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
11/17/2014 - Winter Has Arrived
The Park Rapids area and Big Sand received the first measurable snow of this winter season on Wednesday, November 5. A photo taken that day along Iowa Beach Road is posted on the Big Sand Lake Association Facebook page. Temperatures have been hovering in the teens and low 20’s with overnight lows at zero or slightly below. Ice has started to develop along the shore. Check the webcam daily to observe the process as the lake becomes totally ice covered.
11/17/2014 - Hubbard County AIS Plan for Utilizing 2015 State Funds
Hubbard County’s portion of state revenue for AIS prevention and management was approximately $112,100 in 2014. The projected amount for 2015 is $249,244. Attached is the Hubbard County 2015 AIS Plan that was developed by the Hubbard County AIS Task Force and submitted to the DNR for approval. The plan, approved by the County Commissioners on November 4th, documents how the State AIS Funds will be applied in 2015. Click here for a copy of the plan. Click here for a list of the Hubbard County AIS Task Force members.
An excellent source of information on the State AIS Prevention and Funding program is available from the link below. We encourage all of you to become familiar with its contents.
10/28/2014 - One More Thing to Worry About: Pine Bark Beetles
The issue of Pine Bark Beetles was discussed at the last BSLA Annu-al Meeting. A concerned BSLA member did further research on the topic and forwarded the following information. Please click here to read more:
10/31/2014 - October Newsletter Available On-Line
The Big Sand October newsletter was bulk mailed earlier in October to all Big Sand residents for whom we have addresses for in our database. The newsletter is also available on-line by clicking the ‘Newsletters’ tab in the left hand column on this page. This issue contains articles on the history of of the walleye slot limit on Big Sand and an update on water clarity and AIS prevention activities. In addition there is a beautiful poem written by Spencer Brand, a fourth generation family member of Pine Cone Lodge. Spencer, now a junior at the University of Minnesota, wrote the poem when he was in high school during a time when the future of Pine Cone Lodge was in question.
10/31/2014 - Become a Friend of Big Sand
Friends of Big Sand is a way for non-residents to support the work of the Big Sand Lake Association (BSLA). In addition to providing this website and a webcam (plans are underway for a 2nd, west-facing camera), BSLA activites include: conducting frequent testing of water quality and for early indication of invasive species; funding and arranging for watercraft inspections at the landing; installing and maintaining safety buoys; plus much more.
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”. 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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