We are ice free as of today (April 3rd) !! Ducks are busy swimming and we will soon see our loon families. Now you snowbirds can think about coming back as snow is almost gone and days are getting warmer. You fishermen can get your tackle boxes (and all your other gear) ready for the season to begin.
We are fortunate to have a lake without invasive species detected due to keeping boats clean and drained and having inspectors some weekends at the public landing.
We catch and release bigger fish.
Watch for our loon families when boating!
Join our lake association ($20/yr).
Have a great 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
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!
April 20, 2017 1:00 PM
Board Meeting at Marilyn Blooms
April 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Starry Stonewort Summit
River's Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave So, St. Cloud
May 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lake Association Open House
Crow Wing County Land Services Building
August 26, 2017
BLA Officers: Marilyn Bloom
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
Friday, March 31st
Lake Home and Cabin Owners Protect Minnesota’s Water Heritage by Jeff Forester
This year’s MLR Annual meeting, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in conjunction with the Lake Home and Cabin Show (MLR attendees received free admission to the show) surprised us. The room that we have used in past years was full to capacity, and there were people standing in the back of the room and in the hallway outside.
Excitement and energy in MLR is building
year to year. Legislators and the press are beginning to recognize the work, generosity and impact lake home and cabin owners are having on our lakes. Word is finally getting out that lake associations, taken collectively, are the largest, most generous and hardest working conservation group in Minnesota, and they make significant contributions to the health of our most precious resource, our lakes and rivers.
This year MLR Executive Director Jeff Forester gave a great recap of the year and presented a new grassroots advocacy model that will help protect Minnesota’s lake and river heritage for future generations. Minnesota’s iconic lakes and rivers have no better advocates than lake home and cabin owners. It is up to all of us, working together, to solve our water quality issues.
In 1993 when MLR was first formed by a small group of cabin owners from Lake Vermilion the annual meeting was just a few dozen people. Some of those original members attended this year. That is a remarkable complement and shows the true grassroots strength of the organization. The members of MLR deserve a clap on the back - together we have built the best grassroots lake and river advocacy force in the land of ten thousand lakes.
Some of MLR’s key activities and accomplishments in the last year:
The first part of the mission captures a value all lake home and cabin owners share, heritage. We want to leave our lakes in rivers in at least as good, if not better, condition than we found them. We are doing muchof this work for the benefit of our children and grandchildren.
The second part of the mission statement focuses on “links.” These links are critically important and will be the main focus of MLR work, in addition to pushing a pro-lake agenda at the Capitol. The two are closely connected.
Even if MLR is successful at pushing a pro-lake agenda at the state level, much of this work can be undone at the local level OR even if MLR fails at the state level, work can be accomplished at the local level.
One example is riparian buffers and shoreland development rules. For instance, the state does have minimum shoreland development standards but these are often undone with variance boards. Or in the case of riparian buffers, some counties were able to pass stronger riparian buffers above and beyond what is required by Minnesota law. Many good programs for lakes and lake protection efforts could move from the local level up to the state level. When lake associations increase their relationships and engagement in local policy making, they can have a huge impact that benefits lakes outside their area.
As MLR unifies our message and strategy across the state and brings more lake associations into partnership with all the lake associations in Minnesota, the impact of all will increase as will the energy and hopefully membership of individual groups.
Legislative efforts in St. Paul are a numbers game, but legislators do often act without that. By building relationships with legislators and bringing them into your lake association work, they will understand the issues you face, the value that your organization and other lake associations provide Minnesota, and they will be better able to represent their constituents issues in St. Paul.
Here is what your lake association can do to increase the impact we will all have on protecting lakes and rivers in Minnesota:
Ice off April 3rd
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).
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)
Nets are up on the tennis courts. Resurfacing of the courts will be done as soon as weather permits.
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.
People spread Aquatic Invasive Species, people are the solution.
Wired2Fish graciously produced a short video on the impacts of AIS for the recent Aquatic Invaders Summit.
AIS Watercraft Inspection Schedule for 2017 Season
Crow Wing County has awarded Bass Lake 200 hours of AIS inspection. The Crow Wing County AIS Coordinator is the same as last year--Billie Jo Mainerich. Her schedule is different as she is working PT year round rather than FT seasonally. The county is hiring a FT seasonal person to assist with the field work.
The other change is that in years past, the county requested a schedule from us. This year they completed a schedule and is requesting feedback before April 15th.
Below is a copy of the schedule. If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact a board member.