I would like to thank Marilyn Bloom for serving as president of Bass Lake Association for two years before moving to her new home in Minnetonka. We miss you, Marilyn! I moved from vice president to president for two years. Jon Auge was elected vice president at the August 26 meeting. We’re glad to have you aboard, Jon. I would like to give a thank you on behalf of the association to our leaders who are hardworking, organized and keep BLA functioning:
MARTHA STEELE- Aquatic Invasive Species and public access inspectors coordinator as well as being the creative webmaster of for BLA.
CATHERINE McGOLDRICK- Water Clarity testing and other important data
NANCY GEIGER- Secretary/Treasurer and other tasks
TERI STANLEY- lake association directory and other important information
The leaves are starting to turn colors, the baby loon is also turning colors and the snow geese are flying overhead as we begin to say “Hello Autumn!” If you have any questions or concerns about Bass Lake please contact John Carlson @email@example.com
Thank you for your help with keeping Bass Lake AIS free. Life is good on Bass Lake.
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!
BLA Officers: John Carlson
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
Crow Wing County Updates 10/05/17
Decontamination Stations: As the season comes to an end, the county and its partners are ending on our available Decon times and winterizing equipment.
Decon Closing Dates:
o The last day for the Gull Dam location (managed by Cass County) was September 24.
o The last day for Decontaminations at the Cross Lake location and the Pelican Square location was October 1st.
o The DNR’s last day will be Wednesday, October 11th. Check the DNR Decon website for locations and times.
o The last day for the Ruth Lake location will be October 29. (The Ruth Lake location is 21244 Mill Road in Emily at the Ruth Lake Public Access and is staffed Friday through Monday 8-6. Otherwise By Appointment 218-851-2147.)
What can you do if the Decon station is closed or there is no inspector at the landing and I have Aquatic Plants or AIS?
Spray, rinse, dry — Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving zebra mussel and spiny waterflea infested waters:
Transport fish on ice — be prepared, bring a cooler.
* These water temperatures will kill zebra mussels and some other AIS: 120°F for at least 2 minutes; or 140°F for at least 10 seconds.
Watch the Clean, Drain, Dry video
It’s fall duck and goose hunting season. How can I make sure I’m not spreading AIS?
What should I do as a Shoreland owner at the end of the season?
· When removing boats, docks, lifts, or other water-related equipment from lakes and rivers, carefully inspect everything to make sure there are no aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, or New Zealand mudsnails attached.
· Look on the posts, wheels, and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons, and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period. In newly infested waters, adult zebra mussels may not be abundant and you might notice only a few mussels on your equipment.
· Information on Transporting Invasive Species and Aquatic Plants can be found here. Print a permit ahead of time if you might need it at the access.
· Responding quickly to new AIS infestations is critical to help curb the spread into other waterbodies. If you find something you suspect is a zebra mussel, faucet snail, or other aquatic invasive species, note the exact location, take a photo, keep the specimen, and contact a local Minnesota DNR AIS Specialist or fisheries office.
· If you hire a business to install or remove your boat, dock, or lift, or other water-related equipment, make sure they have completed AIS training and are on the DNR's list of Permitted Service Providers. Lake service providers that have completed DNR training and obtained their service provider permit will have a permit sticker in the lower driver's-side corner of their vehicle's windshield. They have attended training on AIS laws and many have experience identifying and removing invasive species.
Lake Association Feedback Meeting Presentation 09/21/17 Presentation in PDF format. Your feedback is crucial to the success of our program, and we appreciate all those who took time out of their morning to attend.
Crow Wing County Inspection Updates:
AIS Hours to date on Bass Lake:
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).
4/21 14 feet
6/1 17 "
6/18 18 "
7/16 13.5 "
8/1 14 "
8/20 10 "
9/17 12.5 "
9/24 13 "
10/10 11.5 "
level gage set 4/20 @ 5.50
Local Rainfall Report:
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
Resurfacing of tennis courts are complete. All courts are open!
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.
CROW WING COUNTY AIS DECONTAMINTATION HOTLINE