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07/10/2014 - Big Sand Annual Meeting Summary is Available

The rain held off and the BSLA annual meeting was held outdoors at Evergreen Lodge on Saturday, June 28. Approximately 70 Big Sanders attended the meeting and enjoyed the picnic lunch provided by the association. The minutes of the meeting provides a summary of the event and can be found on this website by clicking on the menu item in the left-hand column, “BSLA Information/BSLA Board Minutes/2014 Annual Meeting Minutes


07/10/2014 - Boat Parade Photos are Available

Spectators and participants both enjoyed another successful Fourth of July boat parade at Big Sand. Photos of each of the 42 boats in the parade can be viewed at the Photo Galleries section on the website — click on that menu item, then on Photos (1980 -present). Then click on the drop down menu in the white box at the center top of the page (may say ‘Scenic Views’) to choose ‘Boat Parade - 2014.’ Photos of individual boats may be downloaded to your own files. If you want more information on how to do this, contact


07/10/2014 - Upcoming Big Sand Social Events

Everyone on the lake is invited to the social on Saturday, July 26, 5-7 p.m. at Bob and Laura Spolums, 19578 Grouse Rd. Please bring a dish to share. BSLA provides beer, wine and soft drinks. Great way to meet and greet fellow Big Sanders. Cabin guests are welcome to come also. Mark your calendars for the August social on Saturday, August 16.


07/10/2014 - Zebra Mussels Found Near Detroit Lakes

A DNR press release on June 27 confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Melissa, southwest of Detroit Lakes. A citizen discovered the zebra mussels earlier in the week while collecting shells on the south end of the lake, near the outlet structure. A subsequent DNR press release on July 3 announced a second confirmed discovery of zebra mussels in Becker County. more


07/10/2014 - Time to Sign Up for BSLA 2014 Membership

If you have not already done so, now is the time to renew your BSLA membership (or join). Why wait until you receive a reminder letter in late August? BSLA has on-going expenses for lake maintenance, AIS prevention, website, etc. and your support is appreciated. It’s easy and quick — click on the Membership in the left hand menu bar and follow the prompts to update your information and pay 2014 dues with a credit card. A mail-in form can be downloaded if you prefer.


2014 paid members are indicated with a loon symbol in the Resident Directory found in the ‘Member’s Area’ on the website.


06/03/2014 - Donations Needed for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AIS)

Financial donations are needed for Big Sand’s 2014 AIS prevention efforts. Our goal is to raise enough funds to provide 700 hours of watercraft inspection at Big Sand’s public access by a certified DNR inspector. Funds will also provide for water quality monitoring and testing for veligers (microscopic Zebra Mussel larvae). BSLA applied for and received a $4,500 grant from Lake Emma Township which will pay for 300 hours of inspection time. Thanks to the generous response to our 2012 AIS funding appeal, BSLA was able to cover both 2012 and to provide 630 inspector hours last year. Thank you to all who have donated previously.


To contribute on line via credit card, please click on the ‘Membership’ link in the left column on this page and fill out the ‘donation section’ on one of the forms. You do not have to be a BSLA member to donate to the AIS fund. (All Big Sand residents are encouraged to become members.) If you prefer, mail your donation to BSLA, P.O. Box 181, Park Rapids, MN 56470. Checks should be made out to ‘BSLA AIS Fund’.


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

Zebra Mussels Found Near Detroit Lakes

A zebra mussel was discovered in Pickerel Lake located 7 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. The lake is land-locked and will be designated as infested. A citizen found the zebra mussel In on Saturday, June 28, while scuba diving on the west side of Pickerel Lake by the public water access. The zebra mussel was found attached to a rock in 13 feet of water. With the help of other scuba divers, searches continued Saturday and Sunday, but no additional zebra mussels were found.


“This (Lake Melissa discovery) is the first confirmed zebra mussel find in the Detroit Lakes area,” said Barry Stratton, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, southern district manager. “We’re extremely pleased that this discovery was reported so quickly and with such detail. The report included specific location information and photos that allowed us to respond immediately to the exact spot.”


“This newest report emphasizes the need for everyone to be on the lookout for zebra mussels when out recreating in our state waters,” said Barry Stratton, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, southern district manager.