profit, funded by individual and lake association membership dues. BSLA is an organizational member of MLR. If you are not an individual member yet, please consider joining MLR.
03/18/2016 - BEAUTIFUL BIG SAND SUNSETS
Linda Lee, Big Sand resident, sent the following links for some beautiful Big Sand sunset photos and writings she received from her daughter, Beth Browning. Beth is an amateur photographer and author of a blog, angelswearplaid.com, where Beth, on occasion, reflects on her experiences at and love for Big Sand.
03/18/2016 - UPDATE - BIG SAND AIS INSPECTIONS FOR 2016
Big Sand is projected to have DNR watercraft inspectors at the public landing during the 2016 season for approximately 1000 hours at $17.50 per hour for an estimated cost of $17,500. BSLA submitted a grant request to the Lake Emma Healthy Partnerships and will receive $3,400 for AIS expenses. Additionally, Big Sand will receive $6,930 from the state. The BSLA membership will be contacted concerning AIS expenses when more detail is known for conducting watercraft inspections during 2016.
In 2015, Big Sand had 1058 hours of inspection between fishing opener on May 9th to the end of October. A private donation in 2015 of $1000 enabled Big Sand to continue inspections on weekends during October. Click here for a chart of 2015 inspection details for Big Sand and other Hubbard County lakes.
03/18/2016 - HUBBARD COUNTY TAKING OVER AIS INSPECTIONS PROGRAM
Since the beginning of the AIS watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) program, Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been the managing agent for the program. However, in January, 2016, due to SWCS’s increased workload, Julie Kingsley, SWCD district manager, submitted a request to transfer WID responsibilities to Hubbard County. The request was approved in early February. Hubbard County is in the process of hiring a full time AIS coordinator and will be the managing agent for the AIS inspection and decontamination program. For more information, click here for the January 9th Park Rapids Enterprise article concerning the SWCD’s request.
01/29/2016 - Companeros Planning to Open for Summer 2016
Companeros and the Dorset House, long time family destinations in Dorset which were destroyed by fire in September of 2014, are rebuilding. According to Companeros’ Facebook page, plans are underway to open on Mother’s Day this spring. For a recent photo of the new building under construction, check into the Big Sand Lake Association Facebook page.
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