To: BLA Members
Hey, Snowbirds!! We survived the winter on Bass Lake and are so looking forward to summer! It was a strange winter with freeze, thaw, snow and freeze again. The ice was unsafe through December and even though it finally froze, there was less ice fishing than other years. The end of February there was more rain, snow, thaw and freezing which left my driveway and road covered with thick ice and very hard to walk on without special boots - but summer is coming and I now will look for ice out. Last year it was April 6th.
The board has decided to mail all BLA members an education/information packet so be sure to watch your mailbox for it to arrive sometime next month. Also your new membership form.
Fifty degrees this weekend!! Think blue water, boats, and fishing!
By-Laws (Adopted 2010; Amended 2014)
Annual Membership meeting held the Saturday before Labor Day.
Membership dues are $20.00 payable by May 15th of each
Interested in being a member? Complete the application below.
Out and About
Recycling is now available at Mission Township Hall.
The Mission Township Transfer Station is open from 10:00-2:00 every Saturday. Opened April until the end of October. The Transfer Station is located on East Horseshoe Lake Road.
There is an aluminum can recycling bin at the town hall that benefits the Mission Township Park. Please separate your aluminum cans next time you recycle!
BLA Officers: Marilyn Bloom
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
MINNESOTA LAKES AND RIVERS ADVOCATES ANNUAL MEETING NOTES
Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLR) held their 2016 annual meeting on Saturday Feb. 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in conjunction with the Lake Cabin and Home Show. Bass Lake Association joined MLR last year to support state-wide initiatives that impact lake home owners. MLR has many members, including lake associations, businesses, and individuals. Their mission is: To protect Minnesota’s lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links between lakes, lake advocates and policy makers.
Jeff Forester, the Executive Director of MLR, started the session with a presentation on MLR’s 2015 activities and 2016 goals. Some of their past achievements include:
The meeting also included interesting presentations by Tom Watson, president of the Whitefish Area Property Owner Association (WAPOA); and by Peter Sorensen, Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation at the University of Minnesota.
Nancy Geiger, Secretary/Treasurer
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)
MAISRC's website has a brand new look!
New research updates, detailed information about the detection, prevention, and control of aquatic invasive species, ways you can get involved, and more are now available through the newly redesigned and enhanced website.
Please save Monday, September 12 for the 2016 Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase
Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus
Hosted by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
The spring Lakes and River Alliance (LARA) newsletter is now available on the info page.
LARA president Ron Hunsicker comments about the purpose of this organization. Bass Lake Association is currently in the process of renewing our membership.
Ice Out March 26th!
Water Quality (Catherine McGoldrick):
See separate water quality page for more info.
Secchi disk readings (this tells us the clarity of the lake's water by measuring how deep one can see a white disk under the surface at the deepest part of the lake).
2016 Secchi Disk Readings:
April 20 13.5 feet
MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates
Joined in 2015.
Mission: To protect Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links between lakes, lake advocates, and policy makers.
Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance
Joined in June 2012.
Membership renewed for 2016.
See Info page for LARA newsletter and link.
Mission Township Park (Michael Blassey)
Crow Wing county recently logged some land adjacent to Mission Park property. In 2022 this land will become Mission Township property, but prior to that it is managed by them. The township has also done some logging with a forest stewardship plan in place and we are looking forward to a healthy, sustainable forest for future generations.
The shelter is available to Mission Township residents for use by reservation. Contact town clerk, Anna Anderson, at 765-4377
Also, please call Michael if you have questions or issues about the trail system at 765-3863.