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04/10/2015 - Sad News

We received the sad news that Rich Jacobsen passed away yesterday, April 9th, at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. He had been looking forward to another summer at Big Sand and taking on duties as President-Elect of the Big Sand Lake Association. He will be missed.


03/14/2015 - Companeros Decides to Not Rebuild

Rick Kempnich, owner of Companeros and the Dorset House which were both destroyed in a fire last September, posted a letter on Facebook announcing the decision to not rebuild the restaurants. The property, names and business plan are up for sale. For more detailed information, click here for a copy of the letter.


02/16/2015 - DNR Update on Development of Public Landing

On behalf of the Big Sand Lake Association, Candy Malm, BSLA President, recently contacted Tony Walzer, Acquisition and Development Specialist, DNR Division of Parks and Trails, for an update on the status for development of the public landing. In Mr. Walzer’s response he stated that, "The project has been put on our development project priority list for future development. The next step is to submit a requisition for services for building disposal.  Once this is done, the federal aid review can be conducted to obtain the necessary cultural and environmental clearances, …" In addition Mr. Walzer noted that, " Due to recent expenditures to acquire multiple parcels to consolidate a larger site for a future water access facility elsewhere in Becker County, the Bemidji Area Parks and Trails office does not anticipate any further water access development after this summer/fall until 2017."  Click here for a complete copy of Mr. Walzer's response.


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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
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