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
09/07/2014 - Fire Destroys Dorset House and Companeros
It is assumed that an early morning lightning strike caused the fire that completely destroyed the Dorset House and heavily damaged Companeros in the early morning on September 4th. For photos, go to Photo Galleries/Photos (1980 - Present) and then select "Misc" from the drop-down menu on this website or the Big Sand Facebook page. The Park Rapids Enterprise www.parkrapidsenterprise.com will have more information. Click here http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/09/04/2-restaurants-destroyed-by-fire-in-northern-mn/15063095/ for a link to the KARE 11-TV news story about the fire.
09/07/2014 - Inspect Your Docks and Lifts for Possible AIS
Help keep Big Sand AIS free by carefully inspecting docks and lifts removed from the lake this fall. Look for any indication of attached zebra mussels. Early identification is critical for possible containment. Download a pictorial guide on where to look for possible attached zebra mussels. If you are not able to do it this fall, mark your calendar for next spring or ask your lake service provider to do it for you before putting your equipment back into the lake. So far, Hubbard County has escaped any infestations. Let’s keep it that way. To report anything suspicious, call Hubbard County Soil and Water, 218-732-0121. They will come out to confirm any sightings. Do not remove a sample on your own.
09/07/2014 - End of Season BSLA Social Events
Everyone is invited for the end of summer finale on Saturday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. at Evergreen Lodge. BSLA will provide beverages, dogs/brats or burgers. Dan will be grilling. Bring a dish to share.
009/07/2014 - Monday, September 15 at 10 a.m. at the Emmanville Café
On Monday, September 15 at 10 a.m. at the Emmanville Café, Big Sand women will meet for coffee/breakfast. For questions about any of the BSLA social events, contact Linda VanBruggen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-850-7085
09/07/2014 - Aquatic Invasive Species Update on September 30th
$10 million in local AIS Program Aid, changes to the DNR Delegation Agreement, and Innovation Grants from the Legacy Fund, are all having a big impact on the fight against AIS! Becker County is hosting an AIS informational meeting on September 30th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn to highlight the impact of this work and present the latest information on AIS inspection and decontamination BMPs from a national leader, Jim Foust. Representatives from the BSLA Board of Directors are planning to attend. We encourage and invite everyone to participate in this meeting to become more informed on AIS prevention. For further information on what Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates is doing to protect our waterways, please click here.
08/04/2014 - Big Sand Inspections
View a PDF of the Big Sand Lake Summary from 5/9/14 through 7/20/14
08/04/2014 - County-wide Inspections
View a PDF of the Hubbard County Watercraft Inspection Summary from 5/9/14 through 7/20/14
08/04/2014 - August/Sept. Social Events
All Big Sand residents family, and cabin guests too, are invited and encouraged to attend! Please help spread the word and invite your Big Sand friends and neighbors.
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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