Suspicious activity has been reported on the east side of the lake. A snowmobiler came from the lake onto the property and was caught looking into a building. Be aware! (2/28)
On January 23rd, the Crow Wing County Board passed the 2018 AIS Prevention Plan leaving Bass Lake with zero level 1 inspection hours. One of the alternatives is to have volunteer inspectors at the access as we did in the past. Training is provided by the DNR and more information will be coming.
From Jeff Forester/MN Lakes and River Advocates
Restore MN DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Grants
In 2015/2016 the MN DNR made up a budget shortfall by lowering the funding levels for aquatic invasive species grants. In 2017, facing another budget shortfall, the MN DNR zeroed out the AIS grant program entirely. Rep. Sand Layman has introduced HF 3798 in the House, and Senator Carrie Rudd has introduced SF 3531 which would restore $400,000 to the local DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Grant program. These grants are critical to local efforts to keep the public waterways usable for everyone in the state. Lake Associations already contribute millions of dollars to fund AIS education, inspection and management projects to protect the public waters. This work is having an impact and benefits everyone in Minnesota be they direct users of our lakes and rivers, businesses dependent on healthy lake and river ecosystems, or even people who drink water or pay property taxes. Zebra mussels can damage water plant infrastructure and drive up costs for everyone. Studies have shown that aquatic invasive species can lower property tax base, raising costs for everyone in the taxing district. Open water is just around the corner, and these grants will help Lake Associations and other local units of government continue to protect our lakes and rivers from Aquatic Invasive Species.
Minnesota Family Protection Act will protect families by closing an insurance loophole of which many of the state's boaters are unaware.
The loophole is called a "family exclusion" and its found in the fine print of most boat insurance policies sold to Minnesotans. It means the boat owners family, children and other resident relatives are excluded and eliminated from the insurance policy.
In September, 2017 Courtney Godfrey was enjoying a warm Fall day on her families boat when she was tossed into the water and the boat's propeller severed her foot. Recovering from her injuries has been challenging - made more so when her family discovered she was excluded from their umbrella and boat insurance policies and that such exclusions were commonplace in Minnesota.
"I have already been impacted by this loophole and unfair exclusion," said Godfrey. "I want to ensure that no other Minnesota family has to find out the hard way that the coverage that they faithfully paid into for all of these years doesn't protect the ones who are on their boat the most."
"The Minnesota Family Protection Act will fill the 'blank space' in our insurance laws," said Senator Paul Anderson R - District 44, and chief author of the bill in the Senate. "...there are more than 800,000 registered boats (in Minnesota) and our families and children should be included and protected in our insurance policies."
It will not be long until open water, despite the forecast. Boater safety is always first and foremost, and happily boating accidents are rare. But should tragedy strike, Minnesotans deserve to have the coverage and protection for their loved ones.
Become an AIS Detector in 2018!
If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved with your community and help protect area lakes, consider joining the AIS Detectors program this spring. The program was created by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and University of Minnesota Extension, and trains participants in:
As a participant, you’ll first take an online course that can be completed on your own time from home, at a public library, or anywhere else with access to the internet. Then, you’ll attend one in-person, full day workshop where you’ll apply the knowledge and skills that you learned in the online course. Workshops will be held the following days and locations:
April 3, 2018
Ice out date in 2017:
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
Now that we have sufficient snow cover, the entire trail system has been tracked for cross country skiing. The asphalt section has also been groomed for walking. Enjoy!!!
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.