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Big Sand Lake  •  Current News & Events

09/07/2014 - Fire Destroys Dorset House and Companeros

It is assumed that an early morning lightning strike caused the fire that completely destroyed the Dorset House and heavily damaged Companeros in the early morning on September 4th. For photos, go to Photo Galleries/Photos (1980 - Present) and then select "Misc" from the drop-down menu on this website or the Big Sand Facebook page. The Park Rapids Enterprise will have more information. Click here for a link to the KARE 11-TV news story about the fire.


09/07/2014 - Inspect Your Docks and Lifts for Possible AIS

Help keep Big Sand AIS free by carefully inspecting docks and lifts removed from the lake this fall. Look for any indication of attached zebra mussels. Early identification is critical for possible containment. Download a pictorial guide on where to look for possible attached zebra mussels. If you are not able to do it this fall, mark your calendar for next spring or ask your lake service provider to do it for you before putting your equipment back into the lake. So far, Hubbard County has escaped any infestations. Let’s keep it that way. To report anything suspicious, call Hubbard County Soil and Water, 218-732-0121. They will come out to confirm any sightings. Do not remove a sample on your own.


09/07/2014 - End of Season BSLA Social Events

Everyone is invited for the end of summer finale on Saturday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. at Evergreen Lodge. BSLA will provide beverages, dogs/brats or burgers. Dan will be grilling. Bring a dish to share.


009/07/2014 - Monday, September 15 at 10 a.m. at the Emmanville Café

 On Monday, September 15 at 10 a.m. at the Emmanville Café, Big Sand women will meet for coffee/breakfast. For questions about any of the BSLA social events, contact Linda VanBruggen at or 612-850-7085


09/07/2014 - Aquatic Invasive Species Update on September 30th

$10 million in local AIS Program Aid, changes to the DNR Delegation Agreement, and Innovation Grants from the Legacy Fund, are all having a big impact on the fight against AIS! Becker County is hosting an AIS informational meeting on September 30th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn to highlight the impact of this work and present the latest information on AIS inspection and decontamination BMPs from a national leader, Jim Foust. Representatives from the BSLA Board of Directors are planning to attend. We encourage and invite everyone to participate in this meeting to become more informed on AIS prevention. For further information on what Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates is doing to protect our waterways, please click here.


08/04/2014 - Big Sand Inspections

View a PDF of the Big Sand Lake Summary from 5/9/14 through 7/20/14


08/04/2014 - County-wide Inspections

View a PDF of the Hubbard County Watercraft Inspection Summary from 5/9/14 through 7/20/14


08/04/2014 - August/Sept. Social Events

All Big Sand residents family, and cabin guests too, are invited and encouraged to attend! Please help spread the word and invite your Big Sand friends and neighbors.

  • Monday, August 11, 11 a.m. — Big Sand women meet at Bella Cafe/3rd Street Market in the back room
  • Saturday, August 16,  5:30 p.m. Social at Rich Jacobson’s. Beer, wine, and soft drinks provided by BSLA. Bring an appetizer to share. Rich says, “Be there or be square!”
  • Thursday, August  28, 5:30 p.m.— Pizza Night at Zorba’s. Possible Trivia challenge!
  •  Saturday,  September 13,  5:30 p.m. End of Summer Finale at Evergreen Lodge. Dan will be grilling the dogs/ brats or burgers. Bring a dish to share.

06/03/2014 - Free Decontamination for Watercraft is Now Available

Encourage anyone bringing watercraft to Big Sand to first take their craft to the DNR certified decontamination station on County Rd 6 near the Park Rapids transfer station — especially boats and jet skis coming from regions with infested waters. This includes Lake Minnetonka, Mille Lacs, Leech, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and many other locations. This is the best way to help ensure that boats coming into Big Sand are not spreading AIS. The station is located in the building between the detail shop and transfer station.  Entrance is right before the transfer station gate. Scheduled hours are on Fridays from 4pm-8pm and Saturdays from Noon-6pm through August 30th. The decontamination station is also available on an on-call basis — Monday-Friday 218-732-0121; Weekends/Evenings 218-252-6738.


Click here for a flyer with complete information.


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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