Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ice Out Guesses

Statement from Lou Schultz:

"The data shows that the mean (or average) ice out date for Long Lake is April 20 with normal variation extending from March 20 to May 20.  Only three years out of a thousand could it fall outside those dates.  The exceptions, due to special causes outside the system, could be from global warming, earthquakes, a satellite controlled mirror reflecting the sunlight down on a GPS coordinate of our lake, forest fire around the lake, etc.  All we can say with some assurance is that the ice will go out on Long Lake between March 20 and May 20.  In between there is anyone’s guess."
Click here to see charts and graphs of all collected data

So what is your guess?  Join in this yearly guessing game:  Email us at with your guess as to when you think Long Lake will be completely free of ice. The definition of Ice Out on Long Lake is when there is no ice anywhere on the lake.

Everyone that enters the contest will have their name put into a "hat" for a drawing.  The prize will be a quilt, donated by Monika Wilkins, LLAA President. (Photo below)

The person who guesses the actual date of ice out or comes the closest, will win fame and bragging rights on Facebook and the website until next Spring.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Two Ways You Can Help fight AIS!

Attend This event: 

Monday, March 20th, 7 pm, Riverside United Methodist Church, Park Rapids.

Hubbard County is now surrounded by infested lakes.  Are we doing enough?

Speakers will be:
  • Nicole Kover – Park Rapids DNR
  • Bill DonCarlos - Hubbard Co AIS Prevention
  • Jeff Forester – Minn. Lakes and Rivers Advocacy Assoc.
  • Dan Kittilson – Hubbard Co COLA
Be There!

Click here for a link to more information about the event.


 Here is another way you can help Long Lake:

Please plan to attend your Township Annual Meeting 
on Tuesday, March  14, 7 PM:
Henrietta Town Hall

  • Henrietta Township, 19401 State 226  (on the road to Dorset)
  • Hubbard Township at the Hubbard Community Center, 12141 County 6  (between Hilltop & the Long Lake Theater in the town of Hubbard, MN)
Hubbard Town Hall


Also, please plan to attend and support the AIS Watercraft Inspection Funding for 2018!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Important Updates from COLA

We want to highlight two updates from the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations [HC COLA] meetings:

▶︎ First, the Enbridge’s Proposed Line 3 Replacement is the exact same route as the now tabled Sandpiper line which runs through Minnesota’s cleanest waters.  It is not a “replacement” in the normal sense of the word.  It is abandoning the current Line 3 Pipeline, leaving it where it is, and building a new one on the same route that they originally proposed as the Sandpiper Pipeline.  It puts Park Rapids water supply at risk along with area lakes and rivers.  You can read the details of it’s impact specifically on Hubbard County here:  You will also find information and links to alternate route proposals in the article.

For extensive information on the pipeline and efforts to have an Environmental Impact Statement [EIS] on the project check out the Friend’s of the Headwaters Website.

▶︎ Second, DNR Firewise specialist, Dan Carroll, spoke about Long Lake as "Priority 1" for Park Rapids.  It’s populated and dense with trees. On Long Lake’s west side from Hubbard to Hafner’s Greenhouse on170th Street and the entire area east of County Road 6, there are 1200 structures.  Long Lake is 9 miles long; the Green Valley fire was 9 miles long.  The Green Valley fire had 30-40 mph winds behind the fire from the west and northwest, which is unusual.  Fire typically feeds on south or southwest wind. There are things we as homeowners can do to help prevent fires now.  For assessment assistance or questions, contact Dan at 218-732-3309, the local DNR forestry office.

The plot shown below is of the Green Valley 2013 Fire, courtesy MN DNR.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Eaglets Hatching Soon

Baby eagles from the MN DNR webcam nest should hatch in about a week!  The link to the DNR eaglecam is always in the "Webcams" box on the sidebar or you can click here:
Minnesota DNR Eagle Cam

 According to the Minnesota DNR:

The bald eagles have been diligently incubating the eggs in the nest for nearly a month.  The male and female take turns keeping their eggs warm and dry in a deep pocket in the middle of the nest.  Even though the nest has at times looked chilly and sometimes was covered in snow, bald eagles in Minnesota have adapted to laying and caring for eggs in these conditions.

According to

Baby eagles are called eaglets or chicks.  Bald eagle chicks hatch out of round or oval eggs that have been incubated for approximately 35 days.  They weigh about 2 ounces when they're born and can gain 6 ounces of weight every day.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Could Spring Come Early???!!!

These photos were taken last weekend by Nolan Kern and he sent them to us to share them with you.  His family has a cabin on Beach Haven Road.  His pictures show how the snow is starting to melt a bit, but most of all Nolan is sharing with us the beauty of Long Lake in this winter season.

There are things to do and beauty to be seen here at the lake year round. Click on the individual photos to see each of them in a larger format.