Big Sand Lake Association

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06/13/2015 - BSLA Membership Update

Good news - 77 members have already renewed their Big Sand Lake Association membership. If you have not done so yet, or have never been a BSLA member, please click on the "Membership" tab in the left hand column on this page to renew or join now. If you prefer, a membership form and return envelope was included in the Big Sand newsletter you should have received in early May.


Bright green thank you cards are being mailed to everyone who pays 2015 dues. Several of these have been returned due to incorrect address. If you have renewed and did not receive a thank you, please contact Bonnie Brand - with a new or summer address.


06/13/2015 - BSLA Supports Advocacy Groups

The BSLA board voted at the May 23rd meeting to continue support for three advocacy groups - COLA, Conservation Minnesota, and MN Lakes and Rivers. Direct links to these groups have been added to the 'BSLA Information' tab in the left hand-column on this page. The minutes of the May 23rd BSLA Board meeting will be posted on the website when approved, no later than June 22nd when the next board meeting will be held.


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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This is a copy of “Public Notice Big Sand Lake Public Water Access Site”
as printed in the Park Rapids Enterprise
onĀ  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