Friday, September 30, 2016

Latest AIS Threat is only 45 miles from Long Lake

Boat propellers are getting jammed in nearby lakes by dense growths of the invasive species starry stonewort.  

Starry stonewort has recently been confirmed in the following Minnesota Lakes:
  • Big Turtle Lake ( 45 Miles N of Long Lake), 
  • Cass Lake (45 miles NE of Long Lake), 
  • Upper Red Lake (80 miles N of Long Lake)
  •  Lake Koronis (120 miles S of Long Lake).
Dredging has started in Big Turtle Lake to try and remove the dense underwater growths.  It is estimated to cost $800,000 to treat Lake Koronis. 
Video of Dredging in Big Turtle Lake:

Starry stonewort is spread by physical transfer of the tendrils,  so it is now even more important to thoroughly clean all  boats entering Long Lake, even if they have only come from nearby lakes.

 If you find suspected starry stonewort in the lake, immediately call the Park Rapids DNR at
218 732 8960.

Free watercraft  decontamination is still available in Park Rapids, call 218 252 6738 for an appointment:

Starry stonewart is described here:      https://

Damage to Lake Recreation:     

AIS Conference Oct 5 and 6, St Cloud  (Still time to sign up for this conference)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor Day Weekend: Observe the Lake Survey

Since this will be the last and busiest weekend of the summer with lots of people using the lake, the Long Lake Area Association would like to ask that everyone help with an informal survey.

Please let us know what you see when you are out on the lake this weekend by sending an email to: (Photos welcome.)

  • Look for vegetation you have not seen before or in larger quantities than you have seen or in different location. 
  • Note how many immature loons you observe, the number adult loons, Great Blue Heron, otters, pelicans, and if you see eagles feeding on fish, for example.
  • Note anything you see that is different from other times you were on the lake.

Clean up debris that has floated in along your shoreline.  
  • Check for zebra mussels when you remove your docks, lifts and water toys. 

The article below discusses the MN DNR's treatment of the AIS called "Starry Stonewort" which was
recently discovered in Big Turtle Lake near Bemidji.  The article illustrates the importance of early

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lucas' Entry for the Kid's Fishing Contest

Lucas was using a leech as bait when he caught this fish while with Jeremy Anderson the morning of July 3rd.  Lucas and his cousins love to fish with Jeremy every summer when they visit their grandparents at Long Lake. - Submitted by K. Eggers

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sophia's entry for 2016-17 Kid's Fishing Contest

"Sophia, our granddaughter, has a smile displaying the fish she caught the morning of July 3rd with Jeremy Anderson and her cousins using leeches, somewhere on Long Lake.  Fishing is a part of her summer experience when visiting her grandparents and the rest of her family." - written by K. Eggers

See rules for the contest and stories of past winners by clicking on the "Kids Fishing Contest" tab in the list of page tabs above.

Friday, August 19, 2016

August 2016 email from Arthur Howe

Breaking News on Sandpiper Pipeline

Recently there's been breaking news about the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline.  The headline in the August 6th Park Rapids Enterprise newspaper reads, "Sandpiper pipeline future unclear as Enbridge buys into Dakota Access."
Pipeline Stockpile - photo from DL Online

This is the link to the original source of the article:

Dakota Access LLC is the company currently building the new oil pipeline to run in a straight line southeast from the North Dakota Bakken oil fields to Patoka in southern Illinois, as described here: Bakken_pipeline

This pipeline is similar in size to the proposed Sandpiper, but avoids the dog-legged route of Sandpiper and will also link into an existing pipeline to the Gulf Coast.  Its operation is expected to circumvent the need for Sandpiper.  "If (the Sandpiper) project does not move forward, it is a victory for clean water in Minnesota" said Richard Smith, president of Friends of the Headwaters.

This has, however, not altered the plans for the Line 3 replacement to carry Canadian Tar Sand crude oil through Minnesota close to Long Lake.

The status of line 3 is described well in the article in the Northwoods Press of August 3rd.  Scroll down to find the Enbridge article.  Information on the opportunity to make comments to the Department of Justice is found in the last paragraph.  Northwoods Press PDF Article on Enbridge

The comment period for the Department of Justice case concerning Line 3 is open until August 24th.  Go to and follow the instructions in the Northwoods Press article to make a comment.