What a beautiful lake we have!! We saw the first ice out on March 28th due to early warm weather and the first pair of loons on Bass Lake, April 5th. I thought that we would a nice long summer on the lake, but this is Minnesota and rain and cool followed. I'm still waiting to get my kayak out of the garage! However, sun does wonders and it is coming and our summer will be great!
A reminder to our boaters and skiers:
We have two loon families on the east and west side of the lake that we think of as "ours" and love watching them all summer.
PLEASE watch out for them!! Sometimes fast boats get very close.
July 2nd - Mission Park parade and root beer floats, 11:00. Bring chairs.
July 4th - Bass Lake boat parade, 1:00.
Have a wonderful summer!!
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
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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!
Saturday, August 27 Noon Mission Park
Wednesday-Thursday, October 5-6
Aquatic Invasive Summit II
BLA Officers: Marilyn Bloom
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
Bass Lake Association Annual Potluck
Saturday, August 27, 2016 • 12 Noon
Mission Park • Rain or Shine
Please bring a dish to share & your beverage of choice
Coffee, lemonade, iced tea, & dinnerware will be provided
Meeting after the potluck
Come meet your neighbors and hear what’s
Happening around Bass Lake!
Zebra mussels confirmed in 5 Minnesota lakes
Personal responsibility key to preventing spread
The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed five new reports of zebra mussels in central Minnesota lakes.
Infested waters signs have been posted at DNR accesses on West Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake in Otter Tail County, Lake Florida in Kandiyohi County, Pocket Lake in Douglas County, and a network of abandoned mine pits in Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crow Wing County.
“While any new infestation is serious, it’s important to note that more than 98 percent of Minnesota lakes are not listed as infested with zebra mussels,” said Ann Pierce, section manager for the DNR's Ecological and Water Resources Division. “Boaters and anglers, DNR-trained watercraft inspectors and enforcement officers, lake associations and many others are working to keep it that way.”
DNR invasive species staff found one adult zebra mussel in the area of an initial citizen report and three adult zebra mussels about three miles from the initial report location on West Battle Lake. The DNR will monitor downstream lakes in Glendalough State Park.
A swimmer found a zebra mussel on a native clam in Otter Tail Lake. DNR invasive species staff searched more than 3,000 objects in the lake and did not find any other zebra mussels. They continue to conduct dock and lift searches, and ask the public to check their equipment and contact the DNR to report anything suspicious.
DNR researchers found zebra mussel veligers (larvae) in Lake Florida while doing other work in the lake. Veligers can be inadvertently but illegally transported in water from an infested lake as ballast, in live wells or in bait water. Boaters and anglers are required by law to open all drain plugs and drain all water when leaving any Minnesota lake or river and to keep drain plugs out during transport.
A swimmer reported a zebra mussel in Pocket Lake. No other zebra mussels were found during extensive snorkel searches by DNR invasive species staff, while connected lakes downstream have had relatively heavy infestations for some time.
Alert divers contacted the DNR upon finding numerous zebra mussels in two abandoned mine pits in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. The DNR is surveying other mine pits in the area. Divers and all lake users are reminded to carefully clean and check their gear when leaving or entering any lake or moving from pit to pit, whether or not it is infested.
Reports from citizens are frequently the first indication of a new infestation, and the DNR appreciates the partnership of lake users, county watershed districts and lake associations.
To protect the state’s waters from the spread of invasive species and the environmental, recreational and economic damage they cause, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to:
More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS
Have you renewed your 2016 membership yet?
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
June 20 14.5 "
July 1 12.5 "
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.