Big Sand Lake Association

committed to the preservation of Big Sand Lake


09/22/2017 - BSLA Board Votes to Voice Concerns About Failure of DNR AIS Prevention

After discussing the DNR's delay in acting on Wright County's efforts to establish mandatory watercraft decontamination and that AIS continues to spread throughout Minnesota at a rate of 20-30 new infestations per year, the BSLA board voted to write a letter voicing our concern that the current DNR AIS plan is simply not working. The letter was published as the guest editorial in the Park Rapids Enterprise on Saturday, September 9th. We are also sending a version to Governor Dayton and legislators. Please let us know (send email to if you would consider submitting a copy of the letter to your local newspaper or have other suggestions for its dispersal. Note that newspapers require a name with editorial submissions, not just "on behalf of the BSLA Board". Click here for a copy of the editorial letter, "Must Minnesota accept failure of AIS prevention program".


09/22/2017 - New Big Sand Resident Directory in Process for Publication

As a service to all residents, the Big Sand Lake Association (BSLA) is preparing a new, print Resident Directory for publication and delivery next spring or early summer and updating the password protected On-Line Resident Directory.

Your help is needed. Many residents have already been contacted by a neighborhood representative and have updated contact information. Please note:

  • If you have received an email or letter from a neighborhood representative, please respond by completing the contact form and submit it as directed. 
  • If you have not been contacted, click here for a copy of the contact form.

Purpose of a Resident Directory:

  • A resident directory provides lake residents a level of safety with the ability to contact neighbors quickly in the event of an emergency, etc.
  • A resident directory provides a sense of community.
  • The print Resident Directory will include a map of the roads and addresses around the lake.


  • The Resident Directory is restricted for use by Big Sand residents only.
  • Each resident on the lake in the directory will receive one complimentary copy courtesy of BSLA.
  • Extra copies will be available for purchase.
  • Membership in BSLA is not necessary to be included, although each resident is encouraged to join.


  • Volunteers from each of the 15 Big Sand neighborhood areas are contacting residents to update contact information. Click here for a list of the volunteer neighborhood representatives.
  • If you have not already confirmed or updated your contact information, please respond promptly to the phone message, email or letter from your representative.
  • Contact information currently in the on-line directory may be reviewed here. If you cannot access the directory, send a message to
  • Information received will be collated for publication by a volunteer committee - Bonnie Brand, Sue Fenton, Barb Kimer, Lisa Moore
  • Resident Directories will be distributed next spring or early summer


09/22/2017 - 1st Annual Big Sand Golf Event a Success

Seventeen Big Sand golfers turned out at Headwaters Golf course in spite of the cool temperatures and cloudy skies on Saturday afternoon, September 16, to enjoy a very fun, non-competitive 9 holes. Congratulations to Rob Anderson had and Laura Spolum, longest drive winners and to Deanne Johnson for the longest putt on hole #9. We look forward to next year's event and hope more Big Sanders will participate. Click here to see photos of the 5 groups of players.


09/22/2017 - Have You Renewed Your 2017 BSLA Membership?

It was a busy summer and perhaps renewing your BSLA membership just slipped off your plate. Can't remember if you have renewed? You may check by clicking on the Members Area/Resident Directory. A symbol of a loon marks those who have submitted 2017 membership dues. If you cannot access the directory, send a message to  Memberships can be renewed on-line by clicking the link to "Renew BSLA Membership" or a copy of the form may be downloaded for mailing. 



On the right hand column of this page, please note that a link to Instagram has been added to the Social Media area. Instagram is a photo sharing application. It will be good fun for everyone who uses Instagram to share Big Sand photos. Instagram users must have an Instagram account - just click on the link and follow the prompts. If you are not an Instagram user, Big Sand photos can be shared on the ‘Photo Galleries’ tab in the left hand column on this page.


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