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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. ...read 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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