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
01/24/2015 - Heartland Bike Trail Extension to Itasca Park
A recent article in the Park Rapids Enterprise states that the DNR has announced that the “Heartland Spur” trail is on its high priority list and included in the draft of the “Minnesota State Parks and Trails System Plan”. The Heartland Spur is a proposed extension of the Heartland Trail from Park Rapids to Itasca Park. Click here for a copy of the article.
01/24/2015 - Required Training for Anyone Who Owns a Boat Trailer
Tim Conley, BSLA board member, forwarded information he received when renewing some licenses about a new AIS training law that goes into effect on July 1, 2015. This law requires that anyone owning a trailer to transport boats or other watercraft must complete invasive species training and display a trailer decal. The training will be on-line or available in a paper version and take approximately 20-30 minutes. Like boat licenses, training and new decals will be required every 3 years. Cost of the training has not yet been determined. More information and a full FAQ list can be found at trailers.mndnr.gov.
01/24/2015 - Controversy About and Move to Repeal the Training Law
We recently received an email from Rivertown Communications, Inc. stating that there is an effort in the legislature to repeal this training law, (Minnesota Statute 86B.13) and encouraging people to contact their legislators to retain the law. Rivertown Communications has developed a training program that would take less than 30 minutes and cost $5 or $11 depending on the version. Their training program is ready to go and includes an option for persons who arrive at a boat landing who may not have heard of this requirement to quickly obtain an instruction and a temporary permit from a mobile device. Full training could then be completed when the person returns home. Click here for a copy of the message.
There is controversy over the law. An article in the January 3, 2015 issue of the Park Rapids Enterprise by guest columnist, Gary Korsgaden, presents some of the pros and cons on this issue. Click here for a copy of the article.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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